The BBA New Lawyers Section preparing law students and new attorneys to successfully meet the challenges of practicing law through networking receptions, community outreach and practical skills programming. Want to get involved? Contact the New Lawyers Co-Chairs or check out our calendar for the next Steering Committee Meeting.

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Dacier’s Take on. . . Decorum in the Courtroom

We know that our judiciary occupies a special place as an independent, co-equal branch of government, as evidenced by the fact that its role was written into the Massachusetts Declaration of Rights. As Professor Lawrence Friedman of New England Law | Boston recently told us, when John Adams drafted our constitution, he could never have anticipated the vast universe of issues coming before the court in 2013.

But one thing is certain. Regardless of our State Courts not always having the technology or staffing levels essential for administering justice promptly, our courtrooms must maintain decorum both before jurors and the citizenry. More than a nicety, that decorum is essential for maintaining the dignity and credibility of what is from our vantage point, that branch of government that underpins the democratic process in a constitutional democracy.

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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.