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03-15

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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)
    Table 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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Join us at Court Advocacy Day next Monday, March 19

Help urge legislators to support $593.9 million for FY13 court funding

The Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association will host Court Advocacy Day at the Statehouse on Monday, March 19 at 11 a.m. to underscore the importance of the Massachusetts Trial Court receiving its requested funding for fiscal year 2013. Click here to R.S.V.P.

The Trial Court has asked for $593.9 million to ensure quality justice for the citizens of the commonwealth. This level of funding is necessary for the court to continue to provide basic services to the public. Without it, justice is in jeopardy.

Following a brief speaking program at 11 a.m. at the Grand Staircase inside the Statehouse, event attendees will be encouraged to meet with their local legislators to emphasize the need for $593.9 million in funding.

In addition to MBA President Richard P. 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.

"Full funding of the Massachusetts courts is absolutely crucial to preserving the rule of law in Massachusetts," Campbell said. "The legal community's participation in Court Advocacy Day will help send an important message to the Legislature: adequate funding of the courts ensures the level of service the public needs. Adequate funding also calls to the forefront, the public's constitutional right to a properly functioning court."

Gov. Deval L. Patrick released his FY 13 state budget proposal in late January. Recognizing the tremendous cuts already endured by the court system, Patrick recommends level funding for the courts. The March 19 Court Advocacy Day will take place in advance of the House and Senate budget debates slated for April and May, respectively.

Court Advocacy Day complements the Massachusetts Bar Association's comprehensive public awareness campaign on the underfunded courts. In addition to a statewide billboard campaign on this topic, the MBA has posted videos on YouTube and conducted outreach to members of the legal community and other key community leaders and groups. All stress the importance of adequately funding the state's third branch of government.

For more information on the March 19 event or on the MBA's overall campaign on underfunded courts, visit www.massbar.org.

Featured member benefit: MBA Member Appreciation Week, April 2-6

R.S.V.P. for the FREE April 5 Member Appreciation Dessert Tasting and Reception; Participate in exclusive giveaways and raffles

Click here to register for the reception and to enter to win.

2012 Member Appreciation Week

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Register for the April 5 MUPC Help Desk Training

Learn how to answer MUPC questions from peer attorneys, as well as pro se petitioners

As the courts prepare their staff for the new MUPC, going into effect in 2012, the Massachusetts Bar Association has been working hard to prepare the bar. As practitioners, we now have the opportunity to assist the Probate and Family Court through this important transition.

The MBA was committed to the passage of the MUPC and that commitment continues with its implementation. Members of the MBA, Boston Bar Association and attorneys from the Probate Court have collaborated to develop programs in which volunteer members of the bar can be most helpful to the court, attorneys and pro se petitioners. One program is the "MUPC Resource Desks" that will be located in the Probate Court registries throughout the commonwealth.

Ideally, the resource desks will be staffed one to two days a week for at least two hours each day. Volunteer attorneys will answer questions from peer attorneys, as well as pro se petitioners, and walk them through the new substantive rules and Probate Court forms.

Attorneys interested in volunteering their time for this important resource are encouraged to attend an April 5 Resource Desk Volunteer Training at the MBA Boston offices from noon to 1:30 p.m. Interested attorneys have the choice to participate in person, remotely via real-time webcast, or at a later date and time, through MBA On Demand.

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Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Attend the first seminar in the "Lifecycle of a Business" series and learn how to establish, operate and conclude business entities on March 21.

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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

Lifecycle 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

UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Criminal/ Immigration Law Training Conference Live program
Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

GP Solo Symposium Recorded program
Thursday, May 10, noon-5 p.m.
Lombardo's, 6 Billings St., Randolph

33rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference Recorded program
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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Top: Hon. James F. McHugh, recently retired associate justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, speaks to Tiered Community Mentoring Program participants.

Bottom: Students from the New Mission High School, Roxbury Community College and Suffolk University Law School participate in the March 9 program.

Photos by Joe Caci.

MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program learns about the SJC

On Friday, March 9, the MBA's Tiered Community Mentoring Program participants were invited to observe two Supreme Judicial Court hearings on first-degree murder appeal cases at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. Over 30 high school, college and law school students attended, including students from the New Mission High School, Roxbury Community College and Suffolk University Law School.  Also, in attendance were several of the Tiered Community Mentoring Program's attorney mentors.

In addition to observing two hearings, the Tiered Community Mentoring Program participants were able to view presentations from the Hon. James F. McHugh, recently retired associate justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court (pictured), who opened the event by giving attendees an overview the SJC and appeal process, and the Hon. Peter Agnes Jr., associate justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, who closed the event by answering attendee's questions.  

The Tiered Community Mentoring Program provides students at the high school, undergraduate, and law school levels access to legal professionals to provide them with an understanding of the legal profession and an awareness of the career opportunities available to them. The program is based in Boston in an effort to reach urban high school students, with a focus on building a diverse mentoring network.

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Signature Authority: Using footer tools to create template e-mails

As an attorney, you likely create numbers of template documents for use in your practice. Perhaps you've even established nifty methods for advancing your document library. Only, these days, the vast majority of business communications are through e-mail. So, do you utilize email templates? If not, there's a fairly easy way to begin to do so, that may make your practice life a little bit easier. If you love document templates, you're really going to love e-mail templates.

Most people use e-mail signatures to apply standard footers to their messages; but, you need not stop there. You can use the signature feature to create entire template e-mails; and, it's literally just as easy as typing your template in, saving it as a signature and applying it when you need it. (For the limited information that will change within the template, use highlighted language to reflect where specific information will need to be included before sending.)

Here are some instructions on how to set up signatures within the two most popular business e-mail platforms:

  • Outlook; and
  • GMail (use 'Canned Responses' from GMail Labs, since GMail's basic signature tool only allows you to create one, traditional footer; though, full disclosure: I've had a great deal of trouble getting 'Canned Responses' to work at all -- the Outlook option is vastly superior, in my opinion).

Keep in mind, however, that you can't append more than one footer (your standard footer) to a single e-mail in Outlook, because the second footer (your template e-mail) will entirely overwrite the first -- though, this does not appear to be the case with GMail Canned Responses. There is, however, an easy solution to this Outlook issue: Just add your standard footer to the end of each of your template e-mail signatures, and the whole thing (template e-mail signature and standard footer) will show up.

If your e-mail system does not offer the capability to create multiple signatures, or if the functionality is far too wonky to be useful (as it has been for me, in GMail), WiseStamp can add the functionality, for a number of e-mail platforms.

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

Published March 15, 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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From left to right: Michael Y. Saji (WilmerHale LLP) of AALAM, BC Law Dean Vincent D. Rougeau, BC Law Alumni Board Member in charge of affinity groups, AALAM and BBA Council member Ingrid C. Schroffner (Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services); and Kelli J. Powell (WilmerHale LLP) of the MBLA.

Photo courtesy of Ingrid C. Schroffner.

MBA attends Boston College Law's Fourth Annual Diversity Bar Review

On March 12, Boston College Law School held its Diversity Bar cocktail event, inviting representatives from state affinity and mainstream bar associations to come, mingle with the students and discuss life after law school. More than 200 students and faculty attended the event for an evening of networking.

This event, the first one attended by BC Law's new dean, Vincent D. Rougeau, included members from the Massachusetts Bar Association, Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and Women's Bar Association.  

The event sponsored by Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP as part of its sponsorship of BC Law Diversity Month.

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News from the courts

SJC approves changes to Rule 7 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure

The Supreme Judicial Court has approved changes to Rule 7 of the Rules of the Rules of Criminal Procedure effective June 1, 2012.

Click here to view the changes.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Join in the March 20 Labor & Employment, Criminal Justice, General Practice and Property Law section council meetings. Attend the March 21 Civil Litigation, Judicial Administration, Probate Law and Taxation Law section council meetings.

Labor & Employment Section Council meeting

Tuesday, March 20, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Labor & Employment Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Criminal Justice Section Council Meeting

Tuesday, March 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
Western Mass Correctional Alcohol Center, 26 Howard St., Springfield

The next meeting of the Criminal Justice Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (NOTE:change of time) at the Western Massachusetts Correctional Alcohol Center, 26 Howard St., Springfield. The guest speaker will be Hampden District Attorney Mark Mastroianni.

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

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General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section Council meeting

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

The next meeting of the General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 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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Property Law Section Council meeting

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

The next meeting of the Property Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20 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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Civil Litigation Section Council meeting

Wednesday, March 21, 4:30-6 p.m..
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Civil Litigation Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Judicial Administration Section Council meeting

Wednesday, March 21, 4:30-6 p.m..
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Judicial Administration Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 from 4:30 to 6 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, March 21, 5-6:30 p.m..
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Probate Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 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, March 21, 5-6:30 p.m..
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Taxation Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 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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