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Thursday, Apr. 22, 2010
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Employment Law open forum; The Greater Boston Food Bank volunteer opportunity; Municipal Tax and State Tax practice groups joint open meeting; Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting

Employment Law open forum: Advocating for and representing transgender clients

A training workshop presented by MLGBA's Committee on Transgender Inclusion
Tuesday, April 27, noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

You are about to meet with a transgender client for the first time. Could you answer the following questions? What sorts of challenges might this person have faced, and how will they shape the way you interact?

  • What preconceptions might you be bringing with you, consciously or unconsciously?
  • How will the client's gender identity or expression affect the case?
  • Is his or her transgender status even relevant? If so, how is it relevant, and what questions should you ask? How do you decide?
  • Bring your lunch and join us at the MBA's Employment Law open forum where these, and other questions, will be discussed. Drinks and snacks will be served.

Program speakers include M. Barusch, who has served as one of the advocates for Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates and on the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, and Catherine E. Reuben, a partner at Hirsch, Roberts Weinstein LLP in Boston, who concentrates her practice in labor and employment law.

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Volunteer opportunity

The Greater Boston Food Bank
Wednesday, April 28, 9 a.m.-noon
70 South Bay Ave., Boston

The Business Law Section Council will host a volunteer opportunity at The Greater Boston Food Bank on Wednesday, April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at 70 South Bay Ave., Boston just off the X-way. Volunteers will help out by inspecting, sorting and repacking donated food and grocery products and labeling boxes. Volunteers can come alone or bring family members to help out.

The Greater Food Bank has distributed over 31 million pounds of food and grocery products to almost 600 hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts and serves over 394,000 people annually.

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Space is limited. Only 20 spots are available. Click here to learn more about the work of The Greater Boston Food Bank. Contact Christine O'Hurley at [e-mail ohurleylaw] with any questions.


Municipal Tax and State Tax Practice Groups open meeting

Thursday, May 6, 5-6:30 pm
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Taxation Law Section's Municipal Tax Practice Group and State Tax Practice Group will host a joint open meeting on Tuesday, May 6. The business meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and the guest speaker at 5:30 p.m. will be Mark Defrancisco, chief counsel to the Appellate Tax Board's legal department. Defrancisco advises the board on legal, evidentiary and related issues; reviews and advises the board on motions heard before the board; and drafts, edits and approves the board's findings of fact and reports. With experience in state and local taxation, in both the public and private sector, Defrancisco has spoken frequently on matters relating to Massachusetts taxation at conferences sponsored by MCLE, Massachusetts Association of Assessing Offices, county assessors associations, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the MBA and Boston Bar Association's taxation committees. This meeting is free.

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Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting

Guantanamo Bay: Opened - Closed, Why and When
Thursday, May 27, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This open meeting presentation will explore the legal issues relating to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as legal, ethical and political principles relating to detainees.  

The panel will explore whether and to what extent Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, should be opened or closed, and the faculty will suggest what role citizens and legal practitioners can have as to the legal and political process. Topics include:

  • Representation of detainees;
  • The legal, ethical and political issues involved in representation of detainees;
  • The role of citizens and lawyers as to Guantanamo Bay; and
  • Selected syllabus of Supreme Court decisions regarding detainees.


Frank A. Smith, III, Esq., program co-chair, Law Office of Frank A. Smith III, Boston; Buz Eisenberg, Esq., Weinberg & Garber PC, Northampton; Shiva Karimi, Esq., Karimi & Associates PC, Boston; Kevin G. Powers, Esq., Rodgers, Powers &  Schwartz LLP, Boston; Robert Roughsedge, Esq., Lawson & Weitzen LLP, Boston

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