MBA President-elect Denise Squillante.
President-elect Squillante to be honored for community service
MBA President-elect Denise Squillante, a Fall River native, will
be honored with the John S. Brayton Jr. Memorial Community Service
Award by the Fall River Chamber of Commerce on June 17.
Squillante will be one of eight to receive the award -- named for
a member of one of Fall River's pioneer families -- during a
banquet at the Venus de Milo restaurant in Swansea. The chamber
selected Squillante for the honor because of her strong commitment
to the community, much like Brayton, who championed the strengths
of Southeastern Massachusetts and helped lead tourism on the
A solo practitioner, Squillante established her practice of nearly
30 years in Fall River. She concentrates in family law, corporate
law, injury and estates, and also provides business and legal
consulting services to corporations.
A former president of the Fall River Bar Association, Squillante
is currently vice president of the New England Bar Association and
a member of the Bristol County Bar Association Executive
Highly involved with efforts to address domestic violence in Fall
River, Squillante is a former member of the board of directors at
the Katie Brown Educational Program, YMCA-Fall River and Domestic
Violence Task Force. In addition, she is a former visiting lecturer
at Bridgewater State College and Bristol Community College.
Boston American Inn of Court Co-President Harvey Weiner, Esq. (left) presents the Outstanding Service Award to MBF President Joseph P. J. Vrabel.
Boston American Inn of Court Co-President Harvey Weiner (left) and the Hon. Barbara Pearson.
Photos courtesy of Matthew E. Miller of Foley Hoag LLP.
MBF honored by Boston American Inn of Court
The Massachusetts Bar Foundation, the philanthropic partner
of the MBA, was honored by the Boston American Inn of Court at
its June 9 Annual Awards Dinner in Boston. The award was presented
to the MBF for outstanding service to the administration of
justice. The Inn, whose co-presidents are District Court Justice
Hon. Barbara Savitt Pearson and Harvey Weiner, Esq. of Peabody
& Arnold in Boston, was founded in 1990 as Massachusetts' first
Inn of Court and brings together attorneys, judges, legal educators
and law students for the open exchange of ideas and to promote
civility, excellence and professionalism in the profession.
MBF President Joseph P. J. Vrabel accepted the award on behalf of
the foundation and presented a
video highlighting the mission and work of the
"The Foundation is the legal community's best kept secret,
providing millions of dollars for legal aid programs for the poor,"
said Weiner. "It is the state's premier legal charity and every
lawyer should know about it and consider supporting it."
For more MBF information,
For more Boston American Inn of Court information, click here.
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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- United States Attorney's Office
- Victim Rights Law Center
- Women's Bar Association
- Women's Bar Foundation
- Youth Options Boston
Join the MBA for the June 15 Shakespeare and the Law event
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 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.
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.
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
- Jeff Jacoby, syndicated columnist
- John T. Montgomery, Esq., managing partner, Ropes & Gray,
- 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
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
R.S.V.P. to Dottie Moore at
(617) 449-6617 or at [e-mail dmoore]. Click here to view an event flyer.
Call for Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards nominations
Deadline is Friday, July 16
In furtherance of SJC Rule 6.1,
Voluntary Pro Bono Publico Service, the SJC Standing Committee on
Pro Bono Legal Services will present awards to individual lawyers,
law firms, government attorneys, corporate law departments and
other institutions in the legal profession that have demonstrated
outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and
disadvantaged including CPCS, legal services or similar providers
who conduct non-program pro bono work. The awards will be presented
in a ceremony at the John Adams Courthouse on Oct. 27, in
conjunction with the American Bar Association's recognition of
National Pro Bono Month.
Awardees will be selected from those
who have excelled in providing volunteer services in one or more of
the following ways:
Volunteer participation in an
activity or pro bono program which resulted in satisfying
previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved
segments of the population;
Successfully litigated pro bono cases
that favorably affected the provision of other services to the
Successfully achieved legislation
that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor.
Submit a brief narrative explaining
how the candidate meets the criteria for the Adams Pro Bono Publico
Award. Specify the nature of the pro bono contribution and
identify those who have benefited.
Information that would be helpful
includes principal areas of practice, the number of years
practicing law, hours spent on pro bono activites, other public
service contributions, educational background, supporting documents
and bar association activites.
Include up to three letters of
support, if available, from individuals and organizations aware of
the candidate's pro bono contribution.
- Nominations submitted in 2009 remain active for consideration
in the 2010 awards program.
- Nominations should be received by Friday, July 16.
- Submit all materials to: Richard McMahon,
Esq., The 2010 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards, c/o South
Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc., P.O. Box 2507, 22 Bedford
St., 2nd Floor, Fall River, MA 02722-2507, or contact Jeanne
Marcotte at (774) 488-5942 or at [e-mail jmarcotte], if you have any
Favorite Windows Key Shortcuts
Could it be that the older you are the more likely you are to
use keyboard shortcuts? If you started using a computer before the
advent of the mouse, the keyboard shortcut may be second nature to
you. Whether you are an old hand at shortcuts or a newbie, try a
couple from this very short list of favorite Windows Key shortcuts.
They are easy to remember and very efficient. Add a couple to your
repertoire this week and a few more next week. You may be surprised
how powerful they make you feel and how much time they save.
- WinKey: Opens "Start" (Then use arrow keys to
move to your selection and hit the enter key to select)
- WinKey + D: Brings the desktop to the top
- WinKey + M: Minimizes all windows - (great
- WinKey + Shift + M: Undo either of the
- WinKey + E: Open Microsoft Explorer (My
- WinKey + L: Lock the computer (Windows XP and
This tip is courtesy of Diane L. Ebersole, PMRC Advisor,
State Bar of Michigan.
Published October 6, 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 section news
Juvenile & Child Welfare open meeting with the Hon. Gail Garinger, The Child Advocate for the commonwealth
Juvenile & Child Welfare
Featuring the Hon. Gail
The Child Advocate for the commonwealth
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.
Free webinar: Understanding the new civil legal assistance attorney student loan repayment program
Civil Legal Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP) will make $5 million available to help repay a portion of eligible federal student loan debt for civil legal assistance attorneys who are employed full-time
The Department of Education recently announced Civil Legal
Attorney Student Loan Repayment Program (CLAAP) will make $5
million available to help repay a portion of eligible federal
student loan debt for civil legal assistance attorneys who are
employed full-time. However, the program's Ineligibility for Double
Benefits Provision makes determining eligibility and benefits a
Equal Justice Works Senior Program Manager of Law Schools and
Advocacy Outreach Heather Jarvis is hosting two free webinars on
Thursday, June 17 and Wednesday, July 7 at noon on
Understanding the Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan
Repayment Program. The 60-minute, interactive webinar will
help participants gain an understanding of the Ineligibility for
Double Benefits Provision and how to apply for CLAAP, as well as
provide information about efforts to secure ongoing funding.
CLAAP is available to qualified civil legal assistance attorneys
with federal student loan dept. Applications for the program are
expected to be due by Monday, Aug. 16 and funds
will be committed on a first-come, first served basis. Eligible
attorneys must be licensed to practice law and must be full-time
employees of a nonprofit organization that provides legal
assistance with respect to civil matters to low-income individuals
without a fee, or full-time employees of a protection and advocacy
system or client assistance program receiving federal funding. The
attorneys will need to remain employed for three years or pay the
assistance back. Because of CLAAP's Ineligibility for Double
Benefits Provision, attorneys expecting to earn substantial Public
Service Loan Forgiveness benefits under the College Cost Reduction
and Access Act must carefully weigh the pros and cons of receiving
Click here to register for Understanding
the Civil Legal Assistance Attorney Student Loan Repayment
Program. Click here for additional resources to help
explain the program and eligibility requirements from Equal Justice
Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Learn more about the faculty for the Criminal Justice Conference
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
June-August CLE brochure, click
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details including dates and registration details.
Recorded session available for
purchase after live program through MBA On Demand.
Real-time Webcast available for purchase
through MBA On Demand.
UPCOMING CLE PROGRAMS
Criminal Justice Conference - Doing Time:
Effective Advocacy at Sentencing and in the Parole
Tuesday, June 15, 2-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Basics of Massachusetts Construction
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
Practice Skills for CAFL and DCF
Tuesday, June 22, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Workplace Injury - The Seminar You Can't Miss
Wednesday, June 23, 3-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The Impact of Estate Planning on Marital Assets in
Thursday, June 24, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
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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