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09-13

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Join the MBA at next week's Sept. 20 "Welcome Back" Member Reception

Kick-off the new association year by networking within the legal community

Join the Massachusetts Bar Association for a 2012-13 "Welcome Back" Member Reception on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Back Deck, 2 West St., Boston.

Don't miss this opportunity to kick-off the new association year and create invaluable relationships within the legal community, by relaxing and mingling with fellow MBA members.

Complimentary beer/wine and hors d'oeuvres available.

Click here to R.S.V.P.



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Featured member benefit: Clio

Belong to the MBA and receive a 10 percent lifetime discount on the #1 cloud-based legal practice management system for solos and small firms

Clio is a 100 percent web-based legal practice management system optimized to meet the needs of sole practitioners and small firms. Web-based, secure and easy-to-use, Clio overcomes many of the technical hurdles offered by conventional practice management solutions. Clio allows lawyers to simplify their workflow, thus freeing up valuable time to build their practice.

A NEW MBA member benefit, Clio is regularly $49/month for attorneys and $25/month for non-attorney support staff. Massachusetts Bar Association members receive a 10 percent lifetime discount on their Clio subscription, bringing the monthly cost to $44.10 for attorneys and $22.50 for non-attorney support staff. Sign up today.

** Valid MBA membership required.

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Save the date: Family Law Conference Oct. 26-27

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Family Law Section Council invites you to its 22nd Annual Family Law Conference at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox -- featuring more judges than ever before as well as a discussion on the new alimony reform bill, six months after its enactment.

Click here to register.

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Commonwealth seeks BMC clerk-magistrate for West Roxbury

Review the MBA's Guide to the Massachusetts Judicial Selection Process

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is seeking a person to serve as clerk-magistrate of the Boston Municipal Court's West Roxbury Division with a vacancy created by the Hon. Richard L. Walsh. The application deadline is Oct. 25, 2012. For additional information and vacancies, click here.

The path to judicial selection can be arduous. Candidates are vetted through both public and private bodies including: the Judicial Nomination Commission, the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and the Governor's Council.

MBA's A Guide to the Massachusetts Judicial Selection Process gives a step-by-step account of how the process works. This second edition covers the most recent Executive Order filed by Governor Deval L. Patrick, which established the current Judicial Nomination Commission. Click here to view the Guide to the Massachusetts Judicial Selection Process.

 

 

 

 

 

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Hon. Timothy S. Hillman, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

News from the courts

Hillman honored at public ceremony

On Nov. 30, 2011, President Barack H. Obama nominated Timothy S. Hillman to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts as the successor to Judge Nancy Gertner upon her retirement. Hillman was confirmed by the Senate on June 4, 2012 and received his commission on June 6, 2012. The Oath of Office was administered initially by Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf on June 7, 2012.

A public ceremony in honor of Hillman, during which the Oath of Office was again administered, was held on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Hanover Theatre, 554 Main St., in Worcester.  Senator  Scott  Brown  and Congressman James McGovern participated in the ceremony.

Since  February  2006,  Hillman has served as a U.S.  Magistrate  Judge  for  the  District  of  Massachusetts. He  was instrumental  in establishing the court's RESTART program for high risk  offenders,  with  a  goal  of  reducing  recidivism and reintegrating ex-offenders into the community with an emphasis on employment skills. Hillman has also  served  as a justice for the Massachusetts Superior Court and as presiding justice in both the Worcester District Court and the Gardner District Court.

 

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Getting started with social media without getting consumed by it

If you haven't started using social media and you are wondering whether you should be, the simple answer is an unequivocal YES! If you are not using it at all or only minimally, you're missing valuable opportunities to stay connected with your network and to learn more about prospective clients and referral sources. You are missing opportunities to get introductions to the influencers you want to meet (i.e. the connections of your connections).  

Social media is not a substitute for in-person marketing. It is not where you should be spending the majority of your marketing time. But it is an important complement to all the other things you do to build your reputation and build your relationships.

If you are holding back because you don't know where to start, here are six steps you can take:

1. Join LinkedIn. While there are many other popular social networks including Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn is a great place to start and LinkedIn is the one network where you want to make sure you are present. The free version is perfectly adequate for most users.

2. Create a detailed profile which includes a nice photo and all of your contact information. Once you join, LinkedIn will prompt you for educational and other biographical information (essentially helping you create a very detailed resume).  Make sure you create a profile which includes:

  • A descriptive headline (e.g. rather than "Partner at Smith and Jones," "Personal Injury Law Attorney, Partner at Smith and Jones").
  • A one to two paragraph summary of who you serve, what you do, what you have done and what differentiates you from other lawyers. Try to write it in a way that will make you memorable. Focus on no more than three types of problems you solve. If you try to list the 20 things you actually do, it will be harder for the reader to tell you apart from other lawyers.
  • An entry for everywhere you have worked and more importantly, examples of the types of problems you have solved in each of these positions (i.e. representative matters which highlight your accomplishments).

3. Other activities and professional accomplishments, particularly those that reinforce your competence to handle the types of legal services you are trying to sell and your experience in helping the kinds of clients you want to serve.

4. Start sending out invitations to connect once you are satisfied with your profile and start accepting the invitations to connect that have been accumulating in your in-box. Try to connect with at least 50 individuals you know (law school and college classmates, former co-workers, past and present clients and referral sources). Review their LinkedIn profiles to get more ideas about what you might want to include in your own profile. In addition, take note if you learn something that would be useful to know about that person (e.g. they like golf, they are interested in classical music, they attended the same college, they share your political beliefs, they are active in their church or synagogue, they started out as a litigator, they had a first career in social work). For three weeks, make a point of going to your LinkedIn page daily and skimming through the "updates" that your contacts have posted. Don't pay too much attention to who they have connected with (i.e. pay more attention to the substantive updates they have posted). This means you'll have to skim past a lot of updates. You will also receive a weekly newsletter (unless you change the setting) which gives you a summary of all the updates your contacts have posted since the last newsletter.

5. After three weeks, start posting your own updates once a week. Try to include links. Possible updates include: linking to an interesting article; linking to some content you have on your website or to an article you have published somewhere; mentioning one of your successes or one of your partner's successes; posing a question you think your network might be able to answer; flagging a recent court decision or a new statute and summarizing in a sentence or two why it might be important; congratulating someone; letting your network know about an event they may want to attend.

6. Continue to connect with additional professionals who are already in your network (and professionals you meet at networking functions). After two months, identify some companies or institutions that you would like to represent or some types of professionals who you think might be good potential referral sources. Conduct a search in LinkedIn to see if any of your contacts know someone at that company and might be willing to make an introduction on your behalf.

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

Published September 13, 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 Cynthia E. MacCausland.
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Updated Pro Bono Opportunities Guide available online

For many years, the Massachusetts Bar Association has offered to its members an opportunity to access statewide and local organizations that are in need of pro bono services from attorneys, law students and paralegals. These services can range from actual client representation to the training of staff. The MBA supports attorneys in the commonwealth in their efforts to provide pro bono services to those of limited means. A recently updated list of more than 100 agencies, with a wide range of legal needs, is available online.

To identify a volunteer opportunity that meets your needs, you may search by keyword, category and/or county. To access the guide, click here. Be sure to check back throughout the year to stay aware of seasonal opportunities or late additions to the guide.

Help us expand the Pro Bono Opportunities Guide

If you currently volunteer for an organization which is not listed in the guide, or are aware of other organizations in need of pro bono assistance, please let us know so that we may offer them an opportunity to be listed in the guide.

Additionally, if you have found a pro bono opportunity through the guide, we'd like to hear from you. Contact the Community Services Department at (617) 338-0695 or [e-mail communityservices].

 

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Get expert advice at the Sept. 19 "Trust Administration for Disabled Minors and Adults" seminar.

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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 FALL PROGRAMS

Trust Administration for Disabled Minors and Adults Live program
Wednesday, Sept. 19, noon-4 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


How to Start and Build a Successful Immigration Law Practice
Live program
Friday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


iPad for Litigators Live program
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Representing the OUI Client
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4-7 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover

SAVE THE DATE

22nd Annual Family Law Conference Recorded program
Friday, Oct. 26-Saturday, Oct. 27
Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club, 55 Lee Road, Lenox

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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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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Attend the Sept. 18 Civil Litigation and General Practice section council meetings. Join in the Sept. 19 Judicial Administration, Probate Law, Taxation Law and Public Law section council meetings. Register for the Sept. 27 Labor & Employment Section open meeting on MCAD's new ADR initiative.

Civil Litigation Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The first meeting of the 2012-13 Civil Litigation Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18 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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General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The first meeting of the 2012-13 General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18 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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Judicial Administration Section Council meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The first meeting of the 2012-13 Judicial Administration Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19 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, Sept. 19, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The first meeting of the 2012-13 Probate Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19 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, Sept. 19, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The first meeting of the 2012-13 Taxation Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19 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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Public Law Section Council meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The first meeting of the 2012-13 Public Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19 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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Labor & Employment Section open meeting

MCAD announces new ADR initiative -- keeping your options open
Thursday, Sept. 27, noon-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has announced a new alternative dispute resolution initiative which will impact all practitioners who appear before the commission. You are cordially invited to attend the Labor & Employment Section open meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27 regarding the commission's Collaborative Law Pilot Project. The panel will include:

  • Moderator John F. Tocci, Tocci Goss & Lee PC;
  • Commissioner Sunila Thomas-George, MCAD;
  • Linda Cohan, MSW, CSC; and
  • Michael A. Zeytoonian, Esq., Zeytoonian Center for Dispute Resolution LLC.

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

 

 

 

 

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