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Become a sponsor of the 2012 MBA Annual Dinner

Dinner to include Legislator of the Year Awardee DeLeo and annual Access to Justice Award presentations

The Massachusetts Bar Association will hold its 2012 Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 31 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., Boston. The event will feature the presentation of  the Legislator of the Year Award to Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and the annual MBA Access to Justice Awards.

Attend this annual event as a sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities to consider include:

  • Platinum Sponsor ($5,000)
    Table for 10, full page ad in dinner program, firm logo projected at the dinner, sponsorship level recognition in Lawyers Journal and on MBA website
  • Gold Sponsor ($3,500)
    Table for 10, 1/2 page ad in dinner program, firm logo projected at the dinner, sponsorship level recognition in Lawyers Journal and on MBA website
  • Silver sponsor ($2,500)
    ble for 10, 1/4 page ad in dinner program, firm logo projected at the dinner
Click here to register for the MBA's 2012 Annual Dinner online. For a printable PDF outlining sponsorship opportunities and table reservation information, click here. For additional information call (617) 338-0543.
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March 19 Court Advocacy Day: Mark your calendars to attend

Bar leadership asks attorneys to push for $593.9 million of funding for Trial Court to provide basic services

The Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association invite the bar to join their efforts at Court Advocacy Day on Mon., March 19 at the Grand Staircase inside the Statehouse. Beginning at 11 a.m., the program will help reiterate the need for funding that allows the Trial Court to provide basic services.

The event will open with a brief speaking program, after which attendees will be encouraged to meet with their local legislators. Featured speakers include:

  • Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland;
  • Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan;
  • MBA President Richard P. Campbell; and
  • BBA President Lisa C. Goodheart
The March 19 event complements the MBA's ongoing awareness campaign on this topic. In order for Massachusetts' third branch of government to restore basic services, $593.9 million is necessary. Materials will serve as helpful references when members of the bar meet with their local legislators to underscore the need for this level of funding.   

"I encourage all bar members and the greater legal community to support this cause in urging our legislators to approve necessary funding for our courts," MBA President Richard P. Campbell said.

The MBA and BBA organized a similar grass-roots lobbying effort in 2009.

Click here to R.S.V.P.

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Top (from left to right): MBA Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy, ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III and MBA President Richard P. Campbell.
Bottom: ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III (far left) speaks with MBA President Richard P. Campbell (far right) and MBA Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy about the lack of adequate funding for the courts in Massachusetts.

Photos by Jennifer Rosinski.

ABA president meets with MBA and governor’s staff during Boston visit

American Bar Association President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III met with the Massachusetts Bar Association and state leaders to discuss the court budget crisis during his visit to Boston on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Robinson's first stop was the MBA's headquarters in Boston, where he met with MBA President Richard P. Campbell and MBA Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy.

The group then headed over to the Statehouse to meet with staff in the office of Gov. Deval Patrick. At the meeting were Chief of Staff Mo Cowan, Chief Legal Counsel Mark Reilly and Deputy Director of Cabinet Affairs Cecilia Ugarte Baldwin.

The MBA and ABA shared its concerns over the lack of adequate funding for the courts in Massachusetts, and discussed the MBA's ongoing court funding campaign.

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New issue of Lawyers Journal available

The March issue of Lawyers Journal has been mailed and is available online.

It features an overview of the impact of Gov. Deval L. Patrick's fiscal 2013 budget recommendation for level funding for the courts and information on the upcoming March 19 Court Advocacy Day, co-hosted by the MBA and the Boston Bar Association.

The issue also features:

  • News about the success of Jan. 26 Walk to the Hill rally, where hundreds of attorneys converged to advocate for additional civil legal aid funding;
  • A review of the recent MBA Gateway Cities forum at UMass, which is one of MBA President Richard P. Campbell's 2011-12 priorities;
  • An attorney profile on Joseph McDonough, who is working to bring rule of law to Middle East law students; and
  • A volunteer spotlight piece on member James E. Harvey Jr., who was instrumental in the most recent release of the MBA's popular Traps for the Unwary.

Also featured are Section Review pieces by the Probate and Juvenile & Child Welfare Law sections.

Click here to read the March issue of Lawyers Journal.



Let me Google that for you: Change to privacy policy offers occasion to review your relation to online provider

You will have read that the ubiquitous Google will be making dramatic changes to its privacy policy today. These changes will affect most all of the suite of Google products, from search (the Google just about everybody knows) to e-mail (GMail) to drafting (Google Docs) and etc. Essentially, Google is going to be collecting your data across a wide variety of its platforms; and, you can't opt out. Here's Google's explanations; and, here's some good plain language coverage. With numbers of attorneys moving to, or starting out in, GMail plus Google Apps, for productivity and practice management functionality, the revisions to the privacy policy become a potential point of concern for lawyers, especially given the fact that lawyers utilizing these services for firm business will likely maintain confidential information across Google's various tools. Furthermore, Massachusetts, per its data protection law, requires businesses, including law firms, maintaining certain sets of confidential client information to vet and contract with online service providers, like Google, which have access to that information. The regulations also require lawyers and law firms maintaining implicated information sets to review their document management policies (memorialized in a Written Information Security Program, or "WISP"), at least annually.

Given the obvious concerns within ethics rules and state laws respecting the protection of confidential client information, attorneys should have a solid handle on terms of service (including privacy policies) applied to the platforms they use to store information; and, moments like these: when terms of service are updated/revised substantially, offer an excellent opportunity to determine what your relationship with your data retention provider currently is. Once you know what you're dealing with, you may even be able to do something about it. In this case, PC World offers a useful guide focused on what you can do to protect yourself (to the extent it's possible) from Google's latest privacy incursions Of course, there are ways to be proactive in gathering knowledge of what your service providers are doing with respect to privacy: You can schedule a regular review of your settings. (Most of the popular/free social media web services play fast and loose with advertising defaults, for example; but, you can change certain of these settings for your accounts.) You can stay updated on changes, as they come up, through popular technology websites, like the aforementioned PC World, Mashable and Social Media Today, among others. Since everyone has to have a blog these days, you can also track your provider's movement through their corporate blogs.

Tip courtesy of Jared Correia, Law Office Management Assistance Program.

Published March 1, 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.
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MBA partners with New England Law | Boston's Student Bar Association for April 9 networking event

Please join the Massachusetts Bar Association and New England Law | Boston's Student Bar Association for a free networking reception with Massachusetts lawyers and law students, in various practice areas.

Legal Networking Night
Monday, April 9, 5-8 p.m.
Scholars American Bistro & Cocktail Lounge, 25 School St., Boston

To R.S.V.P., contact Jillian Cappucci at [e-mail bostonlegalnetwork].

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Boston attorneys needed to judge March ABA Moot Court Competition

Volunteer today

The ABA Law Student Division needs approximately 60 more lawyers and judges to serve as oral argument judges for the 2011-12 Boston Regional National Appellate Advocacy Competitions (NAAC). This moot court competition will be held at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, 24 New Chardon St., Boston.

The rounds will be held in the late afternoon on Thursday and Friday, March 8-9 and all day on Saturday, March 10. Judges may serve multiple rounds if they desire.

  • Round 1: Thursday, March 8, 4:30-8:45 p.m.
  • Round 2: Friday, March 9, 4:30-8:45 p.m.
  • Round 3: Saturday, March 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • Round 4: Saturday, March 10, 1-3:30 p.m.
  • Round 5: Saturday, March 10, 3:30-6 p.m.

Individuals interested in serving as a competition judge are asked to supply their contact information and law school affiliations here.

Within 10 business days after receipt of your form, the ABA will send an e-mail confirming your judging assignment. Beginning in late January, the ABA will provide a bench memorandum, the problem (record) and instructions on judging. Reviewing these materials is the only preparation required of competition judges.

This year's problem involves access to health care. It is a civil case involving a young boy with autism and his efforts to get coverage for the therapy that his doctor prescribed. The case raises two federal questions, one under the "Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment" provisions of the Medicaid Act, and the other under the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008. Both issues raise realistic, cutting-edge questions for which there is no clear answer in current law.

Questions? Contact Peggy Pissarreck at (312)988-5621 or at [e-mail naac].

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News from the courts

New Proposed SJC Rule 3:15: Pro Hac Vice Registration Fee; Search committee selects two court administrator candidates

The Supreme Judicial Court's Rules Committee invites comments on proposed new Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:15: Pro Hac Vice Registration Fee. The new rule was originally proposed to the Rules Committee by the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission in response to the crisis in funding civil legal aid services to low-income families and individuals. 

The proposed new rule would require lawyers, except those who will provide pro bono service to indigents, to pay a $300 registration fee per case to the Board of Bar Overseers. The board may retain a portion of the fee to cover costs and shall pay the balance to the IOLTA Committee for distribution in accordance with S.J.C. Rule 3:07.

Click here to read the proposed rule.

Comments on the proposed rule should be directed to Christine P. Burak, secretary, Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA, 02108 on or before March 9. Comments may also be sent to [e-mail christine.burak].


Search committee selects two court administrator candidates

The search committee appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to recommend candidates for the position of court administrator has announced its selection of two candidates to proceed in the interview process. The candidates are Christopher A. Fox and Harry Spence.

Christopher Fox is the former deputy chief operating officer for the City of Boston and chief of the Bureau of Administration and Technology for the Boston Police Department.  Harry Spence formerly served as the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, deputy chancellor for Operations for the New York City Board of Education and receiver for the City of Chelsea.

The court administrator, in consultation with the chief justice of the trial court, will oversee administrative functions to ensure that judges and court staff have modern, effective and efficient support systems.

After the upcoming interviews, the search committee will conclude this final phase of the selection process and forward its recommendations to the Supreme Judicial Court by March 30. Court reorganization legislation passed in 2011 stipulates that appointment of this new position occur by July 1, 2012.


Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for March programs for information on FEMA eligibility and reimbursement, privilege law in Massachusetts, the anti-bullying law 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.


Divorce Basics: A View from the Bench and Bar Live program
Thursday, March 1, 4:30-
7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Law Practice Management Section Educational Series: Marketing Madness/Ethical Marketing Live program
Wednesday, March 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Responding to Disaster -- FEMA Eligibility and Reimbursement Live program
Tuesday, March 20, noon-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Legal Chat: Handling Short Sales Live program
Tuesday, March 20, 4-5 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

How to Conduct an Open Meeting Law Training Live program
Wednesday, March 21, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Law Practice Management Section Educational Series: Marketing Madness -- Developing a Marketing Plan Live program
Wednesday, March 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

It's Confidential -- Privilege Law in Massachusetts Live program
Thursday, March 29, 4:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Taking on the Anti-Bullying Law From All Angles Live program
Friday, March 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


33rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
Friday, May 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston


MBA On Demand

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

February CLE programming now available includes:

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

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Featured member benefit: Catuogno Court Reporting & StenTel Transcription

Get 10 percent off court reporting, videography, encrypted e-mail service and more.

Established in 1966, Catuogno Court Reporting & StenTel Transcription is a legal support services company that offers MBA members a special rate on services, including court reporting, video depositions, videoconferencing, encrypted e-mail service and legal dictation and transcription.

With five locations throughout the area (Boston, Worcester, Chelmsford, Springfield and Providence) the Catuogno offices provide more than 40 spacious conference rooms for depositions, client meetings, arbitrations, mediations and videoconferencing around the world.

Use your MBA membership card to take advantage of the following discounts to reduce costs and increase your bottom line, by taking 10 percent off these services:

  • Court reporting and depositions;
  • Videography;
  • Videoconferencing (over 10,000 connecting sites) DVD available;
  • Legal dictation and transcription (letters, summaries, etc.);
  • Recorded witness statement transcription; and
  • Encrypted e-mail service.

Become a member of The Lawyer's Conference Centers and save 20 percent on your next service.

To take advantage of your special MBA membership discount, visit www.catuogno.us/ or call (888) 228-8646.

*Valid MBA membership is required.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Join in the March 6 Health Law Section Council meeting. Attend the March 7 Municipal Tax Practice Group meeting.

Health Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, March 6, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Health Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m.

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


Municipal Tax Practice Group Meeting

Wednesday, March 7, 5-6:30 p.m..
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Municipal Tax Practice Group is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The agenda will include planning for speakers and topics for the remainder of the year. Bring your suggestions and ideas.

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



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