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The American Bar Association has extended a 25 percent discount on all of its publications to the members of the Massachusetts Bar Association. To take advantage of this significant discount, simply click here to receive the proper link and MBA discount code.

MBA debuts Lawyers in Transition Conference May 3

Expert from Flex-Time Lawyers LLC to serve as keynote speaker

The Massachusetts Bar Association will present its first Lawyers in Transition Conference at Bentley College in Waltham on Thursday, May 3. Distinguished panelists and informative sessions will provide those attorneys who are entering or transitioning back into the practice of law an opportunity to sharpen their skills and learn about achieving career success and satisfaction. Hear from keynote speaker Deborah Epstein Henry of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC as she discusses the dynamics of re-entry into the legal profession. The conference will conclude with a networking reception at which attendees can interact with MBA mentors who practice in similar areas of the law.

For more information or to register, visit http://www2.massbar.org/resources/store/seminars.php?prod_id=1199 or call Member Services at (617) 338-0530.


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U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Justice Stephen Breyer and others take on Shakespeare’s “Measure For Measure”

On Tuesday, June 12 at 5 p.m, Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer will host a discussion and debate at Boston's [Citi] Shubert Theatre on the art and practice of judging framed by a staged reading of Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure." The event, free to the public, is the seventh in a series, entitled Shakespeare and the Law, produced by the Boston Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society, in conjunction with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. The event is directed by CSC Artistic Director Steven Maler and produced by McCarter & English partner Daniel J. Kelly. The Massachusetts Bar Association serves as a co-sponsor of the event.

As in the past, the first hour will feature prominent judges, public officials and members of the bar performing an abridged version of one of Shakespeare's works.

Federal judges Mark Wolf and Nancy Gertner and former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd will take on the lead roles of Angelo, Isabella and Vincentio. Rounding out the cast will be former Governor Paul Cellucci, federal judges Douglas Woodlock, Rya Zobel, Patti Saris, Dennis Saylor and Nathaniel Gorton, Supreme Judicial Court Justices Robert Cordy and Judith Cowin, U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Jennifer Braceras, Wilmer Hale Managing Partner Bill Lee, Ropes & Gray Managing Partner John Montgomery and Attorney General Martha Coakley.

Breyer will host and preside over the discussion following the play. Jan Crawford Greenburg, ABC News legal correspondent and author (most recently, "Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court"), and Daniel J. Kornstein, attorney and author of "Kill All the Lawyers; Shakespeare's Legal Appeal," will moderate.

Extending this theme, a discussion following the play will address, among other topics, the judicial selection process, whether political or social predispositions can affect a judge's decision, whether it is fair to label a judge as "conservative" or "liberal," and how far a judge can go when he or she believes that strict enforcement of the law will produce an unfair result. Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and join the debate.


CLE features five seminars and luncheon roundtables next week

For more information, or to sign up for the following programs, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530, download the latest CLE brochure as a PDF file or visit the CLE Web page.

Law Practice Management Basics
Luncheon roundtable
Course #: LPE07
Monday, April 23, 1–2 p.m.
MBA Western Mass. office, 73 State St., Springfield

Designed for both new attorneys and attorneys opening their own firms, this luncheon roundtable will discuss the nuts and bolts of law practice management. The program will cover a variety of issues and challenges, with specific topics to include: office space; office sharing; location; equipment; software programs; hiring assistance; and getting the phone to finally ring.

How to Probate an Estate: Part I
Course #: PLD07
Tuesday, April 24, 4–7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield

Settling an estate is an essential element of a probate practice. These companion courses (Part II will be on Tuesday, May 1) will help you to build your practice on a solid foundation. Our panelists will focus on the nuts and bolts of estate administration. Topics will include: collecting the information necessary to probate the estate; advising and guiding your clients; processing the estate in probate court; and more.

* Discounted rates apply for attending parts I and II.

Effectively Proving Emotional Distress Damages in Employment Discrimination Cases In Court, Before the MCAD, at Arbitration and in Mediation
Course #: LEI07
Wednesday, April 25, 4:30–7:30 p.m.
MBA 20 West St., Boston

This seminar will highlight the ways in which the emotional distress analysis is applied through the diverse prism of the finder of fact in the context of litigation, at the state administrative agency level and through alternative dispute resolution. A reception will follow at the conclusion of the program.

Representing Difficult Clients in Employment Cases: Understanding the Issues, Strategizing Solutions
Luncheon roundtable
Course #: LEJ07

Thursday, April 26, noon–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Unusually difficult clients may, in fact, have recognizable psychological disorders or maladaptive personality traits that require informed and specialized approaches on the part of the client’s attorney. This session will include a presentation of current knowledge from the mental health field pertaining to recognition and effective interaction with such individuals, followed by practical discussion on how to apply those concepts to handle such cases with the clients’ best interests in mind.

Representing the OUI Client
Course #: CJD07
Thursday, April 26, 4–7 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, Andover

Be at the cutting edge in representing the OUI client. Review how to successfully represent a client charged with OUI with the stars of the profession and the judiciary.This course is aimed at the entire range of professionals, from the inexperienced to those who try these cases daily. The panelists will provide unique and current information on this constantly changing subject.

Recent Developments in Family Law
Course #: FLG07
Monday, April 30, 4:30–7 p.m.
Hilton Boston/Dedham, Dedham

At this program, our distinguished speakers will review important recent cases and legislation as well as address some of the challenging issues facing family law practitioners today. Key issues to be addressed include: child support; division of assets; custody and visitation; alimony; standing; unmarried couples; and jurisdiction, including PKPA, UIFSA and UCCJA/MCCJA.

Learn how the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code will affect your practice

The Probate Litigation Practice Group invites you to its open meeting:

Topic: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code
Tuesday, April 24, 5 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Guest Speaker: Attorney Raymond Young, Young & Bayle, Boston

Learn how the passage of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code will affect your practice, including speedier probate procedures, liberation of testamentary trusts, guardianship reforms, spousal share increase, taking per capita at each generation, premarital wills, selective revocation by marriage and more.

Please R.S.V.P. to Jean Stevens indicating whether you will be attending the meeting.

Full public notice for reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge Mark W. Vaughn

Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit comments

The current term of office of Mark W. Vaughn, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the district of New Hampshire, is due to expire on Nov. 11, 2007. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is considering reappointment of Judge Vaughn to a new term of office and has determined that he appears to merit reappointment subject to public notice and opportunity for public comment. Upon reappointment, the incumbent would continue to exercise the jurisdiction of a bankruptcy judge as specified in title 28, U.S.Code and the bankruptcy amendments and Federal Judgeship Act of 1984, Pub. L. No. 98-353, § 101-102, 98 Stat. 333-346. In bankruptcy cases and proceedings referred by the district court, the incumbent would continue to perform the duties of a bankruptcy judge that might include holding status conferences, conducting hearings and trials, making final determinations, entering orders and judgments and submitting proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law to the district court.

Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals regarding the reappointment of Vaughn to a new term of office. All comments will be kept confidential and should be directed to:

Susan J. Goldberg, deputy circuit executive
John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 3700
Boston, MA 02210

The deputy circuit executive will submit the comments to the Court of Appeals for its decision. Comments must be received no later than Wednesday, May 30.


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Reserve your seats for the 2007–08 season

Interested in locking in a location for 2007–08?  The Boston Celtics are now taking deposits for full and half-season locations. Locking in your season tickets has never been easier or more affordable. Place a $100 nonrefundable deposit today to:

  • Have access to the best seats in each available price category;
  • Enter our convenient payment plan; and
  • Enjoy our league-leading season ticket holder benefits (season ticketholder BBQ, kid’s tunnel and open practice) 

Full-season and half-season plans are available now, so place your deposit on Celtics season tickets today. For more information on Celtics ticket packages, contact Brian Burnard, Boston Celtics, account executive, at (617) 854-8061 or [e-mail MBA].

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