Jeffrey N. Catalano, a partner with Todd & Weld LLP, was quoted in the September 6, 2012 edition of the Boston Business Journal in an article entitled, "Attorneys Chafing at Proposed Required Course."
The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has proposed that law school graduates be required to take a mandatory course, entitled "Practicing with Professionalism," within 18 months of graduation. Jeff Catalano was a member of the SJC panel that recommended the course's creation. He states in the BBJ article: "It really is an effort to continually ensure that lawyers are providing the best possible services to their clients. We realize that practicing these days is more challenging than ever. Lots of people are hanging out their own shingles, so mentoring relationships have started to evaporate."
The proposal suggests a small fee for the course which would cover professionalism, civility, ethics, the bar discipline system, handling social media, and managing attorney-client relationships, as well as law office management.
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