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03-08

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Speaker DeLeo to be honored for efforts in overhauling court management

2012 MBA Annual Dinner set for Thursday, May 31

Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) will be honored by the Massachusetts Bar Association for his efforts in pushing for bold court management reforms. DeLeo, who has represented the 19th Suffolk District since 1991, will be presented with the Legislator of the Year Award at the MBA's 2012 Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 31 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., Boston.

The MBA Legislator of the Year Award is presented annually to a state or federal legislator who has distinguished him or herself in public service through outstanding contributions to the legal profession, courts and the administration of justice.

In April 2011, DeLeo filed landmark legislation, in collaboration with the Supreme Judicial Court, that overhauls court management. The bill, signed into law last August, included hiring a non-judicial court administrator.

The legislation was in line with recommendations made by court management experts over the past 30 years, including the MBA's 1976 Res Gestae, 1991 Harbridge House Report and 2003 Court Reform Study.

In addition to the Legislator of the Year Award, the MBA will present the annual MBA Access to Justice Awards.

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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Featured member benefit: Lawyer Referral Service

Expand your client base as an MBA LRS member; check out the new www.masslawhelp.com

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service, one of the largest referral services of its kind, has launched a new website to help connect members of the public with an attorney in their area who has the knowledge they need.

The user-friendly website, offered as a public service of the MBA, provides the public with answers to the most common legal questions in the areas of family law, labor and employment, estate planning, real estate, consumer protection, personal injury, criminal law, personal finance, business, individual rights, government benefits and services and immigration.

The website also makes it easy for the public to contact the MBA's LRS to find an attorney.

Go to www.masslawhelp.com to view the new public site, or to sign up to become a member of the MBA's LRS. Also, link the LRS site to your website to provide your clients with answers to frequently asked questions, as well as how to prepare for their first meeting with an attorney. The website replaces the MBA's past practice of distributing printed client pamphlets.

RENEW YOUR LRS MEMBERSHIP OR SIGN UP NOW

Current LRS members can avoid any interruption in their membership by renewing before the March 31 deadline. The cost of joining the LRS is either $100 or $150 depending on how long you have been admitted to practice. Just one LRS referral can cover the cost of your annual membership in both the MBA and the LRS.

For more information, click here.

 

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March 19 Court Advocacy Day: your presence is needed to send a strong message

Bar participation will help to ensure Mass. courts receive funding needed to provide basic services to public

The Massachusetts Trial Court has requested $593.9 million worth of funding in FY 2013 to ensure the quality of justice is not further jeopardized for the citizens of the commonwealth. To support the court system in their funding request, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association invite the full legal community to join their efforts at Court Advocacy Day on Monday, March 19 at the Statehouse.

"I encourage all bar members and the greater legal community to join us on March 19 and continue to support this cause in urging our legislators to approve necessary funding for our courts," MBA President Richard P. Campbell said.

According to the recently released "Justice in the Balance" budget overview, the court system can "no longer provide the level of service state residents need and deserve."

To strengthen the message of the need for funding that allows the Trial Court to provide basic services, the March 19 lobbying event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Grand Staircase inside the Statehouse. The event will open with a brief speaking program, after which attendees will be encouraged to meet with their local legislators.

In addition to Campbell, featured speakers will include:

  • Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland;
  • Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan; and
  • BBA President Lisa C. Goodheart.
To familiarize yourself with your local representative or senator, click here.

The March 19 event complements the MBA's ongoing awareness campaign on this topic. Information packets will be provided to event attendees to reference when they meet with their local legislators to underscore the need for the $593.9 million worth of funding.

Click here to R.S.V.P.

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MBA President Richard P. Campbell.

MBA president appointed to UMass School of Law's Dean Search Committee

MBA President Richard P. Campbell has been appointed to the search committee for a new permanent dean of the UMass School of Law at UMass Dartmouth. The law school, which opened in 2010, is the first and only public law school in Massachusetts, and has presented itself for provisional candidacy with the American Bar Association.

UMass School of Law appointed an interim dean to replace Robert V. Ward Jr., who resigned in October 2011.

Campbell was also appointed to a five-year term on the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees in 2011 by Gov. Deval Patrick. As a board of trustees appointee, Campbell helps govern the University of Massachusetts system. Campbell received his BA from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1970.

In addition to Campbell, the search committee includes:

  • Professor Frances Rudko, UMass School of Law, chair;
  • The Hon. Phillip Rapoza, chief justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court;
  • John Quinn, Esq., director of Graduate Public Service, Center for Civic Engagement;
  • Professor Tesfay Meressi, associate dean, College of Engineering;
  • Professor Ralph Clifford,  UMass School of Law;
  • Professor Justine Dunlap, UMass School of Law;
  • Professor Dylan Malagrino, UMass School of  Law;
  • Shannon Grindrod, student, UMass School of  Law;
  • Venoal Fountain, student, UMass School of Law Student;
  • Ann Walsh-Folino, director, Graduate Academic Resources, School of Law; and
  • Clare Poirier (non-voting member), assistant chancellor, Office of the Chancellor.

Member Appreciation Reception

Network with MBA and Worcester County Bar members on March 29

Member Appreciation Reception March 2012

Join the Massachusetts Bar Association and Worcester County Bar Association at a Member Appreciation Reception and Networking Event from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Citizen, 1 Exchange St., Worcester.

This event will feature passed hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar available.

Click here to R.S.V.P.

Space is limited; R.S.V.P. today.

LPM Tip

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Act like an environmentalist when you market your practice

Many attorneys find it difficult to carve out time for marketing. When they have billable work, they find it hard to justify doing non-billable work. But marketing is most effective when it is done all the time, not just during your slow periods.

So how do you balance periods of busyness with the need to market all the time? The answer lies in one word:  recycling. If you look for ways to recycle your work product, your marketing will become more efficient.

If you adopt a recycling mindset, you will realize that there are many ways to repurpose the work you are already doing. If you adopt this "environmental" approach, you will find it a lot easier to create content that you can share in a number of ways.

For example, if you work on a brief that raises an issue which you think may be of interest to others, write an article on the subject. From there, you can develop a client seminar. Other possibilities include writing up a client alert, creating a checklist or putting together a tip sheet. 

Social media offers many new ways to repurpose your client work. Once you have created content, use social media to distribute your practice tools (or let the world know that you are happy to share the checklist you created).

By not starting from scratch, you will be able to make the most of the limited time you have for reputation building. And by starting out with real issues facing real clients, you are more likely to write about things that matter to other prospective clients.

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

Published March 8, 2012

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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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Miss the MBA's "MUPC Demystified" five-part series?

Watch the programs anywhere, anytime via MBA On Demand

The MUPC substantially overhauls the practice of estate administration and will take effect in 2012.

If you missed the Massachusetts Bar Association's dynamic "MUPC DeMystified" five-part series, the programs are now available via MBA On Demand for you to watch from the comfort of your home, anywhere, anytime. Programming includes:

  • Part I: Informal Probate and Appointment Proceedings;
  • Part II: The 'Ins and Outs' of Formal Probate Proceedings;
  • PART III: Powers and Duties of the Personal Representatives and Options for Closing Estates;
  • PART IV: Remedies and Protections under the MUPC; and
  • PART V: Estate Planning under the MUPC Drafting Wills and Trusts.

The "MUPC DeMystified" series is designed to provide probate practitioners (as well as those who aspire to be) with an in-depth knowledge of the MUPC, exactly how it works, as well as provide instruction on the new probate forms that will be issued by the court.

Click here to purchase the five-part series.

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Interested in additional MUPC information? Register for the MBA's MUPC Basics: An Overview of the new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code Conference on Friday, April 27 at the Massachusetts School of Law.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Learn about the FEMA eligibility and reimbursement process at the March 20 "Responding to Disaster" program.

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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

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

Life Cycle of a Business Part 1: Forming a Business & Protecting Assets Live program
Wednesday, March 21, 5-7 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

SAVE THE DATE

33rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
Friday, May 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., 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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MBA co-sponsors "Bullying and the Law: Policies, Programs and Best Practices"

Conference features keynote speaker Dean B. Eggert, Esq. on March 16 at Harvard Law School

The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to co-sponsor Bullying and the Law: Policies, Programs and Best Practices on Friday, March 16 at Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge.

The conference features keynote speaker Dean B. Eggert, Esq., who will explain the law's response to bullying in the cyber age, by reviewing and seeking to harmonize the legislative and judicial responses to the new challenges presented by the bully and her avatar.

In addition, conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops including educators, attorneys, school counselors, resource officers, nurses, other school climate leaders and community members.

NOTE: The registration deadline for this conference has been extended from Thursday, March 1 to Monday, March 12.

Registration fees cover conference attendance, e-materials via flash drives, continental breakfast, lunch and certificate of attendance listing appropriate professional development credit hours. Law students may attend the program for a reduced rate of $100.

Click here for a full schedule and for additional registration and conference information.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Join in the March 13 Family Law Section Council meeting. Attend the March 14 Immigration Law, Law Practice Management and Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section Council meetings.

Family Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Family Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13 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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Immigration Law Section Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 14, 5:15-6:45 p.m..
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Immigration Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Law Practice Management Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 14, 5:15-6:45 p.m..
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Law Practice Management Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section
Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 14, 5:30-7 p.m..
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Juvenile & Child Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 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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News from the courts

U.S. Courts for the First Circuit bankruptcy judge position; Chief Justices deliver testimony to Joint Committee on Ways and Means; SJC approves new Rule 1:19 governing electronic access to the courts; J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center officially opens in Salem

U.S. Courts for the First Circuit bankruptcy judge position

The First Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking applicants for a bankruptcy judge position for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Rhode Island headquartered in Providence.

Attorneys with broad or specialized litigation or commercial experience are encouraged to apply, whether or not such experience is in bankruptcy law.

Interested applicants may obtain an application from the Circuit Executive's Office, from the bankruptcy court clerk for the District of Rhode Island, or by accessing the Court of Appeals' Website. The term of office is 14 years and the current salary is $160,080. Applications are to be received by Friday, April 20. EOE.

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Chief Justices deliver testimony to Joint Committee on Ways and Means

Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, and Trial Court Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan presented testimony on Feb. 28 to the Joint Committee on Ways and Means on Fiscal Year 2013 funding for the Judicial Branch.

The Chief Justices addressed the severe reductions in personnel throughout the Judicial Branch. They emphasized the need for adequate resources to serve the public and praised the commitment of court employees to deliver justice under very challenging circumstances.

Click here to view testimony and a 2012 Justice in the Balance report.


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SJC approves new Rule 1:19 governing electronic access to the courts

The Supreme Judicial Court has announced the approval of a new SJC Rule 1:19 governing electronic access to the courts. The court order amends the former Rule 1:19 governing cameras in the courts and replaces it with the new rule, effective on July 1, 2012. After the new rule has been in operation for a year, the court will review it to determine whether further revisions are needed.

The new Rule 1:19 is designed to recognize the changes in technology and journalism since the original rule was promulgated and to maintain the necessary order and decorum in the Massachusetts courts.

Click here to view the major changes to SJC Rule 1:19.

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J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center officially opens in Salem

State and local officials participated in the official opening ceremony of the J. Michael Ruane Courthouse in Salem on Feb. 28. Massachusetts Bar Association President-elect Robert Holloway Jr., a local practitioner, extended the bar's appreciation for the new state-of-the-art courthouse.

Click here to learn more.

 

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