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03-18

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Photograph by Jeff Thiebauth
From left to right: MBA Annual Conference 2010 Gala Dinner Keynote Speaker Morris Dees, MBA Valerie A. Yarashus, MBA Legislator of the Year State Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem.

Attorneys across commonwealth gather for MBA's AC10

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"Achieving a Competitive Advantage in Changing Times" was the theme of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Annual Conference 2010, which took place on Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

The conference included the MBA Gala Dinner on Thursday evening, featuring a keynote address from Morris Dees, co-founder and lead trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center as well as the presentation of the MBA's Legislator of the Year Award to Massachusetts State Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem.

Annual Conference 2010 also included CLE programming with plenary sessions, in addition to two continuous tracks on law practice management and recent developments. The Access to Justice Awards Luncheon was held on Friday, March 12.

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Hot off the press

New issue of Section Review now available

The new issue of Section Review comprises 12 articles from seven sections, including the cover story that presents a half-dozen hot tips for starting a solo practice. Also in this issue:

  • Liability for injuries caused by impaired drivers;
  • A guide for every Massachusetts criminal lawyer on impeachment law; and
  • How hackers can impact your business.
Click here to read Section Review.
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MBA On Demand

Annual Conference 2010 recent developments sessions now available for purchase

Practitioners who were not able to attend the March 11 and 12 recent developments CLE programming at Annual Conference 2010 can now purchase the recorded breakout sessions through MBA on Demand.

MBA On Demand is a new MBA member benefit that offers you the opportunity to watch an MBA program from the comfort of your home or office, at a time that suits your schedule.

Click here to purchase a recent developments breakout session.


After you place a session order, you will receive an order confirmation e-mail containing a link to your "My Resources" profile. Your "My Resources" profile will permanently house all MBA On Demand products you order.

For information about On Demand system requirements and how to use the player, click here.

NOTE: Due to high interest in MBA On Demand, you may experience connectivity issues when attempting to view an On Demand product. Please be patient and try the link again.

Upcoming CLE seminar and program schedule

Register for the "Career Reentry Primer" 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 March/April CLE brochure, click here.


MediaSite updated without JanThis week's highlighted programs include:

  • Basics of Divorce Practice
  • Elder Law Basics
  • Career Reentry Primer, sponsored by the Lawyers in Transition Committee
  • It's Confidential - Privilege Law in Massachusetts
  • Mediation Advocacy Tips, Tactics and Techniques
  • The Impact of Social Networking on Employment Law Luncheon Roundtable
  • Earning Attorney Fee Awards for Helping Low and Middle Income Clients
  • Save the date: 31st Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference

Scroll down for program descriptions, dates and registration details.

MARCH CLE PROGRAMS

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
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Sponsored by the Lawyers in Transition Committee
Wednesday, March 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

It's Confidential - Privilege Law in Massachusetts
Thursday, March 25, 4 - 6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

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

The Impact of Social Networking on Employment Law Luncheon Roundtable
Wednesday, March 31, noon - 1:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


Earning Attorney Fee Awards for Helping Low and Middle Income Clients
Wednesday, March 31, 4 - 7 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

 

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

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25th Annual High School Mock Trial State Championship Trial, March 26

R.S.V.P. by Tuesday, March 23

The MBA Mock Trial Committee invites interested members to attend the 25th annual High School Mock Trial State Championship at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 26. The trial will take place in the Great Hall of Boston's historic Faneuil Hall.   

This year's championship 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.


R.S.V.P. no later than Tuesday, March 23 to Amy Osborne at (617) 338-0570 or [e-mail mocktrial].

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

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Featured member benefit: Celtics tickets

Trying to secure tickets for a Celtics game or host a fun company outing?

Do both from the privacy of a suite at the Garden. Suites are a perfect setting for meetings, hosting your most important clients, closing important business deals, rewarding employees, or just a fun night out with family and friends. Enjoy exclusive amenities such as theater style seating, private restrooms, excellent views of the court, and two TVs in each suite. Your suite will include 18 tickets with the option to add more as needed, and various catering options.

Click here for pricing and schedule options.

Only a limited number of private suites are available, so contact the Boston Celtics Premium Sales department today by calling (617) 854-8061 or [e-mail bburnard]

 

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MBA section news

Civil Litigation evening roundtable; Access to Justice and General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section seminar; Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting; How to Represent Claimants (employees) at Unemployment Insurance Hearings; Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council April open meeting

 

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 rather 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.

Co-sponsors:
Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association; MBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee

Click here to register.

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Access to Justice and General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section seminar

Earning Attorney Fee Awards for Helping Low and Middle Income Clients
Wednesday, March 31, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Are you looking to earn additional income? Attend this seminar and learn how to expand your practice to include statutory fee awards for resolving legal problems for low and middle income clients. Topics include:

  • Federal: How to claim and collect attorneys' fees in civil rights litigation and under the Equal Access to Justice Act. Fees may be available in areas including civil rights, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Medicare benefits, HUD, EPA, INS, OSHA and NLRB; and
  • State: More than 40 state statutes have an attorneys' fee provision. Learn how to compute fees, costs and expenses.

Faculty: James Breslauer, Esq., program chair, Neighborhood Legal Services, Lawrence; Hon. Bonnie H. MacLeod-Mancuso, Superior Court, Boston; Patti A. Prunhuber, Esq., Legal Assistance Corp. of Central Massachusetts, Worcester

Click here to register.

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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 as well as legal, ethical and political principles relating to detainees. A panel comprised of 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; Fausto Da Rocha, executive director, Brazilian Immigrant Center, Allston; Kevin Powers, Esq., Rodgers Powers & Schwartz LLP, Boston; and Shiva Karimi, Esq., Law Office of Shiva Karimi, Boston 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;
  • Selected syllabus of Supreme Court decisions regarding detainees;
To R.S.V.P, click here.

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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.

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

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Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council April open meeting

Featuring Chief Justice Michael F. Edgerton
Wednesday, April 14, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council will host an open meeting on Wednesday, April 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The guest speaker will be Chief Justice Michael F. Edgerton of the Juvenile Court Department. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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