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Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010
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Top: Family Law Conference Co-Chairs Thomas J. Barbar, Veronica J. Fenton and Marc E. Fitzgerald.
Bottom: Judicial faculty at the 20th Annual Family Law Conference includes Hon. Paula M. Carey, Hon. Anne Geoffrion and Hon. Anthony R. Nesi. Not pictured: Hon. Joan P. Armstrong and Hon. Linda S. Fidnick.

Enhancements featured at next week's 20th Annual Family Law Conference

For the first time in its 20 year history, the Massachusetts Bar Association's Family Law Conference will offer a breakout educational session and judges on nearly every panel, including those discussing the hot topics of bankruptcy and assisted reproductive technology. These enhancements make this version of the popular program -- held Nov. 12-13 at the Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club in Lenox -- a must for practitioners.

"We've really tried to give people what they are looking for," said Conference Co-Chair and MBA Executive Management Board member Veronica J. Fenton, who said surveys from past attendees were considered when building this year's conference. "This is the premiere family law event for both our most seasoned attorneys and our newer practitioners."

This year's conference theme is, "Ask the Experts: Raise the Bar! Using Expert Advice from Various Disciplines to Enhance Your Family Law Practice." The conference will open with a cocktail reception on Nov. 12, with educational programming taking place all day Nov. 13.

One unique topic of this year's conference is: State of the A.R.T.: The Law in the Age of Assisted Reproductive Technology. The program, which will examine the law of assisted reproductive technology from both an academic and pragmatic perspective, features the Hon. Anthony R. Nesi of Bristol Probate and Family Court.

"It's something that's happening more and more, and it's going to continue to come up," Conference Co-Chair and Family Law Section Chair Marc E. Fitzgerald said of reproductive technology. Added fellow Conference Co-Chair Thomas J. Barbar, "the legal issues are lagging way behind the medical issues. We need to be educated on all of the issues."

Another session you "don't want to miss," according to Barbar is Bankruptcy and Family Law: It's a Family Affair. A panel of attorney experts will discuss the implications bankruptcy has on family law matters.

In addition to the relevant education programming, Barbar said the conference also offers practitioners a chance to trade notes with others in the field. "It's a good way to discuss family law cases with each other. I think that's a very valuable aspect of the conference - to share experiences with other lawyers."

Click here to register and for a full list of faculty.

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