Listen to the MassBar Beat Podcast
The MassBar Beat is the official podcast of the Massachusetts
Bar Association. Launched in fall 2016, the MassBar Beat features
interesting stories involving MBA members and others in our legal
community, practical programming and timely updates on important
Episodes of the MassBar Beat are released on the blog page of My
Bar Access. And they are available to listen to and download for
free on many of the most popular podcasting platforms. Better yet,
subscribe so you don't miss a "Beat."
- "Leadership: All the World's a Stage" -- MBA
President Jeffrey N. Catalano shares a little-known story about his
time in the theater, and how it informed his vision of leadership.
- "Mastering the Unspoken Word: Body Language and
Nonverbal Communication in Court," -- MBA Treasurer Christopher
A. Kenney addressed how a lawyer's attire, body language, tone of
voice and other nonverbal cues can impact your chances in court.
- "2016 State of the Judiciary Address
Highlights" -- Listen to excerpts from the 2016 State of the
Judiciary Address. This year's installment of this annual event
featured remarks from Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph
Gants, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey, Trial Court
Administrator Harry Spence and MBA President Jeffrey Catalano.
- Privilege to Practice -- All the Small Things
-- Trial lawyer Richard P. Campbell, one of the co-authors of the
Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal's Privilege to
Practice ethics column, relates the tale of a once-prominent
attorney's fall from grace as a cautionary reminder about lawyers'
ethical obligations to their clients AND their law firm colleagues
-- and how you do need to sweat the small stuff. (December
- Homeless Court: A Second Chance at Hope --
Homeless Court is a specialty court in Massachusetts that gives
homeless individuals with minor infractions a chance to clear their
records and get a new start. Leaders from the Massachusetts Bar
Association's Young Lawyers Division had an opportunity to visit
this "court of second chances" at the Pine Street Inn shelter in
Boston. Listen in as they share observations, interviews and
stories of hope from the presiding judge, the Pine Street Inn's
Homeless Court coordinator, Homeless Court participants and the
president of the Massachusetts Bar Association. (January 2017)
- 'Defamation' Courtroom Drama Encourages Dialogue
about Bias -- Learn about "Defamation," an interactive
courtroom drama that encourages its audience to examine stereotypes
and perceptions of bias in the play, the legal system and beyond.
Hear from Boston-area high school students and lawyers who watched
the play last fall during the Massachusetts Black Lawyers
Association's annual presentation of "Defamation." The
Massachusetts Bar Association was a sponsor of the MBLA's program,
and more recently has begun presenting a series of CLEs on
eliminating bias in the legal system. Learn more about "Defamation"
at www.defamationtheplay.com. (March 2017)
- 2017 Access to Justice Awards -- The
Massachusetts Bar Association's Access to Justice Awards honored
seven attorneys and one law firm, recognizing their exemplary legal
skills and service to the community. Hear the honorees' inspiring
stories in their own words. Honorees include Rebecca Jacobstein,
Committee for Public Counsel Services (Defender Award); Kevin J.
Curtin, Middlesex District Attorney's Office (Prosecutor Award);
Andrew Troop, Pillsbury Winthrop (Pro Bono Publico Award);
Christopher Mirick, Harvest Power Inc. (Pro Bono Publico Award);
Brian Flynn, Greater Boston Legal Services (Legal Services Award);
K&L Gates, Boston (Pro Bono Award for Law Firms); Weayonnoh
Nelson-Davies, Community Legal Aid (Rising Star Award); and Claire
Valentin, Children's Law Center of Massachusetts (Rising Star
Award). (May 2017)
Have an idea for a future
podcast? Contact MBA Media and Communications Director Jason Scally
at [email jscally].