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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012
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Rep. Cabral, Sen. Rodrigues among speakers at Jan. 26 forum on Gateway Cities

MBA to host event at UMass School of Law

Massachusetts Bar Association members are invited to join MBA, legislative and community leaders at a Jan. 26 forum on Gateway Cities to be held at UMass School of Law in Dartmouth beginning at 5 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served during the opening meet-and-greet reception, which will give way to an informational forum. Leaders who have long worked with the issues impacting the state's Gateway Cities will share their insight. The final leg of the evening will focus on pinpointing ways in which the legal community can help address such issues.

Some of the evening's featured speakers include MBA President-elect Robert L. Holloway Jr.; UMass School of Law Dean Michael G. Hillinger; Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford) and Sen. Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield)., chairs of the Gateway Cities Caucus; representatives from MassINC and UMass Dartmouth's Urban Institute; as well as other leading voices on the academic, economic and cultural aspects impacting Gateway Cities.  

"The focus of the forum is to identify ways in which attorneys can lend their expertise with issues affecting Gateway City communities across Massachusetts," MBA President Richard P. Campbell said. Campbell identified a Gateway Cities initiative as one of his priorities for the 2011-12 association year. He named Margaret D. Xifaras, who practices in New Bedford, and Francis A. Ford, who practices in Worcester, to lead this important effort.

Xifaras will moderate the Jan. 26 forum.

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, New Bedford, Springfield and Worcester.

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

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