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Thursday, May. 12, 2011
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Celebrate the MBA's 100-year history at next week's Centennial Conference

Join in CLE programming, the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon, "Hail to the Chiefs" Bench-Bar panel and Centennial Ball

The MBA's Centennial Conference, a celebration of the MBA's century of service to the public, profession and rule of law, will take place on Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel.

The conference will feature three concurrent CLE tracks, the annual Access to Justice Awards Luncheon, the "Hail to the Chiefs" Bench-Bar Panel and the Centennial Ball. Click here for Centennial Conference exhibitors.

Click here to register.


SOLD OUT: Access to Justice Awards Luncheon, May 18

12:30-2 p.m.

MurrayThe luncheon will honor five attorneys and one law firm for their efforts in providing exemplary legal services to the public. Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray will deliver the luncheon's keynote address and will also be honored with an MBA Centennial Award.

  • Legal Services Award: Linda L. Landry, Esq., Disability Law Center, Boston; Daniel S. Manning, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
  • Pro Bono Award for Law Firms: Law Offices of Howard Friedman, Boston
  • Pro Bono Publico Award: Eleanor J. Newhoff, Esq., Attorney at Law, Cambridge
  • Defender Award: Radha Natarajan, Esq., Committee for Public Counsel Services, Somerville
  • Prosecutor Award: Katharine B. Folger, Esq., Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Woburn


"Hail to the Chiefs" Bench-Bar Panel and Reception, May 18

4:30 to 6 p.m. (reception to follow)

An informal "Hail to the Chiefs" bench-bar panel discussion, featuring many of the state's top judges, will address important bench-bar topics and serve as the wrap-up to the first day of conference programming. Attendees will have an opportunity to interact with distinguished members of the panel, including:

Hail to the Chiefs with Wolf

  • GantsModerator: Associate Justice Ralph D. Gants (pictured, right), Supreme Judicial Court;
  • Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, Probate and Family Court;
  • Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly, District Court;
  • Chief Justice Michael F. Edgerton, Juvenile Court;
  • Chief Justice Charles R. Johnson, Boston Municipal Court;
  • Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan;
  • Chief Justice Steven D. Pierce, Housing Court;
  • Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, Appeals Courts;
  • Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse, Superior Court;
  • DoyleChief Justice Karyn F. Scheier, Land Court; and
  • Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf, U.S. District Court.

A reception will follow, at which Supreme Judicial Court Suffolk County Clerk Maura S. Doyle will be recognized with the MBA Public Service Award.


Continuing Legal Education, May 18 and May 19

Centennial Conference Co-ChairsThe MBA's Centennial Conference will kick-off on Wednesday, May 18 with a half-day of continuing legal education programming and will continue with a full-day of programming on Thursday, May 19. Centennial Conference Co-Chairs Marsha V. Kazarosian and Douglas K. Sheff are pictured, right. Click here to view the full schedule. The conference features three concurrent CLE tracks, including:

Litigation Track

  • Hot Issues in Discovery; Crafting a Winning Theme -- From Soup to Nuts; Effective Use of Evidence During Your Case; Direct-and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses; Convincing the Judges: Practical Advice for Litigators; Voir Dire

Substantive Law Track

  • Family Law Update; Trends in Employment Law; Uniform Probate Code Update; Criminal Law -- A View from the Courts; Secret Weapons for the Personal Injury Attorney; Tax Implications in Real Estate Transactions

Young Lawyers Track

  • Running Your Law Practice on a Shoestring Budget; Limited Assistance Representation Open Forum; Social Media for Lawyers; Technology From Your Office to the Courtroom; Networking Strategies for the Successful Attorney; 60 Sites to Bring Your Firm Into the Future


Centennial Ball Honorees

SOLD OUT: MBA Centennial Ball, May 19

5:30 p.m.: Reception
6:30 p.m.: Dinner and awards
(After dinner, guests are invited to enjoy a dessert reception and dancing. Business or cocktail attire welcome.

The MBA's Centennial Ball on Thursday, May 19 will include a keynote address from Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and a special Hennessey Award presentation to retiring Judge Nancy Gertner. The MBA will also honor Foley Hoag's Michael B. Keating with its Gold Medal Award and the late Richard G. Mintz of Mintz Levin with a posthumous Centennial Award.


The MBA would like to thank its current sponsors, whose generous support is helping the MBA celebrate a century of service to the public, profession and rule of law.

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