Young Lawyers Division (YL)

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The MBA’s Young Lawyers Division is designed for attorneys in practice for 10 years or less, and provides the professional tools that newer practitioners need to excel within their careers including continuing legal education and networking opportunities.



The MassBar is pleased to announce its inaugural ski-LE. This event will combine legal education with a fun afternoon of skiing and networking at Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

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A Day in the Life: The Real Lives of Young Lawyers

*** Tomorrow @ 4 ***

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Lessons for the New Attorney ... from the Courtroom and Beyond

Don't forget to sign up for TOMORROW's program with Judge Paul A. Chernoff and Judge Edward M. Ginsburg as they share humorous insights and truths from the court. Don't miss this FREE CLE for MBA m... MORE


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  1. Young Lawyers Division

    Aug 19, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (ET)
    Boston, MA


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    The New Lawyer Chronicles: an out of state attorney’s advice on how to find your niche in Massachusetts

    Young Lawyers Division (YL)

    Blog # 2: “Patience is a virtue” Dear Jeni, One proverbial expression that people often quote is, “patience is a virtue.” This expression is sort of cliché, however, this expression truly became real for me when I became an attorney. First let me dissect this proverb for you. What does it mean to be patient or to have patience? Well the definition of the word patient means: able to accept or tolerate delays, problems, or suffering without becoming annoyed... MORE

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    The New Lawyer Chronicles: an out-of-state attorney’s advice on how to find your niche in Massachusetts

    Young Lawyers Division (YL)

    Blog # 1: “If I knew before the obstacles that I would have to endure in becoming an attorney I probably would…” Dear Jeni, You are probably wondering why I am addressing this blog to a person named Jeni, short for Jennifer. I’ll get to that in a moment, but first let me introduce myself. My name is Sara Horatius. I recently passed the Massachusetts bar exam in July 2013 and I was admitted as a licensed Massachusetts attorney in November 2013. I like to describe myself as an... MORE

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    Study Smart For the Bar Exam and See What a Difference a Year Makes!

    Young Lawyers Division (YL)

    originally posted on This week last July 2012, I had knots in my stomach and felt like I was going to be ill. It was bar exam week. The week that every law school student dreads from the moment they enter school as a 1L. Last year I had worked so hard in my bar prep - studying 12-15 hours a day, taking close to no breaks (although I did travel to a friends wedding in June - which was just enough of a break to re-charge and forge ahead), outlining, asking questions,... MORE

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    Do I Trademark My Name Or Logo?

    Young Lawyers Division (YL)

    Originally posted at . For a lot of small businesses and startups, there’s just not a lot of money to go around. So when that business is looking to make payroll, get a minimum viable product out the door, or just keep the lights on, spending money registering multiple trademarks with the US Patent and Trademark Office just isn’t an option. In that situation, the question I always get is this: do I register my logo or my company name? The answer is almost always going to... MORE

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    What Is An 83(b) Election And When Shouldn't I Make It? [Part 2 - With New Graphic!]

    Young Lawyers Division (YL)

    Originally posted at . In Part 1 of this two-part post I discussed what an 83(b) election is and walked through one particular situation in which someone should make that election (hint: if the company is currently valued at or close to nothing). In this installment, I'll go through an example in which it doesn't make good financial sense to make that 83(b) election. In a world where many founders, entrepreneurs, and contractors working for equity are told to automatically... MORE

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Courtney C. Shea (left), chair
Melissa Ann Conner (right), chair-elect

Click here for 2014-15 Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors information.


Samuel A. Segal is the founder and principal of the Law Offices of Samuel A. Segal, a Massachusetts Personal Injury firm based out of Boston. Segal is the 2014-2016 Treasurer of the MBA's Young Lawyers Division, and he has served on the board for four years. He recently attended the American Bar Association Young Lawyer's Division Spring meeting in Tampa, FL, and served as a representative from Massachusetts at the ABA's Regional Summit in New Hampshire.

Segal has been selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers three years in a row (2013-2015) and was recently honored to receive the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Up & Coming Lawyer award for 2015.

In addition to being a personal injury attorney, Samuel is a bike enthusiast and regular bike commuter in the Greater Boston Area. Spend some time in the city and you will likely see him riding the mean streets of Boston in good weather and bad


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