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MBA On Demand

Unable to attend a May MBA seminar or roundtable? Watch the MBA program from the comfort of your home or office

Practitioners who were not able to attend MBA CLE programs in May can now view select programs on MBA On Demand.

MBA On Demand is an innovative MBA member benefit that offers you the opportunity to watch an MBA program from the comfort of your home or office, at a time that suits your schedule.

May programming now available includes:

Click here to view additional MBA On Demand programming.

After you place a session order, you will receive an order confirmation e-mail containing a link to your "My Resources" profile. Your "My Resources" profile will permanently house all MBA On Demand products you order.

For information about On Demand system requirements and how to use the player, click here.
NOTE: Due to high interest in MBA On Demand, you may experience connectivity issues when attempting to view an On Demand product. Please be patient and try the link again.

The MBA welcomes feedback on your MBA On Demand experience. E-mail us your questions and comments to [e-mail ondemand].

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Hot off the press

New issues of Lawyers Journal and Section Review now available

Attorneys-turned-authors - from writers of legal thrillers to historical nonfiction to poetry - are featured in the June Lawyers Journal. And members and nonmembers can meet and mingle with the authors at a free Q&A and reception at the MBA on Thursday, June 24. Click here to register for the event.

The issue also features:

  • A profile of Associate Justice Ralph D. Gants on his first year on the SJC.
  • Coverage of the May 19 House of Delegates meeting, where Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray addressed delegates and Judge Dina Fein was honored by the MBA.
  • A profile of Lawyer Referral Service volunteer Peter McDermott.

Click here to read the June Lawyers Journal.

Section Review now available

Section Review cover V12 N2The new issue of Section Review includes 13 articles from eight sections, including a Probate Law story on choosing the right court for filing a dispute and a Law Practice Management feature on whether lawyers should accept credit cards. Other articles include:

  • Access to Justice: More work is needed to protect consumer defendants;
  • Civil Litigation: A report by the American College of Trial Lawyers Task Force on Discovery; and
  • Labor & Employment: A comprehensive guide for employers on social media and the workplace.

Click here to read the latest Section Review.

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MBA co-sponsored event

Rwanda, Darfur and Youth Violence in Boston

The genocides in Rwanda and Darfur, and their implications for youth violence in Boston will be explored in a program presented by the United States District Court and on Tuesday, June 15, at the Moakley Courthouse. The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to co-sponsor this program which is prompted by Michal Ronan Safdie's photographic exhibit, "Rwanda: Then, Darfur: Now," which is on display at the Courthouse. Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf has written that the "photographs portray the results of human savagery in countries characterized by a culture of impunity rather than by the rule of law."

Panelists will include Pastor Gloria White-Hammond, the founder of My Sister's Keeper, which works to improve the plight of women who have survived the genocide in Darfur and are now refugees, Reverend Jeffrey Brown, the Director of the Boston TenPoint Coalition, which does similar work on behalf of the City's Black and Latino youth, and Wolf.

Many community and other groups will be available before and after the formal program to discuss their work and to explain opportunities to participate in it.

Members of the community and the bar are warmly invited to attend. R.S.V.Ps are preferred, but not required.

Click here to R.S.V.P.

Event partners include:

  • Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts
  • Barnstable County Bar Association
  • Boston Bar Association
  • Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights/Boston Medical Center
  • The Boston Foundation
  • Boston Streetworker Program
  • Boston Ten Point Coalition
  • Boston Police Department
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Discovering Justice
  • Federal Bar Association
  • International Institute of Boston, Lowell and New Hampshire
  • Irish Immigration Center
  • Legal Section of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting
  • Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur
  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association
  • Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
  • Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association
  • Middlesex County District Attorney's Office
  • My Sister's Keeper
  • Office of the Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Paraclete Foundation
  • Political Asylum Immigration Refugee Project
  • Roca, Inc.
  • South Asian Bar Association
  • Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
  • Suffolk County Sheriff's Department/Boston Reentry Initiative
  • United States Attorney's Office
  • Victim Rights Law Center
  • Women's Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Foundation
  • Youth Options Boston
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Join the MBA at The Federalist Society's Shakespeare and the Law on June 15

Former Bush administration officials Andrew H. Card Jr. and John Yoo will be among more than a dozen judges, attorneys, politicians and writers participating in Shakespeare and the Law's staged reading of Henry V on June 15.

The free performance will be followed by a panel discussion of the law and war, including the role of patriotism, the treatment of enemy combatants, trials of foreign terrorists, and torture.

The 10th year of the Shakespeare and the Law series will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Cutler Majestic Theatre at 219 Tremont St. in Boston. The Massachusetts Bar Association is co-sponsoring the event with McCarter & English LLP and the Boston Lawyers Division of the Federalist Society.

This event will be hosted by Card, former White House chief of staff. Participants include:

  • Jay B. Stephens, Esq., general counsel, Raytheon Co., Waltham, as King Harry
  • Hon. Nathaniel M. Gorton, U.S. federal judge
  • Hon. George A. O'Toole, U.S. federal judge
  • Hon. Patti B. Saris, U.S. federal judge
  • Hon. Douglas P. Woodlock, U.S. federal judge
  • Hon. Rya Weickert Zobel, U.S. federal judge
  • Michael Avery, professor of law, Suffolk University
  • J.W. Carney Jr., Esq., Carney & Bassil, Boston
  • Kerry M. Healey, Ph.D., former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts
  • Jeff Jacoby, syndicated columnist
  • John T. Montgomery, Esq., managing partner, Ropes & Gray, Boston
  • Jennifer Nassour, chair, Massachusetts GOP
  • Michael Sullivan, Esq., former U.S. attorney for Massachusetts and former acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • John Yoo, professor of law, Berkeley Law, University of California

The reading will be directed by Steven Maler, artistic director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (producers of free Shakespeare on Boston Common). The panel discussion will be moderated by Lawyers Division Chair and McCarter & English Partner Daniel J. Kelly, and will feature Yoo, a professor of law at Berkeley Law, University of California, and Michael Avery, professor of law at Suffolk University.

R.S.V.P. to Dottie Moore at (617) 449-6617 or at [e-mail dmoore]. Click here to view an event flyer.

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MBA section news

Intellectual Property Practice Group meeting on cyberspace law; Juvenile & Child Welfare open meeting with the Hon. Gail Garinger

Intellectual Property Practice Group

Tuesday, June 8, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Join the Intellectual Property Practice Group for a discussion on cyberspace law.

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


Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council
open meeting

Featuring the Hon. Gail Garinger
Tuesday, June 22, 6-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council will host an open meeting with guest speaker Hon. Gail Garinger on Tuesday, June 22. Garinger was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick as The Child Advocate for the commonwealth on April 28, 2008. Before her appointment, she served as a juvenile court judge for 13 years, and from 2001-08 she was the first justice of the Middlesex County Division of the Juvenile Court Department. Prior to becoming a judge, Garinger served as general counsel at Children's Hospital in Boston. During that time, she also directed an NIMH-funded research project at The Judge Baker Guidance Center investigating decision making in the handling of child abuse and neglect cases.

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


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Top: Fourth Annual Public Law Conference Keynote Speaker Robert Nasdor, director of the Division of Open Government at the Office of the Attorney General in Boston.

Bottom: Left to right: Conference faculty Stephanie Zierten, Esq., deputy general counsel of the Massachusetts Information Technology Division in Boston and Jessica Weiss, Esq., project & social media coordinator of Mass.gov®, Massachusetts Information Technology Division in Boston.

Photos by Tricia Oliver.

Fourth Annual Public Law Conference discusses Open Meeting Law, social media in government

Attendees at the Massachusetts Bar Association's Fourth Annual Public Law Conference on June 2 learned about the ramifications of the commonwealth's changes to the Open Meeting Law and recommended boundaries for government agencies using social media.  

Conference Keynote Speaker Robert Nasdor, director of the Division of Open Government at the Office of the Attorney General in Boston, spoke about the Attorney General's Office's interpretation of the changes to the Open Meeting Law.

The new Open Meeting Law mandates that the chair of an official body post a publicly accessible meeting notice, along with a list of all reasonably anticipated topics, at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting. Conference attendees expressed concern regarding the specificity of the topics listed, as well as the difficulty of finding an acceptable public location for the notices. While Nasdor acknowledged that municipal officials may need clarification on changes to the Open Meeting Law, small adjustments can help municipalities meet the new requirements. Nasdor explained that officials should consider three factors to determine whether a body must adhere to the open meeting law:

  • The body's charge;
  • Whether the body is formally created; and
  • Whether it performs a public function.

Conference faculty Jessica Weiss, Esq. and Stephanie Zierten, Esq., both of the Massachusetts Information Technology Division in Boston, presented a session on "The Use of Social Media by Government Agencies." Zierten and Weiss reviewed what social media boundaries government officials should implement to avoid potential legal problems. For governmental agencies using social media, the biggest barriers include the Open Meeting Law, public records law and terms of use on certain Web sites.

Weiss and Zierten also cautioned conference attendees that employers should clearly list expectations regarding employees' use of social media.

"Every tweet is a public record," said Weiss. "Social media is a tool to achieve communications goals - but right now it's very unclear what the implications are."

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the "Staying Professional in the Practice" seminar

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 June-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.


The ABCs of Social Security Disability Cases
Recorded program
Thursday, June 3, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Staying Professional in the Practice Live program
Monday, June 7, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Uniform Probate Code Article V Update Live program
Tuesday, June 8, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Criminal Justice Conference - Doing Time: Effective Advocacy at Sentencing and in the Parole Process Recorded program
Tuesday, June 15, 2-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Basics of Massachusetts Construction Law Recorded program
Wednesday, June 16, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

How to Conduct Discovery in High and Low Income Cases Where Speed is a Priority
Wednesday, June 16, 4-7 p.m.
Registry of Deeds, 90 Front St., Worcester


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: LimoLiner

Heading to New York for a fun summer activity?

Take the LimoLiner, a luxurious 28 passenger custom coach designed for executive class travel, and receive a special MBA discount of 10 percent off the regular LimoLiner round trip fare of $178.


LimoLiner allows you to make the most of your time by offering a full complement of business and personal services, including:


  • Conveniently scheduled arrivals and departures from Hilton Hotels in Boston and Manhattan, with an on demand stop at the Mass Pike Park and Ride Commuter Lot in Framingham (there is free parking in Framingham for Limoliner passengers);
  • Free Internet access;
  • Clear and constant cell phone reception;
  • Work tables for on road meetings;
  • Advanced seat selection of 28 leather reclining armchairs;
  • Daily round trips, seven days a week;
  • Itinerary change without penalty;
  • Full refund for trip cancellation or credit for future trip; and
  • Light meals, snacks and beverages.

For more information and a full schedule, visit LimoLiner.com or call (888) LIM-LINZ.

To receive the special MBA rate, enter C1050 in the Promo Code box.




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