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Thursday, May. 8, 2008
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Upcoming CLE seminar and roundtable schedule

Highlights include Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference and Public Law Conference

The 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference, to be held on Tuesday, May 13, at The Colonnade Hotel, Boston, will feature expert panelist discussions on Evidentiary Issues in the Labor Arbitration Context, Implicit Bias and Stereotyping: Theory and Practice and a Survey of Employment Law Developments.

In addition, a special lunch presentation will feature representatives from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination: Malcolm S. Medley, chairman; Martin S. Ebel, commissioner; Sunila Thomas-George, commissioner. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. Click here for program details.

For more information about the 29th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference, or to register, contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or via e-mail.

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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. To download a PDF of the April/May CLE brochure, click here.

This week's highlighted programs include:

  • Free MBA member program: Traps for the Unwary
  • Limited Liability Companies vs. Business Corporations: Legal, Tax and Accounting Considerations
  • Claims of Retaliation: Burlington Northern’s Legacy
  • Immigration Removal Mock Trial
  • How to Prepare For and Respond to Federal Compliance Investigations

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

Special Program

Traps for the Unwary
Course #: LPD08
Tuesday, May 20, 9–10 a.m.
Courtyard by Marriott Marlborough, 75 Felton St., Marlborough

The economy is changing fast, claims against attorneys for malpractice are at their highest point in 10 years and all signs indicate that more of the same can be expected. This free seminar will discuss what areas of practice are impacted most by malpractice claims, the reasons that these claims happen and how to reduce the risk in your practice. This seminar is open to all members free of charge as an exclusive benefit of MBA membership. Sign up now so you can recognize and avoid traps that may be lying in wait for you.

Faculty:

Terence J. Welsh, CPCU, AIS

President, MBA Insurance Agency, Boston/Springfield

 

To register for this free offering, please call Member Services at (617) 338-0530. Register early, as space is limited.

Seminar

Limited Liability Companies vs. Business Corporations: Legal, Tax and Accounting Considerations
Course #: BLL08
Intermediate level
Tuesday, May 20, 4–7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield

This program will focus on legal, tax and accounting considerations in choosing between a limited liability company or a business corporation for the operation of a business enterprise. The panel will discuss differences between the Massachusetts Limited Liability Company Act and Massachusetts Business Corporation Act as they relate to the organization and management of these entities. There will also be a presentation regarding the features of C corporation, S corporation and partnership income taxation, and how those features affect the choice of entity decision.

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

Claims of Retaliation: Burlington Northern’s Legacy
Course #: LEI08
Intermediate level
Wednesday, May 21, noon–2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway, Co. v. White, 126 S.Ct. 2405 (2006) was labeled as a case that would change the face of retaliation claims. Two years later, what has been Burlington Northern’s legacy? This roundtable will discuss this question and more, including Burlington Northern’s impact in Massachusetts in light of G.L. c. 151B more liberal standards, and whether the retaliation standard has become so relaxed that plaintiffs should consider abandoning their discrimination claims in favor of retaliation claims. Finally, it will discuss how employers can best protect and defend against claims of retaliation.

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

Immigration Removal Mock Trial
Course #: BLK08
Introductory level
Thursday, May 29, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

With today’s rapid enforcement of immigration policy and ICE raids, this program will guide you through the ABC’s of what lawful permanent residents and or illegal aliens face in Immigration Court during a removal proceeding for any violation of immigration law. Attendees will be presented with a fact pattern of the issue to be heard before the court. Seasoned immigration defense attorneys will demonstrate how a removal hearing is to be conducted, and Hon. Paul Gagnon of the Boston Immigration Court will preside over the mock trial. Immigration Court Administrator Robert Halpin will also provide a brief explanation of the Immigration Court procedural rules that attorneys need to follow. Copies of the new EOIR Practice Manual, effective July 1, 2008 will also be distributed to attendees. A Q&A session will follow the mock trial for clarification of the themes presented and the program will conclude with a networking reception.

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

How to Prepare For and Respond to Federal Compliance Investigations
Course#: LEJ08
Intermediate level
Thursday, June 12, 4–7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Knock Knock…It’s the Federal Department of Labor (DOL)! Knock Knock...It's Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE)! If DOL or ICE came knocking at your client's door, seeking to conduct a surprise investigation, audit or raid, would they know what to do? Would you? Join us for this timely, practical seminar designed to help you assist your clients in promptly and comprehensively responding to federal audits and investigations, and in helping your clients avoid them. The program will feature panels on both DOL and ICE investigations and compliance.

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

Conference

Second Annual Public Law Conference
Course#: PUB08
Intermediate level
Wednesday, June 4, 8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Holiday Inn at Beacon Hill, 5 Blossom St., Boston

Keynote speaker Suzanne M. Bump, Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development, will discuss policy and reorganizational issues and developments related to the several agencies she oversees. Other panel discussions will focus on attorney-client privilege, the Public Records law, the Open Meeting Law, and the Division of Administrative Law Appeals.

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

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