MBA to provide professionalism course for new attorneys

Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
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MBA Education Chair Marsha V. Kazarosian

The Massachusetts Bar Association has been approved by the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on Professionalism to administer a mandatory Practicing with Professionalism course for new lawyers admitted to the Massachusetts bar, pursuant to the new SJC Rule 3:16.

Effective Sept. 1, 2013, Rule 3:16 requires all newly admitted Massachusetts lawyers to complete a day-long program to assist in the transition from law school to the practice of law. The Practicing with Professionalism course will provide new attorneys with an understanding of their duties in the legal profession as members of the bar.

Starting in 2014, the MBA will offer the course in partnership with the University of Massachusetts School of Law, and with the assistance and collaboration of county bar associations. The course will be held in five UMass campus locations across the commonwealth: Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Worcester and Lowell.

"The MBA has always been in the forefront in providing affordable continuing legal education to lawyers in the commonwealth. We felt it was natural for us, as the only statewide bar association, to offer the programs," MBA Treasurer and Education Chair Marsha V. Kazarosian said. "It is important to the MBA to participate in the excellence of our practicing attorneys."

The MBA's day-long, interactive course will cover all practice areas, including law office management, professionalism and civility, professional ethics, the bar discipline system, managing the attorney-client relationship, the dos and don'ts of social media, the availability of mentoring and continuing legal education, an introduction to general and affinity bar associations, and the importance and availability of pro bono opportunities. Course faculty includes judges, experienced attorneys and professors.