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Thursday, May. 13, 2010
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MBA section news

Criminal Justice Section Council open meeting with U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz; Property Law open meeting: Working with Realtors and Increasing Your Business; A View from the Bench; Individual Rights & Responsibilities: Guantanamo Bay Panel; Juvenile & Child Welfare open meeting with Hon. Gail Garinger; Rescheduled: Young Lawyers Division open meeting

Criminal Justice Section Council open meeting

Featuring U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz
Tuesday, May 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Criminal Justice Section Council will host an open meeting featuring guest speaker U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz on Tuesday, May 18. Prior to her confirmation as U.S. Attorney, Ortiz was an assistant U.S. attorney for twelve years, most recently in the Economic Crimes Unit. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Ortiz was a senior trial attorney at the law firm of Morisi & Associates PC from 1995 through 1997, working exclusively on civil, criminal and governmental agency litigation.

A former assistant district attorney in Middlesex County, Ortiz was also a member of the "October Surprise" team for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 1992, during which she investigated allegations that the Reagan/Bush campaign of 1980 sought to delay the release of the hostages in Iran to affect that year's election. She was also a program associate and training coordinator at Harvard Law School's Center for Criminal Justice from 1989 through 1991, working on the Harvard/Guatemala Criminal Justice Project, which entailed collaborating with the judiciary of Guatemala and other legal professionals to implement criminal justice reforms in that country.

In 1991, on behalf of the National Football League, Ortiz investigated allegations of sexual harassment that were made by a sports writer against the New England Patriots. Ortiz started her legal career as a trial attorney in the Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division.

To R.S.V.P., click here. Space is limited.


Property Law Section open meeting

Working with Realtors and Increasing Your Business
Tuesday, May 18, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Property Law Section will host an open meeting with Mike Krone, vice president and chief operating officer of Kriss Law, a high volume real estate conveyancing firm headquartered in Newton, and currently overseeing the management and operations of title and escrow services with over $2.5 billion annually in real estate closing transactions. Prior to joining Kriss Law, Krone was the vice president, special counsel and Massachusetts state manager for First American Title Insurance Company, managing the Massachusetts operations and 1800 attorney agents with annual gross premium revenue of $125 million.

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


A View from the Bench

Tuesday, May 18, 4-7 p.m.
Middlesex Juvenile Court, 110 Mt. Wayte Ave., Framingham

The MBA is proud to co-sponor the 14th Annual "A View from the Bench: The Juvenile Court Justices of Middlesex County" on Tuesday, May 18 with the Juvenile Bar Association.

Michael Kilkelly, Esq., program co-chair
Kilkelly Law Offices, Malden

Debra L. Smith, Esq., program co-chair
Attorney at Law, Watertown

Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, First Justice
Juvenile Court

Hon. Margaret S. Fearey, Associate Justice
Juvenile Court

Hon. Kenneth J. King, Associate Justice
Juvenile Court


Register by mailing your check to:
Juvenile Bar Association,
101 Tremont St., Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02108


Individual Rights & Responsibilities open meeting

Guantanamo Bay: Opened - Closed, Why and When
Thursday, May 27, 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. 

The panel 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; and
  • Selected syllabus of Supreme Court decisions regarding detainees.


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; Buz Eisenberg, Esq., Weinberg & Garber PC, Northampton; Shiva Karimi, Esq., Karimi & Associates PC, Boston; Kevin G. Powers, Esq., Rodgers, Powers &  Schwartz LLP, Boston; Robert Roughsedge, Esq., Lawson & Weitzen LLP, Boston

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


Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council open meeting

Featuring Hon. Gail Garinger
Tuesday, June 22, 6-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council will host an open meeting with guest speaker Hon. Gail Garinger on Tuesday, June 22. Garinger was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick as The Child Advocate for the Commonwealth on April 28, 2008. Before her appointment, she served as a juvenile court judge for thirteen years, and from 2001-08 she was the first justice of the Middlesex County Division of the Juvenile Court Department. Prior to becoming a judge, Garinger served as general counsel at Children's Hospital in Boston. During that time, she also directed an NIMH-funded research project at The Judge Baker Guidance Center investigating decision making in the handling of child abuse and neglect cases.

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


Rescheduled: Young Lawyers Division
open meeting

This program will be now held on Thursday, June 17 and NOT Thursday, May 20
Thursday, June 17, 6 p.m.
MBA 20 West St., Boston

Mark your calendar and join members of YLD for a lively and informative panel discussion on starting and maintaining a solo practice. Details of this event will be forthcoming. Check the Young Lawyer's Division Web page and the MBA's Web calendar for updates.

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