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06-14

Featured member benefit: Fourth Annual Summer Social

Mark your calendars and join the MBA for a FREE networking event on Thursday, Aug. 16 on the Boston waterfront


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Fourth Annual Summer Social

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Conference moderators (from left to right): Jared D. Correia, Esq. and Rodney S. Dowell, Esq. of the Law Office Management Assistance Program in Boston.

FREE "LOMAP Super Marketing Conference II" set for next week

Attend the June 19 program for marketing and client tips, networking and more.

The Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program and North Carolina Bar Association's popular Lunch Hour Legal Marketing Series pushes away from the lunch table once each year to expand its programming into a half-day conference format. This will be LOMAP's second annual legal marketing conference; but, unlike many sequels, this one promises to be even better than the first.

Speakers will present long-form and short-form talks and offer an array of marketing experience and expertise, coupled with a willingness to share some of their best tips with you.

Whether you're just starting out, and need to bring in your first client, or you're looking to get more, or better, clients, this conference can help you to get there.

In addition to what you'll learn from presenters, numerous marketing breaks, opportunities to access speakers and a closing networking reception will afford you the opportunity to meet with colleagues and to expand your contacts.

Click here to register for this FREE conference.


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Unable to come to Boston? This program is available as a real-time Webcast. When registering, participants can choose to attend virtually from a home or office computer. If you choose to attend the program via real-time Webcast, space is limited. Registrants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Members of the MBA's YLD participate in the "Lawyers Have Heart 5K Road Race & Summer Celebration" on May 30.

Photo courtesy of Sam Segal, Esq.

YLD raises $1,725 for the American Heart Association

Members of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division participated in the "Lawyers Have Heart 5K Road Race & Summer Celebration" at the Bank of America Pavilion on May 30.

A team of 14 YLD runners raised $1,725 for the American Heart Association. The donation will be used to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke, both of which profoundly affect the legal profession.

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One way to increase your chances of executing your marketing plan

It is important to have a plan if you want to build your law practice and having a written marketing plan will greatly increase the likelihood that you will actually follow through. But for attorneys, there are many obstacles that get in the way of marketing. Most lawyers are more comfortable doing actual legal work than spending time on marketing activities. Then there is always the lure of the billable hour (how can I spend time on non-billable work when there is still billable work to be done).

Probably the biggest challenge that attorneys face is that they are trying to change their behavior. They are not accustomed to spending time building their reputation or on business relationship building and some of these activities do not feel either natural or comfortable. So even if a written plan is put in place, executing that plan can be difficult.

One way to increase your odds of success is to focus on one new thing at a time. If you try to execute on too many new things at once, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed (and as a result, unmotivated to follow through). Instead, start off slow. If meeting potential referral sources for coffee is on your list, focus just on that for a month or two. If you prefer to focus first on building your reputation, get going on that article you have been meaning to write. Or join a trade association and get active so that you can start meeting people in the industry you are targeting.

There are many paths to marketing success and where you start is not that important. You are investing in your future and some of today's activities may not bear fruit for years. So the important thing is to get going on something. You can always add more activities to the mix once you are comfortable with one new activity. In contrast, if you try to do it all at once, you may find yourself doing nothing at all. Instead, you'll have a nice marketing plan sitting on your computer and nothing to show for it.

Tip courtesy of Stephen Seckler, president, Seckler Legal Consulting and Coaching.

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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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News from the courts

SJC extends start date of SJC Rule 1:19; Electronic notification now available in cases of interest

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SJC extends start date of SJC Rule 1:19


The Supreme Judicial Court has announced the effective date of SJC Rule 1:19 governing "Electronic Access to the Courts" has been extended to Sept. 17, 2012 to allow  the courts additional time to prepare for its implementation. The original effective date announced earlier this year was July 1, 2012.

Judges, clerks and security personnel in 101 courthouses throughout the state will receive information and training in the coming months and will develop protocols to comply with the rule's provisions. Newly hired and promoted court officers and associate court officers in the Trial Court will be included in the upcoming training sessions.

In February, the justices issued an order amending the former Rule 1:19 governing cameras in the courts and replaced it with the new rule. After the new rule has been in operation for a year, the court will review it to determine whether further revisions are needed.

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Electronic notification now available in cases of interest

The Clerk's Office for the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit will be contacting attorneys appearing in court who have not registered for the court's electronic filing system (CM/ECF). Use of the court's electronic filing system is mandatory for all attorneys filing in this court. If you intend to file documents in a case or in future cases, you must register immediately with PACER for an appellate ECF Filer account. For more details regarding registration click here.

It is now possible for attorneys to register for the sole purpose of receiving electronic notice of docket activity in cases of interest to them. Bar membership is not a requirement. If you do not need electronic filing privileges, but wish to receive immediate electronic notice of docket activity, you can select the option "other (not a public filer)" when you register. Attorneys who select this option will automatically receive electronic notification of docket activity in their active cases and in cases they select. For more details click here.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the June 26 Health Law Conference for information on medical records, health care needs for kids with autism and more.

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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.

UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Health Law Legal Chat Series: Session V Live program
Friday, June 15, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

LOMAP Super Marketing Conference II Live program
Tuesday, June 19, noon-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Law Practice Management Section Educational Series Finale: Live program
Top 10 Practice Management Tips
Wednesday, June 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Taxation Practice Series: Live program
Tax Issues Related to Entities and Real Estate
Thursday, June 21, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


MBA co-sponsors program: IMLA Land Use Seminar
Thursday, June 21-Friday, June 22
Harbor Events Centerm Portsmouth Garden Hilton, Portsmouth, N.H
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Health Law Legal Chat Series: Session VI Live program
Friday, June 22, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

Health Law Conference Live program
Tuesday, June 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

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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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Taxation Practice Series offers practical tax theory application tips

Final session scheduled for June 21 on entities and real estate.

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Taxation Law Section and Young Lawyers Division are presenting an affordable series, which provides a solid tax foundation for general practitioners, and others, who would like to learn more about the tax aspects of various transactions. The series is also a rare opportunity for law students to learn practical application of tax theory. Join the MBA for the last session in the series on June 21.

Unable to come to Boston? These programs are available as real-time Webcasts. When registering, participants can choose to attend virtually from a home or office computer. If you choose to attend the programs via real-time Webcast, space is limited. Registrants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Taxation Practice Series: Live program
Tax Issues Related to Entities and Real Estate
Thursday, June 21, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

  • Tax Issues Related to Entities
    • Choice of entity when establishing a law practice;
    • Comparison of tax implications of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and associations; and
    • Difference between C and S corporations, including requirements for S election.
  • Tax Issues Related to Real Estate
    • Mortgage interest;
    • Points;
    • Exclusion of gain from sale of principal residence;
    • What is a principal residence and requirements of living there?;
    • Principal residence exclusion when portion of property rented;
    • Tax effect of a foreclosure; and
    • Home office deductions.

Click here for a list of faculty and to register.

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Did you miss the May 17 "Taxation Practice Series: Estate Planning, Basis and Forming a Nonprofit Organization" or the June 7 "Taxation Practice Series: Tax Implications of Divorce, Taxation of Litigation Proceeds and Spotting Issues on Tax Returns?" Watch the programs anytime, anywhere via MBA On Demand.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Attend the June 19 Labor & Employment and Property Law section council meetings. Join in the June 20 Probate Law and Taxation Law section council meetings.

Labor & Employment Section Council meeting

Tuesday, June 19, 5-6 p.m.
The Kinsale, 2 Center Plaza, Cambridge St, Boston

The last meeting of the 2011-2012 Labor & Employment Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19 from 5 to 6 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Property Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, June 19, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The last meeting of the 2011-2012 Property Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19 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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Probate Law Section Council meeting

Wednesday, June 20, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The last meeting of the 2011-2012 Probate Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All section members are invited to attend

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

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Taxation Law Section Council meeting

Wednesday, June 20, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The last meeting of the 2011-2012 Taxation Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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