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New site unveiled

Check out improvements to www.massbar.org

The MBA is proud to launch a new and improved www.massbar.org. The updated version of the site includes new Home page features, streamlined navigation and enhanced search functionality. Modifications to the site were based on important feedback from a membership survey conducted this spring.

Click here to share your additional feedback and suggestions.

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Membership notice

July 21 membership meeting set to vote on MBA Bylaw Amendments

The House of Delegates has approved amendments to the Bylaws for the Massachusetts Bar Association, and now a membership vote is needed in order for these to take effect. The Bylaw amendments were drafted and submitted for approval to the House of Delegates by the Governance committee, which was appointed in 2009 by then President Edward W. McIntyre. The Governance Committee was chaired by Past President Warren F. Fitzgerald, with John J. Carroll Jr., Walter A. Costello Jr., Mary Jo Kennedy, Robert J. Kerwin, Martha Rush O'Mara, James T. Van Buren and Daniel B. Winslow. The Bylaw amendments were approved for a vote of the membership by the House of Delegates at its May 19, 2010 meeting. The Governance Committee reviewed and considered all sections of the Bylaws and, as a result, amendments are contained throughout the proposed Bylaws.

To view the proposed Bylaws, click here.
To view the redlined version, click here.

The membership of the Massachusetts Bar Association will meet next Wednesday, July 21 at 4:30 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston to vote on approving the proposed amendments.

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Legal Chats @ Noon

Sign-up to participate in a series of interactive Webcasts, including the upcoming "What's New in Personal Injury Law Practice: Some Cases, Ideas and Advice"

This summer, participate in a series of 60-minute real-time, interactive Webcasts you can watch, and participate in, from the comfort of your home or office during your lunch hour.


Legal Chats @ Noon

Only available via real-time Webcast. No live meeting will be taking place.

What's New in Personal Injury Law Practice:
Some Cases, Ideas and Advice
Live program

Tuesday, July 20
Featuring Marc L. Breakstone and David W. White Jr.
of Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston

Click here to register.

Increasing Your Business by Working with Realtors Live program

Tuesday, Aug. 17
Featuring Elizabeth J. Barton of CATIC, Wellesley and Michael P. Krone
of Kriss Law, Newton

Click here to register.

After live events, recorded programs available at www.MassBar.org/OnDemand.


Can't watch the real-time Webcasts?

The following programming is available at www. MassBar.org/OnDemand.

Real Talk with Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, Probate & Family Court Recorded program

The Best Law Practice Management Tips and Tricks of the Year Recorded program

Featuring Rodney S. Dowell of Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, Boston and Alan J. Klevan of Klevan & Klevan LLP, Wellesley


Roth IRA Conversions: An In-Depth Discussion,
Including the Rules in a Nutshell, Strategies and Tax Traps Recorded program

Available beginning Tuesday, August 3
Featuring Stephen A. Colella of DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP, Woburn

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Creative video entries score students scholarship prizes

High school students Elvis Guilamo, Mark Hurley and Kyle Peters received first place, second place and honorable mention respectively in the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2010 Law Day Video Contest. Guilamo and Hurley are from Lawrence and Peters is from North Adams.

The 2010 contest theme was "Diverstity in the Law." The winners received scholarship prizes for their creative and thoughtful entries. Submitted videos were judged by MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus; Norfolk Probate and Family Court Judge Angela M. Ordoñez; and WGBH-TV producer Jared Bowen.

This was the first year a contest of this nature was held by the MBA and was coordinated by the Law Day Committee, led by co-chairs Marc C. Laredo from Laredo & Smith LLP and Michael P. Sams of Kenney & Sams PC. Scholarship prizes were funded by the MBA's Diversity Task Force.

In addition to honoring Law Day, the contest supported the MBA's ongoing efforts to raise awareness of the legal system's important role in society as well as exposing students to the careers in law.



Avoiding traps when office sharing

Sharing office space is a great way to save money, develop professional relationships, and referral sources. However, liability and disciplinary issues may arise if you fall into an unnecessary trap when practicing in a shared office space. Remember these simple rules and avoid headaches in the future.

  1. Avoid the use of a firm name that implies a partnership exists;
  2. Do not advertise in a way that implies a partnership exists;
  3. Each attorney should maintain a separate sign on the door, have separate business cards and stationery, and should not refer to each other as "my partner" or "my associate;"
  4. Remember to maintain confidentiality of communications by maintaining an independent facsimile machine, a separate telephone line and email, and ensure that you have a secure independent data storage area for your electronic files and paper files; and
  5. Remember to keep client files out of shared office space.

This tip of the week is courtesy of the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program. You can contact MassLOMAP at [e-mail info] or call (857)383-3250 for free and confidential consultations.

Published July 15, 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 Goldman or Rodney Dowell.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Check out available July courses

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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. To download a PDF of the July/August CLE brochure, click here.

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.


District Court Survival Guide - Civil Practice Recorded program
Monday, July 19, 4-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

How to Handle a Residential Real Estate Closing
Recorded program
Tuesday, July 20, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Employment Law Basics Recorded program
Monday, July 26, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Fundamentals of Civil Motion Practice Recorded program
Wednesday, July 28, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Basics of Developing an Estate Plan Recorded program
Thursday, July 29, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston



20th Annual Family Law Conference
Friday, Nov. 12 - Saturday, Nov. 13
Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club, 55 Lee Road, Lenox


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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Featured member benefit: Catuogno Court Reporting & Sten-Tel Transcription Services

In need of video conferencing services, verbatim statements and interviews by phone with transcripts?

Catuogno Court Reporting & Sten-Tel Transcription Services offers MBA members a special rate on technological services, including court reporting, video depositions, videoconferencing and legal transcription.

With five offices located throughout the area (Boston, Worcester, Lawrence, Springfield and Providence) the Catuogno offices provide spacious conference rooms for depositions, client meetings, arbitrations, mediations, and videoconferencing around the world with over 10,000 sites.

Take advantage of the following discounts using your MBA member card to reduce costs and increase your bottom line:

  • 10 percent discount on deposition services;
  • 10 percent discount on transcription services;
  • 10 percent discount on video conferencing services;
  • 10 percent discount on statements and interviews by phone with transcript;
  • Waiver of "set up" fee transcription services ($450 value); and
  • Waiver of "annual support" fee ($250 value).

To take advantage of your special MBA membership discount, visit Catuogno Court Reporting or call (888) 228-8646.

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News from the courts

SJC approves changes to Rule 4:03; Court Relocation Committee proposes recommendations

The Supreme Judicial Court has approved changes to Rule 4:03 of the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court effective Sept. 1, regarding periodic assessment of attorneys. Click here to view the changes.


Court Relocation Committee proposes recommendations

The Court Relocation Committee met with Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan on July 1 to review and discuss the first phase of its work.The facilities currently proposed for temporary relocation or consolidation are listed below. The CJAM stressed that this is the beginning of a process.

The FY11 budget signed by Gov. Patrick leaves the Trial Court with a shortfall in excess of $21 million. This significant reduction requires that relocation efforts move forward more quickly than originally planned. As with prior relocations, the proposed court relocations or consolidations will not cause layoffs at those locations. Any layoffs required by budget cuts will be determined by a separate process.

The criteria established by the committee to identify potential sites for relocation and consolidation include lease terms and expenses, personnel impact and staffing levels, the condition of facilities, building functions, and geography and transportation issues.

Court Relocation Committee Recommendations:

  • AOTC
    Continue to relocate departments to other facilities, including John Adams Courthouse
  • Berkshire County
    Berkshire Juvenile Court / North Adams
  • Bristol County
    Southeast Housing Court / New Bedford will co-locate with other courts
    [New Taunton Courthouse opening in 2011 may allow better configuration of operations for several court departments in Bristol County]
  • Essex County
    Gloucester District Court
  • Franklin/Hampshire Counties
    Northampton Superior Court ceremonial courtroom & storage space; Housing Court ancillary space
  • Hampden County
    Appeals Court administrative office space in Springfield
  • Land Court
    Land Court to Suffolk County Courthouse / 3 Pemberton Square
  • Middlesex County
    Framingham Juvenile Court to Marlborough District Court
  • Norfolk County
    Norfolk Superior Court Probation and Norfolk County Law Library to Registry of Deeds building
    Norfolk Juvenile Court / Dedham to Stoughton District Court
  • Plymouth County
    Hingham District Court
    Wareham District Court
  • Suffolk County
    Charlestown Division of the Boston Municipal Court
  • Worcester County
    Leominster District Court
    Westborough District Court
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