e-Journal

05-31

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Tonight's 2012 MBA Annual Dinner sold out

Event will feature keynote speaker Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the presentation of the Legislator of the Year Award to Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and the Annual Access to Justice Awards

The Massachusetts Bar Association will hold its 2012 Annual Dinner tonight at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., Boston. The event is sold out. In addition to a keynote address by Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the dinner includes the presentation of the Legislator of the Year Award to Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and the annual MBA Access to Justice Awards.

The MBA thanks its 2012 Annual Dinner sponsors.
Click here
to view a current list of sponsors.

Look for event converage in next week's e-Journal and in the July Lawyers Journal.

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News from the courts

JNC seeks applications; BMC Standing Order 1-09 amended as a permanent order effective as of May 14

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JNC seeks applications

The Judicial Nominating Commission seeks applications for two new vacancies at the Probate and Family Court and three new District Court vacancies. The application deadline for the Bristol and Norfolk Counties Probate and Family Court vacancies is Thursday, June 28. The application deadline for Fall River, Stoughton and Uxbridge district courts is Thursday, July 12.

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BMC Standing Order 1-09 amended as a permanent order effective as of May 14

The Boston Municipal Court Department recognizes the hardships faced by individuals of limited economic resources with criminal records, and the burdens they face when seeking to seal their criminal records at the various court divisions. In an effort to alleviate these hardships and burdens, as well as to promote judicial economy, Standing Order 1-09 is amended as a permanent order to allow for the filing of a single petition to seal three of more dismisslas and non-conviction criminal records.

Click here to learn more.

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Photograph by Marc D'Antonio
From left to right: Conference co-chair Thomas J. Flannagan, Esq., conference keynote speaker Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe and conference co-chair Margaret H. Paget, Esq.

Annual Labor & Employment Conference provides updates in case law, trends in wage enforcement and more

The Labor & Employment Section hosted its annual spring conference on May 18 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Conference Co-Chairs Thomas J. Flannagan and Margaret H. Paget provided attendees with an opportunity to listen to substantive panel discussions throughout the day-long event. In addition, conference attendees were treated to a keynote address from Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan.

Panelists covered a variety of topics, including an update on the most important employment law case developments, a discussion of the soon-to-be enacted "Transgender Equal Rights Act," and emerging trends and issues in the areas of wage and hour enforcement and worker misclassification. Additionally, seasoned employment litigators joined Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders in providing attendees with practical tools and tips for improving courtroom advocacy. The day concluded with a panel of commissioners from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, who discussed current trends in employment discrimination law and recent and planned regulatory and procedural changes at the agency.

Keynote speaker Ryan touched on the current state of the relationship between players unions and team owners in professional sports. Now that the NFL and NBA have negotiated new collective bargaining agreements, Ryan indicated that "the NHL will be the next labor negotiation to keep an eye on since the current CBA is set to expire in September of this year." Ryan also spoke about how the influx of statistics and the "fantasy league" culture that has developed over the last decade is taking away from the pure enjoyment of sports.

"With the wealth of information through blogs, social media and talk radio, fans have a forum to express their opinions like never before, making sports columnists dinosaurs," Ryan said.

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U.S. Court for the First Circuit seeks bankruptcy judge applicants

The First Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking applicants for a bankruptcy judge position for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire headquartered in Manchester. 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 New Hampshire, or by accessing the Court of Appeals' website. Persons interested in applying for this position should send their applications to:

Susan J. Goldberg, deputy circuit executive
Office of the Circuit Executive
John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 3700
Boston, MA 02210

Applicants must possess and have demonstrated outstanding legal ability and competence as evidenced by substantial legal experience, ability to deal with complex legal problems, aptitude for legal scholarship and writing, and familiarity with courts and court processes. Applicants must also possess demeanor, character, and personality to indicate that they would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed to the position of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge. The term of office is 14 years and the current salary is $160,080.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the June 14 "Latest in the Law" seminar for critical labor and employment developments over the last 12 months.

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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

Health Law Legal Chat Series: Session IV Live program
Friday, June 1, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.


Law Practice Management Section Educational Series: Live program
Cloud Computing
Wednesday, June 6, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Lifecycle of a Business Part 4: Mergers & Acquisitions & Bankruptcy Live program
Wednesday, June 6, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Taxation Practice Series: Live program
Tax Implications of Divorce, Taxation of Litigation Proceeds and Spotting Issues on Tax Returns
Thursday, June 7, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Latest in the Law: Labor & Employment Update Live program
Thursday, June 14, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Health Law Legal Chat Series: Session V
Live program
Friday, June 15, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

LOMAP Super Marketing Conference II Live program
Tuesday, June 19, noon-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Law Practice Management Section Educational Series: Live program
Top 10 Practice Management Tips
Wednesday, June 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Taxation Practice Series: Live program
Tax Issues Related to Entities and Real Estate
Thursday, June 21, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


MBA co-sponsors program: IMLA Land Use Seminar
Thursday, June 21-Friday, June 22
Harbor Events Centerm Portsmouth Garden Hilton, Portsmouth, N.H
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Health Law Legal Chat Series: Session VI Live program
Friday, June 22, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

Health Law Conference Live program
Tuesday, June 26, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., 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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Conference moderators (from left to right): Jared D. Correia, Esq. and Rodney S. Dowell, Esq. of the Law Office Management Assistance Program in Boston.

FREE "LOMAP Super Marketing Conference II" set for June 19

Attend for marketing and client tips, networking and more.

The Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program and North Carolina Bar Association's popular Lunch Hour Legal Marketing Series pushes away from the lunch table once each year to expand its programming into a half-day conference format. This will be LOMAP's second annual legal marketing conference; but, unlike many sequels, this one promises to be even better than the first.

Speakers will present long-form and short-form talks and offer an array of marketing experience and expertise, coupled with a willingness to share some of their best tips with you.

Whether you're just starting out, and need to bring in your first client, or you're looking to get more, or better, clients, this conference can help you to get there.

In addition to what you'll learn from presenters, numerous marketing breaks, opportunities to access speakers and a closing networking reception will afford you the opportunity to meet with colleagues and to expand your contacts.

Click here to register for this FREE conference.


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Unable to come to Boston? This program is available as a real-time Webcast. When registering, participants can choose to attend virtually from a home or office computer. If you choose to attend the program via real-time Webcast, space is limited. Registrants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

LPM Tip

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When it comes to generating business, forget your ABCs and remember your ABGs

In the movie Glengarry Glen Ross, actor Alec Baldwin schools his salesmen on the ABCs of business conversations (i.e. Always Be Closing). In Alec Baldwin's world, every business conversation should steadily move the prospect in the direction of making a purchase.

While this may be an effective tool for consummating the sale of investment property, ABC is probably not the best tactic for lawyers who want to sell legal services. That's because people hire attorneys they know, like and trust.  And pressuring someone is generally not the best way to build trust. Instead, trust is built through a series of small acts over time. By investing in relationships, we build trust.

There are many ways to build trusted relationships. The most important way is to do what you say you are going to do. If you meet someone at a networking function and agree that you would like to meet for coffee, follow up within 24 hours to schedule coffee. If you promise a referral source to send them an article, forward the article when you get back to your office.

There are many other ways to build trusted relationships. Some of them are highlighted in an article I published in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The common theme in all of these trust building activities is that they involve doing something for the other person. So rather than focusing on closing when you are relationship building, focus on your ABGs (Always Be Giving).

In other words, you should always be looking for ways to give value to your business relationships, whether it is with prospective clients or with people who might refer you work.

If you want to build a law practice, never forget your ABGs. If you focus too much on your ABCs, people will understand that you are just in the relationship to get something out of it and that will hurt your opportunity to build business and referrals.

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

Published May 31, 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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Series to offer practical tax theory application tips

Register today to learn more about the tax aspects of various transactions.

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Taxation Law Section and Young Lawyers Division are presenting the second and third parts of a continuing legal education series in June. The affordable series provides a solid tax foundation for general practitioners, and others, who would like to learn more about the tax aspects of various transactions. The series is also a rare opportunity for law students to learn practical application of tax theory.

Unable to come to Boston? These programs are available as real-time Webcasts. When registering, participants can choose to attend virtually from a home or office computer. If you choose to attend the programs via real-time Webcast, space is limited. Registrants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Taxation Practice Series:
Live program
Tax Implications of Divorce, Taxation of Litigation Proceeds and Spotting Issues on Tax Returns
Thursday, June 7, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

  • Divorce
    • Taxability and deductibility of alimony;
    • What is alimony?;
    • Taxability and deductibility of child support; and
    • Dependency exemptions.
  • Taxation of Litigation Proceeds
    • Scope of personal injury exemption;
    • Punitive damages; and
    • Taxation of other damages.
  • Reviewing Tax Returns and Spotting Issues
    • Federal and Massachusetts Individual Returns; and
    • Federal and Massachusetts Entity Returns.

Click here for a list of faculty and to register.

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Taxation Practice Series: Live program
Tax Issues Related to Entities and Real Estate
Thursday, June 21, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

  • Tax Issues Related to Entities
    • Choice of entity when establishing a law practice;
    • Comparison of tax implications of corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies and associations; and
    • Difference between C and S corporations, including requirements for S election.
  • Tax Issues Related to Real estate
    • Mortgage interest;
    • Points;
    • Exclusion of gain from sale of principal residence;
    • What is a principal residence and requirements of living there?;
    • Principal residence exclusion when portion of property rented;
    • Tax effect of a foreclosure; and
    • Home office deductions.

Click here for a list of faculty and to register.

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Did you miss the May 17 "Taxation Practice Series: Estate Planning, Basis and Forming a Nonprofit Organization?" Click here to watch the program anytime, anywhere via MBA On Demand.

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Have you taken advantage of FREE classifieds?

Post an MBA classifieds ad today

MBA Classifieds provide MBA members and non-members the opportunity to post and view employment/internship opportunities, office share/rental options, as well as lawyer-to-lawyer services and other specialized categories.

Classified postings are FREE to members and are available to non-members for $25.

Post an ad today and take advantage of this opportunity to reach members of the commonwealth's legal community, through its largest bar association.

Click here to post an MBA classified ad.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Attend the June 5 Health Law Section Council meeting. Join in the June 7 Public Law Section Council meeting.

Health Law Section Council Meeting

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

The next meeting of the Health Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, June 5 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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Public Law Section Council Meeting

Thursday, June 7, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Public Law Section is scheduled for Thursday, June 7 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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