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Mark your calendars: 2012 MBA Annual Dinner set for Thursday, May 31

Dinner to include annual Access to Justice Award presentations and honor Legislator of the Year Awardee DeLeo

The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to announce it will be holding its 2012 Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 31 at the Westin Waterfront Hotel, 425 Summer St., Boston. The event will feature the presentation of both the annual MBA Access to Justice Awards and the Legislator of the Year Award to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.

A popular annual event, the MBA's Access to Justice Awards will honor five attorneys and one law firm for their efforts in providing exemplary legal services to the public.

DeLeo (D-Winthrop) will be honored with the MBA's Legislator of the Year Award, which is given to a distinguished Massachusetts politician who has made an exceptional contribution to the improvement of the administration of justice. House Speaker since January 2009, DeLeo's accomplishments include spearheading legislation that will transform the management of the state's courts by hiring a professional business administrator to oversee all of its business aspects. That bill, applauded by the MBA, for being both bold and thoughtful, was signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick this past summer and is in the process of being implemented.

Look for more event details on www.MassBar.org and in Lawyers Journal.

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Join the MBA at Court Advocacy Day on March 19

Court and bar leadership ask attorneys to push for adequate court funding

The Massachusetts Bar Association invites you to participate in Court Advocacy Day on Monday, March 19 at the Grand Staircase inside the Statehouse. Beginning at 11 a.m., the event will help reiterate the need for adequate funding to sustain the critical needs of the Massachusetts Court System. The event will open with a brief speaking program, after which attendees will be encouraged to meet with their local legislators.

An effort of the MBA and Boston Bar Association along with county and specialty bars, the event complements the MBA's ongoing awareness campaign on this topic.

"I encourage all bar members and the greater legal community to support this cause in urging our legislators to approve necessary funding for our courts," MBA President Richard P. Campbell said.

The event will include speaking remarks from:

  • Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland;
  • Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan;
  • MBA President Richard P. Campbell; and
  • Boston Bar Association President Lisa Goodheart.
The MBA and BBA organized a similar grass-roots lobbying effort in 2009.

Click here to R.S.V.P.

Member Appreciation Reception

Network with MBA and Worcester County Bar members on March 29

Member Appreciation Reception March 2012

Join the Massachusetts Bar Association and Worcester County Bar Association at a Member Appreciation Reception and Networking Event from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Citizen, 1 Exchange St., Worcester.

This event will feature passed hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar available.

Click here to R.S.V.P.

Space is limited; R.S.V.P. today.



Becoming successor counsel

If a potential client comes to you for a second opinion or because they are dissatisfied with their current lawyer, it's always a good idea to find out:

  1. How many prior attorneys have worked on the case and who they are? It's OK to be the second counsel. But you have to be concerned if the client has been through two or more lawyers before you ... either they are difficult to get along with or have unreasonable expectations about the outcome.
  2. What were the reasons for changing counsel in the past? Did the lawyer fire the client for nonpayment or failing to cooperate? Do the client's complaints about prior counsel seem legitimate or made up?
  3. Have prior counsel been paid? If not, why do you think you'll be treated differently?

Tip courtesy of MBA Law Practice Management Section Council Member Pat Fernandez, who practices family law in North Andover, Mass. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School.

Published February 23, 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.
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MBA co-sponsors "Bullying and the Law: Policies, Programs and Best Practices"

Conference features keynote speaker Dean B. Eggert, Esq. on March 16 at Harvard Law School

The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to co-sponsor Bullying and the Law: Policies, Programs and Best Practices on Friday, March 16 at Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.

The conference features keynote speaker Dean B. Eggert, Esq., who will explain the law's response to bullying in the cyber age, by reviewing and seeking to harmonize the legislative and judicial responses to the new challenges presented by the bully and her avatar.

In addition, conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops including educators, attorneys, school counselors, resource officers, nurses, other school climate leaders and community members.

Registration deadline is Thursday, March 1.

Registration fees cover conference attendance, e-materials via flash drives, continental breakfast, lunch and certificate of attendance listing appropriate professional development credit hours. Law students may attend the program for a reduced rate of $100.

Click here for a full schedule and for additional registration and conference information.

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MBA Past Presidents and current leadership at the 2011-12 Past Presidents' Dinner on Nov. 17.

MBA seeks nominations for 2012-13 officer and delegate positions

Submit nominations to MBA Secretary by Friday, Feb. 24

The Massachusetts Bar Association is currently accepting nominations for officer and delegate positions for the 2012-13 membership year. Nominees must submit a letter of intent and a current resume to MBA Secretary Robert W. Harnais by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, 2012 to be eligible.

To submit a nomination, mail or hand deliver the information to:

Massachusetts Bar Association
Attn: Robert W. Harnais, MBA Secretary
20 West St., Boston, MA 02111

If you have any questions about the nomination process, call MBA Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy at (617) 988-4777.

Click here for nomination and election procedures.

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News from the courts

MBA President Campbell to provide opening remarks at UMASS Boston Appeals Court sitting

A panel of three justices of the Massachusetts Appeals Court will hear oral arguments in six appeals in a special session to be held on the campus of University of Massachusetts Boston. The sitting, part of the Appeals Court's educational outreach program, is open to the public.

MBA President Richard P. Campbell, Esq., an alumnus and a member of the UMASS Board of Trustees, will welcome the court in a brief ceremony at the start of the session.

Oral arguments for each case take approximately 30 minutes. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The SJC Rule for Cameras in the Courtroom will apply.

Immediately following the session, members of the panel, Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, Hon. Scott Kafker and Hon. William Meade, will conduct an informal question and answer period for students on general topics related to the role of Massachusetts Appeals Court.  (Pending matters will not be discussed.)




Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Learn how to conduct a civil jury trial at the Feb. 29 "Fundamentals of a Civil Jury Trial" seminar.

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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.


Fundamentals of a Civil Jury Trial: Courtroom Conduct and Procedures
Wednesday, Feb. 29, 4-7 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover

Divorce Basics: A View from the Bench and Bar Live program
Thursday, March 1, 4:30-
7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Law Practice Management Section Educational Series: Marketing Madness/Ethical Marketing Live program
Wednesday, March 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Responding to Disaster -- FEMA Eligibility and Reimbursement Live program
Tuesday, March 20, noon-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Legal Chat: Handling Short Sales Live program
Tuesday, March 20, 4-5 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

How to Conduct an Open Meeting Law Training Live program
Wednesday, March 21, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Law Practice Management Section Educational Series: Marketing Madness -- Developing a Marketing Plan Live program
Wednesday, March 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Conveying Real Estate Under the MUPC Live program
Thursday, March 29, 9-11 a.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

It's Confidential -- Privilege Law in Massachusetts Live program
Thursday, March 29, 4:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Taking on the Anti-Bullying Law From All Angles Live program
Friday, March 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


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


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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Featured member: MBA Celtics Dinner Packages

If you're looking to impress your clients or friends, purchase a Celtics Dinner Package.

Your group will be treated to a pre-game dinner at a TD Garden restaurant and four great seats to a sold-out game. Plus, you can surprise your guests with a pre-game photo at Center Court.

Click here to see the schedule and pricing for dinner packages.
Packages start at $1,200 (four tickets) and pricing varies based on location and opponent. T
o discuss available packages, contact the Premium Sales Department at (617) 854-8061 or [e-mail bburnard].

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Join in the Feb. 28 Access to Justice and Business Law Section Council meetings. Attend the March 1 Public Law Section Council meeting.

Access to Justice Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Access to Justice Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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


Business Law Section Council Meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6-7:30 p.m..
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Business Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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


Public Law Section Council meeting

Thursday, March 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Public Law Section Council is scheduled for Thursday, March 1 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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