Governor files FY14 budget recommendations
Yesterday, Gov. Deval L. Patrick filed his budget
recommendations for fiscal year 2014. Patrick recommends funding
the Trial Court at $577 million, which is less that the $589
million maintenance request by the court. The Massachusetts Bar
Association will cosponsor a Court Advocacy Day on Thursday, Feb.
14 at 11 a.m. at the Grand Staircase of the State House. To
view the budget proposal, click here.
A supplemental budget also filed yesterday by Patrick contains a
newly created commission which would study Court Realignment and
Judicial Salaries. The commission will be comprised of legislative,
bar and court leadership and must report back within six months.
The language establishing the commission specifically asks for a
recommendation on 15 courts that could close in the next 10
The supplemental budget proposal also included a section
establishing a standing commission to study the criminal justice
system. To see the supplemental budget, click here.
The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation budget
recommendation was $15.5 million, a $3.5 million increase over
fiscal year 2013 funding. Walk to the Hill for Legal Services will
take place on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall of
the State House.
Patrick also recommends funding the Committee for Public Counsel
Services at $189 million, $6.1 million below their maintenance
request. The governor does not recommend any structural
The House and Senate will take up their own versions of the
budget in the spring.
Images from the 2012 Walk to the Hill. Photos by Jeff Thiebauth.
Join the MBA at next week's 14th Annual Walk to the Hill on Jan. 30
The 14th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid
is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30 beginning at 11 a.m. at the
Statehouse's Great Hall.
Join fellow Massachusetts Bar Association members at this annual
event and advocate for increased funding for legal services
throughout the commonwealth. Following the speaking program,
attorneys will visit their legislators and ask them to increase
funding for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation line
item (MLAC, 0321-1600) by $3.5 million to $15.5 million in the FY14
budget. MLAC is the largest funder of civil legal aid in
Increased funding is critical to restore service levels and
prevent further cuts to civil legal aid programs, which have been
struggling to meet demand due to a 78 percent decrease in revenue
since FY08 from the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA)
program, the other major funding source for civil legal aid.
The event is sponsored by the Equal Justice Coalition,
Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar
The event schedule includes:
- 11 to 11:30 a.m.: Registration
- 11:30 a.m. to noon: Speaking program featuring
Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Roderick L.
Ireland, Boston Bar Association President James D.
Smeallie, MBA President Robert L. Holloway
Jr. and Daniele Bien-Aime of Brockton, a
former client, South Coastal Counties Legal Services
- Noon to 1 p.m.: Legislative visits and
more information, visit www.equaljusticecoalition.org.
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"How to Start and Run A Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice" faculty included (from left to right): B.J. Krintzman, Esq., Law Office of B.J. Krintzman, Waban; Denise I. Murphy, Esq., Rubin & Rudman LLP, Boston; David W. White Jr., Esq., program co-chair, Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston; Shelley M. Richmond Joseph, Esq., Joseph & Joseph, Newton; Gabriel Cheong, Esq., Infinity Law Group LLC, Quincy.
"How to Start and Run" Conference provides tips and tactics for starting a firm
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In collaboration with the Law Practice Management and The Sole
Practioner and Small Firm Section sections, Marc Breakstone and
David W. White Jr. of Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, hosted the
annual Massachusetts Bar Association's "How to Start and Run a
Successful Solo or Small Firm Practice Conference" on Jan. 17 at
Lombardo's in Randolph.
Breakstone opened the day with an impassioned presentation on
what to consider before going out on your own. A full slate of
programming followed with fellow panelists sharing success stories
throughout the day and offering substantive tips and tactics on
setting up and running a firm. The day ended with all of the
panelists coming together to share marketing secrets -- the
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"The program got my wheels turning. Meeting others trying to
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"I was considering starting my own practice and attended to
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take the leap, attend this seminar."
If you were unable to attend
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Labor & Employment Section Council hosts open meeting with NLRB Regional 1 Director Kreisberg
On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Massachusetts Bar Association's Labor
& Employment Law Section hosted an open meeting featuring
National Labor Relations Board Regional Director Jonathan B.
Kreisberg, the head of the recently enlarged NLRB's Region 1,
works with approximately 60 employees and oversees more than 1,300
cases. Focused on consolidating the Hartford and Boston offices
into "one agency," Kreisberg's goals include agency efficiency in
electronic filing/document submission and continued agency outreach
via newsletters highlighting significant local and national
Attendees also participated in a lively question and answer
session, which included discussion on confidentiality concerns of
employees, declines in union membership, Senate recess appointments
by President Barack Obama and more.
Outlook E-mail: Tips and tricks
Are you using Outlook for your e-mail? Outlook is not only an
e-mail client, but also serves as a calendaring system and task
manager. The Outlook system can help attorneys boost their
productivity in practice. But, alas, the benefit is only realized
when the user understands and can maximize Outlook's functionality.
Below are some tips and tricks that will help you to realize the
full potential of Outlook in your practice Please note that
instructions may vary slightly depending upon your version of
Outlook. These tips were created using Outlook 2010.
1) Using Outlook Mail
Folders. Using Outlook's folder system can help you keep
your practice well organized. Without the use of Outlook's folders,
all your e-mail resides in your Inbox and the only way to find an
e-mail is by utilizing Outlook's search function. Rather than lump
all your e-mails together in your Inbox, try sorting your e-mails
by folders. Folders provide easy and intuitive access to past
e-mails. You might set up folders, for example, for each
client/matter, contact, bar association, committee and
How to set up folders:
- Place your cursor over the Inbox folder
- Right click and select "New Folder"
- Label that folder and select "OK"
Once you have set up your folders, you can either manually add
e-mails or set up rules to sort e-mails automatically.
How to add e-mails to folders:
- Manually: You can either copy an e-mail from your Inbox to a
folder, or you can move the e-mail from the Inbox to a folder.
(NOTE: Copying an e-mail creates another e-mail and thus will take
up more space.) To copy an e-mail, you can a) right click on the
e-mail you wish to move and select "Move" and then "Copy to
Folder;" or b) hold the Ctrl key and drag and drop your e-mail into
a folder. To move an e-mail, you can a) right click on the e-mail
you wish to move, select "Move," and then select the folder you
wish to move it to or select "Other Folder" and create a new
folder; or b) drag and drop your e-mail into an existing
- Setting up a rule: Rather than manually moving
and copying e-mails to folders, Outlook can do this automatically
for you by using rules. A rule defines the actions that Outlook
will take upon receiving or sending an e-mail. You can set up rules
by clicking on the "File" tab and then "Manage Rules & Alerts."
You can also create rules from specific e-mails by right clicking
on an e-mail and selecting "Rules" and "Create a Rule." Say you
would like all your e-mails from the Massachusetts Bar Association
to skip the Inbox and go directly to your Massachusetts Bar
Association folder. Within the "Create a Rule" dialog box, you
would select those conditions that include all e-mails sent from
the Massachusetts Bar Association to be moved to your Massachusetts
Bar Association folder. If you click "Advanced Options" within that
"Create a Rule" dialog box, there are a number of additional
conditions that you can select. For example, you could also create
a rule to mark every LOMAP e-mail that arrives as important.
Bonus Tip (courtesy of Reba J. Nance, Colorado Bar
Outlook sorts folders in alphabetical order without providing an
easy solution for custom reorganization. However, there is an easy
override. Let's say you want your Massachusetts Bar Association
folder to appear at the top of your folder list. All you need to do
is re-label that folder "A. Massachusetts Bar Association." Now
that folder will appear at the top of your folder list. Then, of
course, you'll want your LOMAP folder to appear second in your
folder list. Label that folder "B. LOMAP," and so on for other
folders you would like to prioritize. Your remaining folders will
be sorted alphabetically.
2) Scheduling E-mails.
Rather than setting a reminder to send an e-mail you have drafted,
Outlook allows you to schedule e-mails to be delivered at a certain
time. How to schedule emails:
- Compose a new message
- Select the "Options" tab
- Select "More Options"
- Under "Delivery options", check the box "Do not deliver
before:" and select the delivery date and time
- Hit "Close"
- When you click "Send", your e-mail will not be sent until the
delivery date and time
3) Keyboard Shortcuts. As with every
software program, keyboard shortcuts can boost your efficiency by
cutting down the amount of time it takes to execute a certain
computer task. Here are some helpful Outlook keyboard
- Ctrl-Enter: Send current message
- Ctrl-R: Reply to a message
- Ctrl-Shift-R: Reply All to a message
- Ctrl-Shift-A: Create a new appointment
- Ctrl-Shift-M: Create a new message
- Ctrl-1: Switch to Mail
- Ctrl-2: Switch to Calendar
- Ctrl-3: Switch to Contacts
- Ctrl-4: Switch to Tasks
For more Outlook tips and tricks, take a look at this LOMAP blog post and Outlook's own support page.
Tip courtesy of Heidi Alexander, Law Office Management Assistance
Published January 24, 2013
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Section, which is complimentary for all MBA members,
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News from the courts
Extended hours pilot at the Brooke Courthouse
The Massachusetts Trial Court has
announced the commencement of a pilot program extending the hours
in three court departments operating sessions at the Brooke
Courthouse in Boston.
This program is designed to assess, over a period of time, the
usefulness of extended court hours as a convenience for certain
segments of the public. Effective Feb. 26, the Boston Municipal
Court, Housing Court and Probate and Family Court departments will
begin conducting certain limited court sessions on two Tuesdays
each month until 7 p.m. The dates for the first several months are
as follows: Tuesday, Feb. 26; Tuesday, March 12; Tuesday, March 26;
Tuesday, April 9 and Tuesday, April 23.
The purpose of this pilot is to make the court available to
members of the public during late afternoon and early evening
hours. The sessions will be limited to specifically-designated case
types. All matters will be pre-scheduled and/or by agreement of the
The Clerks' Offices and Registry of Probate will not be open to
the public during the extended hours. Those offices will staff the
sessions, as needed. Emergency matters occurring weekday evenings
from 4:30 p.m. to the opening of court at 8:30 a.m., or on weekends
or holidays will continue to be processed through the Judicial
Response System as accessed through the local police departments.
Information regarding the types of matters that will be available
for this pilot, their scheduling and courtroom locations will be
posted to www.Mass.Gov/Courts by court department, or the
courts can be reached as follows:
- Boston Municipal Court: (617) 788-8600
- Boston Housing Court: (617) 788-8485
- Suffolk Probate and Family Court: (617) 788-8300
Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule
Join experienced mediators at the Jan. 30 "Mediating Probate Litigation Cases," for information on using mediation to resolve will and trust disputes.
To register for the following
programs, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530,
[e-mail membership] or visit the
CLE Web site. Scroll down for program
details, including dates and registration details.
Recorded session available for purchase
after live program through MBA On Demand.
Real-time webcast available for purchase
through MBA On Demand.
Lifecycle of a Business Part II: Land
Use/Permitting, Insurance Considerations & Business
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Mediating Probate Litigation
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
11th Annual Western
Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference
Monday, Feb. 4, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England University School of Law, 1215
Wilbraham Road, Springfield
Divorce Basics: A View from the Bench and
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 4-7 p.m.
Plymouth Probate & Family Court, 52 Obery St.,
Considering, Preparing and Conducting
Mediation and Arbitration Hearings
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 4-7 p.m.
Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road,
Law Firm Business Plan
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2-5 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Juvenile & Child Welfare Legal Chat
Friday, Feb. 15, 1-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Lifecycle of a Business Part III:
Employment & Business Litigation Matters
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
co-sponsors program: Uniform Commercial Code
Thursday, Feb. 21, noon-6:30 p.m.
New England Law | Boston (Cherry Room), 154 Stuart St.,
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To view a listing of current programs offered on MBA On Demand, click here.
Section News: Upcoming meetings and special section events
Join in the Jan. 31 Civil Litigation Section's Legal Lunch Series featuring Hon. Stephen E. Neel (ret.). Mark your calendars: Juvenile & Child Welfare open meeting featuring Reece Erlichman and Immigration Law Section Social featuring Kate Auspitz, issues director for Congressman Michael E. Capuano on Feb. 13.
Civil Litigation Section open
Feed Your Mind: A Legal
Lunch Series featuring Hon. Stephen E. Neel (ret.)
Thursday, Jan. 31, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
All Massachusetts Bar Association
members and their colleagues are encouraged to attend the first
session of the MBA's new monthly "Legal Lunch Series." These events
are geared toward civil litigators of all experience levels and
provide an opportunity to participate in a discussion of selected
areas of law or practice, in a collegial setting, where you can
meet and exchange ideas with other members of the profession.
The "Legal Lunch Series" is delighted to announce its first
featured guest: The Hon. Stephen E. Neel (ret.). Neel had a
distinguished career as a trial judge of the Massachusetts Superior
Court, where he handled a broad variety of civil matters (including
serving as a rotating judge in the Business Litigation Session)
before joining JAMS as a mediator and arbitrator. Neel will discuss
his experiences as both a trial judge and a mediator and offer his
perspectives on the different challenges presented to practitioners
in these forums.
The lunch series, coordinated by the Civil Litigation Section and
Young Lawyers Division, will be moderated by Courtney Shea, Esq. of
Looney & Grossman, LLP and Craig Levey, Esq. of Bennett &
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.
SAVE THE DATE: Juvenile & Child
Welfare open meeting
Featuring Reece Erlichman,
director of the Bureau of Special Education Appeals
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
You are invited to attend the Juvenile
& Child Welfare Section open meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from
5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.
The guest speaker for this open
meeting will be Reece Erlichman, director of the Bureau of Special
Education Appeals (BSEA), an independent subdivision of the
Division of Administrative law Appeals.
here. Space is limited.
SAVE THE DATE: Immigration Law
Auspitz, issues director for
Congressman Michael E. Capuano
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 5:15-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The Immigration Law Section Council invites you to attend the
Immigration Law Section Social on Feb. 13 from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. at
the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The guest speaker at this event
will be Kate Auspitz, issues director for Congressman Michael E.
Capuano, representative, 7th Congressional District of
As many practitioners are aware, Auspitz is one of the most
helpful congressional aides when a congressional assist is needed.
Many are unaware Auspitz is a political historian, Fulbright fellow
and Harvard Ph.D. She was an associate professor in Social Studies
at Harvard College and taught in the Political Science Department
at Wellesley College before leaving academia for practical
politics. She now works on foreign policy, immigration and refugee
Auspitz will discuss what a congressional inquiry can accomplish,
how to request assistance and, as importantly, what cannot be
reasonably expected from an inquiry. In addition, she will bring
the latest news as to what is happening on the hill regarding
comprehensive immigration reform issues.
Join Immigration Law section members at this special networking
reception, where you will have the opportunity to meet fellow
practitioners, expand your practice network and connect with
colleagues in your practice area.