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Thursday, Mar. 11, 2010
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Criminal Justice Section Council open meeting; Civil Litigation evening roundtable; Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting; How to Represent Claimants (employees) at Unemployment Insurance Hearings

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.

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Civil Litigation evening roundtable

Mediation Advocacy Tips, Tactics and Techniques
Thursday, March 25, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

As more civil disputes are now resolved through ADR than trials, civil litigators must learn how to use case presentation skills to maximize the prospect for favorable results in mediation. Topics include:

  • How to prepare your case for mediation;
  • How to use body language to enhance advocacy; and
  • How to use trial techniques in ADR to support your case presentation.

Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association; MBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

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Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting

Guantanamo Bay: Opened - Closed, Why and When
Thursday, April 8, 4-6 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This open meeting presentation will explore the legal issues relating to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba - 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;
  • Selected syllabus of Supreme Court decisions regarding detainees;
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How to Represent Claimants (employees) at Unemployment Insurance Hearings

Thursday, April 8, noon-3 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Labor & Employment, Civil Litigation and Access to Justice sections and Young Lawyers Division are proud to co-sponsor a training seminar on How to Represent Claimants (employees) at Unemployment Insurance Hearings. This seminar will be provided by Greater Boston Legal Service's Employment Law Unit and the Volunteer Lawyers Project.  

The program is free of charge, however, all attendees are strongly encouraged to become a member of the Volunteer Lawyers Project pro bono panel and agree to take one pro bono unemployment insurance case over the next year. Given the current economic climate, there is an enormous need for claimant representation at unemployment hearings. Legal Services, however, cannot not meet the demand for representation therefore we urge all attendees to volunteer to be part of VLP's pro-bono panel. All volunteers must be licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. Training topics will include:

  • How to represent a claimant at an unemployment hearing;
  • Basic procedures for initial unemployment determinations; and
  • Practical information about conducting direct and cross examination and witness preparation.

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