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Julie Tolek (Think Pink Law) and Danielle Spang (Law Office of Danielle Spang) led a workshop on how to draft a fee agreement when using LAR.
BBA President Lisa Arrowood has focused her presidency on equipping new lawyers with practical skills, including helping lawyers better utilize Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) within their practice. The BBA’s LAR Practical Skills series has aimed to do just that. In the fourth segment offered in the series attendees had a chance to put their new knowledge to work as attorneys Julie Tolek (Think Pink Law) and Danielle Spang (Law Office of Danielle Spang) led a workshop on how to draft a fee agreement.
Here’s what speaker Attorney Tolek had to say about the program:
Why was a workshop on Drafting a Fee Agreement so important for attorneys practicing LAR?
“Talking about how to do something is easy but putting it in practice is where questions often arise. The LAR fee agreement is perhaps the most important component of beginning an attorney-client journey, and to be able to have hands-on time to screen for LAR appropriate situations and craft an agreement and discuss questions at the same time is the best way to learn to do it!” What is the biggest takeaway that attorneys should remember from the program?
“Communication with your client and making sure they understand their responsibilities and what it means to be working with an attorney on an LAR basis is crucial. In my opinion, it matters less how you do it technically (whether bullet points or check boxes in your agreement) than that you actually DO it in a way that works for you and that the client understands. You could have as many check boxes as you want but if the client does not fully grasp what all of it means, those check boxes don’t mean much.”
Don’t miss the rest of the LAR Practical Skills series. Sign up for one of the upcoming sessions on how to use LAR in particular courts:
LAR Practical Skills: Housing Court February 29th 12-1:30 pm
LAR Practical Skills: Probate & Family Court March 22nd 12-1:30 pm
LAR Practical Skills: Boston Municipal Court & District Court April 28th 12-1:30 pm
LAR Practical Skills: Land Court May 24th 12-1:30 pm
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The PILP program brings together a group of new lawyers committed to serving the community for a yearlong leadership development program.
Last Thursday, the BBA hosted an info session about its Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) at 16 Beacon Street, where attendees heard from four successful PILP alumni about the program. The panelists offered insight into the application process, their personal PILP experience, and how they’ve remained involved at the BBA after completing the program.
Jen Doran – Partner, Hinckley Allen, PILP ‘06-‘07
Jane Harper – Vice President and Council, State Street, PILP ’10-‘11
Katherine Schulte – Staff Attorney, Casa Myrna Vasquez, PILP 13-14
Daniel Dwyer – Shareholder, Murphy & King, PILP ‘03-‘04
The panelists discussed several reasons to apply to the PILP program and we have compiled the top three reasons below:
The BBA is accepting applications to the ’16-’17 Public Interest Leadership Program through Friday, February 26th. More information on PILP and the application process is available here. Please email Neha Deshpande, Membership Outreach Assistant, at email@example.com with any questions.
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Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Serve as a judge for the Undergraduate Mock Trial Regional Tournament at Boston College on February 13th and 14th. Twenty-four teams from top schools in the area will be competing for a chance at the National Championship Tournament.
If you are unfamiliar with mock trial, it is a competition where college students prepare a legal case and compete against each other as both defense and plaintiff. The role of a judge is simply to score the teams, rule on objections and provide feedback for the teams.
You are welcome to sign up for as many rounds as you’d like. Take a look below for the time slots.
There will be a training and instruction session immediately preceding each round, and breakfast, lunch and coffee will all be provided. If you are interested in judging, please take a few seconds and go to this link to register for as many rounds as you would like.
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