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Renew your MBA membership online

As a reminder, the Massachusetts Bar Association is approaching the 2010-11 membership year and we invite you to renew your membership online. The MBA recently mailed out dues invoices, but why not save both time and postage by renewing now?

By renewing your membership, you will continue to benefit from indispensible MBA tools, including:

  • Free and unlimited use of the Casemaker legal research tool;
  • More than 100 continuing legal education courses each year, including online CLE/MBA On Demand programs;
  • Subscriptions to MBA publications, such as Lawyers Journal, Section Review, Massachusetts Law Review and Lawyers e-Journal;
  • Access to dozens of section, division and practice groups; and
  • Exclusive insurance programs designed and negotiated annually by lawyers and for lawyers.
To renew online, click here.


Congratulations to MBA member William M. Driscoll of Chelmsford. Attorney Driscoll won the MBA's Red Sox raffle after he completed the 2009-10 membership survey. Thank you to everyone who participated.

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SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall (front row, fifth from left) and Senior Associate Justice Roderick L. Ireland (front row, fourth from left) join students who participated in the 2010 SJC's Judicial Youth Corps program in Boston and Worcester, to celebrate the program's 20th anniversary on July 8.

Photo courtesy of the SJC.

MBA participates in 20th anniversary of SJC's Judicial Youth Corps program

The MBA was proud to participate in the July 8 celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Youth Corps program. The JYC program, established by the SJC's Public Information Office and Chief Justice Paul Liacos in 1991, teaches students from Boston and Worcester about the judicial branch of government and fundamental principles of law. The four-month program consists of two educational components: a seven-week orientation to the court system and a seven-week courthouse internship session in July and August. The 2010 Boston session was funded by the Boston Private Industry Council and the City of Boston Youth Fund. The Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the MBA, funded the 2010 Worcester session.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary, SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall and Senior Associate Justice Roderick L. Ireland attended a John Adams Courthouse reception and spoke about the program's importance and the impact on participating students -- many have gone into careers in the legal field and have even started mentoring other students. MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus, who also spoke at the event, outlined for program participants how the law can affect events and issues on a daily basis, giving students who pursue a legal career the opporunity to effect change.



Tool for quick e-mail responses in Microsoft Outlook

Save time by using Microsoft Outlook's Signature Tool to quickly insert text that you use on a recurring basis. This may include, obviously, your signature, but also, your confidentiality notice, or simply a common e-mail response that you send. For example, if you want to acknowledge receipt of a resume, then you can create a signature that includes the entire e-mail response which can be reused for each applicant. The "signature" tool allows you to save common text and include that signature in outgoing e-mails, rather than wasting time copying and pasting that block from previous e-mails or rewriting the information.

Outlook allows you to save multiple signatures (up to 128 of them). Creating a signature is easy: open a new message by pressing Ctrl+N; under the "include" field, select "signature"; within that dropdown menu, select "signatures"; a "signatures and stationery" window will open -- under "e-mail signature," select "new." You will be prompted to type a name for the signature -- choose a descriptive name for the signature, up to 34 characters long, then click "OK." Next, type your message within the "edit signature" field. When you have completed your message, select "OK." Your signature/message will now be saved in Outlook. To add the message to a new outgoing message or reply, select "signature" under the "include" field of the message window, and within the dropdown list of your signatures that appears, select the signature (RE: block of text) you would like to include in your message. You are now ready to send the e-mail that took seconds to create.

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 29, 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.
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News from the Courts

Trial Court's Court Relocation Committee announces public meeting schedule; SJC makes landmark snow and ice ruling

The Trial Court's Court Relocation Committee -- formed to identify court locations for potential consolidation -- has announced its schedule of public meetings to seek comment on preliminary recommendations. The committee's efforts are one component of major cost-reduction efforts underway within the Trial Court to reduce the number of layoffs required by a shortfall in the fiscal 2011 budget. Relocations also are required to manage court operations, given the loss of more than 700 employees, which has left many local courts severely understaffed.

Public meetings will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 4: Worcester Trial Court, 225 Main Street, Worcester
    For Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester Counties
  • Wednesday, Aug. 11: Brooke Courthouse, 24 New Chardon St., Boston
    For Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk Counties
  • Thursday, Aug. 12: Covett Courthouse, 215 Main St., Brockton
    For Bristol, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties

The committee's preliminary recommendations were based on its review of all 103 courthouse facilities. The recommendations represent the beginning of a process that will involve further analysis and review using the public input gained from these sessions.

The Trial Court's fiscal 2011 budget stands at $534.8 million, which compares with an fiscal 2010 budget of $559.5 million and fiscal 2009 initial appropriation of $605.1 million. Other cost-saving measures underway include the announcement of a five-day furlough for judges, clerks and court managers, announcement of incentives for retirement, voluntary layoffs, and work-hour reductions, as well as the extension of an absolute hiring freeze in place since 2008. As with prior relocations, the proposed court relocations or consolidations will not cause employee 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, caseload, geography and transportation issues, as well as access to justice. The Trial Court will make decisions on the temporary relocation of court operations. The permanent closure of courthouses requires action by the Legislature.


SJC makes landmark snow and ice ruling

The Supreme Judicial Court on Monday ruled that property owners must clear their property of snow and ice that could cause injury to others regardless of whether the accumulation is natural or unnatural.

Previously, failure to remove a natural accumulation of snow and ice by a property owner was not considered to have violated the duty of reasonable care.

"If a property owner knows or reasonably should know of a dangerous condition on its property, whether arising from an accumulation of snow or ice, or rust on a railing, or a discarded banana peel, the property owner owes a duty to lawful visitors to make reasonable efforts to protect lawful visitors against the danger," wrote Justice Ralph D. Gants in the unanimous opinion.

Click here to view the opinion.

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Second annual MBA Summer Social

Network at Tia's on Boston's beautiful waterfront

Bring a friend and join the MBA for a FREE summer social/networking event on the beautiful Boston waterfront. Don't miss this opportunity to create invaluable relationships within the legal community, by relaxing and mingling with fellow MBA members.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served. A cash bar will be available.

Please bring interested colleagues. Non-MBA members are welcome.

To R.S.V.P., click here.
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MBA co-sponsors program

UMass Uncommon Leadership Series Luncheon with Rikki Klieman, attorney, author and TV host

The MBA is proud to co-sponsor a luncheon featuring attorney, author and TV host Rikki Klieman on Thursday, Sept. 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The University of Massachusetts Club, 225 Franklin St., Boston.

This luncheon -- a part of The UMass Uncommon Leadership Series -- will provide attendees with an opportunity to interact with Klieman, a prominent trial attorney, who is well-known as a national legal authority. UMass President Jack M. Wilson and co-hosts Margaret Xifaras UMass Dartmouth '78, and Glenn Mangurian, UMass Amherst '70, will moderate a discussion with Klieman on her book Fairy Tales Can Come True: How a Driven Woman Changed Her Destiny.

Click here to register. Space is limited.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the "Immigration Law Essentials" seminar on Aug. 5

CLE Heading

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 August/September 2010 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.


Legal Chat @ Noon: Roth IRA Conversions: An In-Depth Discussion, Including the Rules in a Nutshell, Strategies and Tax Traps Recorded program
This program is only available via MBA On Demand. No live program will take place.
Available beginning Tuesday, Aug. 3
Featuring Stephen A. Colella of DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP, Woburn

Handling Depositions with Confidence Recorded program
Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2-5 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Immigration Law Essentials Recorded program
Thursday, Aug. 5, 2-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Effective Legal Writing Strategies Recorded program
Monday, Aug. 9, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Basics of Divorce Practice
Recorded program
Tuesday, Aug. 10, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Preparing to File a Lawsuit
Recorded program
Wednesday, Aug. 11, 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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Legal Chats @ Noon

Sign-up to participate in the last real-time webcast, "Increasing Your Business by Working with Realtors," on Aug. 17

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.

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

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

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


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

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

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Featured member benefit: Lawyer Referral Service

Looking to expand your client base? Join the MBA's Lawyer Referral Service and receive referrals in your community

The MBA's Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) is one of the largest referral services of its kind, making more than 21,000 referrals each year to its 1,000 attorney members throughout the state. Joining the LRS offers you the opportunity to both expand your client base and help the general public. We invite you to join now, and invest in your professional future.

As an MBA member, you can participate in this program by completing a separate application form which can be sent to you upon request. Additionally, in order to join the LRS you must be in good standing with the Board of Bar Overseers and provide a proof of insurance by forwarding a Certificate of Insurance from your current professional liability insurance carrier. The cost of joining the LRS is either $100 or $150 depending on how long you have been admitted to practice. Just one LRS referral can cover the cost of your annual membership in both the MBA and the LRS.

Over the past few years, the LRS has expanded its statewide marketing to include:

  • Development of radio campaigns;
  • Marketing on the Internet via Google;
  • Newly designed advertising in the Metro Newspaper;
  • MBTA trains, buses and subway platforms.

LRS will continue to advertise in the Verizon Yellow Page books, allowing you to receive referrals within your community.

To learn more about the LRS, call (617) 338-0556 or contact us via e-mail. You can also access the LRS 2008-09 application via the MBA Web site.

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