Don’t miss out! Our newly redesigned Web site has lots of features that are for members only. Most importantly, it is through that part of the Web site that you will be able to access Casemaker.
We expect Casemaker to be available to you starting November 1, 2002 … but only if you have paid your dues. If you have not paid your dues by October 15, 2002, you will not be able to access the members-only area of MassBar.org. So if you just keep putting that invoice at the bottom of the pile, now’s the time to join the thousands of other Massachusetts lawyers who soon will have free online legal research at their fingertips.
How are we doing? We want to hear from you. Later this month, we will be sending out a membership survey to a random sample of active members and lawyers who recently let their membership lapse. If you receive one of these surveys, please help us to serve you better by filling out the questionnaire and returning it to us promptly. Your input is invaluable to us.
Diversity outreach Consistent with President Joe Vrabel’s theme of outreach to and education of the public concerning the role of lawyers in everyday life, the MBA is very proud to join the American Bar Association in cosponsoring a conference at Hampshire College targeted toward college students of color.
This conference, which will take place on Nov. 9, will be open to college-aged students of color attending any of the so-called five colleges — Hampshire, Amherst, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Smith College and Mt. Holyoke College. The goal of the conference is to engage these students in discussions about the legal profession, in the hope that we may encourage more students of color to go to law school, thereby improving the diversity of the profession.
This program will build on a dialogue the MBA and ABA began with students of color from these five colleges last spring. It will offer the students an opportunity to hear about the many roles individuals with legal training play in everyday society and provide them the opportunity to converse with lawyers and judges who have pursued different career options.
We hope this program will serve as a model for other bar associations across the country. If you have an interest in getting involved, please contact me directly at 617-338-0640.