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MBA Calendar of Events

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Western Massachusetts Dial-A-Lawyer

3:30–7:30 p.m.
Western New England College School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield

The Dial-A-Lawyer program, held twice a year in Western Massachusetts, provides an opportunity for the public to speak with volunteering attorneys via telephone. Participants provide free, basic legal information to callers’ questions, covering a wide range of legal topics. To volunteer, call (617) 338-0556.


Thursday, Oct. 11
Bench-Bar Symposium

2–5 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, Boston

The MBA is proud to present the second annual Bench-Bar Symposium to take place at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston on Thursday, Oct. 11. Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall will deliver her Annual Address to the Legal Community at 2 p.m. Following the address, MBA President David W. White Jr. will moderate two panel discussions on jury communication. Each panel will feature four judges and two attorneys. The first panel will focus on pre-trial issues, and the second will concentrate on jury instruction and post-trial contact with jurors. To R.S.V.P., call Member Services at (617) 338-0530.


Monday, Oct. 15
Casemaker Training

10–11:15 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Course #: CASED08, CASEE08
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester

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. To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530.


Tuesday, Oct. 16
Intellectual Property Questions: Identifying Issues and Improving Your Clients' Understanding

8–9 a.m.
Course #: BLB08
MBA Western Mass. office, 73 State St., Springfield

Clients often fail to see intellectual property issues, and when they do, frequently do not appreciate their importance. This program will help attorneys in all areas of practice identify and understand IP issues more clearly; it will also teach attendees how to explain those issues to their clients.
Faculty: Seth M. Wilson, Esq., program chair, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
Co-sponsors: The Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire county bar associations

Casemaker Training
4–5:15 p.m.
Course #: CASEH08
Elms College, Chicopee

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. To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530.
Drafting the Simple Will

 4–7 p.m.
Course #: PLA08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This program will provide an introduction to the basics of drafting a will for the small to mid-sized estate. Attendees will learn how to draft simple wills, conduct client meetings; bill for their efforts and build a library of forms. To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, or visit www.massbar.org/CLE.
Faculty: Mark A. Leahy, Esq., program chair, Whittum & Leahy, Hingham; Barry P. Wilensky, Esq., Friedler & Zuroff LLP, Newton; Richard C. Barry Jr., Esq., Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple PC, Worcester.


Wednesday, Oct. 17
Residential Purchase and Sale Agreements

4–6:30 p.m.
Course #: PRB08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

In addition to providing many updates to changes in the law, this class will dissect each paragraph of the standard form purchase and sale agreement, explain what it means and address critical changes that must be made depending on the specifics of the transaction. Among other topics, attendees will learn: the meaning of each paragraph of the purchase and sale agreement; necessary revisions; preliminary steps to take to ensure a smooth transaction; the legal implications of the offer to purchase; recent case law updates; and more. To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, or visit www.massbar.org/CLE.
Faculty: Stephen D. Silveri, Esq., program chair, Law Office of Stephen D. Silveri, Dedham.


Thursday, Oct. 18
Online Dispute Resolution: How It Provides Increased Effectiveness, Efficiency and Quality
Luncheon Roundtable

Noon–2 p.m.
Course #: YLB08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

A panel of Online Dispute Resolution practitioners, developers and teachers will raise questions both before and after the online demo to help attendees see the potential use of these technologies in their legal practice. This workshop will explain how ODR is accomplished and how it can be used in family mediations, business disputes and small claims. To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or visit www.massbar.org/CLE.
Faculty: Robert J. Ambrogi, Esq., moderator, Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi, Rockport; May-Britt Kollenhof-Bruning, co-founder, Juripax B.V., The Netherlands. *Additional faculty to be announced.
Sponsoring sections/committee: MBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law, Law Practice Management, General Practice, Solo & Small Firm, Young Lawyers Division

35th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference
12:30-7 p.m.
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston

The 35th Annual Labor Law Conference addresses topics of critical importance to practitioners, analyzes recent developments and frames forthcoming issues. The day concludes with a networking and cocktail reception. Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to meet with your colleagues, program faculty, and the leaders of the labor and employment bar. For registration information and pricing, call (617) 573-8627 or visit www.law.suffolk.edu/als.
Sponsors: Suffolk University Law School and the Labor & Employment Law Sections from the Boston, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont bar associations.


Tuesday, Oct. 23
Criminal Sentencing Symposium

10 a.m.
Massachusetts Statehouse, Boston

Join representatives from all three branches of government to discuss criminal sentencing reform. Moderated by MBA President David W. White Jr., the panel discussions will touch on the room for improvement with the current sentencing system and reform that will bring about reduced crime rates and cost savings to taxpayers. The event is free and open to the public.


Thursday, Oct. 25
How to Start and Run a Successful Solo or Small-Firm Practice

9 a.m. –5 p.m.
Course #: LPA08
Sheraton Needham Hotel, 100 Cabot St., Needham

Our faculty of experienced lawyers will provide guidance and insight on every aspect of starting a law firm while sharing practice pointers on growing their own firms. This lively program, which has been one of the most popular and valuable MBA seminars to date, includes a working, networking lunch for a chance to meet with colleagues who can help get you started.
Faculty: Marc L. Breakstone, Esq., program co-chair, Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston; David W. White Jr., Esq., program co-chair, Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston; Dorothy Anderson, Esq., Office of Bar Counsel, Boston; Andrea Goldman, Esq., Law Office of Andrea Goldman, Newton; Alan J. Klevan, Esq., Klevan & Klevan LLP, Wellesley; B. J. Krintzman, Esq., Law Offices of B. J. Krintzman, Newton; Denise I. Murphy, Esq., Rubin & Rudman LLP, Boston.

Electronic Discovery: New Rules of Practice and Emerging Issues – What Litigators Should Know
4–7 p.m.
Course #: CLD08
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place, Springfield

This program will cover the practical, legal, procedural and evidentiary issues relating to electronic discovery and document management. This program will cover such topics as: the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (implications for litigators and application in federal and state trial practice); document management and related technology; electronic discovery; and a view from the bench.
Faculty: Katherine A. Robertson, Esq., program chair and moderator, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield; Hon. Kenneth P. Neiman, U.S. District Court, Springfield; John E. Garber, Esq., Weinberg & Garber, Northampton; Kenneth Nourse, Esq., Kroll Ontrack, Boston; Steven O’Neil, Esq., Bowditch & Dewey, Worcester
Co-sponsors: Western New England College School of Law and the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire county bar associations


Tuesday, Oct. 30
Current Issues in Medicare and Medicaid

4–7 p.m.
Course #: HLA08
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield

With the phasing in of new regulations to interpret the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the area of elder law has changed.
This program will assist the practitioner in understanding the new laws and regulations. Attendees will learn how the regulations affect transfers, gifts, care agreements and other techniques of planning for protection of assets.
Faculty: Hyman G. Darling, Esq., Bacon & Wilson PC, Springfield; Gina M. Barry, Esq., Bacon & Wilson PC, Springfield; Flint Lincoln, reverse mortgage consultant, Webster Bank, Southington, Conn. *Additional faculty to be announced
Co-sponsors: Western New England School of Law and the Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire county bar associations




Thursday, Nov. 1
MBA Gala Dinner

5:30 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel, Boston

Join the MBA for its Annual Gala Dinner, featuring keynote speaker Richard A. Clarke and the presentation of the Legislator of the Year Award to State Rep. Michael A. Costello (D–Newburyport). This event will be held in the Rose Kennedy Ballroom at the InterContinental Boston.
To buy a ticket, purchase a table or become a dinner sponsor, contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530.


Thursday, Nov. 29
Legal Technology Expo

10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sheraton Needham Hotel, Needham

Make your practice efficient, organized and cost-effective at the Legal Technology Expo sponsored by the MBA and Lawyers Weekly. The latest products and services in legal technology will be on display and explained in Tech Talks throughout the day. Join fellow practicioners focused on streamlining their practices and learning about emerging trends.
To register, contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530.


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