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Volunteer attorneys answer calls from Boston Marathon bombing victims on May 8.

Photos by Carol Fee.

MBA holds first Marathon Bombing Dial-A-Lawyer

Volunteer to offer legal assistance to Boston Marathon bombing victims

The Massachusetts Bar Association is offering legal assistance to victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. At its first Marathon Bombing Dial-A-Lawyer on Wednesday, May 8, attorneys fielded several calls from victims between the hours of 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

"I decided to volunteer for the Marathon Bombing Dial-A-Lawyer because I want to do my part, as a member of the legal community, to help the victims overcome this horrific tragedy," said volunteer attorney Samuel A. Segal, an associate with Breakstone, White & Gluck. "It is our responsibility as members of the Boston legal community to help the victims recover and the community rebuild in the wake of this tragedy. It is a privilege and a pleasure to help."

In addition to offering victims legal representation when needed, the MBA will provide a second Dial-A-Lawyer session specifically for bombing victims on Thursday, May 30. Visit www.massbar.org/BostonStrong to learn more about the MBA's efforts and how you can help. Click here to donate to The One Fund Boston.

The MBA is also seeking attorneys who are available to volunteer to take one case, if called upon. The MBA anticipates that there will likely be a need for legal help in the areas of housing, disability claims, workers' compensation, employment and insurance.

If you, or any of your colleagues, want to help, please contact the MBA at (617) 338-0695 or [e-mail communityservices] and specify your area of expertise.

All volunteers must commit to take no legal fee for this representation.

The MBA thanks its May 8 Marathon Bombing Dial-A-Lawyer attorney volunteers:

  • Peter G. DeGelleke;
  • Kwadwo Frimpong;
  • Sheryl R. Furnari;
  • David Hass;
  • Eric J. Robbie;
  • Samuel A. Segal;
  • J. Daniel Silverman;
  • Richard A. Sugarman; and
  • Geraldine M. Zipser.



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New issue of Lawyers Journal available

The May issue of Lawyers Journal has been mailed and is available online.

Highlights include:

  • Profile pieces on the five attorneys and one law firm receiving the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2013 Access to Justice awards for their exemplary delivery of legal services;
  • A feature on the Probate and Family Court's strategy to improve delivery of justice; and
  • A list of the MBA's 2013-14 nominations for MBA officers and regional delegates.


Click here to read the May issue.

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Top: MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr. presents the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award and the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award at the May 2 "Excellence in the Law" event.

Middle: The Hon. Sandra Lynch, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, accepts the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award.

Bottom: Sam Fleming, WBUR’s managing director of News and Programming, accepts the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award.

Photos by Mike Ritter/Ritterbin.com.

Excellence in the Law salutes profession's finest

MBA honors Hon. Sandra Lynch, WBUR-FM's News Department

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association honored the best of the legal profession at "Excellence in the Law" on the evening of May 2 at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Following welcome remarks led by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Publisher Susan Bocamazo, MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr. presented the Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award to the Hon. Sandra Lynch, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; and the Excellence in Legal Journalism Award to WBUR-FM's News Department.

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.

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 event also saluted the 2013 Up & Coming Lawyers, as well as the recipients of this year's other Excellence in the Law awards for diversity, pro bono, marketing, firm administration and operations.

For more Excellence in the Law coverage, look in the June Lawyers Journal.

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Get advice on marketing your practice on the web at the May 16 "Accelerate Your Marketing: Supermarketing Conference III"

Unable to make it to Boston for the conference? Participate via MBA On Demand Real-time Webcast.

The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to co-sponsor "Accelerate Your Marketing: Supermarketing Conference III" on Thursday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

Whether you're just getting started marketing online or are hopeful of improving your posture in the marketplace, this third annual edition of Massachusetts' Super Marketing Conference will provide you unprecedented access to national legal marketing experts. They will share their best tips and tricks for reaching referral sources and converting potential clients via the internet.

New England's premier legal marketing conference is your source for the best advice for marketing your practice on the web, and a uniquely effective opportunity for networking with your colleagues.


MBA member discounted rate: $49; and regular: $69.


MBAOnDemandWhiteBackgroundTMTo attend via Real-time Webcast: The MBA will be taking registrations ONLY for those wishing to participate in the conference via MBA On Demand Real-time Webcast. Please refer to the information below for registration and special pricing. Click here to register.

To attend in person: Click here to register.

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Brian J. Carney, Esq. (left) of WIN Interactive Inc. and Austin J. Freeley, Esq. of the Law Offices of Austin J. Freeley are the guest speakers at the May 16 Legal Lunch program.

Register for the May 16 "Feed Your Mind -- A Legal Lunch Series"

This FREE, hour-long discussion will focus on how to effectively use demonstrative evidence.

All Massachusetts Bar Association members and their colleagues are encouraged to attend the FREE, third session of the MBA's new, monthly Legal Lunch Series on Thursday, May 16 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. These events are geared toward civil litigators of all experience levels. The series provides an opportunity to participate in a discussion of selected areas of law, or practice, in a collegial setting where you can meet and exchange ideas with other members of the profession.

The Legal Lunch Series is delighted to announce that Brian J. Carney, Esq., of WIN Interactive Inc., and Austin J. Freeley, Esq., of the Law Offices of Austin J. Freeley, will be speaking on the topic of demonstrative evidence. Carney and Freeley will discuss how to effectively use demonstrative evidence, including 3D animation, timelines, medical illustrations and maps and diagrams, to successfully litigate matters.

Carney is a former prosecutor and the owner and operator of WIN Interactive Inc., a consulting firm that provides litigation support services, including but not limited to demonstrative evidence, to attorneys across Massachusetts. Freeley has focused his practice on personal injury, criminal defense and civil rights matters since 1993, and with the assistance of WIN Interactive Inc., successfully obtained a $1.75M settlement in Federal Court (District of Massachusetts) against Revere, the largest settlement ever given by the city.

The Legal Lunch Series, coordinated by the Civil Litigation Section and Young Lawyers Division, will be moderated by Courtney Shea, Esq. of Looney & Grossman LLP and Craig Levey, Esq. of Bennett & Belfort PC.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Click here to R.S.V.P.

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Members of the MBA's YLD participate in the 2012 "Lawyers Have Heart 5K Road Race & Summer Celebration."

Run with 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.



The three marketeers: Whom you’ll need to market your law practice

Three has always been held up as a mystical number: the Trinity; Larry Bird; the titular reworking of the Three Musketeers; etc. It just so happens that you also need three people to market a modern law practice. The good thing is: there's very little mysticism about it.  

Content. A modern marketing platform starts with content. The most successful lawyers have always used publication as a mechanism for becoming known for their expertise in their fields. It still works. The difference now is that there are so many more publication options, especially for self-publishing, including the still-popular blogging. Content draws people in; it is the carrot for your stick. Give something away, and charge for the good stuff/specific advice.

In order to leverage content marketing, you'll need someone who is a prolific writer and content curator.

Social. A modern marketing platform incorporates the social web. The simplest argument for using social media is that everybody else does. This is not to say that you should split your efforts across every social network you can find. Rather, you should focus on one medium, or a few or more popular ones, to begin to create the organic growth required of a personalized, professional web presence. But, there is an art to using social media well, including to market your business.

In order to leverage social media marketing, you'll need someone who can distribute curated content and engage naturally online. Many people believe that this person must be a digital native; but, that's not necessarily the case: it's more about ease of influence, than it is about the medium.

Networking. A modern marketing platform includes mandates for in-person networking. While your web presence will allow you to supplement your marketing, it does not replace the traditional in-person networking that attorneys have always relied on to drive business. If anything, the prevalence of internet marketing makes personal connections even more valuable, because they've become rarer. And, the best way to cement an online relationship remains to meet in-person.

In order to leverage in-person networking, you'll need someone who is comfortable in a crowded room, filled with strange faces. Many people believe that this person must be a traditionalist (an ol' boy (or gal), as it were); but, that's not necessarily the case: it's more about ease of influence than it is about the medium.


Solo attorneys now very worried about commencing hiring searches need not be. Certainly, all of these abilities can be wrapped up in one person; it's just that . . . the 'one musketeer' sounded so lame when I was brainstorming titles. But, even if you don't have all of these access skills in spades, you can concentrate on one, as you build up the others. That being said, there is an advantage for larger firms in this regard: those firms can source the best talent in each of these areas, and allow attorneys to hone in on particular marketing skills. Separating marketing functions also allows firms to become more efficient, since they're more favorably leveraging the skills of their staff. Of course, that sort of specialization would not necessarily help departing attorneys.

. . .

If you're looking for additional marketing tips, and for a way to network with your colleagues, there is still room to R.S.V.P. for the Massachusetts Bar Association's 'Third Annual Super Marketing Conference: Accelerate Your Marketing', featuring Mark Britton, founder and CEO of Avvo, as the keynote speaker.

In-person and web attendance options are available. In-person attendees will be provided breakfast and lunch.

For a full agenda, and to R.S.V.P., visit the event page.

Tip courtesy of Jared Correia, Law Office Management Assistance Program.

Published May 9, 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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Connect, share and collaborate on My Bar Access

Posts include "Massively open online medicine," "Musing on Massachusetts alimony" and more.

Join your section/division on My Bar Access. Visit http://access.massbar.org/ today to join the conversation.

Posts include:
Questions about a new rule? Need a referral? Looking for a sample motion? Interested in learning more about your fellow members? Login and participate in ongoing member group discussions, which are now PRIVATE and can only be viewed by MBA members, who login to the MBA's online community. My Bar Access discussions allow you to enjoy the benefits of a traditional listserv, without clogging your inbox.

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].

Get started today on http://access.massbar.org.
Questions? [e-mail mybaraccess].


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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.


Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Learn from a panel of superior court judges about their practices and preferences on civil pretrial and trial issues at "A View from the Bench Seminar and Reception" on May 29.

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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: 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

A View from the Bench Seminar and Reception Live program
Wednesday, May 29, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Save the dates

34th Annual Labor and Employment Law Spring Conference
Wednesday, June 5, 1-5:30 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston

Visa Issues for International Medical Professionals
Thursday, June 6, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
UMass Memorial Medical Center, 55 Lake Ave., Worcester

Health Law Conference Live program
Tuesday, June 25
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


MBA On Demand

Were you 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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News from the courts

Probate and Family Court announces release of online child support document assembly module

The Probate and Family Court, the Massachusetts Justice Project and collaborators have announced the availability of a new online resource that will help self-represented litigants more easily complete court forms in child support cases. The other partners are the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, South Coastal Counties Legal Services Inc. and the Trial Court Access to Justice Initiative.

With the help of a Technology Initiative Grant from the Legal Services Corporation, the Massachusetts Justice Project, in collaboration with the Probate and Family Court and the other partners, has created a series of free online interviews that help self-represented litigants accurately complete the court forms needed to file cases seeking establishment, enforcement or modification of a child support order or an answer to any of these complaints.

The interviews, supporting educational videos and written content can be accessed here. Users proceed through a series of questions, and the answers to the questions are used to prepare forms and instructions. A Spanish translation of these interviews will be available this summer.

Click here to learn more.



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Featured member benefit: MBA Mentoring Circles

Join a one-of-a-kind mentoring program that allows you to be both the mentor and mentee.

MBA Mentoring Circles offers a unique spin on conventional mentoring by combining varying professional levels together and providing all members, senior and junior level, with the resources they need to develop and improve their management and leadership skills and grow within their profession.

While offering guidance, advice and valuable insights to one another, members of our mentoring circles provide support and encouragement in a confidential setting, allowing both the mentor and the mentee to walk away with important lifelong connections.

The MBA's Mentoring Circles program will start a new session in September 2013. Not in a circle? Register online at www.massbar.org/mentorcircles. Join today and participate in this unique mentoring program.

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Join in the May 14 Labor & Employment question & answer session with in-house employment counsel. R.S.V.P. for the May 14 Health Law and Family Law section council meetings. The Taxation Law Section Council and Young Lawyers Division Board meet on May 16. Save the date for the May 21 Individual Rights open meeting on human trafficking.

Question & Answer with In-House Employment Counsel

Tuesday, May 14, noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Labor & Employment section is a "Question & Answer with In-House Employment Counsel" session on Tuesday, May 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Topics for discussion include outside vs. in-house counsel, HR/employment challenges for organizations, in-house decision-making authority and internal investigations protocols. All section members are invited to attend and bring their own lunch.

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


Health Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
Bullkley Richardson & Gelinas LLP, 1500 Main St., Springfield

The next meeting of the Health Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. The meeting will be held at Bullkley Richardson & Gelinas LLP in Springfield. All section members are invited to attend.

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


Family Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Family Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 from 5:30 to 7p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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


Taxation Law Section Council meeting

Thursday, May 16, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Taxation Law Section Council is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All section members are invited to attend.

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


Young Lawyers Division Board meeting

Thursday, May 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. All division members are invited to attend.

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


Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council open meeting

Human trafficking -- who are the real victims?
Tuesday, May 21, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

On Nov. 21, 2011, Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed H. 3808, "An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People" into law. The law went into effect Feb. 19, 2012.

As part of this anti-human trafficking law, the Legislature created the Human Trafficking Task Force to address all aspects of human trafficking through policy changes. The task force is charged with addressing Human Trafficking through service development, demand reduction, system change, public awareness and training. Other members of the task force include state and community agencies.

This program will focus on "demand" and will examine ways to curtail the demand side of trafficking including self-sustaining first offender diversion programs. The guest speaker is Michael Shively, Ph. D., senior associate/scientist at Abt Associates, who serves on the commonwealth's Human Trafficking Task Force Demand Reduction Subcommittee.

This program will address how a focus on demand reduction will change the application of law in Massachusetts.

To R.S.V.P., click here. Space is limited.




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