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Top: The MBA highlighted the efforts of four volunteers with Volunteer Recognition Awards on July 18. From left to right: Volunteer Recognition Committee Chair Grace Garcia and Volunteer Recognition Award Honorees Thomas J. Barbar, David A. Parke, Jayne B. Tyrell and Timothy J. Dacey III.
Bottom: The MBA honored members of the profession who have served for 50-years on July 18.
Photos by Jeff Thiebauth.
MBA honors volunteers, 50-year members
The Massachusetts Bar Association celebrated the efforts of its
volunteers at the July 18 Volunteer Recognition Dinner, held at
Lombardo's in Randolph. Also recognized at the event, were the
MBA's 50-year members.
"Tonight is an opportunity for the MBA to recognize all of you
for your volunteer efforts, which allow the MBA to continue to
deliver on our mission," MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr. said.
"Because of your contributions to our vibrant organization, the
Massachusetts legal community as a whole is enhanced; the public
are better served; and access to justice is better preserved for
The dinner honored the contributions of more than 100 volunteers
who donated time to the MBA over the past year by serving on one of
the association's section councils, committees or task forces.
The presentation of four MBA Volunteer Recognition Awards
highlighted the work of individuals chosen from a pool of
nominations. Grace Garcia, chair of the Volunteer Recognition
Committee, presented the honors to the four awardees, which
Timothy J. Dacey III, Goulston & Storrs,
Boston: Dacey has served on the MBA's Committee on
Professional Ethics for 29 years and as vice-chair of the committee
for 22. Dacey was recognized for his efforts in providing careful,
informed ethical advice to attorneys who need a quick response.
David A. Parke, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP,
Springfield: Parke has tirelessly and enthusiastically
served the MBA's Business Law Section Council for over a decade, in
a number of important roles, most notably as a co-chair of the
MBA's annual In-House Counsel Conference.
Thomas J. Barbar, Deutsch, Williams, Brooks, DeRensis
& Holland PC, Boston: Barbar is an active MBA
volunteer. In addition to serving as the MBA's Law Practice
Management Section Council chair, Barbar has planned and spoken at
many continuing legal education programs, has volunteered for the
Dial-A-Lawyer program and was a mentor for the Tiered Community
Mentoring Program for two years.
Jayne B. Tyrrell, Massachusetts IOLTA Committee,
Boston: A longstanding MBA volunteer, Tyrrell has been
involved with the association for more than 23 years and has served
on the Housing Committee, Amicus Brief Committee, Lawyers in
Transition Committee, Elder Law Committee and more. Tyrrell is
dedicated to showcasing lawyers as they do work that supports our
system of justice.
In addition to the Volunteer Recognition Awardees, the following
50-year honorees received their service plaques from Holloway and
MBA President-elect Douglas K. Sheff:
- Donald M. Bloch;
- John E. Bradley;
- William J. Dailey Jr.;
- Jerome H. Fletcher;
- Hon. Thayer Fremont-Smith;
- Francis H. Fox;
- Hon. Andre A. Gelinas;
- Hon. John M. Greaney;
- Daniel J. Johnedis;
- Roger R. Lipson;
- James J. McCusker;
- David I. Shactman;
- Myer R. Singer;
- David Skeels; and
- Richard J. Snyder.
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Network with MBA members on Boston's beautiful waterfront
Join the Massachusetts Bar Association at the last session
of its Summer Networking Series on Thursday, Aug. 8 from 6 to 7:30
p.m. at Tia's on the Waterfront, 200 Atlantic Ave., Boston. Attend
and meet our MBA community and leaders. Complimentary
appetizers, wine and beer will be available.
The Summer Networking Series is sponsored by the
Massachusetts Bar Association Insurance Agency.
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From left to right: Massachusetts Bar Association President-elect Douglas K. Sheff and Congressman Bruce Braley of Iowa.
Sheff welcomes Congressman Bruce Braley of Iowa
Massachusetts Bar Association President-elect Douglas K. Sheff
recently welcomed Congressman Bruce Braley of Iowa to a gathering
of bar leaders at Sheff Law in Boston.
Sheff introduced the congressman, who is running for Thomas
Richard Harkin's Iowa Senate seat. Harkin is retiring.
Braley is working on fighting against "tort-reform" efforts to
limit the rights of persons injured through no fault of their own.
Braley has also been instrumental in the implementation of
President Barack Obama's health care plan which assures quality
health care for all citizens.
"The congressman is a tireless fighter in the battle to protect
the rights of working families through a variety of legislative
efforts," Sheff said.
Sheff wished Braley the best of luck in his current Senate race
and a long and fruitful career serving the citizens of Iowa, as a
champion of the rights of everyday Americans whose voices often go
Four way street: the species of time capture tools
Lawyers generally dislike timekeeping. Naturally, nobody enjoys
measuring out the time of his life in small increments appearing on
the other side of a computer screen. At least you're getting paid.
And, at least there are ever-increasing ways to capture your time,
while you pass it. If you've got an established workflow, there's
likely a way for you to capture it in a highly efficient
Leaving aside paper and pen, as well as traditional software
applications not built exclusively for the purpose (like Word), there are four modern time capture
options, as follows:
Standalone Timekeepers. Strict timekeeping
programs will track your time, whether manually or automatically,
and create logs, which can be exported to popular accounting
programs, like Quickbooks. Most of these products utilize a
manual stopwatch, as it were, which you start and stop for
individual tasks. Some popular products in this line include: RTG Bills,
Tabs3, Bill4Time, TimeSolv Legal and TurboLaw Time and Billing.
Features of Comprehensive Products. A careful
reader of the prior section will note that certain of those listed
products will additionally offer accounting features (e.g. -- RTG
Bills), internal office management features (e.g. -- Bill4Time),
project management features (e.g. -- TimeSolv) or be affiliated to
broader practice management products (e.g. -- Tabs3 and PracticeMaster). It's tough to escape office
management features these days (don't I know it . . .); and, many
time capture softwares have been similarly invaded. But, it's clear
that many attorneys find their time capture protocol within the
larger purchase of a law practice management software system; and,
it does make sense to integrate various law practice management
functions, where you can -- though, having one system doesn't work
for everybody. I've written on the value of law practice management
software, here (with an update here).
Automatic Timekeepers. On the theory that most
of your work is done on a computerized device of some sort, there
are timekeepers that will monitor your computer use, and generate
logs, which can ultimately be converted to invoices. This
eliminates the problem of having to remember to manually start and
stop a timer; of course, some training is necessary to make these
programs hum, and to sufficiently automate the process. I've
written on the potential value of these sorts of products here. HoursTracking is a new entry in this field (and
one with an attractive pricing model) that I did not cover in my
Apps. There's an app for that, right? Sure is.
A significant number of the products mentioned/referenced above are
available as apps, or available via smartphones/across devices;
but, that's nothing like an exhaustive list. Neither is this;
but, for iPhone and Android users (the primary smartphone choices
for attorneys, with apologies to Blackberry, Palm and Zach Morris
phone users): iPhone JD's Jeff Richardson provides a comprehensive, if
somewhat antiquated, list of iPhone apps, here; and, Droid Lawyer
Taylor links to a similar LifeHacker list for Android apps, complete with his own
take on the best timekeeping app for that device. At both of these
blogs, reviews of individual timekeeping apps crop up from time to
time, as well.
Certainly, my categories do not represent buckets, since there
is much overlap in play, they're more like a Venn diagram; and, it is not inconceivable that
as many as three types of tools could be implicated in just one
product's offering. But, I think that speaks to the flexibility of
modern technology, which is, generally, a very good thing for
Whatever method you might think works for you, try it before you buy it, and get buy-in to it. Most
software products will offer a free trial of some length, usually
. . .
If these are your means, you may find your motive in Heidi's excellent prior post covering time capture
Tip courtesy of Jared Correia, Law Office Management Assistance
Published July 25, 2013
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Section, which is complimentary for all MBA members,
contact LPM Section Chair Thomas J. Barbar or Vice
Chair Cynthia E.
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