Issue September/October 2016

New MBA president: ‘Join us in leadership’

This September, Todd & Weld LLP partner Jeffrey N. Catalano begins his year as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Just don't be surprised if it feels more like your year.

Who am I and how did I get here?

Taking over as president of the MBA is a very daunting task when I have to follow in the footsteps of those amazing people who came before me. Our most recent president, Bob Harnais, the first Hispanic president of the MBA, has pretty big shoes to fill. He has done so much to improve the MBA, and I hope to do him and the other incredible officers who preceded me proud by grabbing the MBA banner and continuing the charge ahead.

Take a giant leap forward with the NEW Dispute Resolution Section

By now, you might have heard the news that the MBA ADR Committee, established some 20 years ago as a closed Standing Committee, has been transformed to the full Dispute Resolution DR Section, to mirror the incredible evolution of our field of practice across all areas of the law. The MBA's newest section is geared up and celebrating its move to full section status for the 2016-17 association year.

Law students: Five ways to get the most out of the MBA

Five MBA members provide their tips to law students on getting the most out of an MBA membership.

Taking Care of Business: Raise your game with 'virtuoso' leadership

Law firms of all sizes need strong organizational leadership and management to thrive, but law schools don't provide this education, so most practitioners learn these skills on the job.

Family feud: Pfannenstiehl-style, part II

Last month, the Supreme Judicial Court issued its much anticipated decision in Pfannenstiehl v. Pfannenstiehl, a divorce case in which a wife was awarded 60 percent of her husband's beneficial interest in an irrevocable spendthrift trust established by the husband's father.