Tag Archives: Networking

National Taxpayer Advocate Blog

While I was attending the Tax Controversy Forum hosted by New York University’s School of Professional Studies in New York City, I had the pleasure of hearing the National Taxpayer Advocate give a keynote speech.  National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina Olson, started off her talk with the potential impact of upcoming budget cuts on the IRS and the release of her upcoming report on June 28th.  She also informed everyone that the National Taxpayer Advocate Blog has restarted its regular weekly blog postings on Wednesdays.  Check it out for some summer reading.

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Suffolk Law Admitted Students Reception in DC on 4/13/2017

Suffolk Law alumni are hosting a reception for the newly admitted Suffolk Law students on April 13, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Stinson Leonard Street in Washington, DC.  This event is open to Suffolk alumni, current Suffolk students, admitted Suffolk students, and prospective students.  Please RSVP here and hope to see you there!

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How Do You Organize Your Business Cards?

Over the years, I have amassed a box full of business cards from various professionals.  I do the traditional method which is to write how I met the individual on the back of the business card and a few key facts about them (or name pronunciations).  Then, I put them in this box that sits in my desk drawer.

I am thinking of converting these cards to an electronic format, but I would rather not add them to my mobile phone contacts.  What type of programs do you use to organize your business contacts and business cards?

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Realistic Tips to Networking

This article about networking, published by the New York Times last Saturday, stood out to me because the advice is very practical and very different from things I generally hear from people.

The author gives typical advice like:

“Make the meeting convenient” and “don’t argue about their advice or point out why it wouldn’t work for you.”

But, the author goes further to say things like:

“Businesspeople generally think of networking as a mutually beneficial meeting for both parties.  But that’s not usually what it is.  Far more often, it is one person asking the other for a favor.”

“Never ask for any written follow-up.”

“Spend time at the end of the meeting finding out what you can do for them… At the very least, consider writing a recommendation for them on LinkedIn.”

The article is worth a good read.  Check it out!

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Excellence in the Law Awards

Earlier this evening, I had the pleasure of attending the 2015 Excellence in the Law Awards hosted by the Mass Lawyers Weekly and the Massachusetts Bar Association.  This wonderful event was held at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston.  The room was packed!

In addition, my colleague, Jane Edmonstone, received an “Up & Coming Lawyers” Award given to impressive attorneys who have practiced less than ten years.

Below is a picture of Amy Romero, Faye Rachlin (Deputy Director), Jane Edmonstone, and me representing the Community Legal Aid contingent at the dinner.

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NCLC Consumer Law Conference Nov. 7-10, 2013

I want to draw your attention to the National Consumer Law Center‘s (“NCLC”) Annual Conference scheduled for November 7 to November 10th in Arlington, Virginia.  NCLC is well known for their extensive guidebooks on consumer law ranging from topics about student loans to foreclosure law to credit reporting.

The organization just released the agenda for the Consumer Law Conference and the program is filled with hot topics about class actions, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) regulations, maximizing damages, loss mitigation, litigating debts, and much more.  A full schedule with speaker bios and panel names is available here.  If you want to register for the NCLC Conference, click on this link here to access their website.  NCLC will also offer, for an additional fee on top of the regular registration fee, a one day symposium at the end of the conference on either bankruptcy for distressed homeowners or class actions in consumer law.

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April is Fair Housing Month

For those of you who are not familiar with the term, “fair housing” is specifically geared towards federal laws and policies that ensure people have equal access to housing of their choice.  Read more about fair housing at the Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) website.

In honor of fair housing month, I am posting about two different conferences:

  1. Worcester Fair Housing Conference on Saturday, April 6th from 8:30am to noon.  The event will be at the Worcester State University – Ghosh Science Center (486 Chandler Street, Worcester, MA).  You can register for the free event here.  There will be three different panels.  The first panel is about the legal framework of housing discrimination, the second panel is about knowing your rights as tenants, and the third panel is about landlords/homeowner concerns.
  2. 2013 Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference on Thursday, April 11th from 8:00am to 5:00pm and on Friday April 12th from 8:30am to noon.  The event will be at the Springfield Marriott (2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA).  You can register for the free event here.  There is a list of workshops and hot topic presentations available here.

I will definitely be attending the Fair Housing Conference in Worcester.  I hope to see you there!

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Boston Bar Association’s Panel on Mistakes New Lawyers Make

I did not have the pleasure of attending the Boston Bar Association‘s Panel on “Mistakes New Lawyers Make.”  However, I did get the email summary of the event.  I am going to direct you to their link, available here, which lists very practical advice for newly admitted lawyers.

All the advice is common knowledge, but I found one of the pointers very interesting and I am re-posting it below:

Don’t try to fix your mistakes too quickly. Acting to[o] quickly can lead to another mistake.

I have never heard that one before!

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Two Days in Pictures

If I were to describe the past two days of my life in pictures, it would look a little like this.

This picture sums up my Wednesday.

Then, on Thursday…

I had an early morning meeting in Boston. This is the view from the very tall office building.

From left to right: Lonnie Powers (Executive Director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation), Martha Coakley (Attorney General of Massachusetts), David Rosenberg (Of Counsel at Englander, Leggett & Chicoine, P.C.), Justice Ralph Gants, and Willard Ogburn (Executive Director of the National Consumer Law Center).

I had the pleasure of hearing and meeting Attorney General Martha Coakley.  She spoke about the foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts and legal aid.

“Lawyers are nothing more than advocates. We speak for the people.”
~Martha Coakley

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Perks of Legal Tweeting According to LOMAP

When I graduated from law school, one of the first organizations I interacted with was the Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP).  They offer great seminars for anyone interested in becoming a soloist.  They are also superb at helping attorneys network with each other.  Many people say that they are a hidden gem among the Massachusetts legal field for soloists or small firms.  Recently, Jared Correia, the Senior Law Practice Advisor at LOMAP, published a piece about the perks of tweeting to help get clients.  Check out his article here.

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