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Photograph by Jack Darmody
MBA President-elect Denise Squillante, center, after receiving her award, with Chamber of Commerce Chairman Curt Nelson, left, and Chamber President and CEO Robert Mellion, right.

Squillante honored for community service

MBA President-elect Denise Squillante, a Fall River native, was honored with the John S. Brayton Jr. Memorial Community Service Award by the Fall River Chamber of Commerce on June 17.

Squillante was 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.

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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Reminder: Membership dues renewal right around the corner

Renew your MBA membership by mail or online

The MBA reminds you that the 2009-10 membership year is drawing to a close, and membership renewal notices for the 2010-11 year will be distributed soon. As in years past, the MBA offers members two renewal options:

  • By mail: Renew your MBA membership through the mail with a check or credit card payment. Look for your dues renewal form to come in the mail in mid-July.
  • Online: Look for a renewal notice via e-mail in mid-July with instructions on how to renew your membership online. We understand how valuable your time is and are happy to offer you this time-saving, green alternative.

As always, thank you for your continued support of the MBA.



Find documents quickly in your computer

Google Desktop Search is offered as a free download and is a pretty awesome way of quickly finding documents and other electronic files in your computer. It puts the power of Google inside your computer and returns results like an internet Google search would. In the set up, you can even tell Google to search a shared drive on the network or to exclude a certain folder (like your music folder for example.) You can opt to turn off the feature that also searches internet at the same time and the option to send feedback to Google. Other notable 3rd party desktop search tools include Copernic and X1 (both cost about $50) which also provide robust search capabilities without any worry about Google collecting information about your computer.

This tip is provided by Adriana Linares, LawTech Partners, Legal Technology Training. You can find more about Linares at http://ihearttech.typepad.com.

Published June 24, 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 the summer CLE courses now available

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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.

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

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

District Court Survival Guide - Criminal Practice Recorded program
Monday, Aug. 16, 4-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Fundamentals of Effective Discovery Recorded program
Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2-5 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Trial Practice Luncheon Roundtable Series Part I: Pretrial Preparation and Jury Issues Recorded program
Thursday, Aug. 19, noon-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Trial Practice Luncheon Roundtable Series Part II: Trial Issues
Recorded program
Thursday, Aug. 26, noon-2 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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News from the Courts

SJC changes requirements for foreign law school graduates; adopts rules changes; Appeals Court appoints Lima court administrator

The Supreme Judicial Court approved changes to the requirements for examination and admission for foreign law school graduates proposed by the Board of Bar Examiners on June 10. Click here to review the changes.

The SJC also approved changes to chapter three of the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court on June 10. The changes address qualifications for taking bar examination and admission on motion. Click here to review the changes.


Court Administrator LimaChief Justice Phillip Rapoza announced the appointment of attorney Gilbert Lima Jr., as the new Court Administrator of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Lima's appointment is effective July 1. Lima succeeds the recently retired administrator, Alex McNeil, the only other person to hold that position since the court was established in 1972.

Lima has worked in the Appeals Court Clerk's Office for over 20 years, the last 10 as First Assistant Clerk. Prior to that, he was an assistant district attorney, serving in Bristol County between 1983 and 1989. A retired major in the Military Police of the U.S. Army Reserve, Lima was mobilized as a platoon leader and company executive officer in Operation Desert Storm and then lead a Military Observer Controller Team conducting training for units mobilized in support of anti-terrorist activity.

"I am extremely pleased to appoint Gil Lima as Court Administrator of the Appeals Court," said Rapoza. "He has demonstrated both the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to assist me in administering the court and he has my complete confidence in his new role. I look forward to working with him in the years to come."

Photo of attorney Gilbert Lima Jr. by Tina LaFranchi, Appeals Court.



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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 $75 or $100 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;
  • Newly designed advertising in the Boston Yellow Book;
  • Hispanic Yellow Pages, Idearc Yellow Pages, Exhibit A; and
  • MBTA trains and platforms.

LRS will continue to advertise in most 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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