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Wednesday, Sept. 5
MBA Dial-A-Lawyer Program
5:30–7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Dial-A-Lawyer program, held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the MBA’s Boston office, 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 for a future program, call (617) 338-0556.

Thursday, Sept. 6
Trial Practice Luncheon Roundtable Series: Post-trial Issues

Noon–2 p.m.
Course #: CLA08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Part three of our trial practice series will conclude with a discussion of all post-trial issues. Practitioners will walk away with the skills and strategies necessary to give them the competitive edge in the courtroom. Specific topics will include post-trial motions and appeals.
Faculty: Jeffrey N. Catalano, Esq., program chair, Todd & Weld LLP, Boston; Hon. Andrew M. D’Angelo, Associate Justice, Stoughton District Court; Alice B. Braunstein, Esq., Duane Morris LLP, Boston; Terrance J. Hamilton, Esq., Casner & Edwards LLP, Boston.

Tuesday, Sept. 18
It’s Confidential – Privilege Law in Massachusetts

4–6:30 p.m.
Course #: CLC08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This seminar will focus on a variety of privileges, including the attorney-client, spousal, parent-child, peer review, doctor-patient, common interest and joint defense privileges. Our experienced panel will explain the concept of each privilege and provide practical tips for successfully asserting and defeating privilege claims.
Faculty: Marc C. Laredo, Esq., program chair, Laredo & Smith LLP, Boston; Hon. Thomas P. Billings, Superior Court, Boston; David A. Bunis, Esq., Dwyer & Collora LLP, Boston; John Ross Mayer, Esq., Law Office of John R. Mayer, Cambridge.

Tuesday, Sept. 18 – Thursday, Sept. 20
ATTICUS Program

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sept. 18, DCU Center, Worcester
Sept. 19, MBA, Room 101, Boston
Sept. 20, Holiday Inn, Taunton

This series of seminars is designed for members to learn about professional strategies and techniques to increase efficiency and profitability. Our time mangement seminar will help get your practice focused and your life on balance while our staffing seminar will help you improve your hiring process. Other programs include our rainmaker seminar, which will provide techniques for attracting profitable clients, and our profitablility seminar, filled with secrets from successful practitioners. The cost of the event for MBA members is $75 for half-day events and $145 for full-day events. To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
House of Delegates Meeting

12:30–5 p.m.
DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester

The House of Delegates assembles for its first meeting of the 2007-08 association year. For more information, please contact Gwen Landford at [e-mail glandford] or by phone at (617) 338-0694.

Thursday, Sept. 20
Basics of Massachusetts Construction Law

4–7 p.m.
Course #: BLA08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This program will provide an overview of Massachusetts construction law, including information about: construction law concepts; an overview of construction project claims; a discussion of the special methods of collection relative to the construction industry (namely mechanic’s lien and bond claims); and demands for direct payment. The seminar will also discuss the fundamentals of construction defect litigation, including a review of the economic loss doctrine and warranty claims.
Faculty: Philip M. Hirshberg, Esq., program chair and moderator, Morrison Mahoney LLP, Boston; Carolyn M. Francisco, Esq., Corwin & Corwin LLP, Boston; Jeremy Ritzenberg, Esq., Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP, Boston.

Tuesday, Sept. 25
FMLA Roundtable

Noon–2 p.m.
Course #: LEA08
Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, 100 Front St., Worcester

At this luncheon roundtable, practitioners and Department of Labor staff will discuss recent court decisions restricting an employer’s ability to dispose of FMLA claims as part of a release/waiver. Panelists will also discuss the extension of FMLA benefits to employees despite significant gaps in service with their current employer.
Faculty: Robert M. Hale, Esq., Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston; Merle D. Hyman, Esq., U.S. Department of Labor, Boston; Indira Talwani, Esq., Segal, Roitman & Coleman, Boston.

Wednesday, Sept. 26
Chapter 93A & 176D Update

4–7 p.m.
Course #: CLB08
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Our panel will focus primarily on the evolving standards of recovery and defenses under Chapter 93A for improper conduct of insurance companies under Chapter 176D, as well as the recent developments in both Sections 9 and 11 of Chapter 93A.
Faculty: Robert A. Curley Jr., Esq., program chair, Curley & Curley PC, Boston; Sean R. Levin, Esq., Electric Insurance Co., Beverly; Anne Robbins, Esq., Lynch, Brewer, Hoffman & Fink LLP, Boston; Stephen S. Young, Esq., Holland & Knight LLP, Boston; Benjamin R. Zimmermann, Esq., Sugarman & Sugarman PC, Boston.


Thursday, Sept. 27
Serving Our Veterans in the Law: Pro Bono Training for Attorneys
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Attorneys will receive free training to aid them in offering pro bono services to veterans throughout the state. Ronald B. Abrams, joint executive director, and Louis J. George, staff attorney, both of the National Veterans Legal Services Program in Washington, D.C., will explain the legal landscape of veterans issues and discuss how to navigate federal and state appeals of benefit reductions and eliminations.
A representative from the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services will also be on hand.
Lunch will be served.
Space is limited. To register for this training session, call Member Services at (617) 338-0530 or toll-free at (877) 676-6500.

Friday, Sept. 28–Saturday, Sept. 29
Family Law Conference

Friday, 6 p.m –Saturday, 3:40 p.m.
Course #: FLA08
Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club, 55 Lee Road, Lenox

The theme of this year’s Family Law Conference is “Deciding, Proving and Planning for Best Interests – When Family Law Cases Affect Children.” This conference will provide you with a unique opportunity to meet judges, socialize with colleagues and update your skills as you learn techniques and gain insights from our distinguished panel members consisting of judges and family law experts.
Faculty: David W. White Jr., Esq., MBA president, Breakstone, White & Gluck PC, Boston; Hon. Anne M. Geoffrion, Probate and Family Court; Hon. Edward J. Lapointe, Probate and Family Court; Hon. Elizabeth O’Neill LaStaiti, Probate and Family Court; Fern L. Frolin, Esq., Grindle, Robinson, Goodhue & Frolin, Wellesley; Edward P. Ryan Jr., Esq., O’Connor & Ryan PC, Fitchburg; Denise Squillante, Esq., MBA vice president, Law Office of Denise Squillante, Fall River.
*For a full list of faculty refer to the CLE brochure or visit www.massbar.org/CLE.


Wednesday, Oct. 3
MBA Dial-A-Lawyer Program

5:30–7:30 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The Dial-A-Lawyer program, held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the MBA’s Boston office, provides an opportunity for the public to speak with volunteering attorneys via telephone. Participants provide free, basic legal information to caller’s questions, covering a wide range of legal topics. To volunteer for a future program, call (617) 338-0556.

Thursday, Oct. 4
Massachusetts Bar Foundation Grantee Reception

4:30–6:30 p.m.
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield

Join the MBF in honoring the 2007-08 MBF IOLTA grant recipients as well as the 2007 Legal Intern Fellows at a cocktail reception.

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer Program

3:30–7:30 p.m.
WNEC School of Law, Springfield

Held semiannually, the MBA’s Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer program will provide free legal advice to the residents of Western Massachusetts. During the event, volunteering attorneys will answer questions on a wide range of legal issues, such as workers’ compensation, divorce, estate issues, landlord disputes, health and Medicare problems, criminal matters, discrimination and adoption. To volunteer, call (617) 338-0556.

Thursday, Oct. 11
Bench-Bar Symposium

2:30–5 p.m.
John Adams Courthouse, Boston

Join the MBA for its second annual Bench Bar Symposium. This Signature Event will be held in the Great Hall of the John Adams Courthouse.

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. This event will be held in the Rose Kennedy Ballroom at the InterContinental Boston.

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