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Tuesday, May 13
29th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
The Colonnade Hotel, Boston
120 Huntington Ave., Boston
This year’s spring conference includes three sessions covering topics ranging from legal bases for obtaining and enforcing arbitral subpoenas, how implicit bias often motivates actors in the workplace, and a review of the hottest employment law developments from late 2007 and early 2008. The conference will end with a networking reception. 

Wednesday, April 16
Luncheon Roundtable with MCAD Commissioner Martin S. Ebel
12:30–2 p.m.
Course #: LEH08
Introductory level
Hampden Hall of Justice, 50 State St., Springfield
Employers practicing before the MCAD have noticed that its standard operating procedures have changed in recent months. To find out about what’s new at the MCAD, join us in meeting with Commissioner Martin S. Ebel.
Faculty: Martin S. Ebel, Esq., commisioner of MCAD.

Ethical Conflicts for the Business
Immigration Attorney
4–7 p.m.
Course #: BLH08
Intermediate level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
On July 16, 2007, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a new regulation that has raised questions over rights to retain counsel and the attorney’s role in the permanent labor certification process. Violations of this regulation may affect both the attorney and client. The attorney must constantly be aware of serving two masters, and the difficulty of this role often prevents the attorney from providing the full measure of advice that is available. An attorney who provides advice and counsel that benefits one side could conceivably be found to have disadvantaged the other, thus violating ethical rules. Join us to hear experienced panelists address the many ethical issues facing the business immigration attorney.
Faculty: Roy J. Watson Jr., Esq., program co-chair, Watson Law Office, Bedford; Robert G. Heiserman, Esq., Robert G. Heiserman PC, Denver; John Marshall, Esq., Office of the Bar Counsel, Boston; Palma R. Yanni, Esq., Palma Yanni PC, Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, May 6
Intellectual Property Basics for the Non-Specialist
4–7 p.m.
Course #: BLJ08
Introductory level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Intellectual property is increasingly important in corporate valuation and business strategy. Clients now expect their counsel to be well versed in intellectual property law and strategy. Learn the intellectual property law basics required to help your clients protect and leverage intellectual assets. Seminar topics will include patents, licensing and other business transactions.
Faculty: Inna S. Landsman, Esq., program chair, Rissman, Jobse, Hendricks & Oliverio LLP, Boston; Stephen Y. Chow, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston; Stacey C. Friends, Esq., Ruberto, Israel & Weiner PC, Boston; Stanley B. Kay, Esq., Law Offices of Stanley B. Kay, Wellesley Hills; Anne Marie Longobucco, Esq., Demeo & Associates PC, Boston.

Wednesday, May 21
Mass Torts and Class Action Litigation
4–7 p.m.
Course #: CLK08
Intermediate level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The purposes of this seminar are to familiarize general practitioners with the essentials of mass tort and class action claims and to update experienced counsel with current trends and recent develop-
ments in these areas of complex litigation. The seminar will also provide information on effective issue-spotting, rules’ applic-ability, ethics in advising class action claimants and traps for the unwary.
Faculty: Lauren Guth Barnes, Esq., program chair, Hagens, Berman, Sobol, Shapiro LLP, Cambridge; Hon. Patti B. Saris, U.S. District Court; Hon. William G. Young, U.S. District Court; Kristen M. Fritz, Esq., Thornton & Naumes LLP, Boston; Alex H. MacDonald, Esq., MacDonald, Rothweiler & Eisenberg LLP, Boston; Mark P. Szpak, Esq., Ropes & Gray, Boston.

Thursday, May 29
Immigration Removal Mock Trial
4–7 p.m.
Course #: BLK08
Introductory level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
This program will guide you through the ABCs of what lawful permanent residents and/or illegal aliens face in Immigration Court during a removal proceeding for any violation of immigration law.
Attendees will be presented with a fact pattern of the issue to be heard before the court. Seasoned immigration defense attorneys will demonstrate how a removal hearing is conducted, and Hon. Paul Gagnon of the Boston Immigration Court will preside over the mock trial. Immigration Court Administrator Robert Halpin will also provide a brief explan-ation of the Immigration Court procedural rules that attorneys need to follow. A Q&A session will follow for clarification of the themes presented. The program will conclude with a networking reception.
Faculty: Shiva Karimi, Esq., program co-chair, Vakili Karimi LLC, Boston; Eneida Roman, Esq., program co-chair, Eneida Roman, Attorney at Law, Boston; Hon. Paul M. Gagnon, Immigration Court, Boston; Linda A. Cristello, Esq., Law Office of Linda A. Cristello, Boston; Anthony Drago Jr., Esq., Anthony Drago Jr. PC, Boston; Dennis Febles, Esq., Febles Law Offices LLC, Boston; Robert E. Halpin, Esq., court administrator, Immigration Court, Boston; Jeremiah E. Friedman, Esq., Kaplan, O’Sullivan & Friedman, Boston; Roy J. Watson Jr., Esq., Watson Law Offices, Bedford.

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