Loren Forbes had wanted to be a lawyer since the age of 17, but
then life got in the way. Fortunately, he got what he calls a
"second chance" to pursue his calling.
Forbes is an active participant in the Tiered Community Mentoring
Program (TCM), now in its fifth year.
Improving the public perception of lawyers first requires the
public's confidence in the legal system. That responsibility falls
on us, as lawyers and judges, to work together. While the extent of
positive cooperation and communication between bench and bar today
is unprecedented, our collective future depends not only on how we
work together, but how the public sees us doing so. The good news
is we're taking steps to get there.
Addressing the legal community at the Massachusetts Bar
Association's Bench-Bar Symposium on Oct. 16, Supreme Judicial
Court (SJC) Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland - who is nearing the
mandatory retirement age of 70 - announced he will step down
sometime within the next year.
Massachusetts Bar Association President-elect Marsha V.
Kazarosian testified last month in support of MBA-backed
legislation increasing burial benefits covered by workers'
compensation from $4,000 to $8,000.