Your involvement checklist

Issue September/October 2016 By Lisa A. Ferrara

Welcome to the 2016-2017 association year! Our leadership and staff have been working all summer long to provide you with the most relevant programs and initiatives to kick off an exciting new year.

Since my last communication, many of you have reached out to us for ways to become more involved in the MBA - and, specifically, for volunteer opportunities that do not require a huge investment of your time. We heard you and have designed many of our programs with your busy schedules in mind. We are pleased to offer several volunteer opportunities of a more limited duration.

Check out some of our more popular, short term activities that members like you can take advantage of each year to help enrich your practice and the profession:

Help the community

Assist the public by staffing a phone bank and providing free legal guidance at our Dial-A-Lawyer events in Boston or Springfield. Visit a local senior center and make an Elder Law Education presentation. Serve as a resource for families struggling with a loved one's addiction by answering their Section 35 Helpline questions. Participate in community outreach projects, such as our food, clothing and blood drives, which benefit those most in need.

Network with colleagues

Volunteer as an MBA ambassador at a networking event, and interact with other attorneys and judges outside of the office. Engage with colleagues on the go by answering a question or starting a discussion using the new My Bar Access mobile app. Join the social media conversation on the MBA's Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram pages.

Be a mentor

Serve as a judge in our high school mock trial program. Prepare law school graduates for their law careers by conducting mock interviews. Connect with a colleague and offer advice through MentorMatch.

Share your knowledge

Write a Section Review article for Massachusetts Lawyers Journal or explain case law in a piece for Massachusetts Law Review. Express your thoughts and insights in a blog post on My Bar Access. Serve as a CLE faculty member and teach members about your area of expertise.

Make your voice heard

Seek appointment to an MBA committee and help develop education programs, monitor and develop legislation, and propose legislative positions to the House of Delegates. Get involved with our Young Lawyers Division and build valuable relationships while helping to shape the future of the legal profession.

As you can see by the volunteers highlighted in this month's insert, the MBA truly offers something for everyone. Make the most of your membership and join our growing list!

P.S. - Our upcoming Welcome Back Reception provides the perfect opportunity for you to integrate yourself into the MBA community. Join us on Thursday, Sept. 22, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Back Deck, 2 West St., Boston.

Lisa A. Ferrara is the MBA's Director of Membership & Programs