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Public Defense Shortage Resurfaces in Western Mass.

9/12/2019
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The Sixth Amendment guarantees the right to counsel for criminal defendants who cannot afford to pay for an attorney. But a shortage of lawyers able to represent indigent defendants in Western Massachusetts is again placing a burden on public defenders and the courts. In this episode, host Jordan Rich speaks with Anthony Benedetti, chief counsel of the state Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), about the factors contributing to this recurring problem, and how an increase in the...

Duration:00:16:51

Celebrating a Decade of Tiered Community Mentoring

8/1/2019
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The Massachusetts Bar Association’s award-winning Tiered Community Mentoring Program (TCM), based in Boston and Worcester, introduces urban high school students to information about college, provides pre-law college students with information about the law school admission process and gives law students an inside view of the practice of law with their attorney mentors. As this unique mentoring program celebrates its 10th Anniversary, Host Jordan Rich interviews past participants and current...

Duration:00:17:48

Employees and the New Massachusetts Noncompete Law

6/20/2019
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The new Massachusetts law governing noncompete agreements went into effect in October 2018, bringing a new measure of fairness to the workplace. In this episode, host Jordan Rich interviews attorneys Dahlia C. Rudavsky and Ellen J. Messing of Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky PC, about the protections for employees included in the new law.

Duration:00:20:23

Protecting Children's Rights in Massachusetts

5/23/2019
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Who protects the legal rights of children? In the commonwealth, the non-profit Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (CLCM) is on the front lines helping kids access the social services and legal assistance they need, from foster care and child welfare to education/special education, immigration and mental health issues. In this episode, Jordan Rich talks with attorney Jessica Berry, the CLCM deputy director, about her organization's advocacy efforts, community-wide trainings and individual...

Duration:00:17:56

Meet the 2019 MBA Access to Justice Award Winners

4/25/2019
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At its Annual Dinner on May 9, the Massachusetts Bar Association will present the 2019 Access to Justice Awards to six attorneys and one law firm, in recognition of their exemplary legal skills and service to the community. In this episode, host Jordan Rich talks with the honorees about the inspiring stories behind their awards. The 2019 Access to Justice Award winners are: Rising Star, Gina Plata-Nino (Worcester); Legal Services Attorney, Luz A. Arévalo (Boston); Pro Bono Law Firm, Sherin...

Duration:00:46:28

Transparency: The New Normal in Medical Malpractice?

2/6/2019
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The traditional “deny and defend” attitude to claims of medical malpractice may be changing as doctors and hospitals embrace transparency, disclosure, and even apologies following medical errors. In this episode, host Jordan Rich talks with Boston attorney and patient-safety advocate Jeffrey Catalano of Todd & Weld LLP about how medical transparency in med-mal cases is gaining traction in Massachusetts and elsewhere, as medical professionals work more openly with patients to prevent problems...

Duration:00:18:57

New MLAC Leader Talks the Legal Aid ‘Walk’

1/18/2019
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For attorney Lynne Parker, the 20th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid on Jan. 24 at the Massachusetts State House will be her first as the new executive director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC). But Parker is no stranger to the world of legal aid, having worked more than three decades advocating on behalf of low-income residents, most recently in New Hampshire. In this episode, Parker talks with host Jordan Rich about MLAC’s role as one of the primary...

Duration:00:12:48

Lottery Law: Winning is Just the Beginning

12/13/2018
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If you're fortunate enough to hit the jackpot in Massachusetts, you'll quickly find that winning the lottery is more than just a question of numbers. There are several considerations to think about before you're able to enjoy your winnings. Who claims the prize? Who signs the winning ticket? Should you take a lump sum or installment payments? Should you go public with your good news? In this episode, Nancy Weissman, an attorney whose practice includes representing lottery winners, talks with...

Duration:00:15:07

Know Your Rights: Winter Housing Issues

11/29/2018
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If you're a tenant or a landlord, do you know who is responsible for shoveling or clearing the entrance way in the winter? Who pays for heat and other utilities? Can you be thrown out in the snow? In this episode of the MassBar Beat, host Jordan Rich talks with attorney Michael L. Lonzana, vice chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Real Estate Law Section, about some common housing issues that arise in rental situations.

Duration:00:10:46

MBA President to Promote Civic Education, Launch Trial Academy

11/13/2018
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In this episode, host Jordan Rich talks with new Massachusetts Bar Association President Christopher A. Kenney about his goals for the 2018-19 year, including the MBA's role in promoting civics and civic education. Kenney also unveils plans for the MBA Trial Academy, which will train the next generation of trial lawyers and encourage them to provide limited assistance representation (LAR)to unrepresented individuals in court. The MBA's Leadership Academy and the association's work with the...

Duration:00:22:44

The Laws of Summer: Beaches, Boats and BBQs

7/22/2018
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Do you need a license to drive a boat? Can you swim on a private beach? Are you allowed to have a fire pit or serve alcohol at your backyard BBQ? In this episode, host Jordan Rich talks with Boston attorney Samuel A. Segal, chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, about the Massachusetts laws governing everyone's favorite summertime activities.

Duration:00:14:13

The Language of Law: Massachusetts Resources for Limited-English Speakers

7/11/2018
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How do you find a lawyer who speaks your language when your English is limited? What happens when you go to court? In this episode, which is also available in Spanish, learn about the resources available to help non-English speakers successfully navigate the courts in Massachusetts. Host Jordan Rich speaks with attorney Melissa A. Juárez about the multilingual resources offered by the Massachusetts Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service, and the translation services offered by the courts....

Duration:00:11:22

El lenguaje de la ley: Recursos de Massachusetts para personas de inglés limitado

7/9/2018
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¿Cómo puede encontrar un abogado que hable su idioma cuando su inglés es limitado? ¿Qué pasa cuando va a la corte? En éste episodio, que también está disponible en Español, conozca los recursos disponibles para ayudar a los que no hablan inglés a tener éxito en los tribunales de Massachusetts. La anfitriona, Iliana Burton, habla con la abogada Melissa A. Juárez sobre los recursos multilingües ofrecidos por el Servicio de Referencia de Abogados de la Asociación de Abogados de Massachusetts, y...

Duration:00:09:57

Criminal Justice Reform: The Latest on the New Law

5/24/2018
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April 2018 will be remembered as the month when lawmakers introduced the most ambitious reform of Massachusetts’ criminal justice system in decades. Signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker, the sweeping legislation was the result of a bipartisan compromise between Democrats and Republicans, with additional support from prosecutors, attorneys and advocacy organizations, including the MBA. “Criminal Justice Reform: The Latest on the New Law” educates legal professionals and the public about...

Duration:00:32:46

ABCs of State Superior Court Rules and Practice in Mass.

3/28/2018
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The second of a two-part series, attorney Thomas M. Bond, chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Judicial Administration Section, talks with host Jordan Rich about appearing as an attorney in state court (Superior Court, in particular) in Massachusetts. You'll learn about the benefits of having your case in state court, get an overview of some of the most important rules, and hear insights on courtroom etiquette. Massachusetts Bar Association members can also access related materials...

Duration:00:16:03

ABCs of Federal Court Rules and Practice in Mass.

3/28/2018
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The first of a two-part series, attorney Thomas M. Bond, chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Judicial Administration Section, talks with host Jordan Rich about appearing as an attorney in federal court in Massachusetts. You'll learn about the benefits of having your case in federal court, get an overview of some of the most important rules, and hear insights on courtroom etiquette. Massachusetts Bar Association members can also access related materials on the topic in the Judicial...

Duration:00:15:11

Understanding Elder Law Basics

3/1/2018
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Elder law is more than just estate planning. As the population ages and people live longer, many will encounter important legal issues that can affect their home, health and financial well-being. In this episode, host Jordan Rich and attorney Alex L. Moschella, the chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Elder Law Advisory Committee, answer some commonly asked questions and discuss the MBA's Elder Law Education Program (www.massbar.org/elderlaw). From wills and trusts to health care...

Duration:00:20:49

Closing the Justice Gap

2/14/2018
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Each day people facing life-changing legal issues are going to court alone because they don't qualify for legal aid or cannot afford a lawyer. It's created a justice gap. But there are efforts under way to address these unmet legal needs. Host Jordan Rich talks with attorneys Len Zandrow of UMass School of Law's Justice Bridge Legal Center (www.justice-bridge.org) and Damian Turco of Lawyers for Affordable Justice (www.lawyers4aj.org) about how legal incubators like theirs are working to...

Duration:00:29:13

Different Paths Through Divorce

1/3/2018
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Ending a marriage is never an easy decision. But for those who have made the choice to divorce, there are several options available to work through the process. Host Jordan Rich talks with attorney Heidi R. Webb of Consilium Divorce Consultations about the lawyer-client relationship, the interplay between law and psychology, and the different paths available, from traditional divorce to mediation, arbitration, conciliation, collaborative law and limited assistance representation.

Duration:00:25:03

Get a Handle on Holiday Stress

11/30/2017
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The holidays can be the most demanding time of year -- especially for those in the legal community. In this episode, host Jordan Rich talks with MBA Law Practice Management Chair Susan Letterman White (Law Office Management Assistance Program) and clinician Barbara Bowe, LICSW (Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers) about suggestions for lawyers and others in the legal community on how to handle holiday stress. This podcast discusses some of the topics covered at the Dec. 12, 2017, Massachusetts Bar...

Duration:00:24:54