From the MBA:
Demystifying the BMC: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Boston Municipal Court
If, like most lawyers, you have spent time in the courtroom waiting for your case to be heard, you know that there is a lot to be learned from observing other cases. We are happy to announce a new program that will allow participants to observe cases at the Boston Municipal Court and get a behind-the-scenes look at the court.
The Demystifying the BMC orientation is an opportunity for a small group of new attorneys and attorneys new to criminal law to observe in the courtroom for part of the morning and then discuss what they saw with experienced practitioners. It will begin with a guided tour of the court to introduce participants to the various players (such as attorneys, court officers, judges and clerks) that may be involved in a criminal law case.
The Massachusetts Bar Association is partnering with Suffolk Lawyers for Justice to offer this program. Suffolk Lawyers for Justice (SLJ) oversees a panel of private attorneys who are appointed by the courts to represent indigent defendants in the District and Juvenile courts of Suffolk County. Group participants will gather at the MBA for a brown bag lunch after completing the orientation at the BMC.
Members of Suffolk Lawyers for Justice are welcome to attend for free. Please contact MBA Member Services to register at (617) 338-0561.
D. Christopher Dearborn, Esq., program chair
Director Suffolk Defenders Program, Suffolk University Law School
Criminal Justice Section