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My Bar Access launch means enhanced member-to-member interaction

Simply login to start using this online community

The Massachusetts Bar Association earlier this month launched My Bar Access, which replaces the Section/Division portion of the MBA website. The growing number of members who have taken simple steps to set up profiles and use the online community have shared positive feedback.

"So far I am really liking this update! I am a new attorney so I did not spend too much time on the older version of the website, but I am finding this much more interactive and easier to navigate! Well done," said MBA Young Lawyers Division member Helen Partlow, who recently joined the MBA.

Discussions (also known as listservs) and blogs are the most popular features being used by Partlow and other members who have begun conversations with MBA peers through My Bar Access. Members can also benefit from using resource libraries and announcements to share information.

My Bar Access profiles can be set-up by pulling in work experience and biographical information from LinkedIn profiles, which helps to quicken the process.

The following simple steps can instantly connect users with fellow members:

  1. Login and agree to terms: Sign in using your MBA user name and password and sign the Code of Conduct.
  2. Create your profile and settings: Include your bio and photo and customize the frequency and format of your notifications (your profile info from LinkedIn may be pulled over).
  3. Start connecting: Post blogs, discussions (listservs) or upload a resource library entry for your section(s).

Resource materials -- including "Getting Started on My Bar Access" and "How to Use My Bar Access" -- posted in various areas throughout the site, can help users with questions. Following a review of those resources, members who need further help should contact the My Bar Access Help Desk at [e-mail mybaraccess].

Click here to login now.

Join the MBA's Member-Get-A-Member campaign

Refer a colleague and be rewarded.

Member get a member graphicJoin in the Massachusetts Bar Association's Member-Get-a-Member campaign. As a current member, you are the greatest testimony to the value of an MBA membership and we ask for your participation in recruiting at least one new member this association year.     

Take this opportunity to help expand the MBA's network of legal professionals statewide and strengthen our association's preeminent voice in the legal profession. Share your personal and professional MBA experiences and why you belong to the MBA with a colleague and be rewarded. See why others belong.

For every new member you recruit, you will be entered into our raffle for the following prizes:

  • Grand prize: $500 AMEX gift card
  • Second prize: $250 AMEX gift card
  • Third prize: $100 AMEX gift card

To be eligible, you must be identified as the source of the referral on the membership application.

To learn about the program, visit www.massbar.org/membergetmember
for guidelines and rules.

 

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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.

MBF to honor Leo V. Boyle with Great Friend of Justice Award at 2013 Annual Meeting in January

All Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellows and friends are invited to join us at the 2013 MBF Annual Meeting. The meeting will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Social Law Library at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston, and will run approximately one hour with a reception immediately following. New to the MBF? The annual meeting is the perfect venue to learn more about the foundation's work.

MBF Annual Meeting
Thursday, Jan. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, Boston


BoyleThe MBF is excited to present Leo V. Boyle, partner at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC, with the 2013 Great Friend of Justice Award at the annual meeting.

A trial attorney for more than 40 years, Boyle is nationally known for his tireless advocacy on behalf of injured plaintiffs. But his reputation is built on much more than his professional success. Boyle has been committed to pro bono service and active in professional associations his entire career. In his most publicized volunteer effort, Boyle led the way to the creation of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and the largest pro bono initiative in history, through which over 1,700 lawyers from across the country volunteered to assist approximately 2,000 9/11 victims with their settlements.

Boyle has been at the forefront of ensuring access to justice for those most in need, promoting court reform, and changing lives for the better. It is with great pride that the MBF honors Boyle with this award in appreciation for his extraordinary leadership and service.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the FREE "Training Related to Dookhan/DPH Cases Part II" on Dec. 20.

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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

Legal Chat: Forestry, Agricultural and Horticultural Land Taxes and Liens Live program
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 4-5 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats

FREE Training Related to Dookhan/DPH Cases Part II: Post Conviction Issues & Discovery Updates Live program
Thursday, Dec. 20, 2:30-5 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Lifecycle of a Business Part I: Forming a Business & Protecting Assets Live program
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


A Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Practice in the Massachusetts District Courts
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1-5 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover

Getting Paid Live program
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Collaborative Law, a Roundtable
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 3-5 p.m.
Norfolk Probate & Family Court, 35 Shawmut Road, Canton

How to Start and Run A Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice Recorded program
Thursday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lombardo's, 6 Billings St., Randolph


Juvenile & Child Welfare Legal Chat Series Live program
Friday, Jan. 18, 1-2 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.


Lifecycle of a Business Part II: Land Use/Permitting, Insurance Considerations & Business Financing Live program
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Mediating Probate Litigation Cases Live program
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

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MBA On Demand

Unable to attend November seminars? Practitioners who were not able to attend MBA CLE programs in November can now view select programs on MBA On Demand. MBA On Demand is an innovative 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.

In addition, watching an MBA seminar or conference just got easier. All previously recorded MBA On Demand programs are now available anytime, anywhere on your mobile device.

November CLE programming now available includes:

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

LPM Tip

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In 2013, be a failure

It would be easy to sell legal services if you could just follow a formula. Write two articles, post updates weekly on your LinkedIn account, speak at three seminars, take 4 clients or referral sources to lunch and become a board member of your favorite charity. Do all these things and in six to nine months you will have three new clients.

Lawyers are good at following procedures and if it were all this simple, every lawyer in private practice would be above average in the business he or she generates. The reality, though, is much more complex. In the real world, it is hard to know which marketing activities will yield the results you want.

Having a written plan is very helpful in ensuring that you follow through consistently on high value marketing activities. Selling legal services can take months or years. During that time, you want to employ a mix of reputation building and relationship building tactics. While each of these tactics may be consistent with your overall strategy (e.g. growing your trusts and estates practice and serving more entrepreneurs in their 30s and 40s) there is no guarantee that any single thing you do will produce any results. In the real world, 10 marketing activities that seem likely to produce results may only produce one result.

For lawyers and other professionals who are risk-averse, this is a hard lesson to learn. If failure is likely, why should I pursue any of these activities? I see this over and over again with my own clients. They set up a series of lunches with professionals who serve the same clientele and nothing happens. But two months later, they get a call from a prospect who got their name from one of these individuals.

Savvy venture capitalists understand the importance of investing in a broad mix of companies. In general, a VC only expects to succeed in two out of ten investments. This is exact the mentality that will ensure your own success.

So get out and fail. If you don't take a lot of chances, you are much less likely to succeed. If you are not failing, then you are not trying hard enough.

That is not to say that you should continue to fail in the same way if you know for certain that something is not working. But don't stop speaking if no one contacts you after the seminar. Don't stop writing if you receive zero feedback on an article that you have published. Instead, keep failing, keep learning from your failures, and the business will come.

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

Published December 13, 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 Cynthia E. MacCausland.
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News from the courts

Chief Justice Lynda Connolly to retire from bench in March

Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly of the District Court Department has announced she will be retiring from the judiciary next March. She has accepted an appointment at Simmons College, where she will be overseeing the pre-law advising program.

Connolly"It has been my privilege and pleasure every day of the last 15 years to serve as a Justice of the District Court and every day of the last eight-and-a-half years to serve as chief justice," Connolly said. "One of my passions is higher education, and I look forward to joining in Simmons's mission, particularly its important work educating young women for professional careers."

Connolly has enjoyed a distinguished career in the judiciary. She was appointed as an associate justice of the Marlborough District Court in 1997 by Gov. William F. Weld. She subsequently served as acting first justice of the Charlestown District Court, now a division of the Boston Municipal Court. In 2003, she was appointed as the first justice of the Dedham District Court. A year later, Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan appointed her as the chief justice of the District Court Department and reappointed her in 2009 for a second five-year term, which expires in 2014. Throughout her tenure, she has served on many court committees, including as chair of the Trial Court's Budget Advisory Committee, co-chair of the Trial Court Fiscal Task Force and the Trial Court Relocation Committee and recently as a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Search Committee for the Court Administrator. In 2008, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly awarded Connolly The Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award.

"Chief Justice Connolly has done a superb job leading the Trial Court's largest department," Mulligan said. "She is highly respected as a judge and has led the District Court with competence, steadiness and vision. I know that I speak for the departmental chiefs and all who work in the District Court and the entire Trial Court in saying that we will miss her greatly and wish her the very best in her next endeavor."

In addition to her judicial duties, Connolly has served as an adjunct professor since 1981 at numerous universities, including New England School of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston College, Bentley College and as a guest lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Connolly is a graduate of Boston College Law School and the College of William and Mary.

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CPCS employment opportunities

The Committee for Public Counsel Services is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation.

Click here view a current list of available positions, including a full-time staff attorney position at Roxbury Superior Court and an HR director position.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Join in the Dec. 17 Civil Litigation and Access to Justice section council meetings. Attend the Criminal Justice, Sole Practitioner and Property Law section council meetings on Dec. 18. Register for the Dec. 19 Judicial Administration, Probate Law and Taxation Law Section Council meetings. The Business Law Section Council meeting is Dec. 20.

Changes to validated parking at the Lafayette Garage

MBA members entering the garage after 4 p.m. will now have a maximum rate of $11 and weekday users will receive $2 off each of the first two hours. Please bring your parking ticket with you to the MBA for validation.

Civil Litigation Section Council meeting

Monday, Dec. 17, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Civil Litigation Section Council is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17 from 5 to 6:30 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

Monday, Dec. 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Access to Justice Section Council is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17 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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Criminal Justice Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Criminal Justice Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18 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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The Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18 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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Property Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Property Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 18 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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Judicial Administration Section Council meeting

Thursday, Dec. 19, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Judicial Administration Section Council is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Probate Law Section Council meeting

Thursday, Dec. 19, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Probate Law Section Council is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Taxation Law Section Council meeting

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Taxation Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 19 from 5 to 6:30 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

Thursday, Dec. 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Business Law Section Council is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 20 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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