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Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007
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Upcoming CLE seminars, roundtables and Casemaker sessions

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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.



Drafting the Simple Will

Course #: PLA08
Introductory level
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


This program will provide an introduction to the basics of drafting a will for the small to mid-sized estate. Attendees will learn:

  • How to draft simple wills;
  • How to conduct client meetings;
  • How to bill for your efforts; and
  • How to build a library of forms.

Sponsoring sections: Probate Law, Young Lawyers Division

Residential Purchase and Sale Agreements
Course #: PRB08
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 4–6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

In addition to providing many updates to changes in the law, this class will dissect each paragraph of the standard form purchase and sale agreement, explain what it means and address critical changes that must be made depending on the specifics of the transaction. Among other topics, attendees will learn:


  • What each paragraph of the purchase and sale agreement (“P&S”) means;
  • Necessary revisions from the buyer’s and seller’s perspectives;
  • Preliminary steps that should be taken to ensure a smooth transaction and to avoid liability (e.g. downloading and reviewing various documents from the registry of deeds, contacting the local tax dept, etc.);
  • Understanding what should and should not be disclosed in residential transactions;
  • The legal implications of the offer to purchase;
  • Updates on recent case law;
  • How to effectively represent your client by gathering as much information as possible (e.g. developing questionnaires and checklist, documents that are rarely obtained from the registry but which must be reviewed ahead of time, etc.);
  • How to understand the impact of each paragraph of the P&S; and
  • What happens if you fail to meet Massachusetts disclosure requirements.

Sponsoring sections:
Property Law, Young Lawyers Division


Intellectual Property Questions: Identifying Issues and Improving Your Clients' Understanding
Course #: BLB08
Breakfast Roundtable (continental breakfast provided)
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8–9 a.m.
MBA Western Mass. office, 73 State St., Springfield

Clients often fail to see intellectual property issues, and when they do, frequently do not appreciate their importance. This program will help attorneys in all areas of practice to identify and understand IP issues more clearly and also teach attendees how to explain those issues to their clients.

At this morning roundtable participants will learn:


  • How to spot patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright and Internet issues;
  • How to resolve these issues; and
  • How to counsel clients on preventive steps they can take to avoid these issues.

Sponsoring Sections:

Business Law, Civil Litigation, Young Lawyers Division



Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire county bar associations


Online Dispute Resolution: How It Provides Increased Effectiveness, Efficiency and Quality Course #: YLB08
Introductory level
Luncheon Roundtable
Thursday, Oct. 18, noon–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


If you’re a lawyer who is interested in seeing how new and existing internet technologies are changing the way we practice law and resolve disputes, you won’t want to miss this informative program. A panel of ODR practitioners, developers and teachers will raise questions both before and after the online demo to help attendees see the potential use of these technologies in their legal practice. This workshop will explain how Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) is accomplished and how it can be used in family mediations, business disputes and small claims. Attendees are encouraged to bring their personal laptop computers (wireless) so they may participate in a hands-on demonstration and discover the use of new ODR technology.


Our experienced panelists will discuss:


  • How Internet technologies are being used to create new ways to mediate disputes;
  • The challenges and new opportunities practitioners face by working through a computer rather than face to face;
  • How the online environment, tailored to specific needs, can give both participants and neutrals new “powers”;
  • The impact that ODR will have on the position of more traditional conflict resolution management systems;
  • Opportunities to form interest groups to continue learning the new technologies and how to gain clients over the Internet; and
  • How to keep information confidential when using online technologies.

Sponsoring sections:
MBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Law Practice Management, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm, Young Lawyers Division


Casemaker Training

The MBA will host Casemaker trainings at the Hogan Campus Center of the College of the Holy Cross. Desktop computer stations will be available to registered attendees. Two training times provide some flexibility for your schedule.


Casemaker Training
Monday, Oct. 15
College of the Holy Cross, One College St., Worcester


Course #: CASED08
10–11:15 a.m.


Course #: CASEE08
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.


Casemaker has had many new features added, including: CaseCheck, an enhanced case law search results function, database availability for all 50 states, nationwide collections of combined Supreme Court and ethics opinions and more. Additionally, Casemaker Version 2.0 has been released, in testing phase. Casemaker Version 2.0 will eventually replace the current version of Casemaker. In the meantime, MBA members can access Version 2.0 to get a feel for the system, before it becomes the default searching option.

For directions, click here, or call (508) 793-2011.


NOTE: Because space at Casemaker trainings is limited, online enrollment is not available. To register for a training session, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or toll-free at (877) 676-6500.


Sponsor: Massachusetts Bar Association


Price: $25

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