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The MassBar Beat is the official podcast of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Launched in fall 2016, the MassBar Beat features interesting stories involving MBA members and others in our legal community, practical programming and timely updates on important legal developments.

Episodes of the MassBar Beat are released on the blog page of My Bar Access. And they are available to listen to and download for free on many of the most popular podcasting platforms. Better yet, subscribe so you don't miss a "Beat."

Episode List:

New Trial Court Administrator Advances 'Justice with Dignity and Speed

New Trial Court Administrator Advances 'Justice with Dignity and Speed

New Massachusetts Trial Court Administrator Jonathan S. Williams talks with host Jordan Rich about the latest court technology and infrastructure improvements, self-represented litigants, and how he's working with other court leaders and the bar to advance the Trial Court's strategic mission to deliver "justice with dignity and speed."

Celebrating Peacemakers: Conflict Resolution Week

Celebrating Peacemakers: Conflict Resolution Week

Mediation, Arbitration, Collaborative Law, Ombuds ... what kind of dispute resolution (DR) option is right for you? Guest host Jordan Rich talks with DR professionals Brian Jerome and Michael Zeytoonian about the benefits of DR and about the FREE programs offered throughout Massachusetts during Conflict Resolution Week, Oct. 16-20. Be a #peacemaker and join us.

Ride Along with the New MassBar President

Ride Along with the New MassBar President

From New York City cab driver to complex civil litigator, attorney Christopher P. Sullivan of Robins Kaplan LLP in Boston brings a variety of life experiences to his new role as president of the Massachusetts Bar Association. In this interview with guest host Jordan Rich, hear about Sullivan's initiatives for the coming year and why he believes attorneys are needed in the community more than ever.

New Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

New Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines

The Massachusetts Trial Court issued new Child Support Guidelines for the Massachusetts, which became effective on Sept. 15, 2017. In this episode, Attorney Fern Frolin of Mirick O'Connell, a member of the Trial Court's 2016-2017 Child Support Guidelines Task Force, talks with MassBar Beat host Jordan Rich about some of the major revisions that attorneys and families should be familiar with.

2017 Access to Justice Awards

2017 Access to Justice Awards

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Access to Justice Awards honored seven attorneys and one law firm, recognizing their exemplary legal skills and service to the community. Hear the honorees' inspiring stories in their own words. Honorees include Rebecca Jacobstein, Committee for Public Counsel Services (Defender Award); Kevin J. Curtin, Middlesex District Attorney's Office (Prosecutor Award); Andrew Troop, Pillsbury Winthrop (Pro Bono Publico Award); Christopher Mirick, Harvest Power Inc. (Pro Bono Publico Award); Brian Flynn, Greater Boston Legal Services (Legal Services Award); K&L Gates, Boston (Pro Bono Award for Law Firms); Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, Community Legal Aid (Rising Star Award); and Claire Valentin, Children's Law Center of Massachusetts (Rising Star Award). (May 2017)

'Defamation' Courtroom Drama Encourages Dialogue about Bias

'Defamation' Courtroom Drama Encourages Dialogue about Bias

Learn about "Defamation," an interactive courtroom drama that encourages its audience to examine stereotypes and perceptions of bias in the play, the legal system and beyond. Hear from Boston-area high school students and lawyers who watched the play last fall during the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association's annual presentation of "Defamation." The Massachusetts Bar Association was a sponsor of the MBLA's program, and more recently has begun presenting a series of CLEs on eliminating bias in the legal system. Learn more about "Defamation" at www.defamationtheplay.com. (March 2017)

Homeless Court: A Second Chance at Hope

Homeless Court: A Second Chance at Hope

Homeless Court is a specialty court in Massachusetts that gives homeless individuals with minor infractions a chance to clear their records and get a new start. Leaders from the Massachusetts Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division had an opportunity to visit this "court of second chances" at the Pine Street Inn shelter in Boston. Listen in as they share observations, interviews and stories of hope from the presiding judge, the Pine Street Inn's Homeless Court coordinator, Homeless Court participants and the president of the Massachusetts Bar Association. (January 2017)

Privilege to Practice: All the Small Things

Privilege to Practice: All the Small Things

Trial lawyer Richard P. Campbell, one of the co-authors of the Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyers Journal's Privilege to Practice ethics column, relates the tale of a once-prominent attorney's fall from grace as a cautionary reminder about lawyers' ethical obligations to their clients AND their law firm colleagues -- and how you do need to sweat the small stuff. (December 2016)

2016 State of the Judiciary Address Highlights

2016 State of the Judiciary Address Highlights

Listen to excerpts from the 2016 State of the Judiciary Address. This year's installment of this annual event featured remarks from Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey, Trial Court Administrator Harry Spence and MBA President Jeffrey Catalano. (November 2016)

Mastering the Unspoken Word: Body Language and Nonverbal Communication in Court

Mastering the Unspoken Word: Body Language and Nonverbal Communication in Court

MBA Treasurer Christopher A. Kenney addressed how a lawyer's attire, body language, tone of voice and other nonverbal cues can impact your chances in court. (October 2016)

Leadership: All the World's a Stage

Leadership: All the World's a Stage

MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano shares a little-known story about his time in the theater, and how it informed his vision of leadership. (October 2016)