Shaping policy, positively impacting practice
About the MBA Sections
The majority of MBA members belong to one or more
sections to keep current with developments in the
law and to expand their circle of contacts in the legal profession.
Participation in sections is included as part of
The work of the sections is led by its councils, which each
comprises a chair and members appointed by the president of the
MBA. Sections typically develop more than 100 education
programs per year, as well as monitor and develop
legislation, propose legislative positions to the
House of Delegates and participate in the development of
legal publications, articles and special
- For information on section council leadership,
For the latest Section Council
news that appeared in MBA Lawyers Journal
For many section members, the primary way to
become actively involved in the section is to join a practice
group. The MBA's more than 60 practice groups are as varied as
the field of law, therefore, if your practice includes many facets
of a specific section, you may join one or all practice groups in
For example, the Family Law
section includes practice groups like Children's Rights
and Alternative Dispute Resolution, while Civil
Litigation includes ten practice groups, such as
Appellate Practice, Insurance Law and Animal
For more information about all of the MBA's
practice groups or to join a practice group, click here.
Access to Justice
The Access to Justice Section focuses the attention of the bar
on the legal needs of those who cannot afford counsel and supports
lawyers who provide representation through legal service
organizations, court-appointed criminal defense or other pro-bono
The Business Law Section works to improve the practice of both
in-house and outside business counsel through seminars, practical
forums, legislation and committee activity in a wide variety of
areas including high technology, small business, bankruptcy,
banking and commercial law.
The Civil Litigation Section meets with decision-makers and
experts at seminars and informal forums and is regularly involved
with such issues as workers' compensation, auto insurance,
management of the trial court, tort reform and discovery rules.
The Criminal Justice Section provides a forum for all criminal
practitioners -- defense and prosecution -- to exchange ideas,
experiences and positions. This results in well-balanced education
programs and legislative review. The shared perspective also
enhances the MBA's ability to effectively represent the criminal
litigation bar as a whole.
The Family Law Section works to improves the Probate and Family
Court's accessibility and efficiency for the benefit of lawyers,
judges, staff and the public. This section keeps its members
current with educational seminars, updates on legislative activity
and bench/bar networking opportunities.
General Practice, Solo & Small Firm
The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm
Section assists members by studying the needs and concerns of
solo, small firm practitioners, providing a forum and clearinghouse
for the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information,
motivating and assisting the MBA to address members' needs and
concerns, and encouraging, identifying and promoting programs,
benefits and services for solo and small
The mission of the Health Law Section Council is to (1)
discuss, debate, and educate others on important issues
related to health law, such as health care reform, regulation,
quality, safety, access, finance, debt, and insurance; and
(2) and advocate for measures that improve policies and
practices in these areas through our courts, legislature,
government agencies, and health care providers.
The Immigration Law Section creates a focal point for its
members to access information relevant to immigration issues and
questions, network with other specialized practitioners to respond
to the needs of a growing client base in the immigration field, and
reach out to and collaborate with other existing sections dealing
with immigration law issues.
Individual Rights & Responsibilities
The Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section advocates
for the protection of individual rights, with an emphasis on those
who are under-represented in the judicial system.
The MBA's Judicial Administration Section serves to promote the
fair and efficient administration of justice within courts of the
commonwealth. With members from both bench and bar, the section
monitors the needs of the Massachusetts Courts and supports
proposals for enhancing their efficiency.
Juvenile & Child Welfare
The Juvenile & Child Welfare Section will enable
practitioners who represent clients in abuse and neglect,
delinquency, youthful offender and status offender cases to meet in
one forum to address the variety of issues affecting children and
families. The section will provide opportunities for members to
work on projects involving proposed and current legislation,
develop and present CLE seminars, roundtables and open section
meetings and publish articles.
Labor & Employment
The Labor & Employment Section brings together
representatives of employees, employers, labor organizations, the
neutral sector, state and federal agencies, arbitrators, and
mediators, to provide a forum for all segments of the employment
Law Practice Management
The Law Practice Management Section provides practical
education, tools and assistance to the business of practicing law
by focusing on issues of law office marketing, budgeting and
finance, management and use of technology to enhance the practice
of law so that lawyers may better serve clients while improving the
quality of their own lives and practices.
The Probate Law Section concentrates on legal and practical
issues in the areas of estate planning, elder law and probate
administration and litigation. Section members are involved in
Probate Court procedures, shaping legislation and practice methods
toupdate and improve practice areas.
The Property Law Section monitors and comments on legislation,
litigation and real property practice trends affecting attorneys
who deal with commercial, residential, landlord/tenant,
convenyancing and environmental concerns.
The Public Law Section, comprised of both public and private
sector attorneys, is a forum for discussion and education
concerning the unique aspects of practice as a government lawyer
and as a private attorney representing, dealing with, or
practicing before government agencies.
The Taxation Law Section reviews and develops legislation,
provides educational services to the section and the bar and serves
as the liaison between the section membership and the MBA House of