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Photograph by Bill Archambeault.
Pictured from left to right: "How Cases are Best Tried and Adjudicated in Administrative Tribunals" program panelists Robert L. Quinan Jr., Esq. (program chair); Hon. James B. Rooney; Denise J. Karlin, Esq.; James B. Lampke, Esq.; and Robert J. Munnelly Jr., Esq.

CLE kicks off new year with high attendance

The Continuing Legal Education Department kicked off 2007 with two seminars that the MBA has never offered before. Planned from scratch by several of the MBA’s section councils and filled with fresh, timely content, the programs were a big hit with members.

The Jan. 9 seminar at the MBA’s Boston office, "Liens and Other Issues Affecting Settlement," provided family law attorneys and civil litigators with advice about obtaining a satisfactory settlement and strategies about how to deal with liens. The program featured nine panelists from law firms and agencies across the state and drew more than 60 members.

"How Cases are Best Tried and Adjudicated in Administrative Tribunals," held at the MBA’s Boston office on Jan. 10, also brought in an enthusiastic group of over 80 attorneys. Co-chair of the MBA’s Public Law Section, Robert L. Quinan Jr., chaired the seminar, which the section council has been planning for several months.

The program featured the Hon. James P. Rooney, of the Division of Administrative Law Appeals in Boston, along with four other experienced attorneys. Co-sponsored by the Civil Litigation Section and the Young Lawyers Division, the seminar introduced attendees to the DALA process, reviewed issues particular to municipal hearings and discussed techniques to use when presiding over hearings and writing administrative decisions, among other relevant topics.

Memorial service for M. Ellen Carpenter set for Jan. 30

Following the untimely death of M. Ellen Carpenter, a memorial service – to be followed by a reception in celebration of her life – will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. at the John Adams Court House (Great Hall). Ellen Carpenter was a much beloved past president of the Boston Bar Association, a member of the Boston Bar Foundation Board of Trustees and a founding partner of Roach & Carpenter.

If you plan to attend the memorial service, please R.S.V.P to the BBA by calling (617) 778-1952, or follow this link: http://www.bostonbar.org/rsvp.cfm?event=6318.

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Reserve tickets for MBA Theater Night’s “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” Wednesday, March 14

The MBA is now offering its latest Theater Night event: a pre-show reception at 6 p.m. and tickets 7:30 p.m. performance of the musical comedy “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” at the Opera House in Boston. Tickets are $100 each, and include a networking reception and a ticket to the show. Call the Member Service Center at (617) 338-0530. There is a limit of eight tickets per person.

After Martin Luther King Day, CLE offers week of programs in Andover, Boston and Worcester

To sign up for any of the following programs, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or go to http://www.massbar.org/cle.


Success on Appeal
Course #: CLI07
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Learn the essentials of successfully handling an appeal, whether you represent the party seeking to overturn the lower court’s judgment or the one trying to uphold the lower court’s judgment. Suitable for experienced attorneys as well as beginners. Learn from a panel of experts with experience on both sides of the bench.

Basics of Developing an Estate Plan
Course #: PLC07
Thursday, Jan. 18, 4-7 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover

To ensure that you are providing the best estate planning service to your clients, attend this seminar to learn practical pointers for developing an estate plan from beginning to end. Participants will also gain knowledge of issues concerning estate tax, planning for long-term care (Medicaid) and providing for minors.

Luncheon roundtables:

Retaliation Claims in the Wake of Burlington Northern
Course #: LED07
Thursday, Jan. 18, noon-2 p.m.
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, 1500 Main St., Springfield

The Supreme Court recently held in Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co. v. White that the application of Title VII’s anti-retaliation provision is not limited to employer actions that affect the terms, conditions or status of employment or occur at the workplace. We will explore the implications of the Court’s decision and how the case affects the law in Massachusetts.

Religion in the Workplace
Course #: LEF07
Tuesday, Jan. 30, noon-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

A bill pending before Congress, the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, will make it easier for employees to prevail upon their religious accommodation claims against employers. Learn the legal issues surrounding this often-contentious topic and the practices some companies have put into place to address religion in their workplaces.

The Oakwood Healthcare Decisions: A Practitioner's Perspective
Course #: LEG07
Wednesday, Jan. 31, noon-2 p.m.
Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, 100 Front St., Worcester

This luncheon roundtable will discuss the three recent NLRB decisions on supervisory status. Specific topics will include:

  • An overview of the Oakwood decisions and recent regional decisions citing Oakwood;
  • Changes the board has made to its tests for supervisory status articulated in the Kentucky River decision;
  • What clients are doing (or not doing) in response to the Oakwood decisions.

CLE now offering spaces to legal services attorneys at reduced price

In an effort to support the work of legal services organizations, the Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce a new CLE fee structure being offered to legal services attorneys in Massachusetts. The MBA will reserve five seats at each CLE program at a reduced rate of $15 for luncheon roundtables; $25 for three-hour seminars and on-site conferences; and $50 for off-site conferences. Reduced rates are available to MBA members and nonmembers alike on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please call the Member Services Center at (617) 338-0530 to take advantage of this special offer.

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Anthony Lewis, MBF Annual Meeting
keynote speaker.

Hear Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Lewis at the MBF Annual Meeting Jan. 25

Fellows and friends of the MBF are invited to attend the 2007 Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

This year’s MBF Great Friend of Justice and Keynote Speaker will be Anthony Lewis. Lewis is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who spent over 30 years as a legal columnist for The New York Times. The grantee speaker will be 2005 MBF Legal Intern Fellow Lindy Aldrich.

A cocktail reception will immediately follow the meeting. This event is being generously sponsored by U.S. Trust, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the MBA Insurance Agency and BFS Printing.

To R.S.V.P., please visit www.massbarfoundation.org, [e-mail foundation] or call (617) 338-0648 by Monday, Jan. 22.

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Special offer: 50 percent off Celtics vs. Spurs for MBA members

Don’t miss seeing Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and the Spurs take on the Boston Celtics at the Garden on Monday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are 50 percent off for MBA members. Choose from $37.50 or $30 (reg. $75 or $60) seats in the lower level. Tickets are for a limited time only.

[E-mail massbardiscounts] to order your tickets today.

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