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Register for the MBA Annual Conference 2010

New programming includes a plenary session on how to "Protect Your Firm and Client Information: Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws." Register on or before Monday, Feb. 8 to receive $50 off a Full Conference Pass

"Achieving a Competitive Advantage in Changing Times" is the theme of the Massachusetts Bar Association's spring Annual Conference. MBA AC10 will take place on Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

The conference will include the MBA Gala Dinner on Thursday, March 11 featuring a keynote address from Morris Dees, founder and lead trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the presentation of the MBA's Legislator of the Year Award to Massachusetts State Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem.

Annual Conference 2010's CLE programming will include plenary sessions as well as two continuous tracks on law practice management and recent developments. The Access to Justice Awards Luncheon will be held on Friday, March 12.

Click here to register for the MBA's 2010 conference online. Register on or before Monday, Feb. 8 to receive $50 off a FULL CONFERENCE PASS. For a printable PDF outlining sponsorship opportunities and table reservation information, click here. For additional information call (617) 338-0530.

MBA AC10 CLE programming includes:

Thursday, March 11

9-11:45 a.m. Plenary Session
President's Welcome
Valerie A. Yarashus, Esq., Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, Boston

New symbolProtect Your Firm and Client Information: Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws
Rodney S. Dowell, Law Office Management Assistance Program, Boston; David M. Felper, Esq., Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Worcester; Additional faculty to be announced.

Noon: Lunch
1-2:30 p.m.: Plenary Session
Social Media for Lawyers: How to Boost Your Practice and Avoid Pitfalls
Robert J. Ambrogi, Esq., Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi, Rockport; James S. Bolan, Esq., Brecher, Wyner, Simons, Fox & Bolan LLP, Newton; David C. Harlow, Esq., The Harlow Group LLC, Boston; Vanessa DiMauro, CEO, Leader Networks, Boston

2-2:30 p.m.: Tax Law Developments for the General Practitioner

Thomas G. Collins, Esq., McCarter & English LLP, Boston; Lisa M. Rico, Esq., McCarter & English LLP, Boston; Richard M. Stone, Esq., Richard M. Stone Attorney at Law, Boston

2:35 p.m.-3:30 p.m. CLE Breakout Sessions
Recent Developments in Bankruptcy Law
Justin H. Dion, Esq., Bacon & Wilson PC, Springfield; Francis C. Morrissey, Esq., Morrissey & Wilson LLP, Boston
Law Practice Management: Building Business in the Post-Crash Economy - Part I
Dustin A. Cole, President and Master Practice Advisor, Attorneys Master Class, Longwood, FL

3:35 p.m.-4:30 p.m. CLE Breakout Sessions
Recent Developments in Real Estate Law
Sami S. Baghdady, Esq., Baghdady Law Offices, Arlington; Elizabeth J. Barton, Esq., CATIC, Wellesley
Law Practice Management: Building Business in the Post-Crash Economy - Part II
Dustin A. Cole, President and Master Practice Advisor, Attorneys Master Class, Longwood, FL

4:35-5:30 p.m. CLE Breakout Sessions
Recent Developments in Employment Law
Thomas J. Gallitano, Esq., Conn, Kavanaugh, Rosenthal, Peisch & Ford LLP, Boston; Dahlia C. Rudavsky, Esq., Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky PC, Boston
Law Practice Management: Building Business in the Post-Crash Economy - Part III
Dustin A. Cole, President and Master Practice Advisor, Attorneys Master Class, Longwood, FL

5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:15 p.m. Gala Dinner

Friday, March 12

8:30 - 9 a.m.: Plenary Session

President's Welcome
Valerie A. Yarashus, Esq., Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, Boston
Recent Developments in the Law Opening Remarks
Hon. Wilbur P. Edwards, Associate Justice, Southeast Housing Court, Fall River
Significant Legislative Developments in Massachusetts
Martin W. Healy, Esq., MBA Acting Executive Director and General Counsel, Boston

9-9:50 a.m.: CLE Breakout Sessions

Recent Developments in Juvenile Law
Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, First Justice, Juvenile Court Department, Middlesex County Division, Lowell; Peter A. Hahn, Esq., Hilton, Sindelar & Hahn, Newton; Martha Rush O'Mara, Esq., Law Office of Martha Rush O'Mara, Melrose
Law Practice Management: Avoiding Lawyer Meltdown
Moderator: Lisa Terrizzi, Esq., Chair, MBA Lawyers in Transition Committee, Boston; Allison C. Shields, Esq., President, Legal Ease Consulting Inc., New York, NY; Gina Y. Walcott, Esq., Executive Director, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, Boston

9:55-10:45 a.m.: CLE Breakout Sessions

Recent Developments in Family Law
Hon. Paula M. Carey, Chief Justice, Probate and Family Court, Boston; Phyllis E. Federico, Esq., Schmidt & Federico PC, Boston; Denise Squillante, Esq., Law Office of Denise Squillante, Fall River
Law Practice Management: Alternatives to the Billable Hour
Moderators: John B. DiSciullo, Esq., Mitchell & DeSimone, Boston and Peter T. Elikann Esq., Law Office of Peter T. Elikann, Boston; Jay Shepherd, Shepherd Law Group PC, Boston

10:45-11:15 a.m.:  Break featuring Prize Giveaways
11:15-12:10 p.m.: CLE Breakout Sessions

Recent Developments in Probate Law
Janice C. Nigro, Esq., Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, Wakefield; Edward Notis-McConarty, Esq., Hemenway & Barnes LLP, Boston
Law Practice Management: From Paper to Pixels: The Paper LESS Office Works, Paperless Doesn't
Ross L. Kodner, Esq., Senior Legal Technologist/CEO, MicroLaw, Milwaukee, WI

12:15-2:15 p.m.: Access to Justice Awards Luncheon
2:15-3:10 p.m.: CLE Breakout Sessions

Recent Developments in Personal Injury and Insurance Law
Richard P. Campbell, Esq., Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy PC, Boston; Valerie A. Yarashus, Esq., Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, Boston
Law Practice Management: The Most Bang for Your Grand
Gabriel Cheong, Esq., Infinity Law Group LLC, Quincy; Andrea J. Goldman Esq., Law Office of Andrea J. Goldman, Newton; Leanna Hamill, Esq., Leanna Hamill, Attorney at Law, Hingham

3:15-4:10 p.m.:  CLE Breakout Sessions

Recent Developments in Criminal Law
Kevin J. Reddington, Esq., Kevin J. Reddington, Attorney at Law, Brockton
Law Practice Management: 60 Sites in 60 Minutes
Robert J. Ambrogi, Esq., Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi, Rockport; Rodney S. Dowell, Esq., Law Office Management Assistance Program, Boston; Alan J. Klevan, Esq., Klevan & Klevan LLP, Boston; Ross L. Kodner, Esq., Senior Legal Technologist/CEO, MicroLaw, Milwaukee, WI

4:15- 5:15 p.m.: Plenary Session

Building A Solid Foundation: Managing Law Practice Risk
Scott D. Burke, Esq., Morrison Mahoney LLP, Boston

Register on or before Monday, Feb. 8 to receive $50 off a FULL CONFERENCE PASS.
The pass grants access to Thursday & Friday CLE
programming and includes a ticket to both the Access to
Justice Awards Luncheon & Gala Dinner
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**Massachusetts lawyers who are MBA members can earn up to a 7.5 percent premium credit on Massachusetts professional liability insurance offered by CNA through the MBA Insurance Agency. You can earn a 5 percent premium credit by attending the Building a Solid Foundation: Managing Law Practice Risk session plus one other Recent Developments in the Law session. If more than one-third of your firm's attorneys attend, you can earn up to a 7.5 percent premium credit. This offer is valid for new and renewed lawyers' professional liability insurance policies with an effective date of Aug. 1, 2010 to July 31, 2011. This offer may not be combined with any other malpractice prevention/CLE premium credits.

Registration:
Click here to register for the MBA's 2010 conference online. For a printable PDF outlining sponsorship opportunities and table reservation information, click here. For additional information call (617) 338-0530.

The MBA has a limited room block available at the Westin. Click here to reserve a room. Room rates are $249 per night through Feb. 10, 2010.
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MBA President-elect Denise Squillante (center) with two MBA Young Lawyers Division members.

R.S.V.P. to the new admittee speed networking and reception, Feb. 11

Bring your business cards and join us for an evening of networking and fun at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The night will begin with a speed networking session for new attorneys and members of the MBA's Young Lawyers Division at 5:30 p.m. The speed networking session will be followed by a cocktail reception where you will have the opportunity to mingle with members of the MBA's leadership.

Click here to R.S.V.P.

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MBA section news

Law Practice Management Section Council open meeting; Labor & Employment Section Luncheon Roundtable; Intellectual Property Practice Group; Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council open meeting; Municipal Law Practice Group meeting; General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section Council open meeting; Public Law Section Council open meeting

Law Practice Management Section Council
open meeting

Friday, Feb. 5, noon-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Presented by Jared Correia, LOMAP, and Bob Berman, Boston Technology Advisors Inc., this open meeting will provide essential information to practitioners regarding compliance with the new statutes and code provisions which are in effect as of March 1, 2010.

To register, click here.

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Labor & Employment Section
Luncheon Roundtable

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Believed by many to be critical to their business, loathed by others as a limitation on innovation and criticized by some as being overused and implemented in unfair ways, noncompetition agreements are currently the subject of much interest among businesses, venture capitalists, and employees. Two state legislators - Rep. Lori Ehrlich D-8th Essex and Rep. Will Brownsberger D-24th Middlesex - have proposed sweeping legislation that would significantly restrict the enforceability of noncompetition agreements under Massachusetts law. Join these legislators as well as moderator Andrea C. Kramer, Esq. of Hirsch, Roberts & Weinstein LLP in Boston and Russell Beck, Esq. of Foley Lardner LLP in Boston, the principal drafter of the legislation, in a discussion about the proposed legislation.

To register, click here.

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Intellectual Property Practice Group

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Business Law Section's Intellectual Property Practice Group will hold their next meeting on Feb. 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The focus of this meeting will be recent developments in patent law. We will be discussing recent Federal circuit decisions on marking, declaratory judgment jurisdiction, and transfer of venue.

To register, click here.

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Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council
open meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council will host an open meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The guest speaker will be Dr. Robert Kincherff, director of Clinical Services, Easter Seals of New Hampshire, will speak about his recent trip to Nepal and it's Legal Aid and Consultancy Center, which focuses on women and juvenile legal issues. Kristen Noto Palmieri from the Middlesex District Attorney's Office will also join us to talk about the Juvenile "Diversion Program" in Middlesex County.

To R.S.V.P, click here.

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Municipal Law Practice Group meeting

Thursday, March 4, 5-6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Municipal Tax Practice Group and State Tax Practice Group are sponsoring a joint open meeting featuring guest speaker Thomas W. Hammond Jr., chairman of The Appellate Tax Board. Please save this date - more information regarding this meeting will be announced in the future.

To R.S.V.P, click here.

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General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section Council
open meeting

Monday, Feb. 22, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Have you seen a decline in referrals and business due to the recession? Have you been looking for a way to take your marketing to the next level? Join the General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm section along with the Law Practice Management section in an open meeting where Gabriel Cheong, Infinity Law Group LLC, will discuss ways to market online and in print effectively. He will also touch upon how to hire a good marketing consultant and not be taken for a ride.

To R.S.V.P, click here.

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Public Law Section Council
open meeting

Tuesday, March 9, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Senate Counsel Alice Moore and Administration and Finance Counsel David Sullivan will discuss the legislative process and how public attorneys can effectively interact with counsel at the state house. Attorneys Moore and Sullivan will review the "mysteries" of the legislative and executive branches as to how a bill advances on the hill, from filing to committee assignment, committee hearings, votes by the two branches of the legislature, reconciliation, final passage and approval by the governor. They will give pointers on pitfalls to avoid when drafting legislation, effective presentations to legislative committees, and how to assist your clients in the legislative process. They will also review the procedures and pitfalls for requesting special legislation for cities and towns, and discuss policies and executive orders that affect special legislation.

To R.S.V.P, click here.
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LCL offers support group for those impacted by Haiti devastation

Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers is offering an eight-week support group for attorneys personally or professionally impacted by the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti. As with all LCL groups, this support group will be free and confidential.

If interested, or for further information, e-mail group leader Barbara Bowe, LICSW, at [e-mail barbarab], or call LCL at (617) 482-9600.

LPM Tip

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Analyze your technology needs and save money

Many technology purchases are made on the fly and without a careful analysis of the attorneys' needs and existing technology tools. Before purchasing new technology make sure you are choosing wisely with a quick audit of your existing office technology. Issues to consider are:

  1. How will this new technology be used;
  2. Who in the office needs to use it;
  3. How often is it used; and
  4. Are there any alternatives.

In my office, I've determined that my employees do not often use CD/DVD drives on their computer.  Each of the common uses for a CD/DVD drive, such as software downloads, listening to music, looking at pictures, are easily accomplished through other tools.  When I looked at the return on investment for the purchase of a CD/DVD drive, I determined that my office could save money by not providing each computer in the office with a CD/DVD drive. I have one portable external CD/DVD drive that everyone shares in the office.  

On the other hand, every employee uses a scanner frequently throughout the day to increase efficiency and effectiveness.  For that reason, we invested in a desk-top scanner for each employee.

As you can see, by performing a short analysis before purchasing new technology, a law office can make sure that their technology dollars are being spent the right way.

This tip is courtesy of Gabriel Cheong, attorney at law, owner of Infinity Law Group.

Published April 2, 2010

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For more helpful tips, join the MBA's Law Practice Management Section. Call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 to join.

To learn more about the Law Practice Management Section, contact Co-Chairs Andrea Goldman or Rodney Dowell.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the "Non-Competition Agreements" roundtable

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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 January/February CLE brochure, click here.


MediaSite updated without JanThis week's highlighted programs include:

  • Non-Competition Agreements
  • Same-sex Marriage: New Protections and New Planning Challenges
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • How to Use the Mortgage Discharge Statute to Improve Your Real Estate Practice
  • Distressed Property Bootcamp Session III - Title Issues and Title Insurance
  • MBA Annual Conference 2010
  • Casemaker Webinars

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

FEBRUARY CLE PROGRAMS

Non-Competition Agreements
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Same-sex Marriage: New Protections and New Planning Challenges
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 4 - 7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Reverse Mortgages
Friday, Feb. 12, noon - 2 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

How to Use the Mortgage Discharge Statute to Improve Your Real Estate Practice
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 4 - 7 p.m.
Registry of Deeds, 90 Front St.,
Worcester

Distressed Property Bootcamp Session III - Title Issues and Title Insurance
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5 - 7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road,
Springfield

MBA Annual Conference 2010

Achieving a Competitive Advantage in Changing Times
Thursday, March 11 - Friday, March 12
Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston
**Register on or before Feb. 8 to receive $50 off a Full Conference Pass. The Full Conference Pass grants access to Thursday and Friday CLE programming and includes a ticket to both the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon and Gala Dinner. The MBA Gala Dinner on Thursday, March 11 will feature a keynote address from Morris Dees, founder and lead trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the presentation of the MBA's Legislator of the Year Award to Massachusetts State Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem. Click here for the full MBA AC10 conference schedule.

CASEMAKER WEBINARS

Want to learn more about the capabilities of Casemaker 2.1 straight from the source? Attend a complimentary Web training session to review the enhancements and new functionality of Casemaker 2.1 from the comfort of your home or office.

NOTE: You must log into Casemaker to register for these Webinars.
Space is limited. Click here to reserve your place at a Webinar, which take place every other Tuesday.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16, 11 a .m.
  • Tuesday, March 2, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 16, 11 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 30, 11 a.m.

How to Use the Mortgage Discharge Statute to Improve Your Real Estate Practice

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Massachusetts Bar Association members are now eligible to receive valuable discounts of up to 26 percent on select FedEx® shipping services. There are no costs and no minimum shipping requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit.

MBA members can save:

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For more information or to enroll in the FedEx Advantage Program, click here or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday).

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News from the Courts

Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan issues an administrative order on Time Standards for Completion of Transcripts in Civil and Criminal Cases

In an effort to improve the timely disposition of cases, Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan recently issued an administrative order on Time Standards for Completion of Transcripts in Civil and Criminal Cases, which became effective on January 1, 2010. The Order establishes a standard of 120 days for the production of transcripts in civil and criminal cases, as recommended by the Supreme Judicial Court's Working Group on Trial Transcripts.  

The Supreme Judicial Court convened the Working Group in 2006 to review, and assist in the implementation of, the recommendations of the Supreme Judicial Court's Study Committee on Trial Transcripts in its 2003 report. The Working Group recommended measures that focused on shorter time standards for transcript production. Mulligan thanked the Working Group for its recommendations for reducing delay in the production of transcripts and improving the timely disposition of cases.

Click here to view the administrative order.

 

 

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Join the Massachusetts Bar Association on LinkedIn

The MBA is now on LinkedIn. Visit www.massbar.org/LinkedIn and become a member of our online community. Members will receive information on MBA CLE programs and conferences, legislative activities, news and events. In addition, the MBA will post daily legal headlines and published e-Journal and Lawyers Journal articles.

Click here to begin networking with fellow MBA members on LinkedIn today.

 

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