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Johnson receives MBA Community Service Award

Attorney Marshall E. Johnson, a Plymouth practitioner, received the MBA Community Service Award at the Plymouth County Bar Association's annual meeting on Dec. 9.

The MBA Community Service Award is given to attorneys who have made important public service contributions to their communities and to publicize the fact that members of the legal profession are caring, involved individuals, eager to use their legal skills for the betterment of society.

"My brief remarks this evening can't possibly provide the appropriate context for how much Marshall devotes his time and expertise for the greater good," said MBA President Denise Squillante, who praised Johnson's dedication to the legal community.

A member of the MBA since 1980, Johnson has served as a judge for the MBA's Statewide Mock Trial Program. In addition to his work with the MBA, Johnson is credited with increasing Plymouth District Bar Association attendance at meetings, resurrecting the bar's scholarship program, establishing the Frank Powers Memorial Public Service Award and publishing an annual membership directory.

Dedicated to the Plymouth County legal community, Johnson generously donates at least 12 days a year, six each to Plymouth and Brockton, as a participant in the Plymouth County Probate & Family Court Lawyer of the Day Project, a program he has been involved in for the past 12 years. In addition, Johnson is a member of the Pilgrim Bar Advocates Program -- aptly handling 10 to 15 court-appointed cases per year on behalf of indigent clients.

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Davis Malm & D’Agostine will match your year-end gift to the Mass. Bar Foundation

Donate $50 to the MBF between now and Dec. 24 and the law firm of Davis Malm & D'Agostine will match your gift dollar for dollar

For those living on the margins, legal assistance can be a crucial first step toward a hopeful future, whether it be a young family facing eviction from their home, a domestic violence victim in need of safe shelter, or a parent seeking access to services to help a child with special needs.

For over 45 years, generous contributions from attorneys and judges across the state have helped the Massachusetts Bar Foundation to carry out its mission of funding legal aid to the poor. This year, these efforts are particularly critical in light of the funding crisis facing the legal aid community due to the dramatic decrease in IOLTA funding.

Please help by making a gift during the Massachusetts Bar Foundation's annual fund drive. Knowing that it will take teamwork to keep legal aid strong, Davis Malm & D'Agostine has offered to increase the impact of your donation by matching your gift, up to $50. Please take advantage of this generous offer and make a gift today

Click here to make a donation.

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit organization under IRS code 501(c)(3). All contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Receipts are issued for all gifts.

For more information about the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, visit our Web site.

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Attend the New England Mortgage Expo 2011

MBA members who register by Dec. 20 can attend for free, saving $45

Interested MBA members are invited to the New England Mortgage Expo 2011 on Friday, Jan. 14 at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut. The New England Mortgage Expo is the nation's largest, most inclusive regional mortgage conference. The MBA is an event partner for the expo.

Attendees will be able to interact with over 80 exhibitors, top industry speakers and more. Click here for a preliminary agenda and list of exhibitors.

MBA members who register by Monday, Dec. 20 can attend the expo for FREE, saving $45. Your complimentary registration includes admission to all education sessions (except separately ticketed continuing education courses), admission to exhibit hall, breakfast, buffet lunch, coffee, tea and dessert.

Click there to register today.
For more expo information, click here.

LPM Tip

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Source material: Directed resources for Massachusetts Data Privacy Compliance

Just because the year is coming to an end, and you're all excited to make those New Year's resolutions, that does not mean that you should forget entirely about 2010. In this case, you'll want to remember one of the more important legal developments from this year: the Massachusetts data privacy laws and regulations became effective March 1, 2010.

If you have not yet reached compliance with the new rules, or if you want to make sure that you're doing it right, you can access information directly from the commonwealth:

The Massachusetts Attorney General's Office has a page dedicated to identity theft on its Web site, including related links, most helpfully to the Attorney General's Guide on Identity Theft for Victims and Consumers. Also available is a page covering Guidance for Businesses on Security Breaches with relevant links and sample documents.

Similarly, the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation has created a page that offers useful information for businesses related to identity theft. There, you'll find a number of helpful PDF documents, including a Small Business Guide for Formulating a Comprehensive Written Information Security Program and the 201 CMR 17.00 Compliance Checklist, and a scroll for news and updates related to Massachusetts data privacy. OCABR also provides consumer-focused information here, as does the Attorney General's Office does, if you're looking for that side of the story.

Tip courtesy of Jared Correia, Law Practice Management Advisor, Law Office Management Assistance Program.

Published December 16, 2010

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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 Goldman or Phil Taylor.
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Top: The MBA partners with the American Red Cross for a holiday blood drive.
Bottom: Noreen Nardi, executive director of the Hampden County Bar Association, donates blood.

Photos by Pat Plasse.

MBA sponsors holiday blood drive in Western Mass.

This holiday season, the Massachusetts Bar Association once again joined forces with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive at its Western Mass. office in Springfield. On Dec. 14, dozens of members donated blood, helping the Red Cross collect 20 pints, which will end up helping up to 60 patients in need.

This year's blood drive was co-sponsored by Alekman DiTusa, LLC, Attorneys at Law; Century Investment Company; Hampden County Bar Association; and Hampden County Hall of Justice.

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Photograph by Jeff Thiebauth
MBA Past Presidents and current leadership at the 2010-11 Past Presidents' Dinner on Nov. 15.

MBA seeks nominations for 2011-12 positions

Submit nominations to MBA Secretary by Friday, Feb. 25

The Massachusetts Bar Association is currently accepting nominations for officer and delegate positions for the 2011-12 membership year. Nominees must submit a letter of intent and a current resume to MBA Secretary Marsha V. Kazarosian by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 to be eligible. 

To submit a nomination, mail or hand deliver the information to:

Massachusetts Bar Association
Attn: Marsha V. Kazarosian, MBA Secretary
20 West St., Boston, MA 02111

Or fax the nomination to (617) 542-7947.

If you have any questions about the nomination process, call MBA Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy at (617) 988-4777.

Click here for nomination and election procedures.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Check out January programming

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To register for the following programs, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, [e-mail membership] or visit the CLE Web site. Scroll down for program details, including dates and registration details.

Recorded program Recorded session available for purchase after live program through MBA On Demand.

Live program Real-time webcast available for purchase through MBA On Demand.

JANUARY CLE PROGRAMS

Story Telling Roundtable Live program
Wednesday, Jan. 12, noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Scientific Trial Preparation Roundtable Live program
Thursday, Jan. 13, noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Complex Issues and Emerging Trends in Class Action Litigation Recorded program
Thursday, Jan. 13, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Mark your calendars -- Legal Chat: January is Job Search Month Live program
Friday, Jan. 14, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

Mark your calendars -- Legal Chat: January is Job Search Month Live program
Friday, Jan. 21, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

Basics of Developing an Estate Plan
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield

Attorney's Fees in Probate Administration and Litigation Recorded program
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Resolving Disputes Among Closely Held Businesses Recorded program
Thursday, Jan. 27, 4-7 p.m
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Mark your calendars -- Legal Chat: January is Job Search Month Live program
Friday, Jan. 28, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

SAVE THE DATE

Creative Ways to Use Your Law Degree Conference Recorded program
Thursday, Feb. 17, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Lombardo's, 16 Billings St., Randolph

December 2010/January 2011 CLE BrochureNOTE: The MBA CLE brochure will no longer be mailed to MBA members, but will continue to be featured online on a monthly basis. Online registration for CLE programs is quick and simple.

Click here to view the brochure and register for an upcoming program.

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MBA On Demand in line

Unable to attend these seminars? Purchase the recorded session available after the live program through MBA On Demand and watch the presentation from the comfort of your home or office.

To view a listing of current programs offered on MBA On Demand, click here.

 

 

 

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Attendees participate in the Dec. 9 Young Lawyers Division Holiday Open House.

Photos by Wendy Quinn and Kelsey Sadoff.

Young Lawyers Division Holiday Open House draws a crowd

Dozens of young attorneys attended the Young Lawyers Divison Holiday Open House at the Massachusetts Bar Association in Boston on Dec. 9.

Attendees enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, while participating in ice breaker trivia games. The Young Lawyers Division also hosted a toy drive to benefit The Home for Little Wanderers in conjunction with the event and more than 30 items were donated.

Click here to view event images.

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News from the courts

U.S. Appeals Court seeks comments on attorney discipline rule change

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has proposed an amendment to Rule VII of the Rules of Attorney Disciplinary Enforcement for the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

The rule is being modified so that reinstatement is not automatic after a suspension period has run, but rather, a petition for reinstatement is required.

The proposed amendment can be found under the "What's New" section. Deletions are indicated in strike-out print and additions are indicated in italic print.

The Court of Appeals invites public comments on the proposed amendment, which should be submitted by Jan. 14 to:

Office of the Clerk
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 2500
Boston, MA 02210

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Featured member benefit: FedEx® shipping services

Looking for reliable and cost-effective shipping for the holidays?

Massachusetts Bar Association members are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 26 percent on select FedEx® shipping services. There are no costs and no minimum shipping requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit.

MBA members can save:

  • Up to 26 percent on select FedEx Express® services;
  • Up to 20 percent on select FedEx Express® international services;
  • Up to 12 percent on select FedEx Ground® services; and
  • Up to 10 percent on select FedEx Home Delivery® services.

For more information or to enroll in the FedEx Advantage Program, click here or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday).

Valid MBA membership required.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section Legal Chat: Traps for the Unwary; Law Practice Management Section Council meeting; Labor & Employment Section Council meeting; Criminal Justice Section Council meeting; Business Law Section Council meeting; Juvenile &Child Welfare Section Council Bench-Bar meeting; Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section open meeting

General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section Legal Chat Live program

Traps for the Unwary

Friday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m.-noon
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

Even the most talented and diligent attorneys can be subject to a malpractice claim despite the fact that the action is without merit. Terry Welsh, president of the MBA Insurance Agency, will discuss why it is imperative that attorneys learn what areas of practice are impacted most by malpractice claims, the reasons these claims happen, and how to reduce the risk.

NOTE: The time of this Legal Chat has been changed and will now run from 11 a.m. to noon instead of noon to 1 p.m. Can't participate in the program at 11 a.m.? Watch the recorded version of the Legal Chat via MBA On Demand.

To R.S.V.P., click here.

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Law Practice Management Section Council meeting

Monday, Dec. 20, 5:30-7 p.m.
Law Office of Andrea Goldman, 305 Walnut St., Newtonville

The next meeting of the Law Practice Management Section Council is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Law Office of Andrea Goldman in Newtonville. All section members are invited to attend.

To R.S.V.P., click here.

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Labor & Employment Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Labor & Employment Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

To R.S.V.P., click here.

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Criminal Justice Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.
Committee for Public Counsel Services, 340 Main St., Suite 725, Worcester

The next meeting of the Criminal Justice Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

To R.S.V.P., click here.

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Business Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Business Law Section Council will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

To R.S.V.P., click here.

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Juvenile &Child Welfare Section Council Bench-Bar meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 12, 4-6 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover

The MBA's Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council is sponsoring this Bench-Bar Presentation at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. This meeting is free to all attorneys interested in the practice of Juvenile & Child Welfare law. The program will be moderated by Peter A. Hahn, chair, Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council. Panelists include: Hon. Jay David Blitzman, first justice, Middlesex County Division, Juvenile Court; Hon. Sally F. Padden, first justice, Essex County Division, Juvenile Court; and James Morton, case manager, Juvenile Court Department.

This second presentation will focus on the Standing Order for Care and Protection Trials, implementation of new law for young adults (ages 18-22) in DCF custody, and the Youth Advocacy Department's expansion in Somerville, Lowel and Salem.

To R.S.V.P., click here.

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Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section open meeting

What's Bullying? Emerging Trends in Civil And Criminal Law as to the Anti-Bullying Law

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council is sponsoring an open meeting for MBA members on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston, on the topic of bullying. What's Bullying? Emerging Trends in Civil And Criminal Law as to the Anti-Bullying Law is designed to educate lawyers on the recently passed anti-bullying legislation and how it will affect victims and potential clients, including individuals, schools and municipalities. Attendees will learn how individuals and others are affected.  Frank A. Smith III, Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section vice chair, will moderate the discussion. Guest speakers include: Hon. Bettina Borders, first justice, Bristol County Juvenile Court, Hon. Mary Dacey White, associate justice, Lynn District Court, attorney Richard Cole, attorney John Davis and Arline Isaacson, co-chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Model bullying prevention and intervention plans;
  • Academic and non-academic activities and who is affected;
  • Practices and procedures for reporting and responding to bullying and retaliation; and
  • Role of the court and lawyer.

To R.S.V.P., click here.

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