Lawyers Journal

MBA Calendar of Events

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

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
Following the MBA’s Access to Justice Awards Luncheon at noon, 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.

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, 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; Roy J. Watson Jr., Esq., Watson Law Office, Bedford.

Thursday, March 27
‘Tis the Season: The Law of Slips, Trips and Falls (Luncheon roundtable)
Noon–2 p.m.
Course #: CLI08
Intermediate level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
This luncheon roundtable will cover the basics of the law of negligence and premises liability. These personal injury matters present unique liability challenges. Specific topics include ice and snow claims, including notice requirements and business owners’ liability under the SJC’s Sheehan v. Roche Bros., Inc. 2007 decision.
Faculty: Paul F. Schneider, Esq., program chair, Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley PC, Springfield; Charles R. Casartello Jr., Esq., Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley PC, Springfield; John J. McQuade Jr., Esq., Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone, Springfield.

Employment Law for Lawyers
4–7 p.m.
Course #: LEE08
Introductory level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
You may be well-versed in the aspects of law that comprise your practice, but how much do you know about the laws and regulations affecting you and your clients as employers? Join us for this highly practical and interactive seminar and listen to experienced employment law practitioners discuss these and other common employment law issues.
Faculty: Catherine E. Reuben, Esq., program chair, Robinson & Cole LLP, Boston;
Daniel V. Bair II, Esq., Brodeur-McGan, Attorneys at Law, Springfield.

Tuesday, April 1
Estate Planning Techniques to Avoid or Survive Probate Litigation
4–7 p.m.
Course #: PLE08
Advanced level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
This program will address how to identify and anticipate family issues at the initial estate planning meetings, how to draft clauses to avoid or aid litigation, and how a judge might interpret the presence or absence of certain language in the decedent’s estate planning documents. If you are an estate planning attorney or probate litigator, don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to identify potential will contests at the drafting stage and how to draft and employ techniques to avoid or survive litigation.
Faculty: Jennifer L. Laucirica, Esq., program chair, Cushing & Dolan PC, Boston; Hon. Edward F. Donnelly Jr., Middlesex Probate and Family Court; Lisa M. Cukier, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston; Maureen E. Curran, Esq., Law Office of Maureen Curran, Boston.

Thursday, April 10–Friday, April 11
Special Training Program: Collaborative Law: Effective Business and Employment Dispute Resolution for Civil Practitioners and In-House Counsel
8–8:30 a.m.: Registration
8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.: Workshop
Course #: BLI08
Introductory level
MBA, 20 West St., Boston
Learn an emerging 21st century ADR technique that saves time, controls costs, protects privacy and helps the parties create the best possible outcome. Participants will learn the history and development of collaborative law since its inception in 1990, how to initiate a collaborative negotiation, how to close a collaboratively reached agreement and more.
Note: This two-day workshop will satisfy the standards and basic training requirements for membership in the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.
Faculty: Jessica Block, Esq., Block & Roos LLP, Boston; R. Paul Faxon, Esq., The New Law Center LLC, Cambridge; Daniel J. Finn, Esq., Law Office of Daniel J. Finn, Wellesley; David A. Hoffman, Esq., Boston Law Collaborative, Boston; Karen J. Levitt, Esq., Levitt Law Group, Lowell; Stephen M. Linsky, Esq., Family Co-Mediation, Newton; Susan Miller, MA, CPA, CFP, CDFA, Aurora Financial Advisors LLC, Wellesley; Jody L. Newman, Esq., Dwyer & Collora LLP, Boston; Rita S. Pollak, Esq.,
Collaborative Law Practice, Brookline; Douglas C. Reynolds, Esq., The New Law Center LLC, Cambridge; Michael A. Zeytoonian, Esq., Hutchings, Barsamian, Mandelcorn & Zeytoonian LLP, Wellesley.
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