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Statement by WCBA President Terry J. McLaughlin on behalf of the Worcester County Bar Association

The Worcester County Bar Association condemns the seditious attack on democracy that unfolded at our nation’s Capitol. As lawyers we all swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution. As agents of the Court, we recognize that adherence to our Constitution and the laws of the United States is necessary to uphold our liberties.

The violent attempt to disrupt the legal certification of the election is a dark and sad moment for our country. Hate and violence should have no place in our country. As members of the legal community we dedicate our lives to the pursuit of a fair and law abiding society. We must be an America that treats everyone fairly and with dignity. An America where we respect each other. We have a lot of work ahead of us to realize the America we believe in, and it starts with an America that must be guided by the Constitution of the United States of America in its entirety.

Democracy happened. As lawyers, we follow the law even when we wish it was different, even when we wish it was easier, or came to a different result. We demand the same of our elected leaders and expect nothing less.

GRANT FUNDING AVAILABLE

The Worcester County Bar Association is presently accepting grant applications through its donor advised fund managed by the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. Awards will be given to nonprofit organizations located in and serving the population of Worcester County which provide services that are consistent with the mission of the Worcester County Bar Association.

The Worcester County Bar Association invites applications from nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations in Massachusetts for projects that contribute to the following objectives:

Provide legal services to the poor,
Advance the administration of justice or
Support law-related education
in the cities and towns of Worcester County.

Through this program the Worcester County Bar Association will be able to award approximately $5,000.00 to eligible programs.

The deadline for the WCBA to accept applications is March 29, 2021.

TO OUR MEMBERS

We will continue to provide valuable information regarding Covid-19 and information we receive from the courts and government on our Covid page.

We also want to remind you that seminars prior to Covid-19 were videotaped, allowing you to view them from anywhere at any time in the member area of this website.  We are pleased to inform you that we will be continuing Legal Education programs through the Zoom platform and begin recording those programs as well.

TO THE PUBLIC AND MEMBERS

The administrative office of the Worcester County Bar Association is currently closed to the public but please know the office staff is able to assist you by email or phone at 508-752-1311.  If you are in need of a referral through the Lawyer Referral Service you can call the office Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to receive a referral or request a referral from this website.

EVENT UPDATES

Please go to the Events page to view updated information on postponements and cancellations of events scheduled in the upcoming months.

SEMINAR MATERIALS, PODCASTS AND VIDEOS AVAILABLE TO WCBA MEMBERS

Seminar materials, podcasts and/or videos of WCBA seminars are posted in the member only section of this website. Just log in and go to the seminar materials page to listen to a podcast, watch a video or review materials from seminars.

WCBA MENTOR PROGRAM

As a WCBA member you have access to our Mentor Program. We have over 75 experienced attorneys covering a wide variety of practice areas. These attorneys are available to assist you with questions you may have within a particular practice area, practical advice, and/or information on law office management, etc.

If you are a current member of the Worcester County Bar Association and you wish to utilize the services of this program, contact the WCBA office at 508-752-1311 and we will be happy to provide you with the name of an attorney to assist you. It’s that simple!