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Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007

"How to Start and Run" seminar and GPSSF Conference highlight fall CLE schedule

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How to Start and Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice

Course #: LPA08
Thursday, Oct. 25, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot St., Needham

Join us for a comprehensive, one-day seminar that features practical advice on what you need to become a successful lawyer-entrepreneur.

  • Do you dream of starting your own practice or “hanging your shingle”?
  • Have the recent law firm mergers and shifts affected you?
  • Are you re-evaluating your career and thinking about striking out on your own?
  • Are you a law student with a plan to go straight into your own practice?

Our faculty of experienced lawyers will provide guidance and insight on every aspect of starting a law firm while sharing practice pointers on growing their own firms.  Faculty includes:


  • Barbara Bowe, LICSW, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Boston
  • Marc L. Breakstone, Esq., program co-chair, Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston
  • Alan J. Klevan, Esq., Klevan & Klevan LLP, Wellesley
  • Denise I. Murphy, Esq., Rubin and Rudman LLP, Boston
  • David W. White Jr., program co-chair, Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston

This lively program, which has been one of the most popular and valuable MBA seminars to date, includes a working, networking lunch for a chance to meet with colleagues who can help get you started.



General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Conference

Course #: GPA08
Thursday, Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Holiday Inn, Taunton

The MBA’s General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section is excited to announce the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Conference, to take place on Nov. 8 at the Holiday Inn in Taunton. This popular conference will feature a networking opportunities, prize giveaways and exciting new panels organized in collaboration with many other MBA section councils. Panel discussions include:


Employment Law for Lawyers (8:359:45 a.m.)

Come test your knowledge at this highly interactive, practical seminar where panelists will provide both the employer-side and employee-side perspective on the most common employment law mistakes made by lawyers – and how best to avoid them.

Trial Practice Breakout Sessions (9:5010:50 a.m.)
This session is designed to cover either evidence issues in civil trial practice,OR the top 10 criminal cases you need to know. The panel will provide practitioners with a survey on how to deal effectively with the myriad of commonly recurring evidentiary problems in both domestic relation cases and highlight new developments and changes in criminal law in Massachusetts.

Technology Challenge:  What I Can Do for Your Law Office (11 a.m.noon)
This will be a unique opportunity to see some of the most popular legal case management software presented side by side and determine what may be the best fit for you and/or your firm.

Networking lunch (noon1 p.m.) 

Judicial Panel - District Court (12 p.m.)
Listen to an informative, interactive discussion among prominent district court judges who will provide you with practical insight and guidance on District Court practice. Attendees will learn about the latest trends, recent developments, and essential tips in preparing and presenting your case.

What Every Practitioner Needs to Know on Divorce, Deeds, Inheritance and Trusts (23:20 p.m.)
This session is designed to help the practicing solo or small firm practitioner successfully navigate through the complexities of divorce practice including its impact on issues relative to deeds, inheritance and trusts.

Judicial Panel - Probate and Family Court (3:35–4:30 p.m.)
Learn from our distinguished panel of judges from the Probate and Family Court as they highlight current and emerging issues in family law and offer tips on practicing in their courts. Topics will include pretrial practice; what judges look for in complex asset cases or novel issues; and tips on how to balance public record information with privacy concerns.

Sessions offer attendees a valuable opportunity to learn from expert faculty. Faculty presiding over conference panels includes: 


  • Hon. Elizabeth O’Neill LaStaiti, Bristol Probate & Family Court
  • Hon. Michael J. Livingstone, Plymouth Probate & Family Court
  • Hon. Joseph I. Macy, District Court
  • Hon. Prudence M. McGregor, Bristol Probate & Family Court
  • Hon. Bernadette L. Sabra, District Court
  • Hon. Robert A. Scandurra, Barnstable Probate & Family Court
  • Denise Squillante, Esq., MBA vice president, Law Office of Denise Squillante, Fall River

Special thanks to General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section co-chairs Patrick Francomano and Susan A. Huettner, who helped to organize the conference.


To register for either of these programs, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, [e-mail membership] or visit the CLE Web site.


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