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Thursday, Mar. 25, 2010
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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; Municipal Tax and State Tax Practice Groups open meeting

 

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 Massachusetts, 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. This meeting is free. 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. This meeting is free. All section members are invited to attend.

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

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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 Associaton of Assessing Offices, county assessors associations, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the MBA and Boston Bar Assocation's taxation committes. This meeting is free.

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

 

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