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BBA Provides Free Training for Solo and Small Firm Attorneys Building a Practice Around Limited Assistance Representation

Thursday, December 20, 2012

In a move that will ease the burden on a Trial Court facing unprecedented numbers of pro se litigants, and enable solo and small firm practitioners to get certified to help a growing source of paying clients, the Boston Bar Association today announced that on January 9 it will conduct a free Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) training session at the BBA's 16 Beacon Street headquarters. From 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the BBA will conduct a general LAR certification session, to be followed by two breakout sessions from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

According to the American Bar Association, LAR, also called Unbundling, can be thought of as an "a la carte option for legal services, where instead of handling an entire case from start to finish, a lawyer may handle only certain parts." The ABA notes that LAR gives lawyers "the opportunity to obtain clients who would otherwise represent themselves," and at the same time reach "an untapped market and generate additional income."

One breakout session will focus on LAR in the Land Court Division of the Trial Court, which will permit LAR starting on January 2. That session will be taught by Land Court Judge Robert B. Foster and Donald R. Pinto, Jr. of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster.  To register for this session, click here.

The other breakout session will focus on LAR in the Probate and Family Court, one of the first divisions of the Trial Court to implement LAR. This session will be taught by two private attorneys, Laura M. Unflat and Cynthia E. MacCausland, both of whom have LAR clients as a significant portion of their practice. To register for this session, click here.

The sessions will be videotaped for placement on the You Tube channel of The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association for lawyers who want to self-certify. This spring, the BBA will conduct yet another LAR training session, with breakout sessions for lawyers interested in providing LAR in the Boston Municipal Court and the Housing Court Divisions of the Trial Court.

LAR is limited to civil cases and requires that lawyers follow certain procedures, all of which will be covered during the training sessions.

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

    Suffolk University Law School

    (617) 573-8000

    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 Health Care System

    (617) 954-9895

    Sara Farnum

    Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

    (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

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C.

    (617) 542-6000

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