May 09

Volunteer work isn’t just correlated with happiness; it actually causes it, at least according to some pretty good research. And according to some other good research, it influences health and longevity, too.

And if that sounds too crazy for you to believe, that’s okay. Pro bono work is also an opportunity to network, and develop and exercise your legal skills.

So now you’re really excited to find a pro bono project, yes?

Good news. MassProBono is a new interactive website that can match you with a project based on your interests, location, and schedule. MassProBono is developed by the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, in partnership with Pro Bono Net, a national nonprofit organization, the Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project housed at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and the Massachusetts Bar Association, with funding from a Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant.

To help with your pro bono projects, the website also provides a library of resources, email groups, and a calendar of events.

In raising awareness of the need for pro bono work and highlighting great existing pro bono work in the state, MassProBono hopes to close the gap of an estimated 80% of low-income people with unmet civil legal needs.

You can find out more about joining MassProBono here.

Nov 13

Managing Your Work Search Process: An LCL and MBA Partnership

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Join in an 8-session series, “Managing Your Work Search Process,” starting on December 3, 2013, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston.  This series is designed for lawyers between jobs, dealing with a layoff, or seeking a first legal job, in a challenging legal marketplace.

Register here:

You will learn strategies to help you optimize your professional strengths. Topics include tips on networking and informational interviews, improving your marketability, how to utilize social media and resume and cover letter writing samples. The eight seminars will include:

  • Getting Started: Identification of Skills, Experience and Professional Interests
  • Launching Your Search
  • Strategic Outreach: Developing a Personal Connection
  • Strategic Outreach: Managing the Networking Process
  • Personal Presentation: Interviewing Skills
  • Mental Self-Management: Staying Positive and Proactive
  • Finding a Satisfying Legal Position When Most of Them Are Not Advertised (Small Law Firms Offer Big Options)
  •  Moving Forward: Making the Most of What Is

Dasha Tcherniakovskaia, program chair, is getting her master’s degree in mental health counseling at Lesley University. She is changing careers after devoting 10+ years to corporate law.  She has worked as a paralegal at a major financial institution and an associate at a large Boston law firm.

Massachusetts Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section is the Sponsoring Section.

Register here:

The group will meet on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, ending March 18,2014


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Aug 03

LCL’s Professional Conduct Group

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Lawyers come to LCL for a number of good reasons:  stress, practice management issues, career concerns, collegial concerns and struggles with personal and family matters, mental health and substance abuse issues.

Legal practice is a “tough assignment” for most every attorney out there, even if they love what they do!  There are so many different elements to practice between managing client expectations, getting paid, keeping up with practice demands, court schedules, and your own sense of success and satisfaction.

There are times when the practice becomes overwhelming and mistakes happen, client lodge complaints, or the IOLTA check bounces and the BBO get involved.  It is important to understand the need to get help when this happens. At LCL, I run a group for lawyers who get into trouble in a multitude of ways with their practice.   Their issues are often recognizable and not uncommon, such that other attorneys think, “there but for the grace of god, go I”, and exhale in relief that no BBO letter arrives.

The group is helpful to lawyers who need a safe place to talk about what happened to them, allowing them the space and time to come to terms with their responsibility in the discipline process, while assisting them in dealing with the loss of a practice identity and income.  A lawyer’s professional identity is their “bread and butter,” and when they are disciplined or suspended for a period of time they need to confront issues related to lack of income, and how they will address and deal with colleagues or clients who call them looking for help.

If you are a lawyer in some trouble with the BBO or a lawyer who is representing a lawyer at the BBO call me at LCL to discuss how this resource can be of service to you: 617 482 9600.

Barbara J. Bowe, LICSW

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