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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 legal developments.

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."

Episode List

  • "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. (October 2016)
  • "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. (October 2016)
  • "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. (November 2016)
  • 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 2016)
  • 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 (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].

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