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Gateway City Update: Sec. of Education announces key programs to educate Gateway Cities’ youth

One of MBA President Richard P. Campbell's objectives for the 2011-12 association year was involving the Massachusetts Bar Association as part of conversations related to the commowealth's Gateway Cities -- those mid-sized cities whose residents are experiencing significantly higher rates of unemployment and a stalemate in social, economic and civic innovation. A recurring theme at two forums hosted by the MBA on this topic was the need to close the education gap in those communities.

This month, in a letter from Secretary of Education Paul Reville, Campbell was informed that the FY13 state budget provides the support necessary to implement two components of the state's Gateway Cities Education Agenda: $3 million to support enrichment academies for English language learners and $500,000 to establish Career Academies.

Writes Reville, "This funding will give educators and other stakeholders in our Gateway Cities an important opportunity to enhance existing efforts, implement new strategies, and strengthen partnerships across communities. These grant programs, coupled with ongoing initiatives of the Patrick- Murray Administration, represent another step forward for Massachusetts."

Click here for the letter from Sec. Reville.

Click here for the latest report issued on Gateway Cities by MassINC, "Building Vibrancy: Creative Placemaking Strategies for Gateway City Growth and Renewal."


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MBA President Richard P. Campbell (top) speaks about the MBA's public awareness campaign on the importance of court funding at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago earlier this month.

Photos by Marsha Kazarosian.

MBA initiatives showcased at ABA Annual Meeting

The Massachusetts Bar Association public awareness campaign on the importance of court funding was prominently highlighted at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in Chicago earlier this month.

MBA President Richard P. Campbell and MBA Vice President Marsha V. Kazarosian both presented on the topic throughout the multi-day event. Various aspects of the campaign -- including videos and scaled-down replicas of MBA billboards -- were also on display.

Campbell served as a member of the panel devoted to the topic at the National Conference of Bar Presidents. The panel was moderated by incoming ABA President Laurel Bellows. MBA's efforts were also a key part of the discussion at a dinner hosted by the ABA Commission on the Proper Funding of the Judiciary.

Kazarosian participated on a panel co-chaired by nationally known attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson. She also took part in the NCBP diversity workshop entitled Pipeline to the Profession, at which she discussed the MBA's mentoring programs aimed to expose minority students to the legal profession.

In addition, as a member of the newly established ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Education, Campbell also participated in that group's inaugural meeting. The MBA Task Force on Law, the Economy and Underemployment was referenced throughout the meeting.

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Featured member benefit: Casemaker upgrade provides state-of-the-art search capabilities

Belong to the MBA and save hundreds of dollars every month on legal research

Casemaker has released the newest version of its legal research software, which provides users with state-of-the-art search capabilities and more.

Unlimited Casemaker use is provided to you FREE as a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, which saves you hundreds of dollars every month in legal research.

New Casemaker features include:

  • A Universal Search Bar: The Casemaker search bar appears at the top of every page, for your convenience.  Modeled after Google's familiar search, Casemaker now allows for faster search results via a more intuitive interface.
  • Organization: Casemaker offers a personalized search history, which allows you to save and reuse your research.
  • Consolidation: You can save research in folders organized your way.

To access Casemaker, go to www.massbar.org/Casemaker.



If you want happy clients, try offering solutions

As lawyers, we are risk managers. An important part of our job is to identify the risks associated with different courses of action. Our clients come to us because they want to know what they should do in a particular situation. While offering our clients an analysis of risk is certainly an important aspect of good lawyering, most clients also want to know your opinion. That is why they hired you.

When you consult a doctor about a health issue, you expect the doctor to present you with the treatment options and the risks associated with each plan of action. But most of us also want the doctor to render an opinion of which option is best. You may end up seeking out other opinions and researching options on your own. Ultimately, you may decide not to follow the doctor's advice. But you appreciate the fact that the doctor is trying to help you make an informed decision by giving you his or her opinion.

People hire lawyers so they can sleep better at night. If all you do is present your clients with a laundry list of what can go wrong, most clients are likely to be dissatisfied. They are not going to sleep better because you have done nothing to narrow their options. Presumably, you have a lot more experience dealing with the matter at hand (or at least the legal risks associated with the particular transaction or controversy).

So let your clients know what you think they should do. They may not follow your advice, but they will respect you for having an opinion and they are more likely to turn to you in the future.

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

Published August 16, 2012


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

Get practice insight at the Sept. 21 "How to Start and Build a Successful Immigration Law Practice."

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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.


How to Handle a Residential Real Estate Closing Live program
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 3-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Public Construction Law Update Live program
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Trust Administration for Disabled Minors and Adults Live program
Wednesday, Sept. 19, noon-4 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

How to Start and Build a Successful Immigration Law Practice
Live program
Friday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

iPad for Litigators Live program
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Representing the OUI Client
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4-7 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover


MBA On Demand

Have free time this summer? Catch up on the MBA educational programs you missed this year at www.massbar.org/OnDemand.

Taxation Practice Series

Learn more about the tax aspects of various transactions. Seminars include:

To view a listing of current programs offered on MBA On Demand, click here.

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News from the courts

Probate and Family Court announces new guardianship form and procedure

Chief Justice Paula M. Carey  recently announced the release of form MPC 829 Notice of Intent to Admit to a Nursing Facility for Short Term Services and MPC 955 Instructions, for completing and filing the form. The form is available for use on or after Monday, Aug. 27.

The new form is a result of the recent amendment to section 5-309(g) of G. L. c. 190B (Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code). See Section 42 of Chapter 140 of the Acts of 2012.

Click here to learn more.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Attend the Aug. 22 Probate Law Section Council meeting. Join in the Aug. 23 Immigration Law Section Council meeting. Register for the Sept. 14 Chronic Pain Informational Session.

Probate Law Section Council meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The first meeting of the 2012-13 Probate Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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


Immigration Law Section Council meeting

Thursday, Aug. 23, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The first meeting of the 2012-13 Immigration Law Section Council is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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


Chronic Pain Informational Session

Friday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts Armory, Faneuil Hall, Boston

MBA members are invited to attend the Department of Industrial Accidents, Office of Health Policy's Chronic Pain Information Session on Friday, Sept. 14. This is an all-day seminar and there is no admission charge. The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 31 and space is limited. Click here for the proposed agenda.

To register, contact Hella Dalton at [e-mail Hella.Dalton] or (617) 617-727-4900 Ext: 310.



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