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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.


New Trust Administration Practice Group

Trust Administration Practice Group meeting

The Probate Law Section invites all MBA members who are interested in joining the newly formed Trust Administration Practice Group to attend the introductory... MORE

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The Massachusetts Bar Association is presenting its 11th Annual In-House Counsel Conference on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 9:15 AM-1 PM at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston,... MORE

12th Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference

The 12th Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference will be held on Tues., December 3, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield,... MORE


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

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    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?

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    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!]

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    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.


STEVEN M. AYR is business counsel at Fort Point Legal PC in Boston, Massachusetts. In that role, Steve structures organizations from formation to dissolution, negotiates, drafts and revises the contracts that make businesses tick, and litigates disputes when relationships break down. Steve also has a focus on intellectual property, helping clients leverage copyright, trademark and trade secret protections to develop their products, grow their brands, and succeed in the marketplace.

Prior to joining Fort Point Legal, Steve founded his own practice shortly after graduating law school, where he maintained an active landlord-tenant litigation docket and served the small business, startup, and artist communities for more than four years.

Steve is a 2005 graduate of Boston College and a 2008 graduate of the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC.


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