Former AG Reilly speaks to Civil Litigation Council

Former Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly served as the guest speaker at the April 6 meeting of the Civil Litigation Section Council. Reilly shared his insight on trial principles and tactics from his more than 30 years of litigation experience. Christopher A. Kenney of Kenney & Sams PC and Raymond P. Ausrotas of Todd & Weld LLP serve as chair and vice chair of the section.

April 7 Community Mentoring event features Cowan, Bal

On April 7, the Massachusetts Bar Association held the next program in a series of networking and educational events for its Tiered Community Mentoring Program at Roxbury Community College.

The event featured speakers who shared their own personal stories of how important networking and mentoring has been in their professional success and careers.

Featured speakers were William "Mo" Cowan, chief of staff, Office of the Governor, and Navjeet Bal, commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

The Tiered Community Mentoring program -- a collaboration between the MBA, Suffolk University Law School, Boston University Law School, Roxbury Community College, UMASS Boston and New Mission High School -- aims to reach urban students by building a diverse mentoring network.

The program matches 10 tiered groups, each comprising a high school student, an undergraduate student, a law student and an attorney or judge.

First GP / Solo Symposium tells how to market, improve firms

The Massachusetts Bar Association's first General Practice, Solo and Small Firm symposium, GP / Solo Symposium: Strategies for Success 2011, taught practitioners about the latest in marketing, productivity and technology.

The program, sponsored by Citizens Bank, began with short and intense sessions focused on how to market a firm in good and bad times, referral marketing, social media, the paperless office and increasing personal productivity. Next, seasoned attorneys provided perspectives on their success in the profession, followed by an overview of important websites that can help a firm succeed.

An open networking hour at the close of the symposium allowed attendees to interact with the experienced faculty.