Lawyers e-Journal

Wednesday, May. 23, 2007

CLE offers two Boston seminars next week, two conferences in early June

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.

Sending in the Big Guns: How the U.S. Attorney and the FBI Can Help Recover Your Client's Misappropriated Confidential Information

Course #: BLH07
Wednesday, May 30, 4-7 p.m.
20 West St., Boston
Intermediate level

It's a familiar scenario for most business, corporate and employment lawyers: your client's key employee gives notice and joins a competing firm. Not long after, the competitor exhibits behavior that is unmistakably similar to your client's, appears to know intimate aspects of their pricing models, solicits their customers and offers solutions that could only come from your client's proprietary information. You could run into court for a TRO or PI for your client, but civil litigation is expensive, time-consuming and entirely unproductive from a business perspective.

But now, a civil action is not necessarily the only remedy available to your client. Relatively recent federal developments - including two federal statutes - have changed the confidential information/IP/trade secrets criminal prosecutorial landscape. Where the misappropriation of truly proprietary business information is compelling, and where the information relates to a product used in interstate commerce, the U.S. Department of Justice has dedicated new internal resources to prosecute these matters.


Creative Use of Insurance Products and Structured Settlements in Atypical Cases
Course #: CLR07
Thursday, May 31, 4-7 p.m.
20 West St., Boston
Intermediate level

The use of structured settlements has traditionally been associated with personal injury cases. However, they are now being used in non-traditional cases, such as employment and civil rights cases, particularly when insurance companies are involved. If you are not familiar with how structured settlements work, don't miss this timely seminar. Our expert panel will address important details of structured settlements so you are prepared to protect your client's interests.


Public Law Conference
Course #: PUC07
Tuesday, June 5, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston

Learn about being a more effective government attorney and how to avoid landmines while working in the public sector at our first ever Public Law Conference. Our faculty of distinguished government leaders will specifically address the following topics:

  • Differences between the public and private legal regimes;
  • Who the client is in the government context;
  • What the scope of the attorney-client privilege is when the Massachusetts public records law applies; and
  • The most common mistakes public entities make under the open meeting law.

Finally, don’t miss remarks from Attorney General Martha Coakley as she addresses attendees during the luncheon.


General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Conference
Course #: LPD07
Thursday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield

The MBA is pleased to announce the establishment of the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Council, which became effective on Jan. 25, 2007. Led by co-chairs Patrick Francomano and Susan A. Huettner, the new section promises to keep MBA members current on developments and trends affecting solo and small firm practitioners. Look for new section-sponsored programs to come in the fall of 2007.

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