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Thursday, November 06, 2014
Member Orientation and Training - AM Session
This approximately one-hour session will teach you how to make the most of your membership.
Member Orientation and Training - PM Session
This approximately one-hour session will teach you how to make the most of your membership.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Do you have the coverage you really need? Are you overpaying? Are you sure?
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Oral Advocacy Before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court & The Appeals Court
“Your oral argument on appeal,” Justice John Marshall Harlan advised the Supreme Court Bar, “is the most effective weapon you have got.” Chief Justice John G. Roberts concurs, saying that “oral argument is terribly, terribly important.”
Friday, November 21, 2014
Jointly planned with the Flaschner Judicial Institute, this full-day CLE for lawyers at the Social Law Library is an encore of a program presented to Massachusetts Trial Court judges.

CPCS approved for 5 hours of CLE credit from Juvenile Delinquency (YAD), Post-conviction, and Adult Criminal Trial panels.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
How (and Why) to Move Your Practice to the Cloud
If you use Gmail, manage your financial accounts online, or deposit checks from a mobile device, you’re already using the Cloud. Moving your law practice to the Cloud can increase your mobility, efficiency, and (believe it or not) data security.
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In the SLL Collection - Data Encryption for Law FirmsIn the SLL Collection - Data Encryption for Law Firms
Massachusetts has one of the highest standards for identity protection in the country. Under 201 CMR 17.00, “every person that owns or licenses personal information about a resident of the Commonwealth shall develop, implement, and maintain a comprehensive information security program.” This plan must be written, and the regulation requires the encryption of personal information that is transmitted over public networks, wirelessly, or that is stored on portable devices (when it is technically feasible). Check out some of the books in our collection listed here.

Companion Reading - Legal Writing AidsCompanion Reading - Legal Writing Aids
The written word is an important tool in any lawyer’s belt, and sometimes written advocacy is the only chance you’ll have to make your client’s argument. But writing, like any skill, takes practice, feedback, and guidance. Whether you’re wrestling with grammar, word choice, style, or just trying to figure out how to frame an argument, sometimes it’s nice to have a little outside perspective. Take a look at some of the helpful books that we have on legal writing so that your next brief is polished and effective.

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Member FYI
Member Orientation & TrainingMember Orientation & Training
You are cordially invited to the Social Law Library on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10 AM or 4 PM for a member orientation and training with our members of our Library staff. This approximately one-hour session will teach you how to make the most of your membership.

Register for the morning session

Register for the afternoon session

Space is limited. Questions? Call Mike Saporito at 617-226-1343.
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Fastcase Training Webinars in 2014Fastcase Training Webinars in 2014

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Social media is fast becoming one of the primary ways people practice current awareness. Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook provide networking and marketing opportunities, but they are also places where news, articles, commentary and all kinds of information can be gathered from many sources, collected in one place, and accessed instantaneously through computers and mobile devices.  It has been estimated that by the end of 2014 there will be more mobile devices on our planet than people!  Social Law recognizes the power of mobile devices and social media to increase information sharing and education.  We see evidence that social media is changing the practice of law. Forbes magazine recently published an article on the topic of social media and the business of law, “Want Hard Proof That LinkedIn Works? Ask a Lawyer”

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