Issue March 2015

A spring in our step

I saw a photograph of a recently snow-engulfed Massachusetts neighborhood captioned, "Welcome to Alaskachusetts," and had to remind myself that since February is the shortest month, this "snowpocalypse" should soon be over. As we enter March and head toward spring, I am happy to announce a number of exciting upcoming events.

Trial attorney, activist Mark J. Geragos to keynote 2015 Annual Dinner

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce that trial attorney Mark J. Geragos, of Geragos & Geragos, APC, in Los Angeles, will deliver the keynote address at the Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 7, at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

Lawyer Referral Service a lifeline for lawyer and client

Finding the right lawyer can be a daunting task for many people. Not knowing what to do or even where to begin in the search for an attorney often presents a confusing and stressful situation.

That feeling of uncertainty was exactly what one of Jeffrey N. Catalano's clients experienced before she reached out to the Massachusetts Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) in July 2009. Before calling LRS she didn't know any attorneys or even who to reach out to.

Understanding the new eyewitness I.D. jury instruction

Juries have traditionally placed a great deal of faith in eyewitness identifications. They generally find it exceptionally credible when a witness takes the stands, points to the defendant and says something to the effect of: "Look, it was absolutely, definitely, positively him. Don't you be telling me I didn't see what I saw."