Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011

Sections sponsor guest speakers at open forums, events

Take advantage of the networking and educational opportunities available to you through MBA section/division open meetings and events which are open to all MBA members. Check out the section newsletters, Section News in the weekly e-Journal and the MBA's Web site for upcoming meetings.

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Young Lawyers hosts career panel, networking reception

The MBA's Young Lawyers Division held a career panel and networking event at the Boston University School of Law on Feb. 9. The panel provided law students with advice about finding and keeping a job in a challenging economy, transitioning from law student to lawyer, and other practical career and job search guidance.

YLD Career Panel Feb. 9

Young Lawyers Division panelists included, from left to right: Gabriel Cheong, Infinity Law Group; Scott Heidorn, Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy PC; Brian Bialas, Foley Hoag LLP; and moderator Kyle Guelcher, chair of the MBA's Young Lawyers Division. Photo by Kelsey Sadoff.

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Individual Rights Section hosts "Bullying" forum

The Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section Council held an open meeting Feb. 9 on the recently passed anti-bullying legislation, how it will affect victims and potential clients, and the roles of the courts and lawyers in such cases.

Bristol County Juvenile Court Associate Justice Lawrence Moniz said using the anti-bullying statute can be a better first-line defense "to the benefit of both the victim and the accused" than a civil harassment or other more serious charge that would end up on a child's record for life.

IRR Open Meeting Feb. 9

Frank A. Smith III (standing), the vice chair of the IRR Section Council, moderates the panel (from left to right): solo practitioner Richard W. Cole; Hon. Mary Dacey White, Lynn District Court associate justice; Arline Isaacson, co-chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus; Hon. Lawrence Moniz, associate justice, Bristol County Juvenile Court; and John J. Cloherty III, managing partner at Pierce, Davis & Perritano LLP. Photo by Bill Archambeault.

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Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council holds bench-bar meeting in Andover

The MBA's Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council sponsored its second bench-bar meeting at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover on Feb. 9. The discussion focused on the Standing Order for Care and Protection Trials, Implementation of new law for young adults (ages 18-22) in DCF custody and the Youth Advocacy Department expansion in Somerville, Lowell and Salem. The council is holding bench-bar sessions throughout the association year. The next meeting is scheduled be held on Wednesday, March 9 in Brockton.

Juvenile & Child Welfare benchbar meeting Feb. 9

Attorneys interested in the practice of juvenile & child welfare law attended the second Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Bench-Bar meeting in Andover. The program was moderated by Peter A. Hahn, chair, Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council. Guest speakers included the Hon. Jay David Blitzman, first justice, Middlesex County Division, Juvenile Court; the Hon. Sally F. Padden, first justice, Essex County Division, Juvenile Court; and James Morton, case manager, Juvenile Court Department. Photo by Tricia Oliver.

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BBO lawyers answers Immigration Law questions

The Immigration Law Section Council hosted Anne S.J. Kaufman, director of the Board of Bar Overseers' Attorney Client Assistance Program since 1999, for an "Ask the Experts: Legal Ethics For Immigration Practitioners" on Feb. 10.

The co-drafter of Chapter 209A, the Massachusetts abuse prevention statute, Kaufman answered immigration attorneys' ethics questions on joint representation cases, the use of IOLTA funds and other topics.

Immigration Law open meeting Feb. 10

Anne S.J. Kaufman, director of the BBO's Attorney Client Assistance Program, left, and Immigration Law Section Council Vice Chair Gerald C. Rovner discuss questions posed by immigration attorneys. Photo by Bill Archambeault.

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