The BBA is Practicing with Professionalism

On Friday, February 7th the BBA kicked off its series of 6 Boston presentations of Practicing with Professionalism, the One-Day Course for Lawyers Newly Admitted in Massachusetts.

The day-long program was presented to a sold out crowd of over 60 attorneys who were admitted to the Massachusetts bar after September 1, 2013. 

Following a networking breakfast, Chief Justice of the Trial Court, Justice Paula M. Carey welcomed the new lawyers and addressed the audience offering wisdom about the role of lawyers in the community, the Massachusetts court system, and her own observations during her rise to and time spent on the bench. 

The course covering professionalism, ethics, management of IOLTA funds, Law Office Management, Lawyers Concerned For Lawyers, Legal Services, and more.  The program featured a community lunch where program participants were able to network with faculty, legal services agencies and affinity bar representatives and concluded with a celebratory reception.

Here’s a quick recap of the day:

Chief Justice of the MA Trial Court Paula Carey told attendees to get out from behind their desks to network and go to seminars and get Court experience in the form of pro bono services, as it will serve them & the community.











Attendees got an extended break for lunch to network and chat with legal services and BBA affinity bar leaders.









Guests heard advice from experiences lawyers that included “don’t talk over opposing council”, “it takes a career to build your reputation, but it only takes a second to lose it” and “never post something online you wouldn’t want on the homepage of the New York Times”










For the full photo album, click here.

This course was presented with co-sponsorship from the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, Hampden County Bar Association, 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. 

The BBA would like to thank the following faculty members from the February 7th session:

Hon. Paula M. Carey , Chief Justice of the Trial Court

Heidi S. Alexander , Law Office Management Assistance Program

Joanna G. Allison , Volunteer Lawyer’s Project of the Boston Bar Association

Linda G. Bauer , Office of the Bar Counsel

Edward S. Cheng , Sherin and Lodgen LLP

Jeff Fortgang , Ph.D., Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Susan Helm , BBA Member Programs Coordinator

Peggy L. Ho , Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts

Martin Newhouse , New England Legal Foundation

Karbert “Bert” Ng, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

Karen D. O’Toole , Massachusetts Clients' Security Board and Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

Sebastián Pacheco , Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys

Michael D. Ricciutti , K&L Gates LLP

Cristina Serrano , Desmond, Strang & Scott LLP

Raquel J. Webster , National Grid

John L. Whitlock, Esq., Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

David E. Wilson, Esq., Corwin & Corwin, LLP