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03-04

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MBA Annual Conference 2010

Register for your CLE Conference pass

Join fellow Massachusetts Bar Association members at the MBA Annual Conference 2010 on Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12 at the Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Annual Conference 2010 will feature the Gala Dinner on March 11 and the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon on March 12. AC10 also features two days of CLE programming, including plenary sessions - with a newly-added session on how to Protect Your Firm and Client Information: Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Law - as well as two continuous tracks on law practice management and recent developments.

To learn more about the presentations to be delivered by AC10 distinguished faculty, click here.


Law Practice Management Sessions include (corresponding photos from top to bottom):

  • Protect Your Firm and Client Information: Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws
    Rodney Dowell
    9 a.m. on Thursday, March 11
  • Social Media for Lawyers: How to Boost Your Practice and Avoid Pitfalls
    Robert Ambrogi
    1 p.m. on Thursday, March 11
  • Building Business in the Post-Crash Economy
    Dustin Cole

    2:35 p.m./3:35 p.m./4:35 p.m. on Thursday, March 11
    Click here to view a program testimonial on Cole, from MBA Education Committee Co-Chair Alan Klevan.
  • Avoiding Lawyer Meltdown
    Allison Shields
    9 a.m. on Friday, March 12
  • From Paper to Pixels: The Paper LESS Office Works; Paperless Doesn't
    Ross Kodner
    11:15 a.m. on Friday, March 12
  • 60 Sites in 60 minutes
    Alan Klevan
    3:15 p.m. on Friday, March 12

**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.

Click here to register for the conference online;
Click here for a full conference schedule and to learn how to earn credit on Massachusetts professional liability insurance; and
Click here for more information on table reservations and sponsorship opportunities.

NOTE: Start your spring cleaning early and bring your gently-used clothes to the MBA's "Dress for Success" clothing drive at AC10. Donations will be accepted during the entire conference. Be sure to check the Dress for Success Web site to see what items are most needed and to make sure your items will be accepted.
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From left to right: Federal Bar Association Massachusetts Chapter President and MBA Civil Litigation Section Co-Chair Christopher A. Kenney; U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz; MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz honored at reception

The Federal Bar Association hosted a reception in honor of the newly sworn in U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz. The Massachusetts Bar Association served as an event co-sponsor. The reception was held at the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse on Monday and featured welcome remarks from FBA Massachusetts Chapter President Christopher A. Kenney; an introduction from the Hon. Mark L. Wolf, Chief Judge, USDC (MA); and keynote remarks from Ortiz, the first female and first Hispanic U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

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New issue of Lawyers Journal available

The March issue of Lawyers Journal features attorneys who see opportunities for the Massachusetts Republican Party in the wake of Sen. Scott Brown's game-changing victory. The issue also includes:

  • Advice for complying with the state's new data privacy regulations;
  • A preview of programs at MBA Annual Conference 2010 on March 11 and 12;
  • Profiles of this year's Access to Justice Award winners; and
  • Coverage of two speed networking events.
Click here to read the March Lawyers Journal.
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25th Annual High School Mock Trial State Championship Trial, March 26

R.S.V.P. by Friday, March 19

On behalf of the Mock Trial Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association, we invite you to attend the 25th annual High School Mock Trial State Championship Trial, scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday, March 26, in the Great Hall of Boston's historical Faneuil Hall.   

This year's teams will try a civil case in which the plaintiff suffers a substantial financial loss after investing her/his daughter's college funds with a financial advisor at a brokerage firm. The case focuses on whether the firm, and/or the advisor are responsible for those losses. This case gives participants an opportunity to learn about the importance of decision-making in the investment of personal funds and provides the students with a glimpse of the potential for pitfalls when taking chances with risky investments.

We hope that you will attend the State Championship Trial to experience the grand finale of this wonderful program in historic Faneuil Hall.

If you decide to attend, due to space limitations, R.S.V.P. no later than Friday, March 19, to Amy Osborne at (617) 338-0570 or [e-mail mocktrial].

The law firm of Brown Rudnick has sponsored the statewide Mock Trial program since 1998.

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MBA section news

Juvenile & Child Welfare open meeting; Public Law Section Council open meeting; Intellectual Property Practice Group Meeting; Animal Law Practice Group open meeting; Criminal Justice Section Council open meeting

Juvenile & Child Welfare open meeting

Wednesday, March 10, 5:30-7 p.m.
Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Mass., 405 Main St., Worcester

The Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council is hosting an open meeting and all section members are invited to attend. The guest speaker will be Valerie Lovelace Graham, regional director for Central Massachusetts Department of Children and Families. Graham will speak on a range of topics including permanency for aging out youth.

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

The Public Law Section is hosting an open meeting and all section members are invited to attend. 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. 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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Intellectual Property Practice Group Meeting

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

The March meeting of the Business Law Section's Intellectual Property Practice Group will feature a short presentation on copyright basics, followed by a discussion of practical issues that commonly arise in copyright practice. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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Animal Law Practice Group open meeting

Animals in Laboratories: What is the Legal Framework and is it Sufficient?

Tuesday, March 9, 6-7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Civil Litigation Section's Animal Law Practice Group's March meeting guest speaker will be Steve Niemi, director of the Center for Comparative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an instructor in Pathology at Harvard Medical School. With over 33 years experience in biomedical research and commercial biotechnology as both a scientist and executive, he has held senior management positions in drug and device development, gene therapy, genomics, and laboratory animal care. Niemi's current research interests include developing new animal models of human diseases, and detecting and alleviating distress in lab animals.

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

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Criminal Justice Section Council open meeting

Tuesday, March 16, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Criminal Justice Section Council's guest speaker at the March 16 open meeting will be Parole Board Chairman Mark Conrad. All section members are invited to attend.

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

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for MBA Annual Conference 2010

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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 March/April CLE brochure, click here.


MediaSite updated without JanThis week's highlighted programs include:

  • MBA Annual Conference 2010
  • Electronic Discovery: Rules of Practice and Emerging Issues - What Litigators Should Know
  • Basics of Divorce Practice
  • Elder Law Basics
  • Career Reentry Primer
  • Save the date: 31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

MBA Annual Conference 2010

Achieving a Competitive Advantage in Changing Times
Thursday, March 11 - Friday, March 12
Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave., Boston

The conference will include the MBA Gala Dinner on Thursday, March 11 featuring a keynote address from Morris Dees, co-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 learn how to earn credit on Massachusetts professional liability insurance and a full conference schedule, including a new plenary session on how to Protect Your Firm and Client Information: Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws.

To register for the conference, click here. For a full conference schedule and more information on table reservations and sponsorship opportunities, click here or call (617)-338-0530.


MARCH CLE PROGRAMS

Electronic Discovery: Rules of Practice and Emerging Issues - What Litigators Should Know
Thursday, March 18, 4 - 7 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield

Basics of Divorce Practice
Tuesday, March 23, 3 - 6 p.m.
Plymouth Probate & Family Court, 52 Obery St., Plymouth

Elder Law Basics
Tuesday, March 23, 4 - 7 p.m.
Holiday Inn, 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton

Career Reentry Primer Roundtable
Wednesday, March 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Save the date

31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
Tuesday, May 11, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston

9 a.m.: Discrimination: Survey and Hot Topics
10:15 a.m.: Discrimination: Practice Tips and Technology Issues
11:15 a.m.: Break
11:30 a.m.: Wage and Hour Update and Practice Tips on Collective Actions
12:10 p.m.: Lunch featuring Keynote Speaker Stuart J. Ishimaru, acting chairman, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
1 p.m.: Labor Law Update
2 p.m.: Break
2:10 p.m.: Practice Issues Faced by Employment Lawyers
3:10 p.m.: Summary Judgment: The Real World featuring the Hon. William G. Young
4:10 p.m.: Reception

 

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