Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010
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Images from the 20th Annual Family Law Conference in Lenox. Photos by Paul Franz.

Did you miss a November conference?

20th Annual Family Law Conference was held Nov. 12-13 in Lenox; Ninth Annual Western Mass. Bankruptcy Conference provides trends overview


Practitioners gather in Lenox for 20th Annual Family Law Conference

The state's premiere family law practitioners gathered for another successful conference in Western Massachusetts last weekend. "Ask the Experts: Raise the Bar! Using Expert Advice from Various Disciplines to Enhance Your Family Law Practice," the 20th anniversary of the event, featured a keynote address and State of the Trial Court from Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey.

Attorneys who were unable to attend the event in Lenox can purchase a recorded version through MBA On Demand next week.

Carey told the gathering that the state's probate courts are handling an increasing number of cases and filings at the same time that they are staffed at 72 percent overall, with some courts staffed as low as 60 percent. She thanked attorneys whose pro bono works have supported the courts in this time of crisis.

"We continue to do our jobs every day," Carey said. "We continue to believe the work we do is tremendously important. We don't waver on our commitment to justice in the courts and the rule of law."

The weekend event at the Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club in Lenox kicked off with a reception Friday evening, where Berkshire County Bar Association President Jack Houghton Jr. presented MBA President Denise Squillante with a gift in celebration of the MBA's 100th anniversary. The gift was a framed print of Norman Rockwell's "Freedom of Speech."

All-day educational programming on Saturday, Nov. 13 included, State of the A.R.T.: The Law in the Age of Assisted Reproductive Technology featuring the Hon. Anthony R. Nesi of Bristol Probate and Family Court, Bankruptcy and Family Law: It's a Family Affair, Identifying and Addressing Issues of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Asset Planning for Divorce Clients and, In Sickness and in Health … Until Immigration Intervenes.


Ninth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference
outlines recent bankruptcy trends

Attend the Ninth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy ConferencePractitioners and judges met on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Western New England College School of Law for the Ninth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference -- a program that has become a staple for Massachusetts practictioners wishing to be updated on the most recent bankruptcy trends.

Panelists, including lawyer pracitioners and judges, provided participants with an overview of the issues practitioners may face when contending with the means test and the pitfalls and issues that can occur when representing small business debtors in bankruptcy.

Attorneys who were unable to attend the event can purchase program materials here.

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