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Legislative News

Patrick signs legislation with MUPC and fee amendments

On July 8, 2012 Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed legislation which establishs a uniform trust code, makes technical corrections to the MUPC and amends Probate and Family Court fees with specific references to actions and pleadings under the MUPC. These changes were effective on July 8.

For more information, click here.

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July Lawyers Journal now available

The cover feature article in the July Massachusetts Lawyers Journal catches up with MBA members affected by the tornado that devastated parts of Springfield last June. Learn what progress has transpired since the life-altering event took place and what challenges are still in store.

The Massachusetts Insurance Agency is celebrating 15 years of service to MBA members. Hear from those involved in the agency's formation to find out why Massachusetts attorneys should take advantage of MBA's most popular member benefit.

Plus, learn how to R.S.V.P. for the MBA's FREE Aug. 16 Summer Social on the Boston waterfront and read Section Review submissions from MBA's Health Law and Family Law sections.

Click here to read the July issue.



Searching Twitter

Twitter can be a great tool to find useful information. Professionals commonly use Twitter to share developments in a particular field, discuss a new service offering or highlight an interesting case. Unfortunately, Twitter does not organize tweets by subject matter, so finding information on a discreet topic can be difficult. Rather than reading hundreds of tweets to find information on a particular topic, you can use Twitter's search tools to find exactly the information you want.

A basic search is simple. You pick search terms and type them into Twitter's search box. For example, if you are interested in whether tweets can be subpoenaed in litigation you could search for "subpoenaed" and "tweets." The results contain both terms. If you have misspelled a word, Twitter will suggest a corrected option with the search results. These suggested corrections are NOT as comprehensive as those on search engines and appear to only correct some words, such as celebrity names, so type carefully.

Twitter's Advanced Search offers tools to refine your basic search. For example, you can search for an exact phrase, specify words that should NOT be in the results, search for tweets to or from a particular Twitter account, or search for tweets originating from a particular city (called the "Near this place" option). A full list of advanced search operators is here.

You can combine the Advanced Search options to deliver more specific results. If you want to find Boston Twitter users discussing whether tweets can be subpoenaed in litigation, you can add the "Near this place" option to the sample search above to find Twitter users within 25 miles of Boston using the words "subpoenaed" and "tweets" in a tweet. Or, if you want to determine what a particular Twitter user has been saying about a topic, you can combine the option for tweets from a user (called "From these accounts") with a search term. Thus, you could search for tweets from @jaredcorreia containing the word "marketing" to get Jared Correia's latest tweets on the topic of marketing.

Advanced Search also allows you to search by hashtag. Hashtags are dedicated words or phrases preceded by the "#" symbol (without quotation marks). A Twitter user labels his or her tweet with a hashtag to identify the tweet as related to the subject of the hashtag. For example, the hashtag for LOMAP's recent Super Marketing Conference II was: #superconf. Any tweet containing #superconf, regardless of the words used in the tweet, related to the conference. A recent MBA LPM Tip covering how to filter and archive Twitter posts by hashtag can be found here.

You can also search for tweets via a search engine know as Ice Rocket. Ice Rocket's specialty is real-time search of Twitter and other sources. When reviewing Ice Rocket's Twitter results, you can hover over a Twitter user's profile picture to see a snapshot of that Twitter user including their location, number of followers and tweets, etc.

Use these search tools to find exactly what you seek on Twitter.

Tip courtesy of Scott L. Malouf (@ScottMalouf), Law Office Management Assistance Program (@MassLOMAP).

Published July 12, 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.

Featured member benefit: Save up to 35 percent on Cirque du Soleil tickets


Massachusetts Bar Association members can now save up to 35 percent on tickets to Totem by Cirque du Soleil.

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.

Purchase tickets using code MASSBAR for limited run of shows, through Sunday, Aug. 5. The shows are under the Grand Chapiteau at the Marine Industrial Park, 6 Tide St., Boston.

Click here to purchase tickets or call (800) 331-6483.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Learn how to avoid the common mistakes new lawyers make at a FREE MBA seminar on July 19

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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 Avoid Common Mistakes New Lawyers Make Live program
Thursday, July 19, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


MBA On Demand

Unable to attend June seminars? Practitioners who were not able to attend MBA CLE programs in June 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.

June CLE programming now available includes:

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

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News from the courts

Child Support Guidelines Task Force seeks public comment; SJC appoints new reporter of decisions; Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct invites comments on proposed amendments to Canons 4A and 4B of the Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct


Child Support Guidelines Task Force seeks public comment

The Massachusetts Trial Court Child Support Guidelines Task Force is seeking public comment and suggestions concerning the Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines. Written comments may be submitted to the task force at [e-mail childsupport] or by U.S. Postal Service to:

Administrative Office of the Trial Court
Child Support Guidelines Task Force
Two Center Plaza
Boston, MA 02108

The task force will also hold five public forums where written statements may be delivered and brief oral statements may be made.

The deadline for submission of all comments is Sept. 30, 2012.


SJC appoints new reporter of decisions

The Supreme Judicial Court has announced the appointment of Brian H. Redmond as the new Reporter of Decisions for the Supreme Judicial Court and the Appeals Court, effective July 1. Redmond succeeds C. Clifford Allen, who retired as reporter of decisions in June.

The reporter provides editorial support for the SJC and Appeals Court justices, publishes slip opinions daily in printed and electronic formats and administers a contract for the publication of printed advance sheets and permanent bound volumes of the official reports of the two courts.

Click here to learn more.


Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct invites comments on proposed amendments to Canons 4A and 4B of the Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct

In December 2011, SJC Justices established a Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct, and charged it with recommending amendments to the Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct regarding judges' ability to speak to the public on matters related to the administration of justice.

The committee now publishes for comment proposed revisions to Canons 4A and 4B of the Massachusetts Code of Judicial Conduct.

The committee welcomes all comments pertaining to the issues raised by the proposed amendments to Canons 4A and 4B on or before Aug. 31, 2012. Comments should be directed to attorney Barbara Berenson at [e-mail barbara.berenson] or:

Supreme Judicial Court
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108.




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