e-Journal

02-21

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Gov. Deval L. Patrick

May 9 Annual Dinner to feature Gov. Patrick as keynote speaker

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce that Gov. Deval L. Patrick will deliver the keynote address at its Annual Dinner set for Thursday, May 9 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

"We are honored to have Gov. Patrick address the Massachusetts legal community at our hallmark event of the association year," MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy said. "His perspective and accomplishments gained through his years as corporate counsel and leadership positions in both state and federal government are admirable and will make for a highly relevant keynote address."

In addition to the keynote address, the event will also feature the presentation of the Annual Access to Justice Awards.

Patrick was first elected as the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' governor in 2006 and was re-elected to a second term in November 2010. Committed to expanding opportunity and prosperity in Massachusetts, the Patrick administration has maintained or expanded the state's investment in critical growth sectors, despite challenging economic times. Under Patrick's leadership, the commonwealth has become as a global leader in biotech, bio pharmaceuticals and IT and a national leader in clean energy -- the home to the country's first offshore wind farm.

As governor, Patrick committed the commonwealth to renewing its aging and neglected infrastructure and oversaw the expansion of affordable health care insurance to over 98 percent of Massachusetts residents. The Patrick administration also accomplished major reforms that had eluded decades of other elected leadership, reforming the state's pension systems, ethics laws and transportation bureaucracy.

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Patrick began his legal career clerking for a federal judge and went on to become an attorney and business executive, rising to senior executive positions at Texaco and Coca-Cola. In 1994, President William Jefferson Clinton appointed Patrick as assistant attorney general for civil rights, the nation's top civil rights post.

To purchase tickets or tables of 10 or to find out more on sponsorship opportunities, visit www.massbar.org/AD13 or call (617) 338-0530. Tables of 10 are $1,500 and individual tickets are $150 each.

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MBA seeks nominations for 2013-14 officer, delegate positions

Nominations are due tomorrow, Feb. 22

The Massachusetts Bar Association is currently accepting nominations for officer and delegate positions for the 2013-14 membership year. Nominees must submit a letter of intent and a current resume to MBA Secretary Martha Rush O'Mara by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 to be eligible.

To submit a nomination, mail or hand deliver the information to:

Massachusetts Bar Association
Attn: Martha Rush O'Mara, MBA Secretary
20 West St., Boston, MA 02111

If you have any questions about the nomination process, call MBA Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy at (617) 988-4777.

To review the Nomination & Election procedures, click here.

 

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News from the courts

JNC seeks applications; SJC seeks Worcester County judges' evaluations

JNC seeks applications

The Judicial Nominating Commission seeks applications for six new vacancies, one at the Superior Court, four at the District Court and one at the Boston Municipal Court. Application deadlines include:

  • The Superior Court on Friday, March 1;
  • The Clinton and Fitchburg District Courts on Thursday, March 28;
  • The Holyoke and Northamption District Courts on Thursday, April 11; and
  • The Boston Municipal Court on Thursday, April 25.

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SJC seeks Worcester County judges' evaluations

The Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Performance Evaluation program is an important tool for enhancing judicial performance and the quality of the judicial branch. Judges of the district, superior, housing, probate and family and juvenile courts in Worcester County will be evaluated starting Monday, Feb. 25 by attorneys, court employees and jurors.

Any attorney who receives a questionnaire should take the time to complete it, as the more responses received, the more helpful the judicial evaluations will be. The evaluation program is the best opportunity for attorneys to offer opinions of the members of the judiciary.

Attorneys who have appeared in these courts during the last two years, according to court records, will receive questionnaires. Attorneys will receive an e-mail requesting them to log into the court's website to complete the evaluation electronically. As required by statute, the electronic system keeps the evaluations confidential and anonymous. If there is no attorney's e-mail on record, then a paper questionnaire will be mailed.

Results will be transmitted to the judge, the chief justice of the judge's court department, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Chief Justice of the Trial Court.

 

 

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Featured member benefit: Lawyer Referral Service

Want to expand your client base? Join the Lawyer Referral Service

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service, one of the largest referral services of its kind, helps connect members of the public with an attorney in their area who has the knowledge they need. Join or renew your LRS membership today.

The LRS promotes the legal skills of its members through:

  • Masslawhelp.com, offered as an MBA public service;
  • Campaigns on radio stations and MBTA platforms and commuter rail trains;
  • Search engine advertising; and
  • Flyers and posters in public buildings, including courts and city halls.

NOTE: Instant referrals coming soon. Receive real-time referrals straight to your inbox from MassLawHelp.com. Additional benefits to include web-based case management options.

RENEW OR JOIN TODAY: Current LRS members can avoid any interruption in their membership by renewing before the March 31 deadline. The cost of joining the LRS is either $100 or $150 depending on how long you have been admitted to practice. Just one LRS referral can cover the cost of your annual membership in both the MBA and the LRS. Click here for more information.

 

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Learn to successfully navigate a difficult job market with the "Managing Your Work Search Process" series

Register for eight, FREE programs on optimizing your professional strengths

Join in an eight session series, "Managing Your Work Search Process," designed to provide unemployed lawyers with information and support, in a challenging legal marketplace.

Learn to successfully navigate a difficult job market. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Inc., this series will provide strategies to help you optimize your professional strengths. Topics include tips on networking and information interviews, improving your marketability, how to utilize social media and resume and cover letter writing samples.

 

All "Managing Your Work Search Process" programs will be held at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. Session topics to be announced.

 

NOTE: This series is free of charge and limited to 40 participants. Pre-registration required. Attendance at all sessions requested.

To register:

Contact Patricia Anne Olier at [e-mail polier] or (617) 338-0596.

For more information:

Call Nancy Brown, LICSW at (617) 482-5004, [e-mail nancyb], or go to www.lclma.org.

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Connect, share and collaborate on My Bar Access

Participate in discussions on the March 5 Civil Litigation "Winning Closing Arguments" program, a Family Law review on the HBO "Don't Divorce Me!" documentary and more.

The Massachusetts Bar Association has launched My Bar Access, which replaces the section/division portion of the MBA website. Visit http://access.massbar.org/ today to join the conversation.

Check out posts on:

  • Part III of the LifeCycle of a Business series on employment matters and business litigation; and
  • Information on the advantages of incorporating in Delaware.

Participate in ongoing member group discussions, including:

  • An overview of the March 5 Civil Litigation education program, "Winning Closing Arguments;" and
  • A Family Law review on the HBO documentary "Don't Divorce Me! Kids' Rules For Parents On Divorce."

The following simple steps can instantly connect you with fellow members:

  1. Login and agree to terms: Sign in using your MBA user name and password and sign the Code of Conduct.
  2. Create your profile and settings: Include your bio and photo and customize the frequency and format of your notifications (your profile info from LinkedIn may be pulled over).
  3. Start connecting: Post blogs, discussions (listservs) or upload a resource library entry for your section(s).

Resource materials -- including "Getting Started on My Bar Access" and "How to Use My Bar Access" -- posted in various areas throughout the site, can help users with questions. Following a review of those resources, members who need further help should contact the My Bar Access Help Desk at [e-mail mybaraccess].

Click here to login now.

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In search of lost time: Tracking and recording time

Tracking and recording time is one of those daunting tasks that no one ever warned you about in law school. Regardless of your billing structure, you should be tracking and recording your time. If you bill by the hour, it is essential that you keep accurate records of your time. Failing to track time can add up. Say you bill at an hourly rate of $300. Missing a mere six minutes a day decreases your bottom line by about $30 a day, resulting in a total loss of approximately $7,500 a year. Even if you do not bill by the hour, keeping your time can assist in calculating flat fee case values.

In a typical day, most attorneys are bombarded with a variety of matters. You are constantly required to switch gears throughout the day, from your office to court to a client's office, from telephone to email to document drafting and more. If you still sit down at the end of each week to reconstruct and record your time for that week, you are both wasting time and losing money. It may be nearly impossibly to recall one day's events, let alone weeks on end. Here are some tips to track and record time:

  • Make a habit of tracking and recording your time contemporaneously. Don't wait until the end of the week or even the end of a day.
  • Use a computer to track and record your time. Microsoft Word and Excel are two simple solutions for manual recording. But, better yet, use a computer program that automatically tracks and logs your time.
  • If you do track your time manually, keep your time tracking document open on your computer, available on your mobile device, or otherwise easily accessible to you all day long.
  • To avoid double entry (i.e. you track manually and your assistant inputs records into a billing program), input your time directly into a time and billing program, or into a program that can export your time logs into your billing program.
  • Use time tracking programs or apps that are compatible with your mobile device, phone, and e-mail. Automatic trackers can track and log phone conversations, texts, e-mail and more.

Although rolling out a new system may take time and resources, you will not only save time and money in the long run, but you will also avoid those daily/weekly time tracking frustrations. Don't waste your precious time searching for lost time, instead make changes in your time tracking and recording processes now.

Tip courtesy of Heidi Alexander, Law Office Management Assistance Program.

Published February 21, 2013

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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.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Hear valuable insight from the bench and learn from top litigators' mock closings at the March 5 "Winning Closing Arguments" 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 PROGRAMS

Managing Your Work Search Session I
Getting Started: Identification of Skills, Experience and Professional Interests

Wednesday, Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-noon
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Probate Issues Resolved Under the MUPC
Live program
Answers to the informal probate process, at last

Thursday, Feb. 28, noon-4 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Winning Closing Arguments Live program
All-star panel of top litigators puts Michael Jackson, Star Wars and the Boston Red Sox on trial
Tuesday, March 5, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Lifecycle of a Business Part IV: Mergers & Acquisitions & Bankruptcy Live program
Tuesday, March 12, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Juvenile CORI Reform Roundtable Live program
Wednesday, March 13, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 west St., Boston

Juvenile & Child Welfare Legal Chat Series Live program
Friday, March 15, 1-2 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

Law Firm Business Plan Workshop Live program
Wednesday, March 20, 2-5 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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Join the MBA's Member-Get-A-Member campaign

Refer a colleague and be rewarded.

Join in the Massachusetts Bar Association's Member-Get-a-Member campaign. As a current member, you are the greatest testimony to the value of an MBA membership and we ask for your participation in recruiting at least one new member this association year.     

Take this opportunity to help expand the MBA's network of legal professionals statewide and strengthen our association's preeminent voice in the legal profession. Share your personal and professional MBA experiences and why you belong to the MBA with a colleague and be rewarded. See why others belong.

For every new member you recruit, you will be entered into our raffle for the following prizes:

  • Grand prize: $500 AMEX gift card
  • Second prize: $250 AMEX gift card
  • Third prize: $100 AMEX gift card

To be eligible, you must be identified as the source of the referral on the membership application.

To learn about the program, visit www.massbar.org/membergetmember
for guidelines and rules.

 

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Join in the Feb. 26 Business Law Section Council meeting featuring Scott Foster, Esq., a founder of Valley Venture Mentors. Attend the Feb. 26 Access to Justice Section Council meeting. The Feb. 27 Municipal Tax Practice meeting will include a real estate update. The Taxation Law Section Council meets Feb. 28.

Business Law Section Council meeting

Featuring Scott Foster Esq., a founder of Valley Venture Mentors
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA's Western Mass. office, 73 State St., Springfield

The next meeting of the Business Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The guest speaker for this meeting will be Scott Foster, a partner at Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP, who is also a founder of Valley Venture Mentors. VVM, a nonprofit organization, offers professional mentoring support to entrepreneurs. Foster will speak about the personal and community benefits that have come from this new endeavor and address ways in which business attorneys and other business professionals, can organize to provide pro bono support to emerging enterprises. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Access to Justice Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Access to Justice Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Municipal Tax Practice Group

Real estate update
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Municipal Tax Practice Group is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. The guest speakers for this program are Donald P. Bouchard, senior vice president of Lincoln Property Company and Emmet T. Logue, president of Hunneman Appraisal and Consulting Company. Bouchard and Logue are two prominent members of the Massachusetts real estate appraisal community and will discuss the current real estate market conditions with regard to valuation, appraisals and marketability/feasibility for industrial and commercial/retail buildings, vacant land and other special purpose properties. Both Bouchard and Logue have testified extensively at the Appellate Tax Board. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Taxation Law Section Council meeting

Thursday, Feb. 28, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Taxation Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 28 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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