Bar Seen: An evening with the chief justice, DR best practices and more

Thursday, May. 19, 2016

In this week's Bar Seen, we catch up on what's been happening at 20 West Street and around the commonwealth with snapshots of some recent MBA-related events.

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An evening with Chief Justice Gants
JA Gants program May 2016


The MBA's Judicial Administration (JA) Section Council hosted an open meeting with Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants on Wednesday, May 18, at the MBA's Boston office. Gants gave an update about the court's budget situation, and answered questions from audience members about voir dire, unrepresented litigants and the upcoming vacancies on the SJC. (Pictured, from left: MBA President Robert W. Harnais, JA Section Vice Chair Thomas M. Bond, Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and JA Section Chair Lori A. Cianciulli).

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Planned early negotiation event

ADR Best Practices May 2016

The MBA's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee hosted a best practices event on May 17 in Boston. Skilled and experienced experts discussed collaborative law, case evaluation and early mediation. These processes and others are part of a growing dispute resolution trend, referred to as Planned Early Negotiation (PEN). Attendees also gained invaluable practice tips and learned about expanding options for resolution.

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Keches earns MBA Community Service Award
Community Service Award May 2016

MBA President-elect Jeffrey N. Catalano presented the MBA Community Service Award to George N. Keches (right) at the Bristol County Bar Association Annual Dinner on May 11, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Keches was honored for his service to his local community.

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Newton North competes in Mock Trial nationals
MT Nationals 2016

Newton North High School's mock trial team competed at the 2016 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Boise, Idaho, on May 13-14. The team earned the right to represent Massachusetts at the national championship after winning the state tournament, run by the Massachusetts Bar Association. At nationals, Newton North finished in 31st place against nearly 50 teams from around the U.S., Guam and South Korea.