It's here! If you have not already done so, go to our Web site and take a look at the MBA's newest - and, we believe, most valuable - member benefit: Casemaker.
As you may know by now, Casemaker is a fully searchable, continually updated online law library that will be accessible only through the MBA's MassBar.org Web site. This is a free benefit. And access is unlimited, 24 hours a day. It's easy to use, so if you haven't already done so, why not go to the Web now and give it a try?
The MBA's initial library materials covers about 25 broad categories, including SJC decisions since 1929, as well as an extensive federal library. In addition, members of Casemaker Consortium state bar associations, such as the MBA, will have free access to the entire Casemaker online law library. That means materials immediately available to you also include law libraries from Connecticut, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio. New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont materials will follow in November, December and January respectively. Idaho and Indiana will follow shortly thereafter - and other states are actively considering joining this online consortium as well. So try it and let us know what you think. If there are Massachusetts materials that you think we ought to add, let us know.
Casemaker is an easy-to-use research tool. There's also lots of information on the Web site to help you construct a search. But if, like me, you are one of those people who learn better from more structured instruction, we plan to offer training sessions in the near future. Keep an eye on the Web site and the weekly e-Journal newsletter for more information on upcoming Casemaker training.
Annual Conference update
You also should be sure that Annual Conference 2003 is on your schedule.
Titled "Charting the Course for Law in Today's Society," the conference will take place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel from Jan. 23-25, 2003.
Among the programs will be a discussion between Justice Robert J. Cordy of Supreme Judicial Court and Dean Ron Cass of the Boston University School of Law on the topic of Cass' recent book, "The Rule of Law in America."
The popular annual review of Recent Developments in Massachusetts and Federal Law also should prove quite interesting this year. Panelists will include the Hon. William G. Young (federal), Kay H. Hodge (employment), David White-Lief (personal injury), Joseph J. Balliro, Sr. (criminal) and MBA Vice President John G. Dugan (probate).
You'll hear more about Annual Conference 2003 in the next couple of months, but I want to get you thinking about it now. And if you register before Dec. 27, you can save $50. For more information, call the Member Service Center at (617) 338-0530.