Lawyers Journal

MBA Calendar of Events

*Unless otherwise indicated, call MBA Member Services (617) 338-0530 or toll-free at (877) 676-6500 for more information or to register for the following programs.

Monday, Feb. 25
Tales and Tips of Effective Marketing Luncheon Roundtable
1–2:30 p.m.
Course #: LPB08
Introductory level
Hampden Hall of Justice, 50 State St., Springfield
The Law Practice Management Section believes that the ability to effectively practice and manage a practice requires a solid, qualified client base. To achieve that base, attorneys must institute an effective marketing program which will differ from attorney to attorney and from practice type to practice type. Participants will learn strategies for effective low-cost and Web-based marketing. Attorneys establishing a practice and attorneys who want to improve marketing strategies should attend.
Faculty: Rodney S. Dowell, Esq., program chair, director, Law Office Management Assistance Program, Boston; Channing Migner, Esq., Law Office of Channing Migner, Worcester; Sally C. Stratman, executive director, Rubin and Rudman LLP, Boston.

Thursday, Feb. 28
Annual Walk to the Hill for Legal Aid
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Great Hall, Statehouse, Boston
With more than 500 attorneys attending the rally in an effort to draw attention to the shortage of civil legal aid for low-income people, the last year’s eighth Annual Walk to the Hill for Legal Aid was the largest ever. Increased funding for legal services and access to justice for all of our citizens continues to be a priority of the MBA.
Due to a shortage of legal resources, civil legal aid programs are forced to turn away a majority of eligible callers who are seeking assistance in matters such as child support and custody, domestic violence, housing, employment and health care.
The annual event is co-sponsored by the MBA, the Boston Bar Association and the Equal Justice Coalition. For more information, call the Equal Justice Coalition at (617) 720-8444 x129.

Thursday, March 6
Access to Justice Awards Luncheon and House of Delegates Meeting
Noon–4:30 p.m.
UMass Boston Campus Center, 100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston
The MBA will present its five Access to Justice Awards at the MBA’s Access to Justice Awards Luncheon at noon. Following the luncheon, the House of Delegates will assemble for its fourth meeting of the 2007-08 association year. For more information, contact Gwen Landford at [e-mail glandford] or (617) 338-0694.

The Eternal Adjustment Applicant
4–7 p.m.
Course #: BLE08
Intermediate level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
The sudden advancement of visa priority dates in the summer of 2007 enabled tens of thousands of adjustment applications to be filed. The subsequent drastic reduction in the priority dates caused a situation where the adjustment applications will be pending many years. This situation creates an unanticipated host of legal issues, including protection under the Child Status Protection Act, adjustment portability, travel and work issues and visa renewal issues.
Faculty: Linda Y. Chin, Esq., program chair, Law Office of Linda Y. Chin, Concord; Tammy Fox-Isicoff, Esq., Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff PA, Miami, Fla.; Ronald H. Klasko, Esq., Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer LLP, Philadelphia, Pa.

Tuesday, March 11
Dispute Resolution — What You and Your Client Need to Know
4–7 p.m.
Course #: BLG08
Introductory level
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield
Alternative dispute resolution is growing as trials are becoming more costly and less frequent. Within ADR is a spectrum of processes to resolve conflicts, from pre-litigation mediation to arbitration. This seminar will focus on pre-litigation mediation and collaborative process as the cutting edge dispute resolution models that are least like litigation.
Faculty: Eileen Z. Sorrentino, Esq., program chair, Collaborative Attorney and Mediator PC, Chicopee; Norman H. Christiansen, Ph.D, Easthampton; Karen J. Levitt, Esq., Levitt Law Group, Lowell; Kathleen A. Townsend, Esq., Divorce Mediation Group, Springfield; Michael A. Zeytoonian, Esq., Hutchings, Barsamian, Mandelcorn & Zeytoonian LLP, Wellesley Hills.

Wednesday, March 12
Minor’s Settlements, Guardianship, Conservatorship and Supplemental Needs Trusts
4–7 p.m.
Course #: CLF08
Introductory level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Do you have a case involving a minor or adult with a mental disability or brain injury? What are your ethical obligations? Do you need court approval? Are there public benefits involved? Put this seminar on your must-attend list and learn from the experts about this complex area of law.
Faculty: Chris A. Milne, program chair, Milne Law Offices, Dover; Hon. Robert W. Langlois, acting first justice, Middlesex Probate and Family Court, East Cambridge Session; Hon. Peter M. Lauriat, Superior Court, Boston; Steven M. Cohen, Esq., Cohen & Oalican LLP, Boston; Elizabeth N. Mulvey, Esq., Crowe & Mulvey LLP, Boston; Edward Notis-McConarty, Esq., Hemenway & Barnes, Boston.

Thursday, March 13
How Cases are Best Tried and Adjudicated in Administrative Tribunals
2–6 p.m.
Course #: PUA08
Introductory level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Every week, scores of decisions are rendered by administrative law judges and hearing officers throughout the commonwealth. In contrast to the many resources available to courtroom litigators, there are relatively few sources of guidance for either (a) attorneys who must try cases before administrative tribunals, or (b) hearing officers charged with adjudicating administrative law cases. This seminar aims to familiarize practitioners with some of the nuances of the state agency and municipal hearing process. Experienced panelists and a Superior Court judge will offer tips on how to present the best possible case before an administrative tribunal.
Faculty: Robert L. Quinan Jr., Esq., program chair, Office of the Attorney General, Boston; Hon. Judith Fabricant, Superior Court, Boston; Hon. James P. Rooney, Division of Administrative Law Appeals, Boston; Denise J. Karlin, Esq., Department of Early Education & Care, Boston; James B. Lampke, Esq., City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association, Hull; Robert J. Munnelly Jr., Esq., Murtha Cullina LLP, Boston.

Tuesday, March 18
Long-term Care Asset Protection Planning
4–7 p.m.
Course #: PLD08
Advanced level
MBA, 20 West St. Boston
The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 made major changes in the rules of Medicaid eligibility. The federal statute significantly changed Medicaid’s treatment of transfers, the home, annuities and the requirements of using long-term care insurance as a means of avoiding estate recovery by Medicaid. The Division of Medical Assistance began implementing the DRA on July 1, 2006.
This program examines new and revised planning strategies in the post-DRA era. Attendees will also learn about the appropriateness of advising annuities as a planning tool and how to identify potential issues of Medicaid fraud and non-disclosure of transfers.
Faculty: Eric R. Oalican, Esq., program chair, Cohen & Oalican LLP, Boston; Leslie S. Madge, Esq., Law Office of Leslie S. Madge, Acton; Ian S. Oppenheim, Esq., Oppenheim & Cole LLP, Halifax.

Tuesday, March 25
Immigration Law Essentials
4–7 p.m.
Course #: BLF08
Introductory level
Western New England College School of Law, Springfield
Immigration touches various areas of law and affects many lives. Attorneys should be aware of basic immigrant visa procedures and the alphabet soup of immigration status. Attendees will learn about types of visas and the ethical issues facing foreign nationals and dual representation.
Faculty: Joseph P. Curran, Esq., program chair, Curran & Berger, Northampton; Marie Angelides, Esq., Angelides Law Firm, Longmeadow; Dan H. Berger, Esq., Curran & Berger, Northampton; Jeanette Kain, Esq., Kaplan, O’Sullivan & Friedman, Boston; John P. Marley, Esq., senior attorney, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Hartford; Anjali S. Waikar, Esq., ACLU, Boston office; Roy J. Watson Jr., Esq., Watson Law Office, Bedford.
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