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Thursday, Mar. 19, 2009
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MBA Section News

Join us for a Business Law Section Council Open Meeting; Public Law Open Brown Bag Luncheon and Labor & Employment Roundtable

  Business Law Section Council Open Meeting

Tuesday, March 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Business Law Section Council invites you to attend an open meeting. The topics will be:

Microfinancing gives people the tools they need to work their way out of poverty by providing microloans, business training and other financial services to “microentrepreneurs” who start their own “microenterprises.”

Margaret Herrick, vice president for individual philanthropy, ACCION International. She has led successful campaigns to fund the organization’s global expansion and innovations projects, works with individuals to translate interest in microfinance into meaningful action and support and has assisted thousands of donors in philanthropic support of causes and organizations ranging from the arts and social services to environmental issues.

Roy Jacobowitz, managing director of external affairs, ACCION International who has been a non-profit executive since 1984, having worked previously serving high risk youth in U.S. urban centers and has contributed to the growth of microfinance as a financially rational poverty alleviation method since 1994.

Dealing with Clients in Troubled Times
This presentation will include information to firms on how to develop marketing cultural-change programs and cost-saving, more efficient case management practices, fostering positive client relationships and how to develop, implement and analyze client interview programs.

Harry Keshet, Keshet Consulting, received his doctorate from the University of Michigan in organizational development and social psychology, taught at UMass and Brandies University through a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, has consulted with large and medium-size companies including financial, pharmaceutical, communication, engineering and scientific research industries concerning management and business development issues. For the last fifteen years, his focus has been on national, regional and small law and consulting firms.

To R.S.V.P., contact MBA Sections Administrator Jean Stevens at jstevens.


 Public Law Open Brown Bag Luncheon

 (beverages and dessert provided)
Thursday, March 26, noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

As a member of the Public Law and/or Civil Litigation Sections, you are invited to attend a "brown bag" open meeting on Thursday, March 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Social Law Library, John Adams Courthouse, Boston. Executive Director Karen L. Nober and Deirdre Roney, general counsel of the Ethics Commission, will discuss the history of the Commission, its purview and authority, trainings and other resources it offers, as well as reviewing the opinion and complaint process.

The Ethics Commission was established to foster integrity in government and promote public trust. The Commission enforces the Conflict of Interest Law and the Financial Disclosure Law. The Conflict of Interest Law, G.L. c. 268A, regulates the conduct of all state, county and municipal employees and volunteers, whether paid or unpaid, full or part-time, intermittent or temporary. It governs what public officials and employees may do on the job, what they may do after hours, or on the side, and what they may do after they leave public service. The Financial Disclosure Law, G.L.c. 268B, requires certain individuals, officials and candidates for elected office to file statements of financial interests with the Ethics Commission.

To R.S.V.P. contact MBA Sections Administrator Jean Stevens at jstevens.

Labor & Employment Roundtable:
The Effects of the ADA Amendments Act

Wednesday, March 25, noon-2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Course #: LED09 / Intermediate Level

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) amendments expand the scope of ADA coverage for cases occurring on or after January 1, 2009. This program will discuss the impact that the amendments have on the definition of disability. Topics include:

  • Changes to the ADA’s coverage
  • What activities are always major life activities
  • Changes to the “Substantial Limitation” standard
  • Expansion of the term “regarded as” disabled
Claudia Centomini, Esq., program chair
Day Pitney, LLP Boston

Elizabeth Grossman, Esq.
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston

Mark H. Burak, Esq.
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Boston

Thomas Murphy, Esq.
Disability Law Center, Boston
To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or click here.






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