Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012
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Save the Date: Jan. 26 Forum on Gateway Cities to be held at UMass School of Law

Following a Gateway Cities initiative proposed by Massachusetts Bar Association President Richard P. Campbell, the MBA will host an informational forum on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth beginning at 5 p.m.

"The focus of the forum will be identifying ways in which attorneys can lend their expertise with issues affecting Gateway City communities across Massachusetts," Campbell said.

Massachusetts' Gateway Cities are those mid-sized cities whose residents are experiencing significantly higher rates of unemployment and a stalemate in social, economic and civic innovation. Some examples are Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, Springfield and Worcester.

Campbell has tapped Margaret D. Xifaras, who practices in New Bedford, and Francis A. Ford, who practices in Worcester, to lead the MBA's Gateway Cities initiative.

Xifaras will serve as moderator at the Jan. 26 event. Area leaders who have long worked with the issues impacting the state's Gateway Cities will share their insight and be part of the conversation to pinpoint ways in which the legal community can help address these issues.

Look for more specifics in next week's e-Journal and in other e-communication in the coming weeks.

Members interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to Gwen Landford at (617) 338-0694 or glandford.

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