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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.


42nd Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference: Gov't and the Bar Confront the Fissured Workplace

The 42nd Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference highlights a year of significant legal developments. Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to network with colleagues, program faculty, and the leaders... MORE


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.

MassBar’s ski-LE will... MORE

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

*** Tomorrow @ 4 ***

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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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Melissa Ann Conner (left), chair
Victoria  Santoro (right), chair-elect

Click here for 2015-16 Young Lawyers Division Board of Directors information.


Courtney C. Shea is an associate at Peabody & Arnold LLP and focuses her practice on professional liability defense, employment litigation, and general business litigation. Shea just completed her term as chair of the MBA's Young Lawyers Division. In the upcoming association year she will serve as a Director-at-Large of the MBA's House of Delegates and as a section council member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Section. Shea is also currently the District 3 Representative for the ABA's Young Lawyers Division. Shea is a 2008 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law and a 2004 graduate of Boston College.  After law school she clerked for the Superior Court of Connecticut.


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