Young Lawyers hosts speed networking
The Young Lawyers Division sponsored a speed networking session
at the MBA's Boston office on March 24. After young lawyers met
with a number of experienced attorneys and MBA leaders, they
mingled at a cocktail reception.
Labor & Employment Section hosts MCAD
MCAD Commissioner Jamie Williamson and MCAD Deputy General
Counsel Yaw Gyebi were guest speakers at a Labor & Employment
Section open meeting on March 16 at Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas
LLP's office in Springfield. Williamson and Gyebi spoke about new
procedures in the Springfield office and legislative issues.
Immigration Law hosts Padilla discussion
More than 60 people attended the Immigration Law Section
Council's open meeting to discuss the first anniversary of
Padilla v. Kentucky.
The forum, which was held April 5 at the Massachusetts Bar
Association's Boston headquarters, discussed ongoing litigation in
Massachusetts, how appellate courts around the country have
interpreted the Padilla decision, and filing
post-conviction motions based on ineffective assistance of
CPCS Staff Attorney Adam Birnbaum moderated the panel: Wendy
Wayne, director CPCS Immigration Impact Unit; nationally known
expert Dan Kesselbrenner, executive director, National Immigration
Project; and Susan Church of Demissie & Church.
YLD panel advises on starting a practice
The Young Lawyers Division hosted a panel discussion, "Hanging A
Shingle With a Focus on Traps for the Unwary," on April 6 at the
University of Massachusetts School of Law - Dartmouth.
The panel gave new practitioners advice on setting up a practice,
including how to obtain malpractice insurance, deciding on practice
areas, avoid ethics issues and figuring out how to market on the
modest budget. It also included a networking reception for new and
The panel included: MBA President Denise Squillante, Law Office of
Denise Squillante; Terence Welsh, Massachusetts Bar Association
Insurance Agency; Christine A. Anderson, Anderson Law Office;
Terrence David Pricher; Office of the Bar Counsel; and Julie A.
Lynch, Law Offices of Turcotte & Lynch PC.
Final juvenile bench-bar forums to be held in
The Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council will host the
final two Juvenile Court/MBA Bench-Bar forums, on Wednesday, May 4,
from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Worcester Law Library, 50 Harvard
St., Worcester, and on Monday, June 6, in Boston, at the
Massachusetts Bar Association headquarters at 20 West St., Boston,
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Juvenile Court Chief Justice Michael F. Edgerton and MBA President
Denise Squillante are scheduled to speak at the Boston forum.
The forums are free to all attorneys interested in the practice of
juvenile and child welfare. The Section Council's business meeting
will be held directly following the Bench-Bar Session.
If you are interested in attending any of these sessions, please
check the MBA's Juvenile and Child Welfare MBA web page and master
calendar for more information and registration. Space is limited
and there will be no ability to attend by conference call. To
R.S.V.P., contact Jean Stevens at [e-mail JStevens].