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2010-11 officer slate announced

Led by MBA Past President Edward W. McIntyre, the Massachusetts Bar Association Nominating Committee has issued its report for the 2010-2011 nominations for MBA officers and regional delegates. The committee was composed of McIntyre, MBA Past President Warren F. Fitzgerald, Mary Jo Kennedy, Christopher A. Kenney, Margaret D. Xifaras, Gina Y. Walcott and MBA Past President David W. White Jr.

Denise Squillante automatically succeeds to the office of President on Sept. 1, 2010. Pursuant to Article VII, Section 2 of the MBA Bylaws, the committee has filed with MBA Secretary Jeffrey N. Catalano the following list of other officers for 2010-11:

President-elect Richard P. Campbell
Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano
Vice President Douglas K. Sheff
Treasurer Robert L. Holloway Jr.
Secretary Marsha V. Kazarosian


Regional Delegates:
Region 1 Susan A. Huettner
Region 2 Sara J. Trezise
Region 3 Miriam H. Babin
Region 4 Veronica J. Fenton
Region 5 Keith A. Minoff
Region 6 Walter A. Costello Jr.              
Stephen L. Wollman
Region 7 Kevin G. Diamond
Lee J. Gartenberg
Patricia A. Metzer
Region 8 Robert W. Harnais
Julio R. Hernando
Region 9 Anthony J. Benedetti
Alice B. Braunstein
Denise I. Murphy
Stephen Y. Chow
Region 10 Margaret J. Hurley
James G. Reardon Jr.


For information about MBA officer positions, please refer to Article VI of the MBA's Bylaws. For information on Committees and Boards, please refer to Article VII of the MBA's Bylaws.

To view the MBA Nomination and Election Procedures, click here.

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Judge Angela M. Ordoñez (left) and William "Mo" Cowan, chief legal counsel for Gov. Deval L. Patrick, speak to students who participated in the MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program.

Students participate in a tour of the Supreme Judicial Court given by Barbara Berenson, SJC senior attorney.

Photos by Jennifer Rosinski.

MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program celebrates its first year

William "Mo" Cowan, chief legal counsel for Gov. Deval L. Patrick, spoke about his path into a legal career and the importance of mentors at an event celebrating the first year of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Tiered Community Mentoring Program. Cowan revealed he originally planned for a career in medicine and that Patrick is among his many mentors from all walks of life.

The March 4 gathering at the Adams Courthouse in Boston included a tour of the courthouse, with a stop at the Supreme Judicial Court and its legal exhibits by Barbara Berenson, SJC senior attorney.

The Tiered Community Mentoring Program, created by Norfolk and Probate Judge Angela M. Ordoñez, co-chair of the MBA's Diversity Task Force, kicked off in October. The program matched up 40 participants into ten groups comprised of practicing lawyers as well as students from Suffolk University Law School, Roxbury Community College and John D. O'Bryant High School in Roxbury.

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MBA section news

Criminal Justice Section Council open meeting; Civil Litigation evening roundtable; Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting; How to Represent Claimants (employees) at Unemployment Insurance Hearings

Criminal Justice Section Council open meeting

Tuesday, March 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Criminal Justice Section Council's guest speaker at the March 16 open meeting will be Parole Board Chairman Mark Conrad. All section members are invited to attend.

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


Civil Litigation evening roundtable

Mediation Advocacy Tips, Tactics and Techniques
Thursday, March 25, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

As more civil disputes are now resolved through ADR than trials, civil litigators must learn how to use case presentation skills to maximize the prospect for favorable results in mediation. Topics include:

  • How to prepare your case for mediation;
  • How to use body language to enhance advocacy; and
  • How to use trial techniques in ADR to support your case presentation.

Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association; MBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Click here to register.


Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting

Guantanamo Bay: Opened - Closed, Why and When
Thursday, April 8, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This open meeting presentation will explore the legal issues relating to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - whether and to what extent Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be opened or closed, and the faculty will suggest what role citizens and legal practitioners can have as to the legal and political process. Topics include:

  • Representation of detainees;
  • The legal, ethical and political issues involved in representation of detainees;
  • The role of citizens and lawyers as to Guantanamo Bay;
  • Selected syllabus of Supreme Court decisions regarding detainees;
To R.S.V.P, click here.


How to Represent Claimants (employees) at Unemployment Insurance Hearings

Thursday, April 8, noon-3 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Labor & Employment, Civil Litigation and Access to Justice sections and Young Lawyers Division are proud to co-sponsor a training seminar on How to Represent Claimants (employees) at Unemployment Insurance Hearings. This seminar will be provided by Greater Boston Legal Service's Employment Law Unit and the Volunteer Lawyers Project.  

The program is free of charge, however, all attendees are strongly encouraged to become a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Project pro bono panel and agree to take one pro bono unemployment insurance case over the next year. Given the current economic climate, there is an enormous need for claimant representation at unemployment hearings. Legal Services, however, cannot not meet the demand for representation therefore we urge all attendees to volunteer to be part of VLP's pro-bono panel. All volunteers must be licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. Training topics will include:

  • How to represent a claimant at an unemployment hearing;
  • Basic procedures for initial unemployment determinations; and
  • Practical information about conducting direct and cross examination and witness preparation.

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

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Excellence in the Law event honors the profession’s finest

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the MBA will salute a star-studded roster of lawyers and judges at the Excellence in the Law celebration at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Thursday, May 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. For ticket information, click here. Honorees with include the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award, Daniel Toomey Excellence Judiciary Award, Up & Coming Lawyers and Diversity Heroes.

Nominations are now being accepted for Lawscar awards in the following categories, until March 15:

  • Law Professor of the Year: Nominate an educator who has inspired, challenged and otherwise exhibited excellence in academia
  • Court Clerk of the Year: Nominate a clerk who goes above and beyond the call of duty in terms of professionalism, service and integrity
  • Court Officer of the Year: Nominate a court officer who has demonstrated exemplary service and dedication to his/her profession
  • Rainmaker of the Year: Nominate an attorney who best demonstrates the savvy, skills and service that brings in big business for his/her firm
  • Best Dressed Lawyer of the Year: A lawyer whose personal style stands out and makes you take notice. Whether it be a unique style or always dressed to impressed
  • Senior Attorney of the Year: Nominate an attorney with 40+ years of service who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, commitment and achievement
  • Law Firm of the Year: Tell us why this firm should be nominated as Law Firm of the Year. Factors may include business innovation, success stories, quality of life at the firm, pro bono efforts and community work.
  • Best Restaurant for Power Lunch: What & where is that restaurant that can always be counted on for outstanding food, reasonable prices and a plethora of legal camaraderie?
  • Best Restaurant for Client Dinner: What & where is that restaurant that can always be counted on for outstanding food, reasonable prices and a plethora of legal camaraderie?

Click here to submit a nomination.

For more event information, click here or call (617) 218-8213.
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MBA President-elect Denise Squillante (left) and MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus.

MBA Delegation attends ABA Mid-Winter Meeting

The MBA Delegation to the American Bar Association House of Delegates recently participated in the ABA's mid-winter meeting in Orlando, Florida. MBA ABA Delegates include:

  • Young Lawyers Division Chair-elect Kyle R. Guelcher;
  • MBA Past President Roy A. Hammer;
  • Paul W. Lee;
  • Josephine A. McNeil;
  • Catherine E. Reuben;
  • MBA President-elect Denise Squillante; and
  • MBA Past President Richard C. Van Nostrand.

The Delegation was successful in obtaining approval of recommendations related to homeless youth, veterans services and copyright law, and learned about ABA initiatives to support unemployed and under-employed lawyers.

Click here to send delegation members your questions and ideas.

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Featured member benefit: Casemaker

Casemaker 2.2 has been released in Massachusetts

Casemaker 2.2 has the same look, format and functionality of Casemaker 2.1, but with upgrades to the Casemaker Legal Research program.

Improvements include:

  • New 'Session Laws' book;
  • Section ranges shown within state code browse mode;
  • Removal of SuperCode (Code will be updated throughout the year to stay current);
  • 'History' lines at the end of each section of code will link to all previous amendments to that section;
  • 'Archive' link to prior codes;
  • Expanded case law database;
  • Dual citation AND pagination for state & regional reporters; and
  • Linked footnotes within case law.

Click here to participate in weekly, free live Webinars for both Novice & Expert Casemaker Users about Casemaker 2.2 enhancements. Contact Casemaker support at (877) 659-0801 with any questions.

Webinars include:

  • Casemaker Novice: Every Wednesday at 3 p.m.
  • Casemaker Expert: Every Tuesday at 4 p.m.




Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the "Electronic Discovery: Rules of Practice and Emerging Issues - What Litigators Should Know" seminar

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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 March/April CLE brochure, click here.

MediaSite updated without JanThis week's highlighted programs include:

  • Electronic Discovery: Rules of Practice and Emerging Issues - What Litigators Should Know
  • Basics of Divorce Practice
  • Elder Law Basics
  • Career Reentry Primer, sponsored by the Lawyers in Transition Committee
  • It's Confidential- Privilege Law in Massachusetts
  • Mediation Advocacy Tips, Tactics and Techniques
  • Save the date: 31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.


Electronic Discovery: Rules of Practice and Emerging Issues - What Litigators Should Know
Thursday, March 18, 4 - 7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield

Basics of Divorce Practice
Tuesday, March 23, 3 - 6 p.m.
Plymouth Probate & Family Court, 52 Obery St., Plymouth

Elder Law Basics
Tuesday, March 23, 4 - 7 p.m.
Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton

Career Reentry Primer Roundtable
Sponsored by the Lawyers in Transition Committee
Wednesday, March 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

It's Confidential- Privilege Law in Massachusetts
Thursday, March 25, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Mediation Advocacy Tips, Tactics and Techniques
Thursday, March 25, 5 - 7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Save the date

31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
Tuesday, May 11, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston

9 a.m.: Discrimination: Survey and Hot Topics
10:15 a.m.: Discrimination: Practice Tips and Technology Issues
11:15 a.m.: Break
11:30 a.m.: Wage and Hour Update and Practice Tips on Collective Actions
12:10 p.m.: Lunch featuring Keynote Speaker Stuart J. Ishimaru, acting chairman, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1 p.m.: Labor Law Update
2 p.m.: Break
2:10 p.m.: Practice Issues Faced by Employment Lawyers
3:10 p.m.: Summary Judgment: The Real World featuring the Hon. William G. Young
4:10 p.m.: Reception


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