Hundreds of lawyers and judges took part in Annual Conference 2006, with three days of noteworthy speeches, awards, CLE seminars and topical debates at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston March 23-25.
The conference kicked off Thursday as the House of Delegates debated several issues, including whether a proposal submitted by the Clients' Security Board would protect clients from renegade attorneys or further damage the profession's image.
Friday included an amusing and moving speech by NECN's Jim Braude, who gave the keynote address at the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon, which was attended by nearly 400 people. And 700 people attended the Annual Dinner, which recognized Massachusetts Senate President Robert E. Travaglini as the MBA's Legislator of the Year and featured U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s impassioned keynote address on national security.
SJC Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall closed out the conference on Saturday by delivering her annual address, repeating her call for a "fair" increase in judicial salaries and announcing plans to explain how the state's courts work to assist the growing number of litigants who represent themselves.