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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.

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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 budget deliberations.

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.

Trial Court

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.

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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 litigation department.

In addition to presenting the Toomey Award to Lynch, Holloway will also present WBUR with the Legal Journalism Award.

WBURAccording 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.

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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 sponsors.

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 Institute

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 homeless families.

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 Massachusetts.

"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 said.

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 Box." 

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.

Defender Award

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 tracks."

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.

Prosecutor Award

Adam J. Foss, Suffolk County District Attorney's Office

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 Journal.

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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 here.

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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 greater heights."

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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.

Please submit your nominations to [e-mail volunteerrecognition] before May 1, 2013.

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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 team.
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 YLD."

Registration is $50 and counts toward the YLD's fundraising amount.

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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 programming.

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.

"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."

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Young Lawyers Division Speed Networking

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 cocktail reception.

Click here to view an event slideshow.

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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.

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Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Learn how to succeed in adjudicatory proceedings and administrative appeals on April 30.

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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.


Health Law Legal Chat Series Live program
Friday, April 26, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

How to Succeed in Adjudicatory Proceedings and Administrative Appeals
Live program
Tuesday, April 30, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

A Practical Symposium on Daubert Motion Practice

Thursday, May 2, 2:15-4:30 p.m.
Worcester District Court, 225 Main St., Worcester

Family 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 Healthcare Live program
Wednesday, May 8, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Health Law Legal Chat: The Impact of the New Medical Malpractice Laws Live program
Friday, May 10, noon-1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Appellate Issues Under the Alimony Reform Act
Live program
Monday, May 13, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Accelerate Your Marketing: Supermarketing Conference III
Live program
Thursday, May 16, 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston

Juvenile & Child Welfare Legal Chat Series Live program
Friday, May 17, 1-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Save the dates

A View from the Bench Seminar and Reception Live program
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 Live program
Tuesday, June 25
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


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.



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 human affection.

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, illustrates.

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.

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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 Program.

Published April 25, 2013


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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Attorney vacancies at the U.S. Department of Justice

The U.S. Department of Justice has numerous attorney vacancies. All interested applicants are encouraged to apply, but due to temporary funding restrictions, the department may not be able to fill all of the currently advertised positions.

Click here to view a current list of available positions.

To learn more about the U.S. Department of Justice and its legal careers, click here.

In addition, every year over 1,800 volunteer legal interns serve in DOJ components and U.S. Attorneys' Offices throughout the country. Law students interested in a DOJ volunteer internship, should click here for opportunities.

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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 locations

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 communities.

Click here to learn more.


Housing Court announces public Internet access

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 4:02

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 residential addresses.  

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 mail.

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].



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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 Council meeting

Wednesday, May 1, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
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.

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


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.

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


Public Law Section Council meeting

Thursday, May 2, 5:30-7 p.m.
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.

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




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