MBA to offer Boston Marathon victims access to free legal advice in May
The association has also donated $10,000 to One Fund Boston
The Massachusetts Bar Association will offer individuals
impacted by last week's bombing of the Boston Marathon free legal
advice through its Dial-A-Lawyer program. Victims can access free
legal assistance on Wednesday, May 8 and Thursday, May 30 from 5:30
to 7:30 p.m.by calling (617) 338-0610 or (877) 686-0711.
Additionally, the MBA has made a $10,000 donation to One Fund Boston, set up last week by
Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas M.
Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that
occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.
"We commend the efforts of all medical, law enforcement and other
first responders who worked tirelessly to treat the victims and to
protect the public. We also mourn with the people of Boston and
beyond, for those who died and who suffered physical and emotional
harm due to this senseless act of violence," MBA President Robert
L. Holloway Jr. said.
Attorney Paul White of the Boston law firm Sugarman, Rogers,
Barshak & Cohen, will spearhead the volunteer lawyer effort
along with MBA officers and staff.
Lawyers who are interested in assisting with the efforts
should contact the MBA's Department of Community and Public
Services at (617) 338-0695 and leave their contact information in
the mailbox. MBA staff will contact them with details.
House of Representatives passes its version of the FY14 budget
Last night the House of Representatives passed its version of
the FY14 budget. The House added $135 million into the budget
originally proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee.
Several areas of the budget, which were supported by the
Massachusetts Bar Association, met with successful outcomes after
Judicial Pay Increase
Included in the House budget is a long-sought-after compensation
increase for Massachusetts judges. It is an incremental increase
happening in three stages. On Jan. 1, 2014, trial court judges'
salaries will rise to $144,694; on July 1, 2014 they will rise to
$154,694 and on July 1, 2015 they will rise to $159,694. The budget
included $5.7 million for the first phase of the increase.
Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) was
successful in having $2 million added to its budget. Although it is
$2.5 million less than what MLAC requested, it is $1 million
dollars more than MLAC's FY2013 budget of $12 million.
Committee for Public Counsel Services
The two sections of concern that would have established a pilot
program in Middlesex County shifting 25 percent of new district
court cases to attorneys affiliated with private or non-profit
entities on a caped, flat-fee basis rather than assigned private
counsel were stricken from the budget. The MBA was concerned that
this would affect the quality of representation.
In addition to the compensation increase, the Trial Court was
given an additional $6 million in its general operations line item
bringing total Trial Court funding to $573.8 million, still lower
than the $589.5 million maintenance request.
Attention now turns to the Senate, who will take up their
version of the budget in May. Both branches will then appoint a
conference committee charged with working out differences between
the two budgets. After an up-or-down vote by both branches on the
conference committee's proposal, the budget is sent to Gov. Deval
L. Patrick for his review.
Hon. Sandra Lynch, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, has been selected to receive the MBA's Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award.
MBA to honor Judge Sandra Lynch and WBUR with excellence awards
The Massachusetts Bar Association will honor the Hon. Sandra
Lynch, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the
First Circuit, and WBUR-FM's News Department at next Thursday's May
2 event co-presented by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The
judicial and media honors will be two among several bestowed at the
annual Excellence in the Law event taking place at the Renaissance
Boston Waterfront Hotel beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Lynch has been selected to receive the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence
in the Judiciary Award and WBUR-FM has been chosen to receive the
association's Excellence in Legal Journalism Award.
Lynch is the first woman to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the First Circuit, and in 2008, became its first female chief
judge. Lynch is the ninth chief judge of the First Circuit Court of
Appeals since Congress created the position in 1948.
As chief judge, Lynch serves as executive officer of both the
First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Judicial Council of the
First Circuit. She represents the First Circuit in biannual
meetings of the Judicial Conference of the United States, the
judiciary's national policy making body.
"Judge Lynch represents and delivers on the highest standards of
judicial leadership. We are delighted to honor her distinguished
appellate service on the federal bench," MBA President Robert L.
Holloway Jr. said.
A graduate of Wellesley College and the Boston University Law
School, Lynch was a trailblazer throughout her career. Following
law school, she served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond Pettine of
the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island
and was the first female law clerk on that court. Prior to her
judicial appointment to the federal bench, Lynch served as an
assistant attorney general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
and as general counsel of the Massachusetts Department of
Education. In addition, she was a partner in the Boston law firm of
Foley, Hoag & Eliot, where she was the first woman to chair the
In addition to presenting the Toomey Award to Lynch, Holloway will
also present WBUR with the Legal Journalism Award.
According to Holloway, WBUR's journalistic
standards made the station a clear selection as the recipient of
this year's journalism award. "The station's stellar news reporters
and producers put together thoughtful and timely news pieces on
topics highly relevant to and involving the Massachusetts legal
community," said Holloway, who noted WBUR's coverage of the state
drug laboratory scandal, increased unemployment following law
school, judicial accountability and medical malpractice reform
among other timely topics.
With operations based on the campus of Boston University,
WBUR-FM is the preeminent news and information public radio station
in Massachusetts, reaching close to 500,000 listeners each week.
With its extensive newsroom, WBUR produces hourly local newscasts,
original reporting, investigative and feature series, and in
addition, has a robust -- and growing -- digital presence at wbur.org.
The station enjoys its success as a Top 10 public radio station in
America, producing programming such as Car Talk, On
Point, Here & Now and Only A Game. WBUR
produces a daily news magazine program, Radio Boston, and
carries NPR News programs such as Morning Edition, All
Things Considered and Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me.
To purchase tickets to
the May 2 Excellence in the Law event, or to find out more on all
of the events' honorees, click here.
From top to bottom: Pro Bono Law Firm Award -- Brown Rudnick LLP; Legal Services Award -- Ruth A. Bourquin, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; Legal Services Award -- James Breslauer, Neighborhood Legal Services; Pro Bono Publico Award -- Timothy G. Lynch, Swartz & Lynch LLP; Defender Award -- Gloria Tan, confirmed as an associate justice of the Juvenile Court, to be sworn in May 3; Prosecutor Award -- Adam J. Foss, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.
Access to Justice Awardees to be honored May 9
The Massachusetts Bar Association's Access to Justice Awards
will honor five attorneys and one law firm for their exemplary
delivery of legal services at its SOLD OUT May 9 Annual Dinner at
the Westin Boston Waterfront.
The event will also feature keynote speaker Gov. Deval L. Patrick and the presentation of
the Legislator of the Year Award to State Rep.
Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill), chairman of the House Committee on
Ways and Means. Click here to view the MBA's 2013 Annual Dinner
Pro Bono Award for Law Firms
Brown Rudnick LLP
Brown Rudnick LLP has a deep commitment to pro bono work. After
forming the Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation Corp. in 2000, the
firm decided to combine all of its charitable efforts under one
umbrella. As such, the firm created the Brown Rudnick Center for
the Public Interest which combines the firm's pro bono, charitable
grants and volunteer efforts. Since the center's creation in 2001,
the firm has provided over 89,500 hours of pro bono legal
representation -- valued at over $36 million.
Much of Brown Rudnick 's pro bono work has been in Massachusetts.
The firm has partnered with the Volunteer Lawyers Project to
provide pro bono legal representation to low-income clients. The
Center for Public Interest provides $25,000 a year to the MBA
Statewide Mock Trial program. In addition, Brown Rudnick has
recently worked with the Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable
Housing and Homelessness to create and implement a Legal Assessment
Program for non-profit organizations. The firm also participates
bi-annually in the Clearinghouse's Legal Clinic for the Homeless
and has donated 855 hours over the last two years.
"The fact that the state's largest bar association would take
the time to applaud, focus on and support this type of pro bono
legal work is the real award," Brown Rudnick Center for the Public
Interest Executive Director Al Wallis said.
Legal Services Award
Ruth A. Bourquin, Massachusetts Law Reform
If it takes a village to raise a child, it often takes an army to
protect one -- especially one as vulnerable as a homeless child.
Ruth Bourquin, a staff attorney at the Massachusetts Law Reform
Institute, has been a general of this army -- a diverse network
dedicated to ensuring homeless children are not exposed to harmful
and unsafe conditions.
Bourquin specializes in public benefits, including family
shelter. She has engaged in legislative and administrative
advocacy, as well as class action litigation, expanding access to
both income support for needy families and emergency assistance for
Bourquin recently served as the lead advocate statewide, working
with pro bono counsel and medical providers, as well as the legal
and social services communities, to preserve safety net programs
that protect homeless parents and their children. When
Massachusetts decided to reorganize its emergency shelter system,
proposing significant regulatory restrictions to access shelter for
homeless families with children, Bourquin assembled a diverse
coalition to identify deficiencies in the state's proposed policies
and to suggest remedies to protect homeless families.
"I was extremely honored to be told about this award, particularly
because it is based on my work on behalf of homeless families with
children who are now facing great difficulty accessing emergency
shelter in the commonwealth," Bourquin said.
Legal Services Award
James Breslauer, Neighborhood Legal Services
Neighborhood Legal Services Advocacy Coordinator Jim Breslauer has
dedicated his entire career to helping the underrepresented. Before
joining NLS in 1996, Breslauer worked as a legal aid in
Pennsylvania and at Merrimack Valley Legal Services in
"In college in the 60s I got very bothered by the inequities I was
seeing as far as how poor people were being treated and black
people were being treated . . . I couldn't stand the injustice so I
decided to go to law school and do something about it," Breslauer
It was at Dickinson School of Law in Pennsylvania, where Breslauer
truly began his career in legal aid.
"I almost got kicked out of law school because I was working 40
hours a week in the legal aid clinic," Breslauer said.
Over the years Breslauer has worked in many different areas of
legal aid including public benefits law, unemployment, anti-hunger
issues, housing, health law, trial work and appellate advocacy. In
addition, Breslauer spends at least one morning a week at the
Northeast Housing Court in Lawrence, where he helps
less-experienced attorneys and law students represent low-income
tenants in mediation. Breslauer has also served as a hearing
officer for the Board of Bar Overseers for many years and a judge
for the MBA Statewide Mock Trial Program.
Pro Bono Publico Award
Timothy G. Lynch, Swartz & Lynch LLP
One of Timothy G. Lynch's most illustrative anecdotes about what
impermanence does to shape a child is the one about "The
Lynch says a teen in foster care, who has a morning spat with a
foster parent, comes home in the afternoon -- after school -- to
find a social worker sitting on his or her bed with a box to
collect personal belongings in order to leave the home.
"It's just common sense that children brought up without any
permanency are not going to do very well," Lynch said. "Their odds
are greatly diminished, but if you have a volunteer to give a kid
direction, that kid will succeed."
Lynch says foster children can sometimes be made keenly aware --
by their foster parents -- that the foster parents are being paid
to take them in and that message is mostly less than kind.
Lynch's main charity focus has been his work with Boston CASA
Inc., a non-profit child advocacy association concentrating on the
best interests of children, who are the subject of abuse and
neglect cases. Lynch has volunteered for CASA since 1991, first as
a court-appointed legal advocate, then as a board member and
currently as the organization's president.
Gloria Tan, confirmed as an associate justice of the
Juvenile Court, to be sworn in May 3
Gloria Tan remembers being told, as a newly-minted public defender
at the Trial Unit of Committee for Public Counsel Services, that in
the role of public defender you are "the one person in the
courtroom standing in the way of a high-speed train going toward
your client, and you are the only one who can stand on the
Most people wouldn't care for that job description, but Tan, who
worked at Harvard's Criminal Justice Institute as a clinical
instructor and supervisor for law students representing indigent
adults and youth in criminal and delinquency proceedings, says she
feels lucky to have served in that role.
"A client is more than just a docket number on case. It's your
job to tell the court who your client is and what crime they're
charged with," Tan said.
Tan has served on the Board of Directors of the Asian American
Lawyers Association of Massachusetts and has chaired the MBA
Criminal Justice Section Council. Tan has also served as a member
of the MBA's House of Delegates, the MBA Executive Management Board
and as a member of the Gov. Deval L. Patrick's Juvenile Justice
Advisory Board. Tan has volunteered at a citizenship tutor at the
Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.
Adam J. Foss, Suffolk County District Attorney's
Assistant District Attorney Adam J. Foss started law school to
become an entertainment lawyer. However, after a clerkship in
Roxbury District Court and participating in the Suffolk Defenders'
Clinic at Suffolk Law School, Foss realized he wanted work in the
criminal justice system.
"I thought I wanted to be a defense attorney," said Foss, who
ended up starting his career as a prosecutor in Suffolk County
after graduating from law school in 2008. Foss explained that ADAs
are capable of giving someone a second chance, something unique to
the prosecutor's role. Foss currently works in the Juvenile
Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.
Foss has committed himself to giving back to the community through
efforts such as the Roxbury CHOICE Program, an initiative to turn
probation from a punitive sentence into a beneficial relationship
with the court. In addition to the CHOICE Program, Foss is founder
of a reading program in which members of the Suffolk County
District Attorney's Office, as well as other government agencies,
volunteer to read in early elementary classrooms in Roxbury.
Foss finds his work extremely rewarding and has no plans of
slowing down. He is currently working to create a diversion program
for the Suffolk County Juvenile Court.
For complete Access to
Justice Award recipient profiles, look in the May Lawyers
American Bar Association Nominating Committee Chair Richard P. Campbell.
MBA now accepting nominations for ABA delegate positions
The American Bar Association Nominating Committee, which is
chaired by Massachusetts Bar Association Immediate Past President
Richard P. Campbell, is accepting resumes of those interested in
serving as MBA representatives to the ABA House of Delegates.
The terms of three MBA representatives to the ABA House of
Delegates will expire in August. Candidates must be a member in
good standing of the MBA and submit their letter of interest and
current resume to MBA Executive Administrator Gwen Landford at [e-mail GLandford] by Tuesday, May 7.
To review the Nomination
& Election procedures, click
Middlesex County District Attorney Marian T. Ryan. Photo courtesy of the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office.
Ryan named Middlesex County district attorney
Gov. Deval L. Patrick has named Marian T. Ryan as the new
district attorney in Middlesex County.
Ryan's appointment puts in place a new district attorney in the
state's largest county until the 2014 election, when candidates for
the post will run for a four-year term. Ryan will succeed former
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone.
Ryan has worked as a Middlesex County assistant district
attorney for more than 30 years, serving under five different
district attorneys, as a district court supervisor, a superior
court trial team captain and as the chief of the Domestic Violence
and Elder/Disabled Units. Most recently, she has served as general
counsel and chief of the Elder and Disabled Unit under Leone.
"Marian brings a great wealth of experience as a prosecutor
generally and in the Middlesex County DA's office in particular,"
Patrick said. "I am confident she brings the rigor, tenacity,
integrity and compassion to take an already strong team to even
Nominate a colleague for a 2013 MBA Volunteer Recognition Award
The Massachusetts Bar Association is continuing its effort to
recognize members who volunteer substantial time and effort to the
association. Often, significant contributors to the MBA are easily
indentified. In many other cases, however, there are those
individuals who work quietly, or behind the scenes, whose efforts
and contributions are just as vital to the success of the MBA. We
ask for your help in identifying such unsung heroes who tirelessly
work to advance the organization's mission, programming,
publications or other initiatives.
Please take a moment to nominate at least one fellow MBA member
for their efforts on behalf of the MBA. After receiving your
suggestions, the Volunteer Recognition Committee will review them
and pass along recommendations to the MBA officers.
We appreciate your time and input.
Members of the MBA's YLD participate in the 2012 "Lawyers Have Heart 5K Road Race & Summer Celebration."
Join the YLD "Lawyers Have Heart 5K" team on May 28
The MBA's Young Lawyers Division is participating in the
"Lawyers Have Heart 5K" on Tuesday, May 28 at the Bank of Boston
Pavillion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the
race starts promptly at 7 p.m.
The division has set a fundraising goal of $1,500 and is looking
for interested members to volunteer to be a part of a 20-person
For more information, and
to join team MBA YLD, go to www.lhhboston.org and click "register."
Choose the "join a team" option and select "MBA
Registration is $50 and counts toward the YLD's fundraising
Images from the April 24 Third Annual Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Symposium. Photos by Philip-Lauren Photography.
Third Annual Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Symposium focuses on smarter, better, cheaper ways of running a sole practice or small firm
The Massachusetts Bar Association's Sole Practitioner and Small
Firm Section hosted its third annual symposium at Lombardo's in
Randolph on April 24. The theme of this year's program was
"smarter, better, cheaper ways of running a sole practice or small
firm. " Symposium co-chairs Scott D. Goldberg, Beth M. Padellaro
and Frank J. Riccio moderated the symposium throughout extensive
Jay Shepherd, a self-proclaimed "recovering lawyer" and current
author and public speaker, kicked off the symposium with a lively
presentation on how lawyers can pursue the work they are passionate
about. Shepherd said that only by discovering one's
"outstandingness, can lawyers be truly happy in the work they do
and effectively market their value to clients." Shepherd also
warned program attendees not to undersell themselves to
"Clients like to feel they have received value rather than a
discount," Shepherd said.
Following Shepherd's presentation, panelists with varied
practice backgrounds offered practical tips on marketing, office
management and technology. Jared D. Correia, senior law practice
advisor for the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance
Program, stressed the importance of lawyers having systems in place
to manage cases and clients.
"Lawyers need to have strong business acumen. Client expectations
and the standard of professionalism force lawyers to do more than
those in other professions," Correia said.
Other highlights included the Chris Kenney and Adam Phipps
panel, where the presenters tag-teamed the importance of joining
and being active in professional associations. Jeffrey J. Clark
gave an enthusiastic presentation on how to best equip a law office
with technology to lower overhead, streamline workflows and raise
revenue. Former MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano was joined
by Assistant Bar Counsel Anne Kaufman and spoke to attendees about
how to deal with difficult clients, and the importance of managing
client expectations to stay out of trouble. Andrew D. Kang of
Boston Professionals Counseling and Heidi Alexander of
Law Office Management Assistance Program concluded the
programming, explaining the importance of managing stress, and
setting and achieving professional goal.
"I think the people who took the time to be here today really
benefitted and took away great information that will improve their
practices," Padellaro said.
Goldberg agreed saying, "the symposium was a success for the
people who attended."
YLD hosts speed networking event
The Young Lawyers Division hosted a speed networking event for
over 40 attendees on April 11 at the MBA in Boston. The event
paired new attorneys with mentors and was followed by a networking
Click here to view an
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Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Learn how to succeed in adjudicatory proceedings and administrative appeals on April 30.
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 session available for purchase
after live program through MBA On Demand.
Real-time webcast available for purchase
through MBA On Demand.
Health Law Legal Chat Series
Friday, April 26, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal
How to Succeed in Adjudicatory Proceedings and Administrative
Tuesday, April 30, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Symposium on Daubert Motion Practice
Thursday, May 2, 2:15-4:30 p.m.
Worcester District Court, 225 Main St., Worcester
Law in Essex County: What YOU Need to Know NOW
Wednesday, May 8, 4-7 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover
Use of Social Media in
Wednesday, May 8, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Health Law Legal Chat: The Impact of the
New Medical Malpractice Laws
Friday, May 10, noon-1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Appellate Issues Under the Alimony Reform
Monday, May 13, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Accelerate Your Marketing: Supermarketing
Thursday, May 16, 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston
Juvenile & Child Welfare Legal Chat
Friday, May 17, 1-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Save the dates
A View from the Bench Seminar and Reception
Wednesday, May 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
34th Annual Labor and Employment
Law Spring Conference
Wednesday, June 5, 1-5:30 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston
Health Law Conference
Tuesday, June 25
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
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Heartbreak hill: Lawyers should be respectful in marketing following a tragedy
There has been a long series of acts of terrorism against the
United States, and the uniting colonies. As it now stands,
those events can be said to begin and end in Boston; and, of course,
that is always the hope: that senseless acts of coordinated
violence against innocent and unsuspecting persons, like the Boston
Marathon bombings, will finally come to an end.
As children and adults are murdered and maimed, talking about it
does very little, and yet very much; and, while the vague notion
that an inanimate city might endure offers us a fleeting sense of
permanence, this provides little actual comfort for those who have
lost family members to sneaking assailants, numb to the bonds of
Since there can be no good that comes of a tragedy of this scope,
the only small consolation that may be taken is that there are
almost always large numbers of persons who are willing to help
others, without thought of their personal safety. While that
sort of heroism is reserved for the point of impact, everyone else
is now able to help the victims of the Marathon attacks, and to
assist the city of Boston in its recovery. There is no
shortage of ways to help, as this article, from USA Today,
Any time that a national disaster of this magnitude occurs,
lawsuits will follow. Attorneys are, naturally, interested in
using their skills to bring justice to the unfortunate victims of
circumstance traumatized by these events; but, lawyers should be respectful in the tone and
careful in applying the mechanisms of their advertising as it
relates to attempting to reach those individuals.
. . .
Certainly, the marathon attacks represent a significant trauma
for many local residents, including those who escaped physical
injury. To that end, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers offers free psychological consultations to lawyers,
their families and law students, who would like someone to talk to
in the wake of this tragedy.
Tip courtesy of Jared Correia, Law Office Management Assistance
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News from the courts
Law libraries to consolidate two locations; Housing Court announces public Internet access; Proposed amendment to SJC Rule 4:02
Law libraries to consolidate two
The Trial Court has announced the
closure of two law libraries as a result of low utilization,
outdated facilities and staff reductions. The Bristol Law Library
in Taunton and the Fitchburg Law Library will cease operation as of
May 10 and discontinue circulation of their materials as of April
19. The library consolidation allows the trial court to redeploy
staff to nearby sites and better serve the public statewide.
Fifteen other law libraries remain open. Patrons of the Bristol
Law Library can use the libraries in Fall River, New Bedford or
Brockton. The Worcester Law Library, across from the Worcester
Trial Court, will serve the northern Worcester County
Housing Court announces public
The Housing Court Department of the Massachusetts Trial Court
has announced the introduction of Internet access to summary
process, small claims, civil and supplementary process case types
that are currently available to the public. Case information can be
accessed via the trial court's eAccess Internet site.
The site allows users to conduct searches by case type, case
number or case name. Users can find detailed instructions on the
housing court page of the trial court's website. Electronic access
to all publicly available case types also continues to be available
at public access computers at the five housing court divisions and
at courthouses throughout the state.
Public internet access is made available through MassCourts, the
trial court's web-based, case management platform now utilized by
six of the seven trial court departments. MassCourts allows
real-time data collection and electronic data exchange with other
entities and once fully implemented will replace 14 legacy systems.
Internet access also is available to case information in the Land
Court and to estate cases in the Probate and Family Court.
Proposed amendment to SJC Rule
The Supreme Judicial Court's Rules
Committee invites comments on proposed amendments to S.J.C. Rule
4:02(1) and (10). The proposed amendments would require attorneys
to furnish their e-mail address on their annual registration
statements filed with the Board of Bar Overseers. E-mail addresses
would be given the same confidentiality safeguards that apply to
The amendments were proposed by the Board of Bar Overseers as a
measure to increase efficiency and realize savings. They would
allow the board to issue electronic notices to all members of bar
who have e-mail accounts. If the amendments are adopted, the
registration statement will be revised to include a statement that
those attorneys without an e-mail address can state "none" in
answer to the question and they will receive notices by regular
Click here to view the proposed amendments.
Comments should be directed to Christine P. Burak, secretary,
Supreme Judicial Court Rules Committee, Supreme Judicial Court,
John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108
on or before May 3, 2013. Comments may also be sent to [e-mail christine.burak].
Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events
Join in the May 1 Law Practice Management Section Council meeting and Juvenile & Child Welfare tour of the Worcester Recovery Center. Public Law meets on May 2.
Law Practice Management Section
Wednesday, May 1, 5:15-6:45
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The next meeting of the Law Practice Management Section Council
is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. All
section members are invited to attend.
Juvenile & Child Welfare
Section Council Road Trip
Wednesday, May 1, 3-5 p.m.
Worcester Recovery Center, 309 Belmont St., Worcester
On Wednesday, May 1, all Juvenile & Child Welfare section
members are invited to tour the new Worcester Recovery Center. Due
to the limited number of slots for attendees and security at the
facility, you must register before Friday, April 26.
Public Law Section Council
Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The next meeting of the Public Law Section Council is scheduled
for Thursday, May 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. All section members are
invited to attend.