The Massachusetts Bar Association offers a wide range of ways
for you to get involved during the new association year, no matter
how busy your schedule is. Learn how you can participate and make
invaluable connections with our statewide network of attorneys.
Provide legal advice to those in need: For more
than 20 years, the MBA has hosted a monthly Dial-A-Lawyer program,
which provides callers with free basic legal information the first
Wednesday of the month. Volunteer a few hours of your time and
answer questions from the public on a wide range of legal topics.
The MBA also offers a Dial-A-Lawyer program specifically for
Western Massachusetts residents twice a year. All practice areas
and levels welcome.
Publish an article: Submit an article for the
Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, Section Review or
Law Review. Share your analysis of a case or recent or
pending legislation, or practice advice. Interested?
Help build the future of the profession:
Encourage the next generation of lawyers by getting involved in one
of the MBA's many educational partnerships. Volunteer with students
at the high school, undergraduate, and law school levels to give
them an understanding of the legal profession and an awareness of
the career opportunities available to them, through the MBA's
Tiered Community Mentoring Program. Assist the seniors in your
community by giving a free presentation about elder law in
celebration of Law Day this May. Become an instructor, supervisor
and mentor to students participating in the Judicial Youth Corps
Program, which gives high school students from urban communities
the opportunity to learn about the court system and the law.
Volunteer with the MBA's Statewide Mock Trial Program and serve as
an attorney-coach or judge for a trial.
Give back to the community: Throughout the
year, the MBA provides support to communities in need. Drop off
coats and gloves during for our annual Gear Up For Winter Drive
with Cradles to Crayons, donate blood when we host the American Red
Cross and sign up to take part in the MBA's night at the Greater
Boston Food Bank.
Sharpen your skills with FREE CLE: From
in-person seminars to programs delivered through live-streaming
video, the MBA has many convenient ways to fit continuing legal
education (CLE) into your busy schedule - for free! Attend a CLE
program to gain new knowledge on the latest trends in the legal
community, or help plan an upcoming education program and volunteer
to serve a faculty for a seminar or conference.
Get active with a section: Make connections
with other attorneys in your practice area by joining one of the
MBA's 18 sections or Young Lawyers Division. Sections typically
develop more than 100 education programs per year, as well as
monitor and develop legislation, propose legislative positions to
the House of Delegates and participate in the development of legal
publications, articles and special projects. Unlimited section
membership is included as part of your MBA membership.
Connect on the go: Connect with more than 9,000
Massachusetts Bar Association members using My Bar Access, the
MBA's virtual community where members can share information with
each other. Get your name out there by posting a blog or
participating in your sections' listservs. Use this practice tool
to share tips of the trade and network with fellow members online.
Visit www.massbar.org/access today.
Attend a networking reception: Join in the
MBA's free socials and receptions. Integrate yourself into the MBA
community and meet judges and fellow attorneys.