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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 waterfront.

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 Board.

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.

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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 MBF.

"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, click here
For more Boston American Inn of Court information, click here.

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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 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 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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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.

Award criteria

Awardees will be selected from those who have excelled in providing volunteer services in one or more of the following ways:

  1. 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;
  2. Successfully litigated pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to the poor; and/or
  3. Successfully achieved legislation that contributed substantially to legal services to the poor.

Nomination guidelines

  • 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.

Selection process

  • 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 questions.



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.

  1. WinKey: Opens "Start" (Then use arrow keys to move to your selection and hit the enter key to select)
  2. WinKey + D: Brings the desktop to the top
  3. WinKey + M: Minimizes all windows - (great escape)
  4. WinKey + Shift + M: Undo either of the previous shortcuts
  5. WinKey + E: Open Microsoft Explorer (My Computer)
  6. WinKey + L: Lock the computer (Windows XP and above)

This tip is courtesy of Diane L. Ebersole, PMRC Advisor, State Bar of Michigan.

Published October 6, 2010


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To learn more about the Law Practice Management Section, contact Co-Chairs Andrea Goldman or Rodney Dowell.
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Juvenile & Child Welfare open meeting with the Hon. Gail Garinger, The Child Advocate for the commonwealth


Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council
open meeting

Featuring the Hon. Gail Garinger
The Child Advocate for the commonwealth

Tuesday, June 22, 6-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

GaringerThe 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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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 complex task.

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 CLAAP benefits.

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 Works.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Learn more about the faculty for the Criminal Justice Conference

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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 June-August CLE brochure, click here.

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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.


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

Practice Skills for CAFL and DCF Attorneys   Recorded program
Tuesday, June 22, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Workplace Injury - The Seminar You Can't Miss
Live program
Wednesday, June 23, 3-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Impact of Estate Planning on Marital Assets in Divorce Recorded program
Thursday, June 24, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


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



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