Lawyers Journal

Annual Conference '04 grows to three days of seminars, meetings and 'Tech Talks'

In past years, the MBA's Annual Conference programming fit into just one day. But not anymore! We've added a full, extra afternoon of talks, demonstrations, roundtables and section meetings on Thursday to give attendees many more opportunities to listen, learn and network.

Based on the success of last year's CLE seminars "How to Start and Run" and "300 Ways to Use Your Law Degree," we've developed two tracks of half-hour talks under the heading "Managing Your Practice & Career" that are geared for newer lawyers, law students as well as attorneys who are looking for new information on law practice management or career options.

In addition, on both Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon, our series of half-hour "Tech Talks" will give attendees an overview of the latest tools, techniques and services available to handle the demands of a law practice in today's fast-paced business climate. Many of the companies offering member benefits through the MBA's new Legal Tech Toolbox will be participating.

Thursday will wrap up with something new as well. Join your colleagues or make new friends by signing up for one of our Dine-Around "dutch treat" dinners at some of downtown Boston's best restaurants.

And it's not just the Thursday programming that's new this year!

Friday's slate of Recent Developments programs also has expanded, with new seminars on Appellate Practice and Procedure, Corporate Governance and Juvenile Law.

Another major addition to the Friday schedule is a talk on "The Future of Law Practice" by noted futurist Charles F. Robinson. He'll follow his formal talk with a lively panel discussion on the topic, featuring several area practitioners, including Boston attorney William Hogan, chair of the ABA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section.

And making it easier than ever to attend the MBA's annual conference is this year's new pricing arrangements. Special discounts have been set for government and legal services attorneys and for lawyers in practice five years or less. And law students have two inexpensive options - as low as $30! - to attend the conference.

And in an effort to open a new audience for the MBA's annual exhibit and new Tech Talk series, a special Day Pass has been created for legal administrators, paralegals, law firm staff and IT personnel. Day Passes are available for either Thursday or Friday, and include lunch.

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