Attention New/Young Lawyers

Issue January 2006

Trial Court Orientation Forum Feb. 1; includes special offer for nonmembers

The MBA is proud to unveil its first “Trial Court Orientation” forum. Geared toward newly admitted attorneys and those attorneys practicing for less than five years, this forum will be held on Wed., Feb. 1, 2006 from 12 to 7 p.m. at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston.

Distinguished judges and experienced court personnel will share their practical expertise on a host of issues, including jurisdiction, tips for working with the clerk’s office to get matters heard, the role and resources of probation and more. This particular session will feature speakers from the Boston Municipal Court, District Court, Juvenile Court and Probate & Family Court. A second session featuring speakers from the Land Court, Superior Court and Housing Court is being planned for spring 2006.

This half-day forum is specially priced at $15 for law students, $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers and includes lunch and an evening reception. Nonmembers who join now will attend for free. Space is limited. To register, call (617) 338-0530 or visit

MBA Trial Court Orientation
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2006
John Adams Courthouse

Tentative Agenda

12-12:45 p.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. Welcome and overview
1-2 p.m. District Court

• The role of the clerk’s office, with particular attention paid to magisterial functions (e.g., search and arrest warrants; show cause, small claim and CMVI hearings, among others)

• The role of probation

• Jurisdiction

2:15-3:15 p.m. Juvenile Court
• Jurisdiction — areas of overlap

• Probation — role & resources

• Tips from a clerk

3:30-4:30 p.m. Probate & Family Court
• Jurisdiction

• Tips from an assistant register

• The role of probation

4:45-5:45 p.m. Boston Municipal Court
• Jurisdiction

• Tips from a clerk

• The role of probation

5:45 p.m. Closing remarks
6-7 p.m. Reception