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MassBar Beat is the podcast of the Massachusetts Bar Association -- the preeminent voice of the legal profession in Massachusetts.

Latest Episodes

Public Defense Shortage Resurfaces in Western Mass.

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 hourly rate for private bar advocates could be part of the solution.

16 MINSEP 13
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Public Defense Shortage Resurfaces in Western Mass.

Celebrating a Decade of Tiered Community Mentoring

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 administrators about how TCM has helped students build a diverse network and enrich their careers.

17 MINAUG 1
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Celebrating a Decade of Tiered Community Mentoring

Employees and the New Massachusetts Noncompete Law

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.

20 MINJUN 21
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Employees and the New Massachusetts Noncompete Law

Protecting Children's Rights in Massachusetts

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 legal resources available for juveniles, from birth to age 22.

17 MINMAY 23
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Protecting Children's Rights in Massachusetts

Meet the 2019 MBA Access to Justice Award Winners

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 and Lodgen LLP (Boston); Pro Bono Publico Attorney, Stephen A. Smith (Norfolk); Defender, Tinia L. Snow (Roxbury); Prosecutor, Adrian Bispham (Boston); and Lifetime Achievement Award, Judith Liben (Boston).

46 MINAPR 26
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Meet the 2019 MBA Access to Justice Award Winners

Transparency: The New Normal in Medical Malpractice?

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 in the future.

18 MINFEB 6
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Transparency: The New Normal in Medical Malpractice?

New MLAC Leader Talks the Legal Aid ‘Walk’

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 funders of civil legal aid organizations in Massachusetts and why funding for legal aid — the drive behind the Walk to the Hill event — is so vital to low-income Massachusetts residents facing life-changing legal challenges. For more information on the Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid, see www.equaljusticecoalition.org.

12 MINJAN 19
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New MLAC Leader Talks the Legal Aid ‘Walk’

Lottery Law: Winning is Just the Beginning

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 host Jordan Rich about what to expect if you win the lottery in Massachusetts.

15 MIN2018 DEC 13
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Lottery Law: Winning is Just the Beginning

Know Your Rights: Winter Housing Issues

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.

10 MIN2018 NOV 29
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Know Your Rights: Winter Housing Issues

MBA President to Promote Civic Education, Launch Trial Academy

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 courts on lawyer well-being are also discussed.

22 MIN2018 NOV 14
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MBA President to Promote Civic Education, Launch Trial Academy

Latest Episodes

Public Defense Shortage Resurfaces in Western Mass.

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 hourly rate for private bar advocates could be part of the solution.

16 MINSEP 13
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Public Defense Shortage Resurfaces in Western Mass.

Celebrating a Decade of Tiered Community Mentoring

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 administrators about how TCM has helped students build a diverse network and enrich their careers.

17 MINAUG 1
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Celebrating a Decade of Tiered Community Mentoring

Employees and the New Massachusetts Noncompete Law

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.

20 MINJUN 21
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Employees and the New Massachusetts Noncompete Law

Protecting Children's Rights in Massachusetts

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 legal resources available for juveniles, from birth to age 22.

17 MINMAY 23
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Protecting Children's Rights in Massachusetts

Meet the 2019 MBA Access to Justice Award Winners

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 and Lodgen LLP (Boston); Pro Bono Publico Attorney, Stephen A. Smith (Norfolk); Defender, Tinia L. Snow (Roxbury); Prosecutor, Adrian Bispham (Boston); and Lifetime Achievement Award, Judith Liben (Boston).

46 MINAPR 26
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Meet the 2019 MBA Access to Justice Award Winners

Transparency: The New Normal in Medical Malpractice?

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 in the future.

18 MINFEB 6
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Transparency: The New Normal in Medical Malpractice?

New MLAC Leader Talks the Legal Aid ‘Walk’

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 funders of civil legal aid organizations in Massachusetts and why funding for legal aid — the drive behind the Walk to the Hill event — is so vital to low-income Massachusetts residents facing life-changing legal challenges. For more information on the Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid, see www.equaljusticecoalition.org.

12 MINJAN 19
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New MLAC Leader Talks the Legal Aid ‘Walk’

Lottery Law: Winning is Just the Beginning

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 host Jordan Rich about what to expect if you win the lottery in Massachusetts.

15 MIN2018 DEC 13
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Lottery Law: Winning is Just the Beginning

Know Your Rights: Winter Housing Issues

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.

10 MIN2018 NOV 29
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Know Your Rights: Winter Housing Issues

MBA President to Promote Civic Education, Launch Trial Academy

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 courts on lawyer well-being are also discussed.

22 MIN2018 NOV 14
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MBA President to Promote Civic Education, Launch Trial Academy