Massachusetts Bar Association 2003 Annual Conference
Thursday through Saturday, January 23-25, 2003
Sheraton Boston Hotel
Join us January 23-25, 2003 at the Sheraton Boston Hotel for the MBA’s Annual Conference 2003: “Charting the Course for Law in Today’s Society.” This is your best opportunity all year to see old friends and make new ones while catching up on the latest legal developments, sharpening your skills and learning about the latest technology. Over these three days, more than 700 members from the bench and bar will attend the conference programs and special events.
In a year that has seen turmoil in corporate America and new challenges for America’s core Constitutional values, the MBA Annual Conference 2003 will help you – and help all of us – chart the course for law in today’s society. This year’s conference will explore many of the most critical issues facing our profession right now.
The conference opens Thursday, January 24, with something new. In addition to our traditional MBA House of Delegates and Massachusetts Bar Foundation meetings, we are offering two special seminars on legal technology issues as well as training in use of the Casemaker Online Law Library. Our popular mentoring and networking event for newer attorneys will follow these simultaneous sessions. And Thursday evening’s Welcoming Reception is an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues from across the state.
On Friday, our Recent Developments in Massachusetts and Federal Law, co-sponsored with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, will offer an entire day of comprehensive legal education programs presented by a stellar array of top practitioners and judges.
As a special highlight of Friday morning, Ronald A Cass, Dean of the Boston University School of Law, and SJC Justice Cordy will present a provocative discussion of Dean Cass’ recent book, “The Rule of Law in America,” which explores the basis of our national commitment to a rule of law.
The popular Access to Justice Awards Luncheon on Friday, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, will give all of us an opportunity to honor four outstanding individuals as well as one firm who make giving back to the community and the profession a regular part of their practice. Guest speaker Egil Krogh, a former special assistant to Pres. Richard Nixon, should prove compelling, with his message of integrity in the legal profession and respect for civil liberties.
Friday’s activities will sail into the evening with a reception in the exhibit hall followed by the annual Gala Dinner, an event that has become the association’s most prestigious networking and social event of the year. This year’s dinner highlights include the presentation of the Legislator of the Year Award to Massachusetts Congressman William D. Delahunt.
Saturday’s Bench/Bar Forums will continue the MBA’s leadership role in offering innovative professional programming. We are pleased that the Flaschner Judicial Institute once again joins the MBA in presenting this year’s sessions, which reflect the conference theme of “Charting the Course for Law in Today’s Society,” providing thought-provoking analysis on current issues facing attorneys and judges today and into the future.
And in what has become another valuable tradition with the MBA Annual Conference, the three-day session will wrap up with lunch and comments from the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, the Hon. Margaret H. Marshall.
Whether you are a general practitioner or a specialist, a solo attorney or an in-house counsel at a major corporation, the MBA Annual Conference 2003 is your best opportunity for professional development and networking with your peers. Please be sure to send in your completed registration as soon as possible to take advantage of our early-registration discounts. I look forward to seeing you this year.
Joseph P.J. Vrabel
Massachusetts Bar Association 2002-2003