Celebrate National Cell Phone Recycling Week
Donate your old phone to MBA Eco-Challenge
In honor of the EPA's 2010 National Cell Phone Recycling Week,
which runs through April 11, the Massachusetts Bar Association will
be collecting working and broken cell phones, batteries and
accessories from all service providers at several locations listed
below. The MBA Lawyers Eco-Challenge
has partnered with Verizon Wireless' HopeLine program, which
collects cell phones to support domestic violence service
- MBA headquarters, 20 West St.,
- MBA western Massachusetts office, 73 State St.,
Massachusetts headquarters, 62 Summer St., Boston;
- The Green
Roundtable's NEXUS Green Building Resource Center, 38 Chauncy
St., 7th Floor, Boston; and
Shaw, Two Seaport Lane, Boston.
HopeLine has collected more than 7 million phones, kept more
than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills
and donated more than $7.9 million in cash grants to organizations
that run domestic violence awareness and prevention
Note: Correction to Regional Delegates nominee list
The list of Regional Delegate nominees reported in the March 11
e-Journal and April issue of Lawyers Journal
included an error. The correct list of Regional Delegates included
as part of the MBA's 2010-11 Nominating Committee Report is
||Susan A. Huettner
||Sara J. Trezise
||Miriam H. Babin
||Veronica J. Fenton
||Keith A. Minoff
||Walter A. Costello
Stephen L. Wollman
||Kevin G. Diamond
Lee J. Gartenberg
Patricia A. Metzer
||Robert W. Harnais
Julio R. Hernando
||Anthony J. Benedetti
Alice B. Braunstein
Denise I. Murphy
Stephen Y. Chow
||Margaret J. Hurley
James G. Reardon Jr.
For information about MBA
officer positions, please refer to Article
VI of the MBA's Bylaws. For information on
Committees and Boards, please refer to Article VII of the
To view the MBA
Nomination and Election Procedures, click here.
Back by popular demand
Annual Conference 2010's Dustin Cole with "Building Business in the Post-Crash Economy"
Law Practice Advisor Dustin Cole is returning to offer once
again his insightful program, "Building Business in the Post-Crash
Economy: Crucial Marketing Skills for Success in the New Economic
Reality". The half-day program will take place on Wednesday, April
28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. Back by
popular demand, Cole's program was featured at the MBA's Annual
Conference 2010 in March.
In this rapid-fire program, the nationally-recognized master
practice advisor draws from his more than 20 years of experience in
legal marketing to pinpoint the new economic realities, identify
what has changed, and offer both marketing fundamentals and new,
more effective solutions. Attendees will leave with tools and
specific action plans to increase revenues through more active,
focused and effective marketing. Topics include:
- What has changed in client expectations and demands and how to
- How to move up the "value" curve for increased revenues;
- How to "change the game" to retain clients;
- Techniques to combat price resistance and price
- The four simple principles that create a powerful business
- How to dramatically increase your marketing efficiency and
- Powerful communications that turn prospects into clients;
- Innovative approaches to fees and collections.
Click here to review a program
Click here to register for the
Unable to come to Boston? This program is available as a real-time
Webcast. When registering, participants can choose to attend
"virtually" from your home or office computer. If you choose to
attend the program via real-time Webcast, space is limited.
Registrants will be taken on a first-come, first-served
Volunteer opportunity: The Greater Boston Food Bank
The Business Law Section Council will host a volunteer
opportunity at The Greater Boston Food Bank on Wednesday,
April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at 70 South Bay Ave., Boston
just off the X-way. Volunteers will help out by inspecting, sorting
and repacking donated food and grocery products and labeling boxes.
Volunteers can come alone or bring family members to help
The Greater Food Bank has distributed over 31 million pounds of
food and grocery products to almost 600 hunger-relief agencies
throughout eastern Massachusetts and serves over 394,000 people
to R.S.V.P. to volunteer.
Space is limited. Only 20 spots are available. Click here to learn
more about the work of The Greater Boston Food Bank. Contact
Christine O'Hurley at [e-mail ohurleylaw] with any
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Published August 4, 2010
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
MBA 2010 Law Day Video Essay Contest
MBA "Diversity in the Law" video essay contest entries due April 15
In celebration of Law Day this May, the Massachusetts Bar
Association is proud to invite high schools from across the state
to participate in its first video essay contest. Students (grades
9-12) who live in and attend school in Massachusetts can compete
for scholarships by submitting videos by April 15, 2010 based on
the theme, "Diversity in the Law."
The contest is being co-sponsored by the Massachusetts
Association of Hispanic Attorneys and the Asian American Lawyers of
"We chose the Diversity in the Law theme because it likely means
different things to different people. We are excited to
review the submissions of the various interpretations of this
year's theme," said Norfolk Probate and Family Court
Associate Justice Angela M. Ordoñez, co-chair of the
association's Diversity Task Force, which is providing funding for
the winning scholarships.
Submitted video essays should be original, family friendly entries
(no copyrighted materials) in any format, which may include dances,
poems, skits or any other combination or images and words.
Submissions should be between one and three minutes long.
"The contest is a wonderful opportunity for students to expound
upon their understanding and interpretation of the law," said
Marc C. Laredo, who serves as co-chair of the MBA
Law Day Committee with Michael P. Sams. "Far too
often youth are not exposed to the legal community's role in
society until late teenage years or beyond. This contest will be a
positive introduction for many," Sams said.
A panel of four judges will select the winning entries based on
originality, creativity, adherence to the theme and overall
quality. The essay contest judges are Ordoñez, MBA President
Valerie A. Yarashus, KISS 108 "Matty in the Morning" personality
Billy Costa and "Greater Boston with Emily Rooney" reporter
and producer Jared Bowen. The following scholarships will be
awarded: $1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd
place and $250 for honorable mention.
Scholarship winners and their families will be invited to attend
a special ceremony and screening of their videos during the MBA's
House of Delegates meeting at the Hilton Hotel in
Dedham on May 19. The event and contest
celebrate Law Day, recognized nationally each May 1 to reflect on
the importance of law and its effect on the country and
Click here to watch our video and for complete
MBA section news
Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining open forum; Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council April open meeting; Municipal Tax and State Tax Practice Groups open meeting
Labor Relations and Collective
Bargaining open forum
MBTA v. Boston Carmen's
Union, Local 589 (June 2009)
Wednesday, April 14, noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
In MBTA v. Boston Carmen's
Union, Local 589 (June 2009), the Supreme Judicial
Court considered the validity of two arbitration awards holding
that unilateral employer action to redress alleged discriminatory
practices violated the provisions of the CBA. We will discuss the
significance and practical applications of the court's decision in
this case, including the court's determination that public policy
supports the granting of retroactive seniority and pay rate to
settle a pending MCAD claim, even where such action might otherwise
violate the CBA.
Juvenile & Child Welfare
Section Council April open meeting
Featuring Chief Justice
Michael F. Edgerton
Wednesday, April 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The Juvenile & Child Welfare
Section Council will host an open meeting on Wednesday, April 14
from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The guest
speaker will be Chief Justice Michael F. Edgerton
of the Juvenile Court Department. This meeting is free. All section
members are invited to attend.
Municipal Tax and State Tax
Practice Groups open meeting
Thursday, May 6, 5-6:30 pm
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The Taxation Law Section's Municipal Tax Practice Group and
State Tax Practice Group will host a joint open meeting on Tuesday,
May 6. The business meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and the guest
speaker at 5:30 p.m. will be Mark Defrancisco,
chief counsel to the Appellate Tax Board's legal department.
Defrancisco advises the board on legal, evidentiary and related
issues; reviews and advises the board on motions heard before the
board; and drafts, edits and approves the board's findings of fact
and reports. With experience in state and local taxation, in both
the public and private sector, Defrancisco has spoken frequently on
matters relating to Massachusetts taxation at conferences sponsored
by MCLE, Massachusetts Association of Assessing Offices, county
assessors associations, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the
MBA and Boston Bar Association's taxation committees. This meeting
Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Register for the "Building Your Trial Notebook" seminar
To register for the
following programs, call MBA Member Services at (617)
[e-mail membership] or visit the
CLE Web site. To download a PDF of the
April/May CLE brochure, click
This week's highlighted programs include:
- Trust Basics for the General
- Building Your Trial Notebook
- Canadian Entries - Some Tokens for Invisible
- Save the date: 31st Annual Labor & Employment
Law Spring Conference
- Free MBA co-sponsored program at MCLE: Pathways to
Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and
Recorded session available for
purchase after live program through MBA On Demand.
Real-time Webcast available for purchase
through MBA On Demand.
APRIL CLE PROGRAMS
Trust Basics for the General
Tuesday, April 13, 4 - 7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road,
Building Your Trial Notebook
Tuesday, April 13, 4 - 7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Canadian Entries - Some Tokens for
Wednesday, April 14, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
SAVE THE DATE
31st Annual Labor & Employment Law
Tuesday, May 11, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave.,
here to view the full conference schedule.
9 a.m.: Discrimination: Survey and Hot
10:15 a.m.: Discrimination: Practice Tips and
11:15 a.m.: Break
11:30 a.m.: Wage and Hour Update and Practice
Tips on Collective Actions
12:10 p.m.: Lunch featuring Keynote
Speaker Stuart J. Ishimaru, acting chairman, U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission
1 p.m.: Arbitration of Statutory Claims in a
2 p.m.: Break
2:10 p.m.: Practice Issues Employment Lawyers
3:10 p.m.: Summary Judgment: The Real World
featuring the Hon. William G. Young
4:10 p.m.: Reception
MBA CO-SPONSORED PROGRAM
Pathways to Practice
Friday, April 16, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
MCLE Conference Center, 10 Winter Place, Boston
The MBA is proud to co-sponsor Pathways to Practice-a FREE
training for third years and recent graduates transitioning from
law school to law practice.
Don't have a job lined up? If you are unsure of your path to a
legal career and the next steps you should take, this is a program
you should not miss.
Designed especially for third year law students and recent
graduates, Pathways to Practice outlines the opportunities that
will help you get your legal career started in the face of tough
economic times and limited employment prospects. This half-day
program is full of information that you can use-even prior to
graduation-to identify opportunities that could make the difference
between a rocky post-law school experience and a smooth transition
from school to career.
A faculty including savvy Massachusetts practitioners, a Supreme
Judicial Court justice, legal services specialists, and other
professionals will provide inside tips, practical strategies, and
guidance on available resources-a wealth of information to maximize
your potential as a new member of the Massachusetts legal
Click here to register for this program.
NOTE: Registration for this program is taking place through
MCLE and not the MBA.
Featured member benefit: Celtics tickets
Playoff suite rental presale
In less than a month, the Celtics will begin their 2010 playoff
run and we want you to be back at the Garden supporting them.
Starting Monday, a limited number of suites will be available as
part of a presale for Round 1 Home Games 1 and 2. As a valued MBA
member, we would like to offer you the chance to be part of this
Book a suite for Round 1 Home Game 1 or Round 1 Home Game 2
while inventory lasts.
- Early Bird Pricing - just $2,790 for 18 tickets (25
percent savings off the standard Round 1 price)
Garden suites are a perfect setting for business meetings, closing
important business deals, rewarding employees or just a fun night
out with family and friends. Enjoy exclusive amenities such as
theater style seating, private restrooms, excellent views of the
court, and two TVs in each suite. Your suite will include 18
tickets with the option to add more as needed.
To take advantage of this special
offer please contact the Celtics Premium Sales Department at (617)
854-8061 or [e-mail bburnard].
* This offer is first come, first served and based on