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04-19

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From top to bottom: Pro Bono Law Firm Award -- Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten LLP, Boston; Legal Services Award -- Thomas Mela, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Boston; Legal Services Award --
Linda C. Hickman, Neighborhood Legal Services, Lynn; Defender Award -- Dulcinea (Duci) Goncalves, Quincy Youth Advocacy Department, Committee of Public Counsel Services; Prosecutor Award -- Michael A. Fabbri, Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Access to Justice Awardees to be honored May 31

Attend MBA Annual Dinner to support honorees

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Access to Justice Awards will honor four attorneys and one law firm for their exemplary delivery of legal services at its May 31 Annual Dinner at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

The event will also feature keynote speaker Victoria Reggie Kennedy and the presentation of the Legislator of the Year Award to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. Click here to register for the MBA's 2012 Annual Dinner.

Pro Bono Award for Law Firms

Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten LLP, Boston

One of only six law firms involved in a unique pro bono collaboration with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, the  13-attorney firm of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten LLP in Boston will be honored with the 2012 MBA Pro Bono Award for Law Firms for its representation of high-risk and complex domestic violence cases.

The pro bono working relationship between Brody, Hardoon and the DA's office is due -- in large part -- to firm partner Larry Hardoon, who previously served for more than 14 years in the Middlesex DA's office and began the Middlesex Child Abuse Unit there.

Hardoon describes the pro bono efforts of the firm to be a "win-win." "First and foremost, we are helping people in very vulnerable situation," Hardoon said.

Legal Services Award

Thomas Mela, Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Boston

After more than 40 years in the profession, Massachusetts Advocates for Children Managing Attorney and Senior Project Director Thomas Mela is still passionate. His longstanding career in public services is highlighted by his work serving the underrepresented.

At Massachusetts Advocates for Children, Mela facilitates the interests and efforts of legal services and public interest attorneys from around the state who wish to promote the rights of low-income children.

This past year, Mela advocated for House Bill 178, legislation that would reform school discipline laws in the state. He expressed appreciation to those who have supported the bill.

Pro Bono Publico Award

Linda C. Hickman, Neighborhood Legal Services, Lynn

Linda Hickman grew up with a strong sense of fairness and decided to attend law school after realizing the potential a lawyer has to help people.

In 2005, Hickman contacted Neighborhood Legal Services and interviewed with Director John Ford. She began volunteering with the Elder Law Project, one of four units at the organization. Although Hickman originally signed on for a six-month commitment, she continued to volunteer at Neighborhood Legal Services.

Over the years, Hickman has worked in the Elder Law Unit on many complex cases and has been instrumental in providing legal services to those who might not otherwise have access.

Defender Award

Dulcinea (Duci) Goncalves, Quincy Youth Advocacy Department, Committee of Public Counsel Services

As soon as Dulcinea (Duci) Goncalves could practice, she went straight to where she needed to be: representing indigent juveniles in the criminal justice system. Now, turning 32 this month, she's the attorney in charge of the Quincy Youth Advocacy Department (YAD) of the Committee of Public Counsel Services (CPCS).

At the Quincy YAD, she supervises three attorneys and support staff and carries 15 to 20 cases at a time. She also helps newer attorneys with their cases, including offering advice and support during their first court appearances.

In one case, she helped one former client get probation instead of prison. "Sometimes it's hard to see where we've been successful, but had she gone to state prison for five years … Now she's got a job and is pursuing higher education."

Prosecutor Award

Michael L. Fabbri, Middlesex District Attorney's Office

The gratifying work is what has kept Michael L. Fabbri a prosecutor for the past 26 years. Despite the challenges and stress that come with a job responsible for proving a defendant's criminal guilt, Fabbri finds immense joy in his work.

Fabbri has spent 24 of his 26 years as a prosecutor with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office, where he is currently chief trial counsel. He has also held the positions of chief of homicide, chief of the Special Investigations Unit, deputy chief of the Appeals and Training Bureau and Framingham regional supervisor. He spent two years in the Attorney General's Office, working in the Special Investigations Unit and as deputy chief of the Medicaid Fraud Division.

Fabbri decided to join the legal profession while working as an Air Force electromechanical technician on Minuteman missiles in Missouri. He earned degrees from Framingham State College and Northeastern University School of Law.

For complete Access to Justice Award recipient profiles, look in the May Lawyers Journal.

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House set to debate fiscal year 2013 budget on April 23

Access to justice is in jeopardy in Massachusetts. Call your legislator today and ask them to support passage of amendment #492.

The House of Representatives is set to begin debate on the fiscal year 2013 budget on Monday, April 23. As you know, 42,000 people arrive at our courthouses each day and are faced with increasing backlogs, reduced public hours of operation in some clerks and registers offices. There are over 1,300 fewer court personnel due to a hiring freeze which has been in place since October 2008. Access to justice is in jeopardy in Massachusetts. The Trial Court simply cannot provide the level of service constituents need or deserve.

  • Amendment #492, filed by Representative John Keenan, would add $14 million to the House funding proposal, bringing it in line with the Gov. Deval Patrick's proposed funding of $568 million, but still far short of the courts' maintenance budget of $580.6 million.

For more information on court case filings, funding and staffing click here.

Call your legislator today and ask them to support passage of amendment #492.

Click here to identify your legislators.


In addition, amendment #558, filed by Representative Ruth Balser, seeks to add $2 million to the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation's budget to meet the needs of our state's most vulnerable citizens. This amendment would bring MLAC's funding to $13 million. These difficult economic times have placed an extraordinary burden on legal service providers. An unprecedented number of citizens are eligible for services and revenue from IOLTA is down 78 percent over the past four years.


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From left to right: MBA COO and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy, Cynthia C. Hogan, counsel to U.S. Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., MBA Vice President Marsha V. Kazarosian.

MBA participates in ABA Day in Washington

This week, leaders from the Massachusetts Bar Association participated in ABA Day 2012 in Washington, D.C.

MBA Vice President Marsha V. Kazarosian and MBA Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy met with Cynthia C. Hogan, counsel to U.S. Vice President Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., in addition to members of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation, to discuss issues of importance to the organized bar.

Upcoming MBA Conferences

Criminal/Immigration Law Training Conference, May 9; Second Annual General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Symposium, May 10; 33rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference, May 18

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Register for the Criminal/Immigration Law Training Conference on Wednesday, May 9 from 9 am. to 5:30 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. This day-long program is designed for criminal defense attorneys and immigration practitioners.

The speakers will cover both basic and advanced topics for lawyers at any stage of their practice. The program is ideal for defense attorneys trying to understand the impact of immigration concerns on all aspects of their representation and immigration practitioners interested in immigration related post-conviction motions and deepening understanding of the effects of criminal conduct on immigration proceedings.

Price:
MBA members and AILA members: $100; MBA member law students, recent admittees: $50; and nonmembers: $150.

Registration:
For more information, or to register, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or click here.

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Attend the Second Annual General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Symposium on Thursday, May 10 from noon to 5:30 p.m. at Lombardo's in Randolph. Prepare for the future now by strengthening your business plan, embracing advances in technology and more. Panels include:

  • 11:30 a.m.: Registration
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Running our Law Practices on the Run: Safely and Ethically (Working Lunch)
  • 1-2 p.m.: Serving Our Clients in the Modern Legal World: Business Models for the Future
  • 2-2:15 p.m.: Networking Break
  • 2:15-3:30 p.m.: Fundamental Ethical Issues--Protection for All
  • 3:30-4:45 p.m.: Judges on Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration
  • 4:45-5:30 p.m.: Networking-- New Ideas and Approaches
  • 5:30 p.m.: Networking Reception

The GPSSF Conference has been pre-approved for CLE credits in New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Price:
MBA members: $100; Non-members: $150.

Registration:
For more information, or to register, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or click here.

Start a LinkedIn discussion, share a comment, or like an existing post between now and May 4 for a chance to win a pass to the conference.

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Register for the 33rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference on Friday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston. The conference features keynote speaker Bob Ryan, Boston Globe sports columnist.

  • 9 a.m.: Introductory Remarks
  • 9:10-10:15 a.m.: Employment Law Update -- An Overview of Significant Developments and Notable Cases
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m.: Networking Break
  • 10:30-11 a.m.: An Act Relative to Gender Identity -- What Employment Lawyers Need To Know
  • 11 a.m.-noon: Employee Misclassification and Current State And Federal Government Enforcement
  • Noon: Lunch and keynote address by Bob Ryan, columnist, Boston Globe
  • 1:15-2:15 p.m.: NLRA Issues for Non-Union Workforce
  • 2:15-2:30 p.m.: Networking Break
  • 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Practicum on Courtroom Advocacy -- Tips For Improving Your Courtroom Skills
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m.: News and Developments from the MCAD
  • 4:15 p.m.: Reception

Price:
Sponsoring section MBA members: $180; MBA member paralegals, law students, recent admittees: $120; MBA members: $200; and nonmembers: $240.

Registration:
For more information, or to register, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or click here.

 

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Nominate a colleague for a 2012 Volunteer Recognition Award

The Massachusetts Bar Association is continuing with its tradition of giving Volunteer Recognition Awards to volunteers who deserve special recognition for their exemplary contributions to the association.

Please nominate one or more MBA volunteers who have gone above and beyond with impressive work to advance the organization's mission, programming, publications and /or  other initiatives. In your submission, state why you feel the individual deserves this extra recognition.

Your nominations will be reviewed by the Volunteer Recognition Committee, which will then submit final recommendations to MBA leadership for approval. The awards will be presented in July by MBA President Richard P. Campbell.

Submit your nominations to [e-mail volunteerrecognition] before Friday, April 27.

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From left to right: Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray and Massachusetts Secretary of Education S. Paul Reville.

Lt. Gov. Murray, Education Secretary Reville to speak at April 30 Worcester "Gateway Cities” forum

Following the success of its debut forum in Dartmouth on Jan. 26, the Massachusetts Bar Association will host its second Gateway Cities forum in Worcester on Monday, April 30 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Jury Room at the Worcester Trial Court, 225 Main St., Worcester.

Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray and Massachusetts Secretary of Education S. Paul Reville will be featured on a speaking panel comprised of leaders who have long worked with the issues impacting the state's Gateway Cities. Other panelists include:

  • Michael F. Collins, MD, chancellor of University of Massachusetts Medical School and senior vice president for Health Sciences for UMass;
  • Massachusetts Sen. Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester);
  • Massachusetts Sen. Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury);
  • Benjamin Forman, research director, MassINC; and
  • Craig L. Blais, president, Worcester Business Development Corporation.

Following brief presentations from the panel, the remainder of the event will be devoted to an open discussion.

Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to Gwen Landford at (617) 338-0694 or [e-mail glandford].

Join the MBA's Young Lawyers Division for next week's networking reception on April 25

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Bring a friend and join the MBA's Young Lawyers Division for a special networking reception on Wednesday, April 25 at Lir, 903 Boylston St., Boston

Don't miss this opportunity to create invaluable relationships within the legal community, by relaxing and mingling with fellow MBA members.

R.S.V.P. for free appetizers and two complimentary drink tickets -- good for beer or wine.

Click here to attend.

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LinkedIn Giveaway: Win a pass to the MBA’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Conference

Start a discussion, share a comment, or like an existing post today for a chance to win

Start a LinkedIn discussion, share a comment, or like an existing post between now and May 4 for a chance to win a pass (up to $150 value) to the MBA's General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Conference on May 10 at the Lombardo's, 6 Billings St., Randolph.

The all-day conference will include a networking reception and the following topics:

  • Running our Law Practices on the Run: Safely and Ethically (Working Lunch);
  • Serving Our Clients in the Modern Legal World: Business Models for the Future;
  • Fundamental Ethical Issues -- Protection for All;
  • Judges on Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration; and
  • Networking -- New Ideas and Approaches.

Click here to learn more about the conference.


The winner will be chosen at random on May 7. Click here to start your LinkedIn conversation today.

 

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Why putting your business and marketing goals in writing works

I've written and spoken in the past about the importance of putting your goals in writing; but it is such an important concept in building a successful law practice that I am revisiting the topic. Rather than repeating what I have said previously, in this space I would like to address the "why" (as in why it works). 

Many of us resist taking the time to do planning. It takes a lot of discipline to force yourself to map out a plan of action. But writing down your goals increases your chances of achieving those goals for a number of reasons.

For starters, putting a plan in writing is a tangible way of committing to your goals. It is also an effective way to get more clarity about what you are trying to accomplish. If you say to yourself "I need to lose weight." that is much less effective than writing down that you plan to lose 20 pounds in six months. 

Similarly, putting in writing that you would like to generate 10 percent more real estate work and 20 percent more trusts and estates work in the next year will increase your commitment to growing your practice in that way. With clear goals in place, it becomes more obvious how you should budget your time. The process of putting your goals in writing forces you to make your goals more specific and more clear.

Having a written plan also helps you keep up your momentum. If you have a plan in place, then you have something objective to refer to when you are being pulled in other directions. If your marketing plan says that you will have lunch with one new person a week, then even when work gets busy, your plan ensures that you are sticking with a slow and steady approach to business development.

Creating a written plan is also a great way to involve others in establishing and sticking with your goals. If you have a draft plan for launching your new law practice, showing the plan to other lawyers you trust is a good way to get valuable input. Furthermore, by sharing your goals with others, you increase the social pressure on you to follow through.

Tip courtesy of Stephen Seckler, president, Seckler Legal Consulting and Coaching.

Published April 19, 2012

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To learn more about the Law Practice Management Section, which is complimentary for all MBA members, contact LPM Section Chair Thomas J. Barbar or Vice Chair Stephen Seckler.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Join in the April 27 MUPC Basics Conference for an overview of Land Court's newly implemented policies and procedures.

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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. 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.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Conveying Real Estate under the MUPC Live program
Thursday, April 19, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Health Law Legal Chat Series: Session II Live program
Friday, April 20, noon-1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Lifecycle of a Business Part 2: Land Use/Permitting & Business Financing Live program
Wednesday, April 25, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


MUPC Basics: An Overview of the New Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code
Friday, April 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Criminal/ Immigration Law Training Conference Live program
Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Conference
Thursday, May 10, noon-5 p.m.
Lombardo's, 6 Billings St., Randolph

33rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference Recorded program
Friday, May 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston

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MBA On Demand

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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Have you taken advantage of FREE classifieds?

Post an MBA classifieds ad today

MBA Classifieds provide MBA members and non-members the opportunity to post and view employment/internship opportunities, office share/rental options, as well as lawyer-to-lawyer services and other specialized categories.

Classified postings are FREE to members and are available to non-members for $25.

Post an ad today and take advantage of this opportunity to reach members of the commonwealth's legal community, through its largest bar association.

Click here to post an MBA classified ad.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Attend the April 24 Family Law, General Practice, Access to Justice and Business Law section council meetings. Join in the April 25 IRR open meeting on "Guarding Your Internet Reputation" and the April 25 Labor & Employment meeting with MCAD. Mark your calendars for the May 1 Municipal Law Practice Group meeting, May 1 L&E MCAD meeting in Central Mass. and the May 9 Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council meeting featuring Chief Justice Edgerton of the Juvenile Court.

Family Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, April 24, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Family Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section Council Meeting

Tuesday, April 24, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Access to Justice Section Council meeting

Tuesday, April 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Access to Justice Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Business Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, April 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Business Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section open meeting

Guarding your reputation on the Internet: What are they saying about you?
Thursday, April 25,
noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

You are invited to attend the Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section open meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The focus of this meeting will be:

  1. How a professional may guard his/her reputation on the Internet.
  2. The ways freedom of expression and First Amendment protections intersect with intellectual property and other legal regimes.

Panelists will include: Michelle Keith, moderator, University of Massachusetts School of Law; Daniel A. Batterman, The Law Office of Daniel A. Batterman; and Christopher T. Bavitz, assistant director of Harvard Law School's Cyberlaw Clinic.

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

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Labor & Employment Western Mass. meeting with MCAD

Wednesday, April 25, 12:30-2 p.m.
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, 1500 Main St., Springfield

All Labor & Employment section members are invited to attend a Labor & Employment Section Council meeting on Wednesday, May 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, 1500 Main St., Springfield. The guest speakers are Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Commissioner Jamie Williamson and MCAD Deputy General Counsel Yaw Gyebi. Williamson and Gyebi will speak about recent employment discrimination cases and procedural issues at the commission.

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

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Municipal Law Practice Group meeting

Tuesday, May 1, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Municipal Law Practice Group is scheduled for Tuesday, May 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Appellate Tax Board Commissioner Richard Chimielinski.

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

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Labor & Employment Central Mass. meeting with MCAD

Wednesday, May 2, 12:30-2 p.m.
Community Legal Aid, 405 Main St., Worcester


All Labor & Employment section members are invited to attend a Labor & Employment Section Council meeting on Wednesday, May 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Community Legal Aid, 405 Main St., Worcester. The guest speakers are Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Commissioner Jamie Williamson and MCAD Deputy General Counsel Yaw Gyebi. Williamson and Gyebi will speak about recent employment discrimination cases and procedural issues at the commission.

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

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Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council meeting

Guest speaker:  Hon. Michael F. Edgerton, chief justice, Juvenile Court
Wednesday, May 9,
5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Hon. Michael F. Edgerton, chief justice, Juvenile Court.

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

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