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Legislative News

Conference Committee brokers FY13 state budget

The conference committee charged with brokering an agreement on the fiscal year 2013 state budget completed its work last night. Today, the House and Senate are set to approve the measure. The budget provides $560.9 million in funding for the trial court. Additionally, the trial court was granted transferability giving the court administrator flexibility needed to manage the trial courts business and administrative operations. Additionally, the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation got $12 million for fiscal year 2013.

Click here to view the MBA's correspondence to the conference committee on the trial court.

Click here to view the MBA's correspondence to the conference committee on MLAC.

The budget will next head to Gov. Deval L. Patrick, who has 10 days to review it.

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News from the courts

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 decision; SJC rules in Eaton vs. Federal National Mortgage Association


U.S. Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act
in a 5-4 decision

The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of the entire Affordable Care Act in a 5-4 decision. Under the law, individuals who fail to obtain insurance will be required to pay a tax penalty, beginning in 2014. Click here view the opinion.

An amicus brief co-authored by Massachusetts Bar Association Health Law Section member Lorianne Sainsbury-Wong was mentioned in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark health care decision on page 73 of the opinion by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The brief, which argued that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional was filed before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of several Massachusetts organizations -- including Sainsbury-Wong's employer, Health Law Advocates in Boston. Ginsburg quoted the brief in a section that argued that Congressional intervention was necessary because states that have undertaken their own health care reform would otherwise be at an economic disadvantage.


SJC rules in Eaton vs. Federal National Mortgage Association

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently ruled in Eaton vs. Federal National Mortgage Association that a lender must have proper paperwork (promissory note and mortgage) to foreclose on a home, but that the ruling is not retroactive.

Click here to view the slip opinion.

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Photograph by Marc D'Antonio
Members of the legal community participate in the June 26 Health Law Conference.

Health Law Conference focuses on SJC's affordable care act decision, social media in health care, needs of children with autism and more

The Health Law Section Council hosted its annual spring conference on June 26 at the Massachusetts Bar Association in Boston. The half-day conference offered attendees with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of a wide variety of topics in the complex world of health law practice. Topics included use of social media in the health care sector, an in-depth discussion of insurance coverage for services for the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the Supreme Judicial Court's recent decision regarding the constitutionality of excluding legal immigrants from state-subsidized health insurance. Additionally, Health Law Conference Co-Chair Stephen M. Fiore and MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano provided an overview and history of apology laws that apply in medical malpractice cases.

Professor Wendy Mariner, from Boston University School of Public Health, delivered the conference's keynote address. Mariner provided an in-depth analysis of the Supreme Court's soon to be issued ruling on the constitutionality of Affordable Care Act. Rather than speculate on the outcome, Mariner broke down the arguments and offered some valuable insight on the impact this decision will have on the way Americans obtain and pay for health insurance.

"Most constitutional experts thought this case was an easy one, a slam dunk," Mariner said. "However, those of us who work in the health care field recognized the complex nature of this case."


Did you miss the June 26 Health Law Conference? Click here to view it anywhere, anytime via MBA On Demand.

YLD to host final 2011-12 networking event on Boston waterfront on July 12

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Bring a friend and join the MBA's Young Lawyers Division for a special networking reception on Thursday, July 12 at M.J. O'Connors Irish Pub at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., Boston. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Don't miss this opportunity to create invaluable relationships within the legal community, by relaxing and mingling with fellow MBA members.

Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres available.

Register today; space is limited.

Click here to register.




Keep your marketing machine running throughout the summer

"Summertime and the living is easy."

Summer is a great season to get outside in New England. It is also a great time to queue up your marketing for the fall. If you have a vacation scheduled, by all means, go somewhere and enjoy yourself. Do not think about work. Let your brain take a rest. But resist the temptation to sit out the whole summer.

Everyone is on vacation  I'll just start up again in the fall. While it is true that there are more people on vacation in the summer than at other times of the year, few professionals are on vacation for the entire summer. If you plan ahead, you will find ample opportunities to go out for coffee, meet for lunch, play tennis, golf or whatever recreational activity you enjoy. You just have to find out who is around.

Making the effort to socialize during a more social time of the year will pay dividends down the road. If you invest in relationship building in a more relaxed way (at a more relaxed time of the year), you will build the trust that is necessary to generate referrals and actual work. So enjoy your own week on the Cape. But make sure to fill the other summer weeks with meaningful relationship building activities.

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

Published June 28, 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.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for FREE new admittee programs in July, focusing on "Your First Year as a Lawyer," and "How to Avoid Common Mistakes New Lawyers Make."

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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.


Your First Year as a Lawyer Revealed Live program
Thursday, July 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

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 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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