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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009
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Upcoming MBA Conferences

Don't miss out on Seventh Annual In-House Counsel and How to Start & Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice programs


Seventh Annual In-House Counsel Conference

Course #: BLC10
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Featuring all judges from the Superior Court
Business Litigation Session

The theme of the MBA's Seventh Annual In-House Counsel Conference is "Tools for Effective Legal Management." The conference this year will consist of a variety of panels that will present basic information concerning the management of legal risks by in-house counsel, as well as current developments affecting in-house counsel. These panels will include a discussion of recent developments in the Business Law Session of the Massachusetts Superior Court; and developments in the Massachusetts data privacy regulations. In addition, there will be a discussion regarding contract drafting which will review the important terms of standard business agreements, as well as the fundamentals of license agreements.

In keeping with the theme of presenting legal management tools, the program will also include a discussion regarding bankruptcy basics and options available when customers, suppliers and other key business partners are involved in bankruptcy. There will be presentations regarding internal company controls over conflicts of interest and fraud, special investigations and special committees. There will also be a discussion concerning issues involved in the selection and management of outside counsel. This will include consideration of the matters for which outside counsel often provide services, staffing strategies to achieve efficiency, and ways in which companies might cut or control legal expenses.

Sponsoring section:
Business Law

New England Corporate Counsel Association (NECCA)

Click here for a complete list of faculty or to register.


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

Thursday, Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lombardo's, 16 Billings St., Randolph

Do you dream of starting your own practice or "hanging your shingle"? Have the recent law firm mergers and shifts affected you? Are you reevaluating 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? "How to Start and Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice" is a comprehensive, one-day seminar that features practical advice on what you need to become a successful lawyer-entrepreneur.

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.

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. Program highlights include:

The Mechanics of Setting Up Your Firm

  • Analyzing the costs and benefits;
  • Going solo vs. associating with others;
  • Selecting a practice area;
  • Scouting sources of business before making the move;
  • Location considerations;
  • Choice of entity;
  • Technology;
  • Office space;
  • Staffing;
  • Budgeting;
  • Financing; and
  • The proper way to leave your current firm.

The Mechanics of Running Your Firm

  • Case selection;
  • Client relations;
  • Docket control;
  • Fees and billing;
  • Accounting and bookkeeping systems;
  • Bank accounts, including IOLTA;
  • Discrimination and harassment policies;
  • Avoiding malpractice, malpractice and other insurance; and
  • Highlights of the rules of professional conduct.

The Mechanics of Marketing

  • Networking;
  • Speaking, lecturing, teaching;
  • Writing;
  • Getting written about;
  • Advertising; and
  • Web sites.

Putting It All Together

  • Working efficiently and profitably;
  • Setting priorities;
  • Taking care of yourself; and
  • Where to turn if you need help.

**Register on or before Friday, Dec. 18 to receive these discounted rates. After Friday, Dec. 18, prices will increase by $25.**

MBA member paralegals, law students: $75; 2008-09 admittees: $100; MBA members: $125; and nonmembers: $150.

Click here for a complete list of faculty or to register.


Save the date:

MBA Annual Conference 2010: Achieving a Competitive Advantage in Changing Times

Thursday, March 11 - Friday, March 12
Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston

Look for details in upcoming e-mails, CLE Brochures, e-Journals and Lawyers Journals.

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