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Note from leadership

Welcome to the January Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section newsletter, containing information about CLE programs, meetings, hot legal developments and other section news.

The Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section has scheduled a free panel discussion on the Anti-Bullying Law in February and you, as a section member, are invited to attend. The date, speakers and topics are listed below and we urge you to take this opportunity to meet with the panelists and discuss this relevant issue. We also ask that you to pass this information along to your colleagues and encourage them to attend.

As a member of the Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section, feel free to communicate with us, or with any members of the section council, to give us your ideas as to programs which would be of interest to you, and to bring to our attention any proposed or pending legislation or administrative regulations that you believe we should consider.

Laurence M. Johnson, chair (left)
Frank A. Smith III, vice chair (right)
Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section

Upcoming Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council open meeting

All MBA members are invited to attend the Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section Council open meeting on bullying on Wednesday, Feb. 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. What's Bullying? Emerging Trends in Civil And Criminal Law as to the Anti-Bullying Law is designed to educate lawyers on the recently passed anti-bullying legislation and how it will affect victims and potential clients, including individuals, schools and municipalities. Attendees will learn how individuals and others are affected. Frank A. Smith III, Individual Rights & Responsibilities Section vice chair, will moderate the discussion. Guest speakers include: Hon. Bettina Borders, first justice, Bristol County Juvenile Court, Hon. Mary Dacey White, associate justice, Lynn District Court, attorney Richard Cole, attorney John Davis and Arline Isaacson, co-chairwoman of the Massachusetts Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus.

Discussion topics will include:

  • Model bullying prevention and intervention plans;
  • Academic and non-academic activities and who is affected;
  • Practices and procedures for reporting and responding to bullying and retaliation; and
  • Role of the court and lawyer.

Click here to R.S.V.P.


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Interested in learning more about another MBA section?

Check out upcoming section open meetings


Law Practice Management Section open meeting

Fee Agreements

Thursday, Feb. 3, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Audrey Heidt, a co-chair of the Solo & Small Firm Committee of the Women's Bar Association will moderate a discussion on fee agreements. The Women's Bar Association recently hosted a number of fee "circles" and Heidt will be providing us with the results. All section members are invited to attend, bring copies of their fee agreements and participate in this informal discussion of fee agreements and fee structures.

To R.S.V.P., click here.


Juvenile &Child Welfare Section Council Bench-Bar meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover
Postponed from Jan. 12 due to inclement weather

The MBA's Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council is sponsoring this Bench-Bar Presentation at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. This meeting is free to all attorneys interested in the practice of Juvenile & Child Welfare law. The program will be moderated by Peter A. Hahn, chair, Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council. Panelists include: Hon. Jay David Blitzman, first justice, Middlesex County Division, Juvenile Court; Hon. Sally F. Padden, first justice, Essex County Division, Juvenile Court; and James Morton, case manager, Juvenile Court Department.

This second presentation will focus on the Standing Order for Care and Protection Trials, implementation of new law for young adults (ages 18-22) in DCF custody, and the Youth Advocacy Department's expansion in Somerville, Lowel and Salem.

To R.S.V.P., click here.


Young Lawyers Division Career Panel

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6-7 p.m. (reception from 7-9 p.m.)
Boston University-School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

You are invited to attend the MBA's Young Lawyers Division for a career panel and networking event hosted by the Boston University School of Law. The career panel will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 9 in Barrister's Hall, located in the lobby of the BU Law School, from 6 to 7 p.m. Following the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow legal professionals over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in Room 1270 from from 7 to 9 p.m.

Join us and hear diverse advice from young lawyers about finding and keeping a job in this challenging economy, career choices and paths, transitioning from law student to lawyer and other practical career and job searching guidance.

A partial list of faculty includes:

  • Kyle R. Guelcher, moderator, chair of the MBA's Young Lawyers Division
  • Brian Bialas, Foley Hoag LLP (big firm perspective)
  • Gabriel Cheong, Infinity Law Group, Solo/Small Firm (solo/small firm perspective)
  • Scott Heidorn, Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy, PC, (medium firm perspective)
  • Brigid E. Mitchell, Denise Squillante PC, (small, boutique firm perspective)

To R.S.V.P., click here.


Save the date: Immigration Section Council open meeting

Ask the Experts: Legal Ethics For Immigration Practitioners

Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Tentative speakers: Anne S.J. Kaufman, Esq., director of the Attorney Client Assistance Program and Stacey Best, assistant Bar Counsel of the BBO.

The topics will include: Who is the client? Issues and cautions in joint representations in family and business matters; Use of IOLTA for costs and filing fees due to the Immigration Service, retainers, co-mingling funds for fees and costs; Mandatory reporting of alleged ethical violations; Any other matters that the BBO sees as an issue; and Current cases regarding issues in immigration practice.

To R.S.V.P., click here.


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The MBA is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Join the conversation today

The Massachusetts Bar Association now has a presence on three social networking platforms, including Facebook, launched in October 2010, LinkedIn, launched in January 2010, and Twitter, launched in July 2009. All three social media platforms feature information about the MBA including CLE, events and news.

As an MBA member, we encourage you to both post items of interest to you, and the greater legal community, on these pages and comment on items already posted.

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Put your name out there

The goal of section councils is to offer members opportunities for professional growth and development through participation in section activities. One opportunity available to section members is publishing articles which are of interest to fellow practitioners. The MBA provides several forums for articles by section members - Lawyers Journal and the Massachusetts Law Review.  

If you are interested in writing an article for any of these publications or if you have seen articles which you think may be of interest to other IRR Section members, please contact Jean Stevens for more information regarding this opportunity.

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Save the date: 2011 MBA Centennial Conference

Mark your calendars to join us on May 18-19

The Massachusetts Bar Association's 2011 Centennial Conference will be held at the Boston Sheraton on Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19 and will feature:

  • House of Delegates meeting;
  • Access to Justice Luncheon;
  • Centennial Ball;
  • Continuing Legal Education programming; and
  • Bench/Bar panel and more.

Look for additional information in e-Journal, eBlasts, Lawyers Journal and on the MBA's Web site.

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