The Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association will hold its Western Massachusetts holiday reception at the MBA in Springfield on Thursday, Dec. 6. On Thursday, Dec. 13, MBLA will hold its Kwanzaa Celebration at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston at 6 p.m. This event includes a book drive for the Boys & Girls Club. The event is cosponsored by the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, Massachusetts Black Judges Conference and the WBA-Women of Color Commit- tee. Bring an unwrapped book to donate to the Boys & Girls Club.
The Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association will hold holiday recep- tions in both Boston and Northampton. The Northampton reception is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 at Bishops Lounge from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Boston reception is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17 at Parris in Faneuil Hall from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Chic Wagner at [e-mail cwagner].
The Franklin County Bar Association and the Franklin County Home Care Corp. will hold a program on Monday, Dec. 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on “Estate Planning, Charitable Giving and problems with Medicaid, following the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act” at Hope and Olive Restaurant at 44 Hope St. in Greenfield.
The featured speaker will be Hyman G. Darling, a partner in the firm of Bacon & Wilson PC in Springfield and North-ampton. Darling concentrates in estate planning, elder law, probate, adoptions and guardianships/conservatorships. He is an adjunct faculty member at Western New England College and Bay Path College and has been on the faculty of the New Eng- land School of Banking (Trust Division) for more than 10 years.
For more information or to register, call (413) 773-5555, ext. 226.
The Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers will hold its Holiday Toast on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The College Club of Boston, where they will honor the unsung heroes of the legal system and award the Carol DiMaiti Scholarship while enjoying refreshments.
To R.S.V.P., contact attorney Jocelynne Welsh at (617) 788-6600.
The Associates Division of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association will present the second installment of its “Trial Practice” seminar series. Anthony Sbarra of Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy, will discuss “The Opening Statement” on Jan. 10 from noon to 1 p.m. at Sherin & Lodgen. For more information, contact Corey Harju at [e-mail admin] or go to www.massdla.org.
The Berkshire Bar Association invites its colleagues in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties to its annual Berkshire ski day, on Feb. 8, at Jiminy Peak. Contact Bob Monteleone at Campoli and Monteleone at (413) 443-6485 for reservations.
The Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers hosted a reception on Oct. 24 at the John Adams Courthouse in recognition of the Hon. Fernande Duffly as incoming president of the National Association of Women Judges.
MAWL President Michelle Lespasio noted Duffly’s achievements as both an attorney and a judge, and her significant contributions to the profession of law. Duffly was MAWL’s distinguished jurist recipient at the annual banquet in 2004. Duffly, as incoming president to NAWJ, will be among the leaders whose objectives are to provide a voice for women jurists and strong, committed leadership to ensure fairness and gender equality in American courts.
Special distinguished guest Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall spoke of the importance of NAWJ and offered her endorsement and support for Duffly as she undertakes this important role as president of a national organization to lead both the U.S. and represent Massachusetts. Marshall also thanked the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers for providing the forum to honor Duffly.