Practicing with Professionalism at MCLE



A mandatory one-day course
for new lawyers on the
Massachusetts Rules
of Professional Conduct
and Massachusetts Practice


Practicing with Professionalism

Completion of your Rule 3:16 requirement—and much more

Observance of the highest ethical standards, proficiency in essential elements of law practice, and engagement in the legal community are among the hallmarks of professionalism. MCLE's Practicing with Professionalism course brings these principles to life through video, lecture, interactive polling, compelling hypotheticals, and valuable best practices.

SJC Rule 3:16 requires all newly admitted lawyers in Massachusetts to complete a one-day mandatory professionalism course within 18 months of admission. Spend this day with MCLE and build a foundation in professionalism that will serve you throughout your career.

Program highlights

  • An introductory video featuring Massachusetts judges and lawyers sharing their insights on professionalism and what it means to be a Massachusetts lawyer.
  • A nationally recognized ethics trainer, Jack Marshall, using interactive discussion and specially tailored hypotheticals to highlight the distinctive elements of ethical practice in Massachusetts.
  • An address by a leading member of the Massachusetts judiciary on the court system and the role of professionalism in Massachusetts practice.
  • Presentations by experts on how to manage a law practice and develop successful attorney-client relationships, how the bar's disciplinary system works, and how to handle client funds.
  • Information on professional organizations and pro bono practice—opportunities for connecting and contributing.
  • An introduction to lawyer assistance resources—where you can find support for stress, addiction, and mental health concerns.
  • An opportunity to spend lunch (provided by MCLE) in breakout discussion groups for a Q&A session with experienced practitioners in the areas of business and real estate law, estate planning and family law, and criminal and civil litigation.

Course information

Fee $50

MCLE is offering Practicing with Professionalism on the following dates:

The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with check-in beginning at 8:00 a.m. Late arrivals will not be permitted to enter the program.

All presentations are held at MCLE's Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, via Winter Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Register today
Register and reserve your seat in any of the remaining sessions. Space is limited. To ensure you get your preferred date, register as soon as possible. Your online registration must be received by no later than 7:00 a.m. on the day of the program. Registrations will not be accepted at the door.

Attendance Policy
Attendance at this program, per SJC Rule 3:16, is a post-admission requirement. Only those already admitted to the Massachusetts bar will receive credit for the course; anyone not yet admitted to the bar will have to retake the course after admission.

Attendance at the entire program is required. Registrants who arrive after the course has commenced will not be permitted to attend the day's program, but must register for another course date.



Course agenda*

  8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Check in (breakfast provided by MCLE)

  9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Introductory Remarks

9:05 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.


Practicing with Professionalism Video Montage

Featured Speakers, in order of appearance:

Hon. William G. Young, District Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
Daniel R. Coquillette, Esq., Professor, Boston College Law School and Harvard
Law School, Newton and Cambridge

Robert J. Brink, Esq., Executive Director, Social Law Library, Boston
Sheila A. Hubbard, Esq., Executive Director, Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, Boston
Carmen M. Ortiz, Esq., U.S. Attorney, Office of the United States Attorney, District of Massachusetts
Thomas F. Maffei, Esq., Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Boston; Past President, Massachusetts Bar Association
Susan M. Finegan, Esq., Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, PC, Boston
Brendan T. St. Amant, Esq., Donnelly, Conroy & Gelhaar LLP, Boston
Hon. Paula M. Carey, Chief Justice, Executive Office of the Trial Court
Nicholas J. Carbone, Esq., Fitchburg
Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg (ret.), Massachusetts Probate and Family Court; Founder, Senior Partners for Justice
Jonathan L. Mannina, Esq., Executive Director, Community Legal Aid, Inc., Worcester
Christina Paradiso, Esq., Community Legal Aid, Inc., Worcester
Jocelynne D. Welsh, Esq., Administrative Office of the Probate and Family Court
Lisa C. Goodheart, Esq., Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC, Boston; Past President, Boston Bar Association
Samuel B. Moskowitz, Esq., Davis, Malm & D’Agostine, PC, Boston; Past Chair, Equal Justice Coalition of Massachusetts
Jacquelynne J. Bowman, Esq., Executive Director, Greater Boston Legal Services


9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.


Professionalism and Being a Massachusetts Lawyer, with an Overview of the Massachusetts Court System

Hon. Dennis J. Curran, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court


9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.


Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct and How They Differ from the Model Rules, Part I

Jack Marshall, Esq., ProEthics, Ltd., Alexandria, VA


10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Refreshment Break


11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct, Part II


11:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.


Managing the Attorney-Client Relationship, Including Social Media Do's and Don'ts

Christa A. Arcos, Esq., Arcos Law Office, Stoneham


12:20 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.


Lunch Break (box lunch provided by MCLE)

Grab a lunch and join a discussion group in one of three classrooms for a Q&A session and the opportunity to meet with experienced practitioners from across several key practice areas:

Business Law & Real Estate

Conrad J. Bletzer, Jr., Esq., Bletzer & Bletzer, PC, Brighton
Luke H. Legere, Esq., McGregor & Legere, PC, Boston
Adam J. Ruttenberg, Esq., Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP, Boston
Sara Ann Supple, Esq., Chicago Commonwealth Title Insurance Company, Boston

Family Law & Estate Planning

Alfred P. Farese III, Esq., Law Offices of Alfred P. Farese Jr., Everett
Melissa Langa, Esq., Bove & Langa, PC, Boston
Lisa M. Locher, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston

Litigation (Civil & Criminal)

Dennis M. Lindgren, Esq., Pierce & Mandell, PC, Boston
Paula S. Bliss, Esq., Kelley Bernheim Dolinsky, LLC, Plymouth
David Jon Fredette, Esq., Suffolk District Attorney's Office, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Jane F. Peachy, Esq., Federal Defenders Office, Boston


1:40 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.


In the Court's Own Words (video)

Hon. Ralph D. Gants, Chief Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Margot Botsford, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Robert J. Cordy, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Fernande R. V. Duffly, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Geraldine S. Hines, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Barbara A. Lenk, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Francis X. Spina, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court


1:50 p.m. – 2:25 p.m.


Overview of the Bar Discipline System & Common Ethical Issues

Michael A. Fredrickson, Esq., Board of Bar Overseers, Commonwealth of Massachusetts


2:25 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.


Why Every Lawyer Should Be Interested in Cultural Competency

Gauri P. Punjabi, Esq., Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC, Boston


2:50 p.m. – 3:35 p.m.


Law Office Management

Heidi S. Alexander, Esq., Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP), Boston


3:35 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Refreshment Break


3:50 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.


The Importance and Rewards of Pro Bono Work

Milton H. Wong, Esq., Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, Boston


4:10 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

General and Affinity Bar Associations and Mentoring Programs

James M. Baron, Esq., Law Office of James Baron, Waltham (Starting Out Solo)
Sa’adiyah K. Masoud, Esq., Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP, Boston (South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston; Women’s Bar Association)
Thomas O. Moriarty, Esq., Marcus, Errico, Emmer & Brooks, P.C., Braintree


4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.


Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers

Barbara J. Bowe, LICSW, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Boston

  4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks/Completion of Program Evaluation


*Note: agenda and speakers will vary depending on which session you attend

Resource materials

A major advantage of taking the Practicing with Professionalism course at MCLE is the rich compilation of resource materials—provided in print and electronic formats—over 1,000 pages of original articles from existing MCLE publications, and materials from a number of regulatory agencies and professional organizations.

These publication serve not only as a valuable companion for the course, but also as a continuing resource for research and reference in daily practice.