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Boston Bar Highlights Practical Programs for Boutique and Solo Practitioners

Monday, December 03, 2012

Underscoring its ability to serve its growing population of lawyers who want to know what’s involved in launching, growing and managing a boutique or solo/small firm practice, the Boston Bar Association today announced a medley of five programs and events designed to equip these new entrepreneurs with practical skills and a network of colleagues for business referrals.

December 4, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (16 Beacon St., Boston)
Overworked? Need temporary help? Be careful!
Lawyers just launching a practice are likely to have lots of questions about their obligations regarding temporary lawyers or administrative help. Employment attorney Nina Joan Kimball will give a presentation telling you everything you need to know to comply with the law and avoid traps for the unwary.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (16 Beacon St., Boston)
First Wednesday Fundamentals: Gift Planning Basics I: Taxable Gifts - Definitions, Opportunities and Potential Pitfalls
Lawyers thinking about developing a specialization in estate planning will have get an introduction to this area from Trusts and Estates lawyers Christopher D. Perry and Laurence G. Constable.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 7 (16 Beacon St., Boston)
Foundations for a New Practice: Drafting a Business Plan - Putting It All Together
Three practicing attorneys (Audrey Heidt, Sofia S. Lingos, and Julie C. Cahill) will team up with expert Legal Consultants Stephen E. Seckler and Susan Letterman White to present step by step instructions on how to develop a business plan for a new solo or small firm.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (16 Beacon Street, Boston)
Small Firm, Big Tech: The iPad in Practice: Making Your Mobile Office Work
Technology is an essential tool for all lawyers, and especially for those flying solo. Attorney Steven M. Ayr and Paul Doncaster of Thomson Reuters team up to demonstrate how a variety of iPad apps can help the solo practitioner realize efficiencies in law practice and management, particularly in the area of legal research.

Thursday, December 6, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (6B Lounge – 6B Beacon Street, Boston)
Entrepreneurial Development Committee Welcome and Social
Forming your own law firm is an entrepreneurial adventure. One of the most important caveats of practicing on your own is to know which types of work are best handled by a lawyer with another skill set. This is your opportunity to start building a key referral with similarly situated attorneys. Not to mention the opportunity to swap tips for keeping yourselves afloat.

New Lawyers Committees

  • New Lawyers Law School Outreach Committees
    This Committee seeks to integrate Boston area law students into the local legal community by encouraging participation in the BBA. We conduct programming, in conjunction with other sections of the BBA and local law schools, designed to promote the professional development of law students. Through these programs, the Committee provides students with opportunities to obtain practical substantive legal knowledge and to network with attorneys and other students.

    Contact Information

    Rebekah Provost

    Central West Justice Center

    (508) 425-2814

    Tali Shulman

    (617) 633-5033

  • New Lawyers Practical Skills Committee
    This Committee creates programming geared towards the needs of new lawyers to help them develop basic and advanced skills, both generally and within their substantive areas of practice, and to practice more effectively. Programming consists of presentations and panels covering a broad range of topics—from how to file an appeal, how to work with partners, to the basics of a purchase agreement. Committee members, who are responsible for managing these events from concept through to completion, have the opportunity to work closely with senior lawyers in numerous practice areas when facilitating these programs.

    Contact Information

    Michael C. Birch

    Lurie, Lent & Friedman, LLP

    (617) 367 1970

    Elizabeth J. McEvoy

    Donoghue, Barrett & Singal, P.C.

    (617) 720-5090

  • New Lawyers Public Service Committee
    This Committee serves as a resource for new attorneys interested in starting or expanding their pro bono and community service work. The committee runs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program which offers free tax help to low-to-moderate income persons in Massachusetts.

    Contact Information

    Margaret A. Caulfield

    Partners HealthCare System, Inc.

    (617) 954-9895

    Sara Farnum Shannon

    (207) 712-8555

  • New Lawyers Social Events Committee
    This Committee organizes monthly gatherings for the New Lawyer's Section, including wine tastings, a casino night, happy hours, and more.

    Contact Information

    Michael Licker

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-1197

    Ben Montgomery

    Partners HealthCare

    (617) 954-9525

    Adam M. Veness

    Acceleron Pharma Inc.

    (617) 649-9348

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.