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MBA On Demand

Annual Conference 2010 programming on "Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws" now available

Practitioners who were not able to attend the March 11 CLE plenary session on how to "Protect Your Firm and Client Information: Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws" at Annual Conference 2010 can now purchase the recorded session through MBA On Demand. Annual Conference 2010's recent developments breakout sessions are also available.

MBA On Demand is a new 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.

Click here to purchase the plenary session on how to "Protect Your Firm and Client Information: Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws."

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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Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School and The Winsor School to compete at the MBA's 2010 Mock Trial Finals

High School teams from Boston and South Hadley will compete for the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2010 Mock Trial State Championship at Faneuil Hall in Boston tomorrow.

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School in South Hadley and The Winsor School in Boston will square off at 10 a.m. in the Great Hall of Faneuil Hall. The teams advanced after winning semi-final elimination rounds held simultaneously at courthouses in Boston and Worcester earlier this week.

Superior Court Justice Peter W. Agnes Jr. will preside over the mock trial and will be assisted by Norfolk Probate and Family Court Associate Justice John D. Casey and District Court Justice Barbara Savitt Pearson. The winning team will secure the state championship and advance to the national competition in Philadelphia, Penn. held May 6-9.

The Mock Trial Program began its 25th year in January. The competition places high school teams from 16 regions across the state in simulated courtroom situations where they assume the roles of lawyers, defendants and witnesses in hypothetical cases. This year's civil case involves an individual who loses a large sum of money after investing a daughter's college fund with a brokerage firm financial advisor. The case focuses on whether the firm and/or the advisor are responsible.

More than 100 high schools across the state initially signed up to participate in the 2010 Mock Trial Program. The preliminary trials began at the end of January. Local attorneys served as both team coaches and judges of the preliminary trials.

The Mock Trial Program is administered by the MBA, and made possible by the international law firm of Brown Rudnick through its Center for the Public Interest in Boston, which has contributed $25,000 per year to the program since 1998.



Blogging for fun and profit

In the Age of Twitter, blogging has come to seem quaint and old-fashioned. While Twitter is undeniably a great channel for communication, the 140-character limit on each tweet makes it imperative to link frequently to other content.  Tweeting links to your own blog helps build credibility - both through thoughtful writing and through establishment of a bigger digital footprint - so long as you don't link only to your own blog.

Click here to purchase the MBA On Demand recording of Annual Conference 2010's plenary session on "Social Media for Lawyers," where you can find some tips on blogging.
One way to connect with other law bloggers - or blawgers - around the country, and to get broader exposure for your own blawg, is by reading, contributing to, and eventually hosting, Blawg Review. This is a weekly "blog carnival," or compendium of blawg posts that is hosted by a different blawger each week (and presided over by an anonymous editor, known only as "Ed"). Links to current and past editions are on the Blawg Review Home page. This weekly digest is usually quite entertaining to read, but it is also chock full of links to a diverse group of posts you might not otherwise find.  Even if you don't begin blogging this week, I highly recommend following Blawg Review in order to see what some successful lawyers are doing on line, and commenting on some of the collected posts, if you are so moved. Call it the new water cooler or the new town square, but whatever you call the blawgosphere, you should be there.

David Harlow, principal of The Harlow Group LLC, in Newton, blogs at HealthBlawg and has hosted Blawg Review four times.  You should follow him on Twitter. Harlow spoke on: "Marketing and Branding Your Practice Using Social Media" at the MBA Annual Conference 2010 on March 11.

Published March 25, 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.
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MBA section news

Access to Justice and General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section seminar; Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting; How to Represent Claimants (employees) at Unemployment Insurance Hearings; Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council April open meeting; Municipal Tax and State Tax Practice Groups open meeting


Access to Justice and General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section seminar

Earning Attorney Fee Awards for Helping Low and Middle Income Clients
Wednesday, March 31, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Are you looking to earn additional income? Attend this seminar and learn how to expand your practice to include statutory fee awards for resolving legal problems for low and middle income clients. Topics include:

  • Federal: How to claim and collect attorneys' fees in civil rights litigation and under the Equal Access to Justice Act. Fees may be available in areas including civil rights, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare benefits, HUD, EPA, INS, OSHA and NLRB; and
  • State: More than 40 state statutes have an attorneys' fee provision. Learn how to compute fees, costs and expenses.

Faculty: James Breslauer, Esq., program chair, Neighborhood Legal Services, Lawrence; Hon. Bonnie H. MacLeod-Mancuso, Superior Court, Boston; Patti A. Prunhuber, Esq., Legal Assistance Corp. of Central Massachusetts, Worcester

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 as well as legal, ethical and political principles relating to detainees. A panel comprised of Frank A. Smith, III, Esq., program co-chair, Law Office of Frank A. Smith III, Boston; Jonathan Mannina, Esq., program co-chair, Legal Assistance Corp. of Central Massachusetts, Worcester; Fausto Da Rocha, executive director, Brazilian Immigrant Center, Allston; Kevin Powers, Esq., Rodgers Powers & Schwartz LLP, Boston; and Shiva Karimi, Esq., Law Office of Shiva Karimi, Boston will explore 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. This meeting is free. 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.


Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council April open meeting

Featuring Chief Justice Michael F. Edgerton
Wednesday, April 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council will host an open meeting on Wednesday, April 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The guest speaker will be Chief Justice Michael F. Edgerton of the Juvenile Court Department. This meeting is free. All section members are invited to attend.

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


Municipal Tax and State Tax Practice Groups open meeting

Thursday, May 6, 5-6:30 pm
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Taxation Law Section's Municipal Tax Practice Group and State Tax Practice Group will host a joint open meeting on Tuesday, May 6. The business meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and the guest speaker at 5:30 p.m. will be Mark Defrancisco, chief counsel to the Appellate Tax Board's legal department. Defrancisco advises the board on legal, evidentiary and related issues; reviews and advises the board on motions heard before the board; and drafts, edits and approves the board's findings of fact and reports. With experience in state and local taxation, in both the public and private sector, Defrancisco has spoken frequently on matters relating to Massachusetts taxation at conferences sponsored by MCLE, Massachusetts Associaton of Assessing Offices, county assessors associations, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the MBA and Boston Bar Assocation's taxation committes. This meeting is free.

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


Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the "Alternative Careers: Opportunities in Higher Education Administration" roundtable

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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:

  • The Impact of Social Networking on Employment Law Luncheon Roundtable
  • Earning Attorney Fee Awards for Helping Low and Middle Income Clients
  • Probate/ Property Series: Part III - Probating Real Estate from Start to Finish
  • Basics of Divorce Practice
  • Alternative Careers: Opportunities in Higher Education Administration
  • Contempt Trends and Beyond
  • Save the date: 31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
  • MBA co-sponsored program: Rebuilding Financial Integrity

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.


The Impact of Social Networking on Employment Law Luncheon Roundtable
Wednesday, March 31, noon - 1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Earning Attorney Fee Awards for Helping Low and Middle Income Clients
Wednesday, March 31, 4 - 7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Probate/ Property Series: Part III - Probating Real Estate from Start to Finish
Tuesday, April 6, 4 - 7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Basics of Divorce Practice
Tuesday, April 6, 4
- 7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield

Alternative Careers: Opportunities in Higher Education Administration
**Sponsored by the Lawyers in Transition Committee**
Wednesday, April 7, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Hampden Superior Court-Hall of Justice, Commissioners Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, Springfield

Contempt Trends and Beyond
Thursday, April 8, 4
- 7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


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


Rebuilding Financial Integrity: The Emergence of Business Ethics in Institutional Reform
Thursday, April 1, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Suffolk University Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St., Boston

The MBA invites you to this timely symposium at Suffolk University, followed by a reception at the Union Club and book-signing by keynote speaker Harry Markopolos, the Madoff "Whistleblower." Additional outstanding speakers include individuals from The Ethics & Compliance Officer Association; Federal Reserve Bank-St. Louis; Boston Securities and Exchange Commission; Financial Industry Regulatory Assocation, and TIAA-CREF.

The event offers four CLE credits to attendees and Massachusetts Bar Association members will be able to attend at the discounted rate of $50. This program is co-sponsored by the MBA, TIAA-CREF, Suffolk University Sawyer Business School and the Suffolk Alumni Association.

NOTE: Click here to register. Registration for this program is through Suffolk University and NOT the MBA.

How to Use the Mortgage Discharge Statute to Improve Your Real Estate Practice

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  • Light meals, snacks and beverages.

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