Make your first decision as a new Massachusetts attorney a great one. More than 12,000 attorneys from all backgrounds and areas of practice already belong to the Boston Bar Association to take advantage of the hundreds of free educational programs, networking events and community service opportunities. Join us for your mandatory Practicing with Professionalism course and see why.  

Can’t attend one of these courses? Get involved with our New Lawyers Section, or find a program that interests you and start building your network today. 

Get connected to the hub of Boston Law 

With roots that can be traced back to John Adams, the Boston Bar Association is over 12,000 members strong. The BBA is a leading and innovative voice in areas ranging from public policy and public service, to diversity and continuing legal education. The BBA’s New Lawyers Section, which is one of the most vibrant, fastest-growing groups in Boston’s legal community, offers skill building workshops, hosts social events, does community service and engages in public policy.

Meet those in the know

Our program faculty includes respected members of the judiciary, attorneys from firms of all sizes, government offices, and legal services organizations. The BBA’s program is co-sponsored by a diverse group of Bar Associations.

Experience a more personal program 

Had enough of crowded lecture halls in law school? The BBA’s Boston programs will have no more than 60 attendees, so you can ask questions as well as get to know the faculty and your fellow new attorneys.

Engage, interact and share your insights

Two networking opportunities (a Community Lunch and post-program cocktail reception) will connect attendees with other new lawyers as well as established leaders in Boston legal community. The program will also keep attendees engaged and interacting through the use of an audience response system, which will be used for the ethics presentation.

Take advantage of convenient features 

Our historic facility, located on Beacon Hill adjacent to the State House is accessible to a variety of public transportation options and parking. The BBA’s program is also affordable at only $35, and includes breakfast, lunch, AND a post-program networking reception where attendees can network with BBA Members and other new lawyers!

Remaining 2014 dates:

Friday, October 17, 2014 (SOLD OUT)
Friday, December 12, 2014 (SOLD OUT)

2015 dates - Registration now open

Friday, February 6, 2015 (SOLD OUT)
Friday, April 3, 2014 - SPRINGFIELD, MA
Friday, April 24, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Friday, October 9, 2015
Friday, December 11, 2015

2014-2015 Program Agenda:

8:00 AM – 8:50 AM
Registration and Networking Breakfast (Breakfast Provided by the BBA)
8:50 AM – 9:00 AM
Welcome & Introduction
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Professionalism Panel Presentation
We have assembled a diverse panel of attorneys from various practice settings and specialties to give you the scoop about what professionalism really means.  Hear all about what it takes to build your reputation, manage relationships with colleagues, opposing parties, and clients.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Refreshment Break
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Ethical Hypotheticals 
This interactive segment will allow participants to weigh in on thought-provoking scenarios inspired by real issues faced by practitioners.

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
Presentation by the  Board of Bar Overseers and the Office of Bar Counsel 
12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
Break to lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Community Lunch (Lunch Provided by the BBA)
Our Lunchtime program will provide you with an opportunity to meet representatives from our program co-sponsors, the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, and the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts as well as representatives from local legal services agencies who will speak with you about pro bono opportunities where you can learn new skills while assisting underrepresented individuals.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Law Office Management Program - presented by Mass LOMAP 
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM  Stress and Time Management by Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers 
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM  Social Media: A New Playing Field 
Our experts will help you navigate the minefield that is lawyering and social media. Avoid social media habits that can potentially harm your reputation and your relationship with clients.  Learn how the ethical use of social media can help you promote your practice and build your reputation.

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM  Hors D’oeurves Reception sponsored by the BBA’s New Lawyers Section (Optional)