Lawyers Journal

‘Conversations’ to begin; new looks for paper, web

I want to thank all of you who have registered interest in participating in the “Conversations on Law & Liberty in Times of Crisis” program. I am very proud to report that almost 100 members volunteered immediately to be part of this exciting initiative.

As of the time I am writing this column, we have tentative plans to launch the program simultaneously in high schools in Boston and Springfield on Sept. 12, 2002. We are awaiting confirmation that Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall will join Joe Vrabel, the new president of the MBA, in facilitating the first Boston “Conversation” program. Check our Web site for more current information on the schedule for launching the program.

Those of you who already volunteered will be hearing from us soon concerning an orientation and training program we are planning. If you want to volunteer and have not yet contacted us or, if you want to find out more about this program, please contact Ed Herman, public service coordinator, at (617) 338-0565.

Change is good

The Communications Department has been busy this summer putting the final touches on design changes to several MBA publications and services. Among them are:

Lawyers Journal: You may have noticed that this month’s issue of Lawyers Journal looks different. The paper has been redesigned, using a more compact shape and brighter paper. It also features new logo designations for our regular columns, a modified masthead on the front page and better organization of the content. The changes were instituted to make Lawyers Journal easier to read, better for photographs and less expensive to produce. We hope you like the new look. By the time you read this, or shortly after, the MBA Web site will unveil an entirely new look and feel. The chief change is a navigation scheme that will help members find MBA news, section information, articles, CLE listings and member services much more easily. The new site also is designed to help members of the public have faster access to the many MBA public service programs.

Casemaker: While we’re on the subject of the Web, work on the Casemaker Online Law Library continues. We’re anticipating a Nov. 1 launch. Watch next month’s Lawyers Journal and the weekly e-Journal newsletter for particulars on when the service goes “live” and for information on member training sessions we expect to offer both in Boston and Springfield. In the meantime, to learn more about this “ultimate” (and free!) member benefit, go to the MBA Web site and look for the Casemaker teaser for an online demonstration.

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