e-Journal

05-16

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Images from the 2013 MBA Annual Dinner. Photos by Merrill Shea and Jeff Thiebauth.

MBA honors best at 2013 Annual Dinner

View a slideshow of event photos.

As scores of Massachusetts Bar Association members filled the Westin Seaport ballroom for a night of festivities and to celebrate the accomplishments of their peers, attendants also recognized this event as a time to encourage the future good work of others. The dinner, taking place just three weeks following the Boston Marathon bombings, began with a moment of silence.

"Let us reflect and remember ... the four who lost their lives in the senseless, tragic events involving the Boston Marathon," said MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr. at the start of the annual dinner.

While the evening was dedicated to honoring the best in the local legal community, there was no denying the lingering presence of recent terrorist attacks on the city of Boston. The evening's distinguished keynote speaker, Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick, was proof of that.

"The horrific events of Marathon Monday brought such tragedy and devastation . . . the senselessness of it all, even now, is hard to absorb," Patrick said. "And yet in some ways Marathon Monday and the days following brought out the best in our community . . . (including) the everyday people who, in their own private ways, showed repeated acts of kindness, compassion and courage."

That theme of kindness, compassion, and courage rings true in the work of all those honored during the annual dinner. Each person acknowledged has done something their community can be proud of.

Patrick, building on that theme said:

"The common good. The commonwealth. Community. Out of the dust of tragedy, the spirit of community emerged. It might just have been our finest hour because we showed the world -- and each other -- that nothing can defeat that spirit."

MBA Legislator of the Year, Rep. Brian S. Dempsey, was proof of that spirit of community as he leaned over the stage's podium, speaking passionately about his hometown of Haverhill to the applause of everyone in the crowd that evening. Dempsey, who has "proven to be a leader," said MBA Treasurer Marsha V. Kazarosian, has "made an exceptional contribution to the administration of justice in the commonwealth."

"I'm certainly no stranger to the voice of the Mass. Bar and the effective voice of the legal community in the State House," Dempsey said. "Over the last few legislative sessions, we have worked to enact legislation that would continue to make the Massachusetts judicial system among the best in the nation."

The MBA took time to honor some of the best legal representatives in the nation with its 2013 Access to Justice Award recipients, which included five attorneys and one law firm "for their exemplary delivery of legal services," according to the MBA.

Pro bono awards were given to the law firm Brown Rudnick LLP and Timothy G. Lynch of Swartz & Lynch LLP. Since 2001, Brown Rudnick has contributed nearly 90,000 hours of pro bono legal representation, much in Massachusetts, valued at $36 million. Lynch, a long-time child advocate, has volunteered for the nonprofit Boston CASA Inc., which concentrates on the best interests of children in abuse and neglect cases, since 1991.

Legal services awards were also handed out to Ruth A. Bourquin, of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and James Breslauer, of Neighborhood Legal Services. Bourquin has worked tirelessly over the years to expand access to emergency shelter and income support for needy and homeless families. Breslauer, whose career has been dedicated to helping underrepresented persons, focuses on issues such as anti-hunger, unemployment, housing and health law.

The Hon. Gloria Tan, associate justice of the Juvenile Court, accepted the Defender Award for her diligent work in the legal system. Tan sees clients as "more than just a docket number on a case," she said. "It's your job to tell the court who your client is and what crime they're charged with."

Adam J. Foss, of the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, accepted the Prosector Award in part for his efforts to give back to the community. Foss, who originally thought he wanted to work as an defense attorney, quickly changed his mind after discovering that "ADAs are capable of giving someone a second chance," he said.

The MBA thanks its 2013 Annual Dinner Sponsors for helping to make the association's hallmark event a success.

Click here to view event photos.

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Senate Ways and Means releases FY14 budget proposal

The Senate Ways and Means Committee released its $33.9 billion budget proposal for FY14 on May 15. Included in that proposal is $579 million in funding for the Trial Court, which while short of the court's $589.5 million maintenance request, is $6 million more than the House appropriation of $573.8 million.

The judicial compensation increase approved by the House -- in its budget proposal last month -- was not included in the Senate document. However, the House added the compensation increase to the budget on the floor during the debate. The Senate could follow suit.

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation was funded at $12 million, $1 million less than the House and $3.5 million's less than MLAC's budget request. Sen. Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) is filing an amendment that would provide MLAC with $15.5 million in funding.

Call your senator and ask them to support Sen. Clark's amendment.
To find your senator's phone number, click here.

To view the Senate budget proposal click here. The Senate is scheduled to begin debating its budget proposal on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

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Top: President Robert L. Holloway Jr. (left) presents “The End of Time” to successor President-elect Douglas K. Sheff.
Second from top: Delegates listen to former MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano discuss the MBA’s involvement in the Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution following Medical Injury.
Third from top: MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy addresses delegates.
Bottom: Members of the House of Delegates elect ABA House of Delegates representatives.

MBA’s House of Delegates meets, elects ABA House of Delegates representatives

On May 15, the House of Delegates of the Massachusetts Bar Association met at the MBA's offices at 20 West St.

The meeting began with former MBA Vice President Jeffrey N. Catalano, of Todd & Weld, speaking about his involvement with the Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution following Medical Injury or "MACRMI" as it's commonly known. This alliance is comprised of patient advocacy groups, teaching hospitals and their insurers, and statewide provider organizations. Its mission is to provide patients with transparent communication, sincere apologies and fair compensation in cases of avoidable medical harm. Fearing that patients would be compelled to accept settlements without proper consideration or consultation, Catalano lobbied to have the MBA become a part of this alliance. Last month, MACRMI elected to have the MBA join. Going forward, Catalano will participate in all MACRMI meetings and ensurepatients are encouraged to seek legal representation when presented with a settlement.

"If you're not at the table, you're on the menu," said Catalano about his push to have MBA representation at MACRMI policy meetings. "Patients are extremely vulnerable in these situations, and ensuring that they receive a fair offer that takes into account all things is critical for their future well-being," he stated.

The House of Delegates then heard from president Robert L. Holloway Jr., as he summarized his tenure over the past nine months. He stated that his goal had been and continues to be the unification and promotion of the legal profession. He cited the recent successful annual dinner -- where more than 1,000 legal professionals gathered to support and celebrate the association and its efforts -- as proof of the strength of Massachusetts' legal community. He then introduced his successor, Douglas K. Sheff, and reminded him of how fleeting time is, and how important it is to maximize every moment.

President-elect Sheff took to the podium to lay out his goals for the following year.  He voiced his concerns on how the image of lawyers has eroded in the past 30 years, and how terms like "elitest", "deceitful" and "takers" are often used when the press refers to legal professionals. He stated that no other profession gives back as much as the legal profession, in terms of pro bono efforts and other community support.  Drawing from three words -- family, consumer, justice -- that resonate strongly with most people, Sheff outlined three platforms on which he will establish his presidency.  First, he talked about the Working Family Initiative, which will support family-run businesses, workplace safety and tax relief.  His second initiative is consumer advocacy, promoting consumer-friendly practices and rights for individuals.  Lastly, he talked about "justice for all," which would include pro bono and charitable initiatives, Access to Justice efforts, Dial-a-Lawyer programs, the MBA's work with the One Fund Boston and the MBA's Lawyer Referral Service.

Vice President Christopher P. Sullivan gave brief remarks and strongly encouraged all members of the MBA to support the victims of the Marathon bombings. He highlighted the upcoming Dial-a-Lawyer program, scheduled for May 30, which was created specifically to answer calls from victims.  He also talked about the MBA's work with the One Fund Boston, spearheaded by Civil Litigation Section Chair Paul E. White and MBA Past President Leo V. Boyle, as well as the opportunity for lawyers to represent victims on a pro bono basis.

MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy provided delegates with a legislative update. Since the last HOD meeting, the House passed a budget that included a long-awaited judicial compensation increase. The Senate released its budget on May 16, for more details see Legislative News.

Healy also noted that the MBA member Paula M. Carey has been appointed Trial Court Chief Justice, and that the MBA looks forward to working closely with her in her enhanced role.

Lastly, Healy highlighted recent testimony by MBA Secretary Martha Rush O'Mara before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Rush O'Mara spoke in support of a bill that would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction from 17 to 18 years of age. This bill has a long list of supporters, including Chief Justice Michael Edgerton, CPCS and Citizens for Juvenile Justice.

The ABA Nominating Committee, comprised of Boyle, Thomas Carey, Josephine McNeil, Denise Squillante, Richard Campbell, then presented its candidates for the ABA's House of Delegates. Three names were put forth by the committee -- Marsha V. Kazarosian, Robert W. Harnais, Kay H. Hodge -- and a fourth name, Martha Rush O'Mara, was nominated from the floor. After a brief debate, the House of Delegates voted to elect Kazarosian, Harnais and Hodge to the ABA House of Delegates.

The meeting concluded with the ceremonial passing of the gavel, and a book, The End of Time, from Holloway to Sheff. A reception followed the conclusion of the formal meeting.

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Probate & Family Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, the next chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court.

MBA supports selection of Carey as the Massachusetts Trial Court's next chief justice

The Massachusetts Bar Association supports the selection of Probate & Family Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey as the next chief justice of the Massachusetts Trial Court.

"Chief Justice Carey started in the trenches of law practice and worked her way up through the Probate Court system as a hard working, innovative justice," MBA Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy said. "We couldn't be more pleased with the Supreme Judicial Court's selection."

Known for her work ethic and problem solving skills, Carey has commanded the Probate & Family Court through a time of great financial strain. Carey was promoted to chief justice of the Probate & Family Court in 2007 after six years as associate justice, a post she was appointed to by Gov. Paul Cellucci. She previously worked as an attorney for 15 years. For years, she was an active member of the MBA.

"The MBA applauds the selection of a proven court leader to the position of Chief Justice of the Trial Court," Healy said.

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Photograph by Liz Kennedy
Bottom (from left to right): MBA Civil Litigation Section Chair Paul White; MBA Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy; The One Fund Boston Manager Kenneth R. Feinberg; Camille Biros of Feinberg Rozen LLP; MBA Past President Leo V. Boyle; and MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr.

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.

In addition to offering victims legal representation when needed, the MBA will provide a 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, which was set-up to directly benefit those most effected by the tragic events. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg was appointed administrator of the fund.

"The MBA is working closely with Ken Feinberg and his team and we have helped him navigate and clear some of the behind-the-scenes issues that were standing in his path to access vitally-needed victim data," MBA Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy said.

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.

 

 

 

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Jonathan B. Kreisberg, regional director of the Boston Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board

Register for the 34th Annual Labor and Employment Law Spring Conference

The June 5 conference will feature keynote speaker Jonathan B. Kreisberg of the National Labor Relations Board

The Massachusetts Bar Association's 34th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference will be held on Wednesday, June 5 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Suffolk Unversity Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston. The conference, sponsored by the MBA's Labor & Employment section, will feature a keynote by Jonathan B. Kreisberg, regional director of the Boston Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board.

Additional conference highlights include:

Employment and Labor Law Survey

A panel of experts will provide a comprehensive survey of developments in the fields of labor and employment law over the past year, including recent decisions, proposed changes in discovery rules and the current composition of the National Labor Relations Board.

Workplace Violence

Millions of American workers are victims of workplace violence each year, making it a growing concern for employers and employees nationwide. Topics include a description of workplace violence, how OSHA handles workplace violence and how we develop solutions.

Whistleblower Protections

Our knowledgeable panel will give an overview of the various laws that offer whistleblower protection and will address opportunities and strategies for pursuing and defending these claims, including pharmaceutical and medical device off-label promotion, nursing home Medicare fraud, tax fraud and new protection laws.

Click here to register and for a full list of faculty.

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Photo courtesy of the Middlesex County Bar Association.

Middlesex's Law Day celebration focuses on civil rights

On May 2, Middlesex County Bar Association President Phil Privitera hosted the county's "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" Law Day celebration, which focused on civil rights.

The event, which featured many distinguished guest speakers -- including Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Sen. Sal DiDomenico -- honored 21 high school students for academic, civic, humanitarian and athletic leadership achievements. In addition, there were two Law Day honorees: Hon. Peter DiGangi, of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court and Scott Wahle, an educator/broadcast personality.

Over $10,000 in scholarships was also awarded at the event. Four scholarships were awarded in honor of the late Frank Cullen, who served in Woburn District Court for over 30 Years. Former Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone sponsored a scholarship in memory of Karen Lombard, a longtime board member and former assistant clerk of Woburn District Court.

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Connect, share and collaborate on My Bar Access

Posts include "On the road to increased transparency in medical costs," "Ponemon Institute study finds outdated communications technologies cost U.S. hospitals $8.3 billion a year" and more.

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

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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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Marketing lessons from Bernie Madoff

Back in March, I discussed networking and the strategy of looking for the "bright spots." I pointed out that while it is important to figure out who are good referral sources (e.g. other professionals who serve the same clients), identifying these individuals is not enough. Just because someone knows or works with the clients you want to meet, that doesn't mean they have the personality or motivation to make the right connections on your behalf. Finding individuals who are also good at connecting, and who are inclined to help, will improve your networking effectiveness. (The author Malcolm Gladwell describes these "connectors" in his book The Tipping Point.)

But how do you go about finding the "connectors" that you want to meet? Where should you be looking?

One way is to borrow a page from the Bernard Madoff school of marketing. Madoff understood the power of affinity.  In his case, he used his affinity with the Jewish community to build his business. Of course he did commit one of the biggest financial frauds in the history of Western Civilization; but if we ignore that "minor point," there is much to be learned from Madoff. Madoff cultivated relationships in a community where he felt comfortable and where people felt comfortable with him. Because of that, he was able to earn the trust of many of his unsuspecting victims (including some pretty savvy people).

While Madoff was a crook who violated the trust that people put in him, he understood that doing business in the Jewish community was a place where he could find a lot of people with common interests.

The marketing lesson is that finding a common affinity is a good way to build relationships. Look for individuals who share a common interest or who identify with a common group. The group can be an alumni association, a group based on a hobby, a political group or even an ethnic group. If you feel like you belong to that group and you like being there, you are more likely to build your network because you will be motivated to invest the time in building those relationships. And people will be quicker to trust you and will want to help you because you are part of that same group.

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

Published May 16, 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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Featured member benefit: FREE summer networking series

Bring a friend and join the Massachusetts Bar Association for its FREE "Summer Networking Series." Don't miss this opportunity to create invaluable relationships, by relaxing and mingling with members of the MBA community and association leaders.

Complimentary appetizers, wine and beer will be available.

R.S.V.P. for one, or all, of the following summer networking events:

The Summer Networking Series is sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association Insurance Agency.



 

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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 more about the common issues and obstacles facing international medical graduates, and their employers, at the June 6 "Visa Issues for International Medical Professionals" 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

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

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


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 Legal Chat Series Live program
Friday, June 7, noon-1 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

Juvenile & Child Welfare Legal Chat Series Live program
Friday, June 21, 1-2 p.m.
NOTE: There is no on-site attendance for Legal Chats.

2013 Annual Health Law Conference Live program
Tuesday, June 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

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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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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

SJC seeks judicial evaluations in five courts in Essex county; Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel seeking judicial applicants in Maine

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SJC seeks judicial evaluations in five courts in Essex county

As part of the continuing program to evaluate and enhance judicial performance, the Supreme Judicial Court will send questionnaires to attorneys, court employees and jurors in Essex County. Judges in the District Court, Juvenile Court, Superior Court, Housing Court and Probate and Family Court will be evaluated beginning May 20.

Lawyers who have appeared in these courts multiple times, in 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 e-mail on file, then a paper questionnaire is mailed.

The aggregate evaluation 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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Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel seeking judicial applicants in Maine

Chief Judge Sandra Lynch of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has announced the formation of a Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel to screen and review the qualifications of applicants for the vacant bankruptcy judgeship in Maine. The successful candidate will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. James B. Haines Jr., who has served as the bankruptcy judge in Portland since 1990.

Under the statute providing for the appointment of bankruptcy judges, the courts of appeals, assisted by the circuit councils, have the duty of filling vacancies on the bankruptcy court in each circuit. 28 U.S.C. § 152. The Merit Selection Panel will recommend to the circuit council individuals whose character, experience and commitment to equal justice under the law fully qualify them to serve as U.S. bankruptcy judges. Bankruptcy judges are appointed to 14-year terms by the Court of Appeals.

The court is seeking attorneys with demonstrated excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law and/or commercial litigation. Interested applicants may obtain an application from the Circuit Executive's Office, from the Bankruptcy Court Clerk for the District of Maine, or by accessing the Court of Appeals' website. Persons interested in applying for this position should send their applications to: Susan J. Goldberg, deputy circuit executive, Office of the Circuit Executive, John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Suite 3700, Boston, MA 02210.

In making the appointment, applicants will be reviewed without discrimination as to race, color, sex, religion or national origin. Applicants should be admitted to practice in at least one state court and should be members in good standing of every bar to which they belong.

Applicants should possess and have a reputation for integrity and good character and be of sound physical and mental health. Applicants must possess and have demonstrated a commitment to equal justice under law. Applicants must also possess and have demonstrated outstanding legal ability and competence as evidenced by substantial legal experience, ability to deal with complex legal problems, aptitude for legal scholarship and writing and familiarity with courts and court processes. Applicants must also possess demeanor, character and personality to indicate that they would exhibit judicial temperament if appointed to the position of United States Bankruptcy Judge. The term of office is 14 years and the current salary is $160,080.

Pursuant to Section 120 of the Bankruptcy Amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984, the Judicial Council of the First Circuit will make recommendations to the United States Court of Appeals which will make the appointment. Applications are to be received by Monday, July 1, 2013.

 

 

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Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events

Join in the May 21 Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting on human trafficking. R.S.V.P. for the May 21 Judicial Administration, Labor & Employment, Criminal Justice, Real Estate Law and The Sole Practitioner & Small Firm section council meetings. The Probate Law Section Council meets on May 22.

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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Judicial Administration Section Council meeting

Conference call ONLY
Tuesday, May 21, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Judicial Administration Section Council is conference call ONLY and scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 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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Labor & Employment Section Council meeting

Tuesday, May 21, 4:30-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Labor & Employment Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 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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Criminal Justice Section Council meeting

Tuesday, May 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Criminal Justice Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 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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Real Estate Law Section Council meeting

Tuesday, May 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Real Estate Law Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 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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The Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section Council meeting

Tuesday, May 21, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of The Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section Council is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 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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Probate Law Section Council meeting

Wednesday, May 22, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The next meeting of the Probate Law Section Council is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 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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