Issue June 2015

A fitting tribute to our year

If you weren't able to join us at our Annual Dinner last month, you missed an incredible event that had an energy that was infectious. Between the beautiful weather, the sold-out crowd, the well-deserved awards and a wonderful keynote by Attorney Mark Geragos, the evening was the pinnacle event of our association year.

Voir dire, service awards highlight Annual Dinner

Legislators, judges and attorneys gathered at the Massachusetts Bar Association's sold out Annual Dinner on May 7 to celebrate a milestone year for the legal community -- a year in which lawyers earned the right to engage in jury voir dire in Superior Court for the first time.

At the dinner, the MBA honored House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo with its 2015 President's Award and Massachusetts Superior Court Associate Justice Dennis J. Curran with the Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award, for their exceptional contributions to the administration of justice in the commonwealth.

Going solo: MBA conference, resources help launch firms

For attorneys who want to start their own solo practices or small firms, knowing where to begin is often the first challenge.

Attorney Marc L. Breakstone believes a practical place to start is with this question -- What does success mean to you? That question is often the way he begins "How to Start and Run a Successful Solo or Small Firm Practice," a Massachusetts Bar Association conference he has co-chaired for the past 20 years with his law partner and MBA Past President David W. White.