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Casemaker Training
Casemaker has had many new features added, including: CaseCheck, an enhanced case law search results function, database availability for all 50 states, nationwide collections of combined Supreme Court and ethics opinions and more. This training session will be held in a computer lab setting that will provide participants with the use of a computer and online access to Casemaker.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
4–5:15 p.m.
Course #: CASEC08
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover

Thursday, Nov. 15
4–5:15 p.m.
Course #: CASEF08
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester

Tuesday, Nov. 27
10–11:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Course #: CASEK08, CASEL08
Southern New England School of Law, North Dartmouth

Tuesday, Nov. 27
4:30–5:45 p.m.
Course #: CASEJ08
Elms College, Chicopee

Tuesday, Nov. 13
Sixth Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference
4–7 p.m.
Course #: BLC08
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield
This annual program will provide practical discussions regarding issues facing today’s bankruptcy practitioners and update attorneys on changing bankruptcy case and statutory law. The conference will focus on issues regarding mortgage foreclosures and means test issues and solutions. A segment of the program will also focus on numerous ethical issues, including due diligence and conflict of interest.
Faculty: Justin H. Dion, Esq., program co-chair, Bacon & Wilson PC, Springfield; Jonathan R. Goldsmith, Esq., program co-chair, Law Office of Jonathan R. Goldsmith, Esq., Springfield; Hon. Henry J. Boroff, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Worcester; Philip J. Hendel, Esq., Hendel & Collins PC, Springfield; Amy Lipman-White, Esq., Stanton & Davis, Marshfield; Richard T. Mulligan, Esq., Harmon Law Offices, Newton; Julie A. Ranieri, Esq., Korde & Associates, Chelmsford; Denise M. Shear, Esq., Ostrander Law Office, Northampton.
Co-sponsors: Western New England College School of Law and the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire county bar associations.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
Investigative Research: Using Court Documents and Other Publicly Available Information
Luncheon Roundtable (lunch provided)
1–2 p.m.
Course #: YLC08
MBA Western Office, 73 State St., Springfield
Learn what public information exists about your clients and witnesses and what you can obtain on your opposing parties and their witnesses. Practitioners will walk away with practical advice for obtaining and using court documents and other public records to their clients’ advantage. Attend this roundtable to find out how to get the most out of police records and how to find civil court records involving your potential witness.
Faculty: Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Esq., program chair, Western Mass. Legal Services, Springfield; Bernadette Stark, Esq., Western Mass. Legal Services, Northampton.
Co-Sponsors: The Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire county bar associations.

Thursday, Nov. 15
What’s Fair?: Valuations after Bernier v. Bernier
4–7 p.m.
Course #: FLB08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
On Sept.14, the SJC decided the case of Bernier v. Bernier, which represents a dramatic change in the way that valuations of closely held businesses in the divorce context must be undertaken, seemingly substituting the “fair value” standard for the long accepted “fair market value” standard. Topics will include definitions of basic terms and closely held corporations; taxation of C corporations vs. S corporations; distinction between “fair market value” and “fair value”; and more.
Faculty: Patricia Saint James, Esq., program chair, Beveridge & Diamond PC, Wellesley; Raymond E. Faulkner, CPA, Boston; David M. Gannett, CPA/ABV, David M. Gannett, CPA, PC, Waltham; and Paul M. Kane, Esq., McGrath & Kane, Boston. *Additional faculty to be announced.

Massachusetts Bar Foundation: Board of Trustees Meeting and Dinner
5:30–8:30 p.m.
Longfellows Wayside Inn, Sudbury
All MBF Trustees are invited to a free Board of Trustees meeting and dinner. To make a reservation, call Susannah Thomas at (617) 338-0647.

Tuesday, Nov. 27
Landlord/Tenant Law Basics
4–7 p.m.
Course #: PRC08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Landlord/tenant law is more complicated than many people believe. Knowing the proper procedures to follow and strategies to pursue before court and in court can greatly improve your chances of achieving a favorable result for your client, and help you avoid many common pitfalls. At this seminar, attendees will learn about the recent developments in this area of law.
Faculty: Kenneth A. Krems, Esq., program chair, Shaevel & Krems, Boston; David R. Jackowitz, Esq., Shaevel & Krems, Boston. *Additional faculty to be announced.
Wednesday, Nov. 28
Mental Disabilities Under the ADA
Noon–2 p.m.
Course #: LEC08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Mark your calendars. To learn more about this seminar, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530.
Faculty: Lisa J. Damon, Esq., Seyfarth Shaw, Boston; Stanley J. Eichner, Esq., Disability Law Center, Boston.

Thursday, Nov. 29
Legal Technology Exposition
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sheraton Needham Hotel, Needham
Learn how to make your practice efficient, organized and cost-effective at the Legal Technology Expo, sponsored by the MBA and Lawyers Weekly. Twenty vendors will display the latest products and services in legal technology, which will also be explained in Tech Talks throughout the day. Join fellow practicioners focused on streamlining their practices and learning about emerging trends. The cost for this exposition is $25 for members.
*See related insert starting after page 12 of this issue of Lawyers Journal.

Tuesday, Dec. 4
I-9 Forms and No-Match Letters – Issues in Employment Immigration
Luncheon Roundtable (lunch provided)
Noon–2 p.m.
Course #: LEB08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Ever-changing laws and regulations in immigration make it nearly impossible for employers who hire foreign workers to have any measure of certainty that they are complying with the law. Now, unlike in the past, employers absolutely must know the law and make the effort, as the burden now is on them. Join this roundtable discussion to learn about I-9 employee verification and the Social Security Administration’s “no-match letters.”
Faculty: Matthew Lee, Esq., program chair, Tocci, Goss & Lee PC, Centerville. *Additional faculty to be announced.

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Fifth Annual In-House Counsel Conference
9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Course #: BLD08
Newton Marriott, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton
The theme of this year’s annual conference relates to the fundamentals of in-house counsel practice. This conference will address a variety of matters that arise on a day-to-day basis for in-house counsel, including litigation and risk management as well as intellectual property management.
Faculty: Robert J. Kerwin, Esq., program co-chair, Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers PC, Boston; David A. Parke, Esq., program co-chair, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield; Peter D. McDermott, Esq., Banner & Witcoff Ltd., Boston; Richard P. Owens, Esq., litigation counsel, Verizon Telecom, Boston. *Additional panelists to be announced.

Evidence for the Civil Litigator
4–7 p.m.
Course #: CLE08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
This seminar is designed to provide practitioners with a survey of how to deal effectively with the myriad of commonly recurring evidentiary problems. The course will focus on how to introduce and block the admission of proffered evidentiary material. Discussion topics include common law and statutory privileges and criminal evidentiary issues relating to the new Crawford decision.
Faculty: Thomas A. Kenefick III, Esq., program chair, Law Offices of Thomas A. Kenefick III PC, Springfield. *Additional faculty to be announced.

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