Bar Bulletin Board

Issue December 2006

Lawyers Journal publicizes the recent and upcoming events of its affiliated bar associations.

Nearly 40 leaders of the MBA's affiliated specialty, minority and county bar associations attended the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2006 Bar Leadership Institute on Sept. 29 at the Glen Ellen Country Club in Millis.

The day-long event brought together affiliated bar leaders and about 20 members of MBA leadership and staff to offer valuable programming on a full spectrum of challenges to be expected in the coming year. Elizabeth Derrico, associate director of the American Bar Association's Divisions for Bar Services, was on hand to shed light on motivating volunteers and working successfully with a volunteer board. Other individuals and expert panels provided practical information related to strategic and event planning; reaching out to the public and creating visibility; and fiduciary responsibility of board members.

The institute closed with roundtable discussions, during which attendees engaged in frank dialogue on issues in the legal community.

The Middlesex County Bar Association held its 106th Annual Banquet on Nov. 8 in the grand ballroom at the Burlington Marriott Hotel. Among those recognized were Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Martha B. Sosman, who was the event's guest of honor and recipient of the President's Award, and Middlesex Probate and Family Court Judge Edward J. Rockett, who received the Outstanding Judicial Service Award.

The Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Inc. held its Fifth Annual Diamond Ball on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Boston.

The Women's Bar Association's Family Law Project for Battered Women serves domestic violence victims in family law cases throughout the commonwealth. Come to our next training on Dec. 5 and 7, from 4 to 8 p.m. on both dates, at Bowditch & Dewey in Worcester, to learn about representing domestic abuse victims in Probate and Family Court. Gain direct client contact and courtroom experience. All volunteer attorneys are assigned a mentor, an experienced family law practitioner who provides an additional level of service and support.

The Hampden County Bar Association will hold a retirement party for Executive Director Judith K. Potter on Thursday, Dec. 7 at the Storrowton Tavern & Carriage House in West Springfield. Potter is retiring from the bar association on Dec. 31 after serving 32 years as executive director.

Holiday Celebrations

The Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association's Boston Area Holiday Party: Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Anthem, 138 Portland St. in downtown Boston, across from the Edward Brooke Courthouse. For more information, visit the MLGBA Web site at The MLGBA Western Mass. Holiday Party: Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. at Bishop's Lounge, 41 Strong Ave., Northampton.

The Essex County Bar Association and the Greater Lynn Bar Association: Wednesday, Dec. 6 at the Lyceum Restaurant in Salem from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association's Western Mass. Holiday Reception: at the Massachusetts Bar Association's Springfield office, 73 State St., Springfield, on Friday, Dec. 8, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association will hold a Kwanzaa event jointly with the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys on Dec. 13 at the Boston Bar Association offices, 16 Beacon St., from 6 to 8 p.m.

The WBA Rosa Parks Committee will hold a meeting and Holiday Toast/Potluck on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. New members are welcome!