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Thursday, Apr. 29, 2010
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Disturbing the universe; Municipal Tax and State Tax practice groups joint open meeting; Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting

Disturbing The Universe

A Documentary on Civil Rights Lawyer William Kunstler
Wednesday, May 5, 5:30-8 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston

The MBA's Access to Justice and Individual Rights & Responsibilities sections and the Women's Bar Association's Rosa Parks Committee are co-sponsoring this program. The documentary film will be followed by a discussion with local attorneys who have handled controversial cases from police misconduct to the rights of Guantanamo detainees.

Speakers include: Ellen Lubell, Tennant Lubell, LLC (past MBA Access to Justice Award winner), Howard Friedman, Law Office of Howard Friedman PC, Nancy Kelly, Greater Boston Legal Services,  John Wilshire-Carrera, Greater Boston Legal Services (past MBA Access to Justice Award winner), as well as a skype conversation with Sarah or Emily Kunstler.

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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; Jonathan Mannina, Esq., program co-chair, Legal Assistance Corp.of Central Mass., Worcester; 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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