The MBA 2002 Annual Conference: "A Celebration of Law and Justice" - Jan. 24-26 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place - is an opportunity to see old acquaintances and make new ones while catching up on the latest legal developments, sharpening legal skills and learning about new technologies that can improve your practice.
Over the three days, more than 700 members from the bench and bar will be present for conference programs and special events.
The conference opens Thursday, Jan. 24, with MBA House of Delegates and Massachusetts Bar Foundation meetings as well as a mentoring and networking session for newer practitioners. A welcoming reception Thursday evening will be an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues from all over the state.
On Friday, 'Recent Developments in Massachusetts and Federal Law,' co-sponsored with Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, will offer a full day of continuing legal-education programs presented by attorneys and judges.
The Annual Conference also will be a time to celebrate those who continually give back to our noble profession. The Access to Justice Awards luncheon on Friday will recognize four outstanding individual contributors as well as a law firm.
Friday evening there will be a reception in the exhibit hall followed by the Gala Dinner, an event that has become one of the most significant networking and social occasions of the year. Dinner highlights include remarks by special guest Tipper Gore and the presentation of the Legislator of the Year award to state Rep. John H. Rogers, D-Norwood.
Continuing our leadership in innovative curriculum for the bar, on Saturday the MBA will once again join the Flaschner Judicial Institute to present four Bench/Bar Forums. Highlighting the conference theme, 'A Celebration of Law and Justice,' these sessions not only provide continuing legal education, but also present thought-provoking commentary on contemporary issues affecting legal practitioners and judges today and in the future.
Conference registration fee includes all education sessions, materials, refreshment breaks, lunches, receptions and entrance to the exhibit hall. The Gala Dinner is ticketed separately.
Register online at www.massbar.org or call the Member Service Center at (617) 338-0530. If you require special accommodations or need additional information, please call Dina Owens at (617) 338-0543.
Cancellations of registrations must be in writing and received at the MBA by Jan. 18 to receive a full refund. All others will not receive a refund but will receive a copy of the proceedings from the meeting.
On Friday, Jan. 25, from 7-10 p.m., this annual social event will feature a guest speaker, a special award presentation, musical entertainment and dinner.
This year's featured speaker is Tipper Gore. As an advocate for children around the world, the plight of the homeless and mental health issues, Gore used her opportunity to reach millions, as the wife of former Vice President Al Gore, for a call to activism.
She served as the Mental Health Policy Advisor to President Bill Clinton and, in 1999, chaired the first-ever White House Conference on Mental Health. A longtime advocate for the homeless, Gore co-founded and chaired Families for the Homeless in 1986, and forged a partnership with the National Mental Health Association to produce a photographic exhibit entitled 'Homeless in America: A Photographic Project,' which toured the nation.
During the Clinton administration, Gore served as co-chair of 'America Goes Back To School,' an initiative launched by the Department of Education to work with students, parents and teachers to help promote a better learning environment among our nation's children.
She is the author of two books. In 1996, she published 'Picture This, A Visual Diary,' a personal photographic representation of life as wife of the vice president. And in the mid 1980s, she authored 'Raising PG Kids in an X-Rated Society,' a guide to parenting and the media.
The Gala Dinner is a separately ticketed event. Tickets are $110 per person. Individuals or firms may reserve a table of 10 for $1,000. The Thomas Hebb Jazz Trio will provide entertainment. The cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.
How to get there
Located in Copley Place, the heart of Boston's Back Bay area, 110 Huntington Avenue. Exit 22 Mass. Turnpike (I-90 East). Take Prudential Center/Copley Square exit. Keep right at fork; stay straight onto Stuart Street. Turn slight left onto Dartmouth Street. Stay left heading towards I-90 West (making a big loop). Keep left at fork. Copley Place garage on left.