On November 14, 2016, Pierce & Mandell attorney Curtis Dooling participated in a lunchtime roundtable discussion for approximately 100 newly admitted lawyers in a program sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).
Pursuant to Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:16, newly admitted lawyers in Massachusetts must take a one-day professionalism course within 18 months of admission. During the day-long course, new lawyers attended seminars and training on a variety of topics, including ethics, court practice and successful attorney-client relationships. During the lunch session of the program, Dooling and three other experienced attorneys, two of whom practiced civil law and two of whom practiced criminal law, presented for nearly one hour. Dooling and his fellow panel members answered questions from attendees on all manner of practical legal issues like developing good relationships with clients, balancing work and family life and dealing with judges and court personnel.
On participating in the Practicing with Professionalism course, Dooling noted, “I found the discussion to be enlightening and enjoyable. I hope I was able to provide some practical advice to the newly-admitted attorneys. The discussion focused on real-life issues that lawyers must deal with that unfortunately aren’t taught in law school. The MCLE does a great job in running the program.”