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Thursday, Mar. 22, 2012
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MBA to host second Gateway Cities forum on April 30

Following the success of its debut forum in Dartmouth on Jan. 26, the Massachusetts Bar Association will host its second Gateway Cities forum in Worcester on Monday, April 30 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Jury Room at the Worcester Trial Court.

"Like with the first forum, the focus of the Worcester event will be to identify ways in which attorneys can lend their expertise with issues affecting Gateway City communities across Massachusetts," said MBA President Richard P. Campbell, who set Gateway Cities as a prioritized initiative.

Massachusetts' Gateway Cities are those mid-sized cities whose residents are experiencing significantly higher rates of unemployment and a stalemate in social, economic and civic innovation. Some examples are Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, Springfield and Worcester.

Margaret D. Xifaras, who practices in New Bedford, and Francis A. Ford, who practices in Worcester, have led the MBA's Gateway Cities initiative.

Ford will serve as moderator at the April 30 event. Area leaders who have long worked with the issues impacting the state's Gateway Cities will share their insight and be part of the conversation to pinpoint ways in which the legal community can help address these issues.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Massachusetts Secretary of Education S. Paul Reville;
  • Massachusetts Sen. Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester);
  • Benjamin Forman, research director, MassINC;
  • Craig Blais, executive vice president, Worcester Business Development Corporation; and
  • Michael F. Collins, MD, University of Massachusetts senior vice president for Health Sciences and chancellor of UMass Medical School.

Look for more specifics in e-Journal and in other e-communication in the coming weeks.

Members interested in attending, click here.

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