Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008

Upcoming CLE seminar and roundtable schedule

Join the MBA for a new series for divorce lawyers and Casemaker Training.

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


Electronic Discovery: New Rules of Practice and Emerging Issues – What Litigators Should Know

Course #: CLG08
Introductory level
Thursday, Jan. 24, 4–7 p.m.
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel, Springfield

This program will cover the practical, legal, procedural and evidentiary issues relating to electronic discovery and document management. This program will cover such topics as:

  • The new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the implications for litigators;
  • A litigator's perspective on the new rules and their application in both federal and state trial practice;
  • Document management and related technology (coding, OCR, software applications, Web-based hosting);
  • Electronic discovery, including computer forensics, retrieval of information from electronic systems, chain of custody issues, understanding and establishing audit trails in the use of electronic evidence;
  • Establishing electronic discovery protocols, spoliation and other topics; and
  • A view from the bench.

Attendees will also receive a copy of “Managing Discovery of Electronic Information: A Pocket Guide for Judges.” Published by the Federal Judicial Center, the guide addresses unique issues involved with discovery of electronically stored information.      

For more roundtable information, or to register, visit the MBA Calendar


From Yannas to Abbot: All You Need to Know to Prepare Your Removal Case Luncheon Roundtable (lunch provided)

Course #: FLI08
Introductory level
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 1–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This program will feature a summary of the leading removal cases in the commonwealth so you can have all of the leading cases at your fingertips. Removal or relocation cases are more often difficult for family law practitioners due to the conflicting and competing interests to be balanced in each case. The case law is very fact-specific and the Yannas test continues to evolve through the line of cases to be discussed.

For more roundtable information, or to register, visit the MBA Calendar.

New Series

Business Basics for Divorce Lawyers: A Series of Three Basic Programs for the Beginning Divorce Lawyer

Beginning divorce lawyers often assume that valuation and taxes only matter in complex cases. This series of programs will simplify the mysteries of tax and valuation at the most basic level. It will help you communicate with your expert and work confidently with your business owner client.

NOTE: Attendance at the three sessions is encouraged, but not required. Discounted rates for attending two or more sessions.

Part I: Understanding Real Estate Appraisals
Course #: FLJ08
Introductory level
Thursday, Jan. 31, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Attendees will learn basics of real estate appraisal, including:

  • The comparable sales approach to value;
  • The cost of construction approach to value;
  • Discounts for divorce valuation purposes (capital gains and commissions);
  • How to read an appraisal;
  • Ethical duties of the expert appraiser and special concerns about the jointly engaged expert, and more.

Part II: Understanding Business Valuation
Course #: FLK08
Introductory level
Thursday, Feb. 7, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Attendees will learn basics of valuation, including:

  • The capitalization of income approach to valuation;
  • Standards of value – fair market value, strategic value, value to holder or “divorce value;”
  • Income and capital gains tax discounts;
  • Discovery; working with your expert; and more

Part III: Reading and Using Tax Returns in Divorce Cases
Course #: FLL08
Introductory level
Monday, Feb. 11, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Topics include:

  • Discovery, the basic structure of returns, how to locate assets and calculate income;
  • How to compare returns over a period of years;
  • When to hire a forensic accountant, and more.

The course will also include basic review of divorce tax principles, such as alimony, child support, personal loans, capital gains and losses, earned income credit, dependency exemptions, and more.

Casemaker Training

Casemaker Training (Andover)
Course #: CASEW08
Introductory level
Tuesday, Jan. 29
4–5:15 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, Andover
For directions,
click here.

This training session will be held in the library computer lab at Massachusetts School of Law. Desktop stations will be available in addition to seating for attendees wishing to bring and use laptop computers. Laptop usage is made possible by available wireless internet access. All attendees bringing laptop computers MUST have a wireless card, or other means for achieving wireless connectivity. The Massachusetts Bar Association is not responsible for any connectivity problems that directly arise from issues unique to personal laptop computers.

Be sure to completely charge your laptop before arriving at the training. Although outlets will be available, we cannot guarantee a plug for everyone. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the training in order to get your laptop set up.

*Although the MBA does charge a fee for trainings, the fee is charged only in order to cover costs associated with putting on trainings.

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

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