Updates on foreclosure and work place safety bills
The conference committee charged with
brokering a compromise on foreclosure legislation finished its work
earlier this week. The final bill seeks to prevent unnecessary
foreclosures. This bill focuses on loan modifications and does not
contain the Senate-backed mandatory mediation between banks and
homeowners. Instead, the bill calls for the establishment of a
commission, to be headed by Attorney General Martha Coakley to
further investigate mediation. The Massachusetts Bar Association
will continue to advocate in favor for mediation. The House passed
the legislation yesterday, the Senate may vote as early as
see the conference committee report,
The "Temporary Workers Right to Know
Bill," which is strongly supported by the MBA, also passed the
House yesterday. The bill protects temporary workers by requiring
employers to provide them with written notice of key details of
their work assignments, and the legal protections available to
them. The bill now heads to the Senate.
Reminder: Renew your MBA membership by mail or online
The MBA reminds you that the 2011-12 membership year is drawing
to a close and membership renewal notices for the 2012-13 year were
recently distributed. As in years past, the MBA offers members two
- By mail: Renew your MBA membership through the
mail with a check or credit card payment. You should have received
your dues renewal form in the mail in mid-July.
- Online: Click here to renew your
membership online now. We understand how valuable your time is and
are happy to offer you this time-saving, green alternative.
As always, thank you for your continued support of the
If you have any questions,
please contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or
From top to bottom:
(Left to right) Volunteer Recognition Committee Chair Grace V.B. Garcia, volunteer recognition awardees Janice C. Nigro and Mark A. Leahy and MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano.
(Left to right) Volunteer Recognition Committee Chair Grace V.B. Garcia, volunteer recognition awardee James E. Harvey Jr. and MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano.
(Left to right) Volunteer Recognition Committee Chair Grace V.B. Garcia, volunteer recognition awardee Edward M. Pikula and MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano.
The MBA recognizes 50-year members at the July 19 Volunteer Recognition Dinner.
Photos by Tricia Oliver.
MBA honors exemplary volunteers, 50-year members
The Massachusetts Bar Association celebrated the efforts of its
volunteers at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner, held at
Lombardo's in Randolph last Thursday evening. Also recognized at
the event were the MBA's 50-year members.
"We realize that it takes careful coordination to carve out time
for bar involvement," said MBA President Richard P. Campbell. "We
appreciate you keeping service as an MBA volunteer high on your
list of priorities."
The dinner audience comprised nearly 150 volunteers who had donated
their time, energy and expertise to the MBA over the past year by
serving on one of the association's section councils, committees or
The presentation of four Volunteer Recognition Awards highlighted
the work of individuals chosen from a pool of nomination
submissions. Grace Garcia, chair, Volunteer Recognition Committee,
noted the difficult task her committee had in selecting the
evening's awardees. Garcia explained that the awards "recognize
members who volunteer substantial time and effort to the mission,
program and/or publications of the MBA or otherwise enhance the MBA
in a significant way."
Garcia was joined by MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano to
present the honors to the four awardees, which included:
- Edward Pikula, the vice chair of MBA's Public
Law Section, for his work in aiding the public and the bar in the
wake of last June's devastating tornadoes;
- James E. Harvey Jr., long-time MBA volunteer,
for his service as editor-in-chief of the sixth edition of
Traps for the Unwary, distributed to membership earlier
this year; and
- Mark Leahy and Janice Nigro,
for their comprehensive efforts to educate fellow bar members and
the greater legal community on the changes that came with the
Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code.
In addition to the Volunteer Recognition Awardees, the following
50-year honorees received their service plaques from Campbell and
MBA President-elect Robert L. Holloway Jr.:
- Jerry Cohen;
- Gilbert W. Cox;
- Herbert Epstein;
- John P. Higgins;
- Denis G. Regan;
- Allan G. Rodgers;
- Edward A. Roster;
- Hrant H. Russian; and
- Max Volterra.
"Congratulations on this professional milestone," said
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Use Twitter to learn about prospective clients, employers and contacts
Twitter is your soap box. Now make it your microscope. Use
Twitter to learn about potential clients, employers and
professional contacts. We'll discuss researching a potential
client, but the advice below is equally applicable to prospective
employers and networking contacts.
Twitter is excellent for researching potential clients because
information posted on Twitter is focused and timely. A potential
client's tweets tell you exactly what is on his or her mind at this
moment. Compare that to a Google search. Even the most
carefully-crafted Google search may return irrelevant or dated
The first step of your Twitter research is to determine if the
potential client uses Twitter. You can search for the potential
client on Twitter's website, see our prior post on
searching Twitter, or look for their Twitter username (their
"handle" in Twitterspeak) on their website or LinkedIn profile. Once you find
the user's handle you follow him or her. As he or she tweets, read
the tweets and linked materials. You can also search Twitter for
"mentions" (references to a user by others). You can save any
useful searches and run them daily.
If you meet a potential client you can use Twitter to get to know
them better. Ask him or her if they are active on Twitter and
mention that you will follow them. Following your potential client
is a great way to express interest and, if you interact with the
potential client, stay top of mind. Also follow entities related to
the potential client, such as their company or associations they
are actively involved in, such as the Massachusetts Bar Association
You can expand your search beyond one potential client. If you are
interested in serving a particular industry you can find and follow
users in that industry to glean what's important to the industry.
You can also follow people retweeted by the users you initially
As you follow more users, Twitter suggests additional people for
you to follow in the "Who to Follow" box found in the left column
of your home page. If you are targeting your own industry, you can
find users like yourself in the "Similar to Me" box on your profile
page. Before you follow someone check their status. If his or her
last tweet was long ago or he or she has very few followers, they
may not be a good person to follow.
Subscribing to a "list" is another great way to find and follow
groups of users. A list is a group of Twitter users selected
("curated" in Twitter parlance) for a common characteristic, such
as interest in a particular topic. Viewing a list's timeline only
shows Tweets from users on that list. A LOMAP blog post on creating
and using lists can be found
here. You can search for users and lists on Listorious, a curated, Twitter
lists directory and people search engine. For tips on using Twitter
to learn about a new area or specialty see this
superb post by Rocket Matter's Tim Baran (@Tim_Baran).
You want to know your potential clients, employers and
professional contacts? Do it 140
characters at a time, via Twitter.
Thanks to Jean Terranova (@JeanTerranova) of the
Law Office of Jean
Terranova and Betsy Munnell (@BetsyMunnell) of Munnell Associates for
their invaluable advice and suggestions.
Tip courtesy of Scott L. Malouf (@ScottMalouf),
Management Assistance Program (@MassLOMAP).
Published July 26, 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
Vermont changes rules for licensing of out-of-state attorneys
The Vermont Supreme Court has changed the rules for out-of-state
attorneys to be licensed in Vermont. They have dropped the
three-month clerkship requirement for attorneys with five or more
years of practice in another jurisdiction. In its place,
Vermont now mandates 15 hours of CLE, all of which must be taken
prior to admission, with programs approved by the Board of Bar
Examiners. For information on programs approved to assist
in this transition, click
News from the courts
SJC invites comments on proposed new Rule 3:16; Grant received to create small claims video
SJC invites comments on proposed
new Rule 3:16
In 2011, the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court appointed a
working group to consider how to help new lawyers deal with
difficult issues that can generate complaints to the Board of Bar
Overseers. The justices asked the working group to consider whether
requiring an education program for newly-admitted Massachusetts
lawyers would help these lawyers.
The group has recommended that there be a required education
course for newly-admitted lawyers. A substantial section of this
course would address issues of law office management. Other topics
would include professionalism and civility, professional ethics,
the bar discipline system, managing the attorney-client
relationship, do's and don'ts of social media, the availability of
mentoring and continuing legal education, an introduction to
general and affinity bar associations and the importance and
availability of pro bono opportunities.
Proposed Rule 3:16 would require all persons newly-admitted to the
Massachusetts bar to complete a one-day, in-person mandatory
practicing with professionalism course within 18 months of
admission. The proposed rule anticipates that the course curriculum
would be subject to standards issued by the Supreme Judicial Court
or its designee, and that providers (e.g. continuing legal
education providers, bar associations, law schools) would be
approved by the Supreme Judicial Court or its designee. Fees for
the course would be approved by the Supreme Judicial Court. The
proposed rule includes sanctions for noncompliance.
Comments should be directed to Barbara Berenson at
[e-mail barbara.berenson] or at the Supreme Judicial Court,
John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square , Boston MA 02108
on or before Aug. 24.
Grant received to create small
The Trial Court's Access to Justice
Initiative is pleased to report that the State Justice Institute
has granted a request for funds to create and disseminate a small
claims self-help video in English and other languages. This effort
will build upon work already underway through prior SJI funding to
translate documents for small claims proceedings.
The Access to Justice Advisory Committee decided to seek funding
in the area of small claims, since three court departments hear
approximately 100,000 small claims matters each year and many
parties, both plaintiffs and defendants, appear without
The 15-20 minute video will depict the progress of a fictional
small claims case from the dispute through resolution. It will
include basic vocabulary and procedure, how to prepare for court,
what to expect in the courtroom and how to comply with judgments
and orders. Information on how to access additional self-help
resources also will be provided.
Fourth Annual Summer Social
Mark your calendars and join the MBA for a FREE networking event on Thursday, Aug. 16 on the Boston waterfront
Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Learn how to handle a residential real estate closing on Sept. 11. Review MBA On Demand's "Latest in the Law 2012" series, for highlights of the most significant cases and legal developments over the past year.
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 session available for purchase
after live program through MBA On Demand.
Real-time webcast available for purchase
through MBA On Demand.
UPCOMING FALL PROGRAMS
Handle a Residential Real Estate Closing
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 3-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Construction Law Update
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Administration for Disabled Minors and Adults
Wednesday, Sept. 19, noon-4 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
How to Start and Build a Successful Immigration Law
Friday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Representing the OUI
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4-7 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover
Have free time this summer? Catch up on the MBA educational
programs you missed this year at www.massbar.org/OnDemand.
Latest in the Law 2012
Review the highlights of the most significant cases and legal
developments over the past year.
view a listing of current programs offered on MBA On Demand, click here.
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)