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Get Involved! in Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer, other programs

Western Massachusetts
Dial-A-Lawyer Program - Oct. 20

For attorney members located in the four western counties, the MBA has scheduled the next semi-annual Dial-A-Lawyer program for Western Massachusetts for Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at The program is co-sponsored by The Republican and the Western New England College School of Law in Springfield.

During the program, MBA members from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties will staff a telephone bank to answer legal questions from the public. For several days prior to the Oct. 20 event, local TV and radio stations and newspapers will publicize the event to encourage audiences to call in with legal questions.

The MBA is seeking lawyers to volunteer for a three-hour shift on the 20th. Volunteers should call either Pat Plasse at (413) 731-5134 or Elizabeth O'Neil at (617) 338-0560.

The program is co-sponsored by The Republican and Western New England College School of Law.

Mock Trial

In preparation for the 20th Annual Statewide Mock Trial Program, the MBA invites you to volunteer as an attorney coach or judge. Open to all public and private high school students in Massachusetts, the Mock Trial Program is a rich curriculum that promotes the development of fundamental knowledge, sound judgment and critical thinking skills.

Students are placed in a simulated courtroom situation where they assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case. To volunteer as a judge or an attorney coach, call (617) 338-0570 or e-mail [e-mail mocktrial].

Job Shadow

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005, the MBA will sponsor young people from various communities in the commonwealth to "shadow" attorneys in order to gain an appreciation for legal work in general and the area shadowed in particular. The goal of Job Shadow is to provide a favorable experience to the students, to foster an appreciation for the importance of living in a society of laws, to create a positive impression of lawyers and to introduce students to a variety of careers available at a law firm.

Attorneys from all areas of law are asked to participate. During Job Shadow Day, attorneys are encouraged to visit their local courthouse and introduce the young people to other legal professionals in and outside of their offices.

To volunteer, call (617) 338-0695 or e-mail communitiyservices.


The MBA is seeking attorney volunteers to staff the phones for our monthly Dial-a-Lawyer program on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Questions pertain to a wide variety of legal topics. To volunteer, call (617) 338-0556 or e-mail [e-mail lrs].

Mentor Program

The MBA Mentor Program is looking for attorneys who are willing to volunteer a small amount of time to assist fellow attorneys. It is a perfect opportunity to share your knowledge of specific areas of law with new practitioners.

The Mentor Program is an excellent learning tool and resource for mentees, as well as a great way to network with other attorneys. To participate in the mentoring telephone program, you must have practiced law for more than seven years and have agreed to voluntarily advise other MBA members on areas of law within your realm of experience. The topics chosen by MBA mentors constitute 50 percent or more of their practice.

To volunteer, call (617) 338-0691 or e-mail us at [e-mail mentor].

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