Issue September 2015

'Look back, step back and pull forward'

MBA's first Hispanic president aims to restore camaraderie

Massachusetts Bar Association President Robert W. Harnais has seen lawyers bring out the best and the worst in people -- including themselves.

Here we go ...

This is a column I never dreamed I'd be writing. But here I am, beginning a term as the president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and I can't tell you how humbled I am. The MBA is a marvelous organization that provides help and expertise to the public and to the legal profession. To lead the MBA is a tremendous honor. I just hope I don't screw it up.

I'm also immensely proud to be the association's first Hispanic president. My parents are both from Argentina. They moved to this country and provided me with every advantage they could muster. I owe so much to them, and by extension, to my heritage.

Revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct: What you need to know

Massachusetts Bar Association member Christa A. Arcos is a solo practitioner based in Stoneham who specializes in defending attorneys in BBO proceedings and appellate matters. She is a member of the MBA's Judicial Administration Section Council and the MBA's Committee on Professional Ethics. Massachusetts Lawyers Journal recently spoke with Arcos about revisions made to the Supreme Judicial Court's Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, which went into effect July 1, 2015.