Lawyers Journal

MBA Calendar of Events

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Wednesday, June 4
Second Annual Public Law Conference

8:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Course #: PUB08
Holiday Inn Boston at Beacon Hill,
5 Blossom St., Boston

Attorneys representing governmental bodies and those who litigate matters before agencies of the government are facing an ever-changing set of issues related to attorney-client privilege, the balancing of governmental transparency and the need for non-public deliberation of legal issues. Governmental bodies are also undergoing change as new leaders and restructured agencies attempt to find more efficient means of resolving disputes and serving various constituencies. In this context, our panelists will address the special role and obligations of public counsel in serving the needs of their client agencies as well as broader public policy objectives. Discussions will focus on attorney-client privilege, the Public Records Law, the Open Meeting Law and the Division of Administrative Law Appeals.
Faculty: Robert J. Ambrogi, Esq., Law Office of Robert J. Ambrogi, Rockport; Suzanne M. Bump, Esq., Secretary, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Boston; Martin S. Ebel, Esq., Commissioner, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Boston; Daniel J. Hammond, Esq., Office of the Attorney General, Boston; Rebecca Murray, Esq., Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Division of Public Records, Boston; Shelly L. Taylor, Esq., chief administrative magistrate, Division of Administrative Law Appeals, Boston; Thomas J. Urbelis, Esq., Urbelis & Fieldsteel LLP, Boston; Shawn A. Williams, Esq., Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, Division of Public Records, Boston.

Criminal Trial Practice Series: The Nuts and Bolts of Trial Practice – Wrap Up Session
12:45-2 p.m.
Course #: CJD08
Introductory level
Hampden Hall of Justice, 50 State St., Springfield

Back by popular demand, the successful Criminal Trial Practice Series faculty will return for a fourth wrap-up session that will provide deeper coverage of practical tips on effective advocacy and proper trial preparation. Join the expert panel for further discussion of the topics you want to hear more about.
Faculty: Hon. M. John Schubert Jr., Orange District Court, Orange; Daniel R. Bergin, Esq., Daniel R. Bergin, Attorney at Law, Springfield; James M. Forsyth, Esq., Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, Springfield; Mark G. Mastroianni, Esq., Mark G. Mastroianni, Attorney at Law, Springfield; Jane D. Montori, Esq., Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, Springfield; William T. Walsh Jr., Esq., Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, Worcester.

Tuesday, June 10
Chronic Pain in Workers’ Compensation Litigation

4–7 p.m.
Course #: CLJ08
Intermediate level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Are you a workers’ compensation practitioner whose matters involve claims of chronic pain? Gain a better understanding of the various mechanisms of the condition with the help of medical experts who will supply medical evidence for the available therapeutic options. Panelists will discuss the nature of chronic pain, why it exists and provide an update on current medical evidence and the effective marshalling of evidence to support or controvert a claimant’s claims.
Faculty: Channing Migner, Esq., program chair, Law Office of Channing Migner, Worcester; Hon. Herbert C. Dike, Department of Industrial Accidents, Boston; Eugenio Martinez, MD, Boston Spine Clinic, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston; Robert Naparstek, MD, Caritas Good Samaritan Occupational Health Services, Avon; Janet D. Pearl, MD, medical director, Complete Pain Care Center, Framingham; Erika G. Soong, Esq., Tentindo, Kendall, Canniff & Keefe, Charlestown; Scott Tromanhauser, MD, Boston Spine Clinic, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston.

Wednesday, June 11
Recent Developments in Elder and Probate Law

4–7 p.m.
Course #: PLG08
Introductory level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The MBA’s popular Recent Developments in the Law programs provide an annual update on the most significant cases and changes in the law. The practice of elder law requires a constantly evolving knowledge of statutory, regulatory and administrative interpretation, as well as sharp advocacy techniques. This presentation will summarize the national trends in the practice over the past year and discuss expectations about how Massachusetts practice will consequently evolve. Our expert probate law panelists will provide a review of decisions relating to estates, trusts, fiduciary duties and related tax issues in Massachusetts. Faculty will also discuss recently promulgated rules and forms for guardianship proceedings in the probate and family courts.
Faculty: John G. Dugan, Esq., program chair, Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon PC, Franklin; Alex L. Moschella Jr., Esq., Moschella & Winston, Somerville; Edward Notis-McConarty, Esq., Hemenway & Barnes, Boston; Neal A. Winston, Esq., Moschella & Winston, Somerville.

Thursday, June 12
Bread and Butter Issues in Labor Law: Information Requests and Deferral to Arbitration
Luncheon Roundtable (lunch provided)

Noon–2 p.m.
Course #: LEK08
Intermediate level
Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, 100 Front St., Worcester
Two of the most common issues for all labor law lawyers are requests for information and deferral issues. National Labor Relations Board Regional Director Rosemary Pye and Regional Attorney Ronald S. Cohen will review case law and practitioner tips to clarify these problematic topics for both unions and employers. Specific topics will include improving the bargaining relationship by avoiding disputes; weighting the relevance of information; confidentiality issues; circumstances in which the NLRB will and will not defer to arbitration; and more. Faculty will also address any questions on recent NLRB cases and Region 1 procedures.
Faculty: Nicholas Anastasopoulos, Esq., program chair, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester; Ronald S. Cohen, Esq., NLRB, Boston; Rosemary Pye, Esq., NLRB, Boston.

How to Prepare For and Respond to Federal Compliance Investigations
4–7 p.m.
Course #: LEJ08
Intermediate level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Join us for this timely, practical seminar designed to help you assist your clients in promptly and comprehensively responding to federal audits and investigations, and in helping your clients avoid them. The program will feature panels on both DOL and ICE investigations and compliance.
Faculty: Christina Montgomery, Esq., program co-chair, Law Office of Christina Montgomery, Waltham; Elizabeth Neumeier, Esq., program co-chair, mediator/arbitrator, Gloucester; Berin S. Romagnolo, Esq., program co-chair, McCarter & English LLP, Boston; Roy J. Watson, Jr., Esq., program co-chair, Watson Law Offices, Bedford; Daniel S. Field, Esq., Morgan, Brown & Joy LLP, Boston; Errol Flynn, special agent, U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Boston; Matthew Lee, Esq., Tocci, Goss & Lee PC, Centerville; Richard D. Neville, Esq., deputy chief counsel, U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Boston; Patricia Slate, wage hour consultant, Newton.

Tuesday, June 17
Symposia on Domestic Relations Practice: Contempt and Modification

4–6 p.m.
Course #: FLH08
Introductory level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Presented by Paul M. Kane, Esq., from January to June 2008
Join us for the final component of a six-month symposia focusing on domestic relations practice, presented by Paul M. Kane, a partner in the Boston law firm of McGrath & Kane. Specializing in family law, Kane is a former assistant dean of Boston College Law School and has been a family law lecturer at Boston College since 1970. Judge Edward M. Ginsburg (ret.) is the commentator for the symposia. Discussion topics include enforcement of court orders and changed circumstances.

Wednesday, June 18
Managing a Paperless Law Office – Going Green in a Small and Solo Practice
Afternoon Roundtable (refreshments provided)

3–4:30 p.m.
Course #: LPE08
Introductory level
Northampton District Court,
15 Gothic St., Northampton

Tired of never finding the document you want when you need it most? Intimidated by the growing trend toward electronic filing required in the court and agency systems? Learn to shed your reliance on paper and join the ranks of lawyers shifting toward a paperless, resource-friendly office environment. Those seeking a competitive advantage with larger firms — for both litigation and transactional practices — should attend.
Faculty: Channing Migner, Esq., program chair, Law Office of Channing Migner PC, Worcester; Daniel K. Gelb, Esq., Gelb & Gelb LLP, Boston.

Complex Issues and Emerging Trends in Class Action Litigation
4–7 p.m.
Course #: CLR08
Intermediate level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

The purpose of this seminar is to raise awareness of complex issues and to provide an update on current trends and recent developments in state and federal class action litigation. The seminar will provide the perspectives from plaintiff and defense counsel, as well as the bench. Don’t miss this seminar if you are a civil litigator handling class actions in either state or federal court in Massachusetts.
Faculty: Lauren Guth Barnes, Esq., program chair, Hagens, Berman, Sobol, Shapiro LLP, Cambridge; Hon. Patti B. Saris, district judge, U.S. District Court; R. Bruce Allensworth, Esq., Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, Boston; Alex H. MacDonald, Esq., MacDonald, Rothweiler & Eisenberg LLP, Boston; Kristen Marquis Fritz, Esq., Thornton & Naumes LLP, Boston; Mark P. Szpak, Esq., Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston. *Additional faculty to be announced.

Thursday, June 19
Practical Information for the Real Estate Attorney – Construction Loans to Short Sales in 2008

4–7 p.m.
Course #: PRD08
Introductory level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

A rapid increase in bankruptcy filings and foreclosures is changing the environment for real estate practitioners. Join us for this informative and timely seminar to prepare yourself to practice in this new environment. Discussion topics will include mechanics liens; short sales; construction loans; orders of conditions; attachments and executions and prevention of title mishaps.
Faculty: Elizabeth J. Barton, Esq., program chair, Connecticut Title Insurance Co. (CATIC), Wellesley; John M. Donnelly, Esq., Office of the Attorney General, Boston; Amanda Zuretti, Esq., CATIC, Wellesley.

Wednesday, June 25
Screening and Handling Medical Malpractice Claims
Luncheon Roundtable (lunch provided)

12:45–2 p.m.
Course #: CLL08
Introductory level
MBA Western Mass. office, 73 State St., Springfield

Gain a deeper understanding of the pertinent issues and tasks related to the decision to pursue and move forward with potential medical malpractice claims. Faculty will discuss factors to weigh when considering pursuing a potential claim, preparing to file suit and how to succeed in a medical malpractice tribunal. Whether you are an attorney who has handled medical malpractice claims, or are simply considering it, this luncheon roundtable is an ideal opportunity to learn strategies to succeed.
Faculty: Robert H. Astor, Esq., program chair, Law Offices of Attorney Robert H. Astor, Springfield; Susan D. Sachs, Esq., Morrison Mahoney LLP, Springfield. *Additional faculty to be announced.

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