e-Journal

01-03

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Images from the 2012 Walk to the Hill. Photos by Jeff Thiebauth.

MBA to co-sponsor 14th Annual Walk to the Hill on Jan. 30

The 14th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Statehouse's Great Hall.

Join fellow Massachusetts Bar Association members at this annual event and adovacte for increased funding for legal services throughout the commonwealth.

The event is sponsored by the Equal Justice Coalition, MBA and Boston Bar Association.

For more information, visit www.equaljusticecoalition.org.

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Connect, share and collaborate with fellow MBA members

Login to the My Bar Access online community today.

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 blog posts on:

  • "Essential Health Benefits May Extend Scope of Existing Parity Standards;" and
  • "MBA seeks nominations for 2013-14 officer, delegate positions."

Participate in ongoing member group discussions on:

  • The Jan. 8 Labor & Employment section open meeting featuring Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein; and
  • The upcoming Jan. 17 "How to Start and Run a Successful Solo and Small Firm Practice" conference.

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.

Join the MBA's Member-Get-A-Member campaign

Refer a colleague and be rewarded.

Member get a member graphicJoin 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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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.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Do you dream of starting your own practice? Attend the Jan. 17 "How to Start and Run" Conference.

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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

Lifecycle of a Business Part I: Forming a Business & Protecting Assets Live program
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


A Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Practice in the Massachusetts District Courts
Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1-5 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover

Getting Paid Live program
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Collaborative Law, a Roundtable
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 3-5 p.m.
Norfolk Probate & Family Court, 35 Shawmut Road, Canton

How to Start and Run A Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice Recorded program
Thursday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lombardo's, 6 Billings St., Randolph


Juvenile & Child Welfare Legal Chat Series Live program
Friday, Jan. 18, 1-2 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.


Lifecycle of a Business Part II: Land Use/Permitting, Insurance Considerations & Business Financing Live program
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Mediating Probate Litigation Cases Live program
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

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MBA On Demand

Unable to attend December seminars? Practitioners who were not able to attend MBA CLE programs in December can now view select programs on MBA On Demand. MBA On Demand is an innovative MBA member benefit that offers you the opportunity to watch an MBA program from the comfort of your home or office, at a time that suits your schedule.

In addition, watching an MBA seminar or conference just got easier. All previously recorded MBA On Demand programs are now available anytime, anywhere on your mobile device.  

December CLE programming now available includes:

To view a listing of current programs offered on MBA On Demand, click here.

LPM Tip

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A checklist to jumpstart your marketing in 2013

It's January and time to jumpstart your marketing. If you are not sure where to focus your efforts, a good place to start is to conduct a self audit.  Here is the version I use with my clients. I try to revisit it once a quarter with each coachee.  But the new year is a great place to start. Not everyone will do everything on this checklist. But going through the process of self reflection is a good way to focus on what IS working and what is NOT.

  1. Are you spending 15-30 minutes a day on marketing or relationship building (on average)?
  2. Are you reading articles with purpose and forwarding them to your contacts as appropriate? Are you actively looking for other ways to be helpful to your contacts?
  3. Are you mailing to your best contacts at least once every three months?
  4. Have you written an article that highlights your expertise (i.e. an article which is connected to your marketing message)? This can either be an original piece or a reaction to (or summary of) someone else's presentation or article. The point is to create practical materials that you can send to your contacts (to remain top of mind and reinforce your niche). You can also try blogging.
  5. Have you spoken on this or any other subject that highlights your expertise in the work you are targeting?
  6. Are there any recent matters you've worked on that should be added to your elevator speech? Bio? Which have raised issues that warrant an article, a seminar, a client alert or contacting a reporter?
  7. Have you identified at least 20 "A List contacts" (clients, prospective clients or referral sources who you believe might have work for you or who may be able to refer work)? Are you actively looking for ways to build your relationships with these contacts?
  8. Before you meet with prospects/contacts/referral sources, are you taking the time to do research so you can anticipate some of their needs?
  9. Are you coming to networking meetings prepared to answer the question "What's new?"
  10. When you are in networking meetings, are you listening 80 percent of the time and asking probing questions to identify problems that you can help that individual solve?
  11. Are you making referrals to your referral sources or sending them resources to help them address the issues they raise?
  12. Are you setting next dates/next steps in your calendar so that you remember to circle back to your "A list" contacts?
  13. Are you involved in community, industry, professional or recreational activities that enable you to continue to develop new contacts (i.e. individuals who may turn into clients or referral sources) and further solidify relationships with existing contacts?

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

Published January 3, 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.
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News from the courts

Appeals Court Pilot Program continuations; Amendments to SJC Rule 3:12; SJC approves Rule 3:16: Practicing with Professionalism Course for New Lawyers; Amendments to Superior Court Rule 9A (b) (5) (ii) and (iv) and Rule 30B

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Appeals Court Pilot Program continuations

The Supreme Judicial Court has approved continuation of Appeals Court pilot program requiring appellants to file docketing statements in civil cases until  Dec. 31, 2015, effective Jan. 1, 2013. The SJC has also approved continuation of Appeals Court pilot program requiring appellants to file docketing statements in criminal cases until  Dec. 31, 2015, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
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Amendments to SJC Rule 3:12

The SJC has approved changes to Rule 3:12 of the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Click here to view the notice of change.
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SJC approves Rule 3:16: Practicing with Professionalism Course for New Lawyers

The SJC has approved new Rule 3:16: Practicing with Professionalism Course for New Lawyers of the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court effective Sept. 1, 2013.

Click here to view the notice of change.
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Amendments to Superior Court Rule 9A (b) (5) (ii) and (iv) and Rule 30B

The SJC has approved changes to Superior Court Rule 9A (b) (5) (ii) and (iv) and new Superior Court Rule 30B on Certification of Expert Disclosures effective Jan. 1, 2013.

Click here to view the notice of change.

 

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CPCS employment opportunities

The Committee for Public Counsel Services is committed to protecting the fundamental constitutional and human rights of its clients by providing zealous advocacy, community-oriented defense, and excellent representation.

Click here to view a current list of available positions, including staff attorney positions in Barnstable and Worcester superior courts.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Join in the Jan. 8 Labor & Employment open section meeting featuring Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. Attend the Jan. 8 Health and Family Law Section Council meetings. R.S.V.P. for the Jan. 9 Public Law, Individual Rights & Responsibilities, Immigration Law and Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council meetings.

Changes to validated parking at the Lafayette Garage

MBA members entering the garage after 4 p.m. will now have a maximum rate of $11 and weekday users will receive $2 off each of the first two hours. Please bring your parking ticket with you to the MBA for validation.

Labor & Employment Section Council open meeting

Featuring Massachusetts Secretary of
Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein

Tuesday, Jan. 8, noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

All section members are invited to attend this open meeting sponsored by the Labor & Employment Section Council. The guest speaker will be Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. Goldstein will be discussing the recent investigation of the Marriott Copley renovation, which led to numerous fines stemming from wage/hour violations.

Goldstein will also discuss the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and its role in such investigations and plans for introducing legislation expanding the reach of the state's wage and hour laws.

Goldstein oversees the commonwealth's five labor and workforce regulatory agencies: the Departments of Unemployment Assistance, Career Services, Labor Standards, Industrial Accidents and Labor Relations. She also manages the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and Employee Misclassification, working with the officials in the Patrick-Murray Administration and across state government to combat workplace fraud and protect exploited workers.

Goldstein was appointed to Gov. Deval L. Patrick's Cabinet in January 2010, and is one of the five cabinet members who work across agency and department lines to spur economic growth and job creation.

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

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Health Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Health Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Family Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Family Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8 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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Public Law Section Council meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Public Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9 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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Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 4-5:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Immigration Law Section Council meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Immigration Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9 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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Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council meeting

Wednesday, Jan. 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9 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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