MBA leadership met on Thursday, Sept. 17 for the first House of Delegates meeting of the 2009-10 association year.
Photos by Jennifer Rosinski.
First 2009-10 MBA House of Delegates meeting discusses education, membership and technology
MBA leadership met on Thursday, Sept. 17 in Andover
The Sept. 17 gathering at the Andover Country Club was the first
meeting of the 2009-10 association year led by President Valerie A.
Yarashus, who gave an overview of the coming year including a focus
on internal improvements in the areas of education, membership and
technology as well as lobbying for changes in the areas of drug
policy, alimony and to halt further court budget cuts. "We have
very significant work to do this year, and it will make a
difference," she said.
Measures to oppose both the state's plan to close the
Bridgewater substance abuse center in November and portions of Gov.
Deval Patrick's bill, An Act to Reduce Firearm Violence (in part,
because it would establish a presumption that a defendant charged
with possession of a firearm is dangerous for the purpose of
setting bail) were approved by the Massachusetts Bar Association
House of Delegates last week.
Look for a more detailed report
of HOD in the November issue of Lawyers Journal.
MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus speaks at the Superior Court's commemorative dinner on Sept. 22.
Superior Court celebrates 150 Years of Rule of Law in Massachusetts
In celebration of 150 Years of the
Rule of Law in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Bar Association, in
conjunction with the Supreme Justicel Court Historical Society,
hosted a commemorative reception and dinner on Tuesday, Sept.
Click here to view event
images, courtesy of FayFoto.
How a solo practitioner goes on vacation
Being a solo practitioner for two years, I finally decided to
take my first real vacation for an entire week. Through it all, I
learned that there are three things necessary to effectuate a
vacation for a solo practitioner: preparation, technology, and
Plan your vacation in advance and pick a time when you have no
court or meeting obligations. Even though you might have picked a
good time, things come up such as court dates being scheduled
without your input - so you must arrange for a substitute for your
cases. Look to networking attorneys and groups for attorneys that
are in your practice area and ask them to substitute for you if
necessary. Call them in advance and have them on stand-by while
you're on vacation just in case. And always offer to return the
favor when they need you.
I run a pseudo paperless office in that all my files are scanned
into the computer yet I still maintain paper copies of all cases
I'm working on currently for convenience in flipping through the
file. Having all your files with you on a thumb drive not only
gives you the ability to work anywhere, but also alleviates stress
in the event something urgent might come up. With a blackberry,
thumb drive and an Internet connection, you can work from
If you could work from anywhere, then it's not really a
vacation. The key is to not completely drop all your work habits
because for solos, that's nearly impossible - either because we
have too much responsibility to the practice and/or because you're
simply too worried. Check your e-mails and voicemails. It's OK -
just don't do it constantly. Check your e-mail once or twice a day.
Check voicemails and answer phone calls only when it's convenient
for you - not clients. Make appointments for when you come back
because believe me, it can wait.
This tip is courtesy of Gabriel Cheong, attorney at
law, owner of Infinity Law Group.
Published September 24, 2009
For more helpful tips, join the MBA's Law Practice Management
Section. Call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 to join.
To learn more about the Law Practice Management Section,
contact Co-Chairs Andrea
Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Register for the "Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference"
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following programs, call MBA Member Services at (617)
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This week's highlighted programs include:
- Eighth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy
- Death and Dying: Legal Issues in End-of-Life Health
- The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors
- Save the date: Fourth Annual Bench-Bar
- Save the date: 19th Annual Family Law
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OCTOBER CLE PROGRAMS
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Tuesday, Oct. 6, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road,
Death and Dying: Legal Issues in End-of-Life
Health Care Decision-Making
Wednesday, Oct. 7, 4-7 p.m.
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, 1500 Main St.,
The Impact of Technology: What Are Jurors
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 4-5:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
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Fourth Annual Bench-Bar
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 4:30 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square,
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