The Social Law Library administers several funds established to provide Endowed Library Memberships to newly-admitted Massachusetts attorneys who are setting up solo or small-firm practices.
An Endowed Library Membership gives the recipient access to all of the resources and services associated with the Subscriber status. Subscribers can use the Library’s facilities, use all of the 40+ remote databases (including Fastcase and HeinOnline), and rely on Reference to help with legal research.
As part of the year-long Endowed Membership, recipients will have circulation privileges for the Library’s print (highlights include the Massachusetts Practice set, multiple copies of current MCLE titles, materials from all 50 states) and eBook collection. Recipients will also have remote access to the Library’s subscription Administrative Law databases and will be eligible to subscribe to Zola Suite, a robust all-in-one law office end-to-end practice management solution that is perfect for anyone setting up their new practice (requires a one-time activation fee of $25).
We invite you to view the Library’s membership brochure to peruse the nature and scope of the Library’s collection and services offered to Subscribers..
Due to the restrictions placed by the funds, Endowed Memberships are offered to newly-admitted Massachusetts attorneys who are setting up solo or small-firm practices (under 12 attorneys). Preference will be given to solo practitioners. All questions about eligibility should be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to: Membership Office, Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Suite 4100, Boston, MA, 02108
Applications are accepted from Wednesday, February 26, 2020 to Friday, March 13, 2020. The Library will reply to all applicants by Friday, April 3, 2020. A copy of the application form can be downloaded here.
Endowed Membership Funds
The Library is grateful to the following funds for creating the opportunities to provide Endowed Memberships.
Hon. J. John Fox Endowed Membership Fund
Created in 1989, through the generosity of family, friends and colleagues of the distinguished former justice of the Probate Court, each year the Hon. J. John Fox Endowment grants a limited number of one-year Library memberships to sole practitioners on the basis of demonstrated need.
Camille F. Sarrouf, Esq. Endowed Membership Fund
The Camille F. Sarrouf, Esq. Endowed Membership Program was established in 1990 through the generosity of the family, friends and colleagues of the distinguished Boston attorney. Mr. Sarrouf is a former President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, a Governor of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Attorneys, and an active volunteer in support of a number of community interests. The Sarrouf Endowment seeks to assist the new attorney just starting a private law practice, and each year grants a limited number of one-year Library memberships to sole practitioners on the basis of demonstrated need.
Hon. Lawrence D. Shubow Endowed Membership Fund
The Hon. Lawrence D. Shubow Endowed Membership Program was established in 1993 through the generosity of the family, friends and colleagues of the distinguished Brookline judge. A former trustee of the Library, Judge Shubow devoted his time and talent to assist individuals and institutions alike, including the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the Flaschner Judicial Institute. The Shubow Endowment seeks to assist the new attorney just starting a private law practice, and each year grants a limited number of one-year Library memberships to sole practitioners on the basis of demonstrated need.
Goldstein & Manello Endowed Membership Fund
On January 2, 1976 a new law firm, Goldstein & Manello, opened its doors in the financial district of Boston. In addition to its two name partners, Gerard D. Goldstein and Joseph B. Manello, four other original partners from the firm of Widett & Widett founded the firm.
G&M grew to more than eighty attorneys over the next twenty-six years, and established a local, regional and national practice with a reputation for professionalism and excellence.
Throughout its years the firm and its attorneys made significant contributions to the legal community, contributing both pro bono time to numerous worthy clients and financial support to Boston’s non-profit community.
With the passing of Mr. Manello in 2017 and of Mr. Goldstein in 2018, former G&M attorneys, scattered among the firms that make up today's Greater Boston legal community, have joined together once more to endow Goldstein & Manello Membership Scholarships at the Social Law Library.
In the tradition of its founders and former partners, the Goldstein & Manello Scholarships for newly admitted members of the bar will help perpetuate the highest standards of practice and scholarship for which the firm is remembered.