One of the events that I look forward to at the Massachusetts
Bar Association is the Annual Dinner. This year was no different --
although this year I had the privilege of being the master of
ceremonies. It was a great time, and it was even better to see the
lawyers in attendance enjoy themselves and, for maybe even a short
time, forget about the issues at the office. I've been to a number
of events that have been nice, but, at times, stuffy. Ours is
anything but stuffy.
Out-of-court dispute resolution is no longer just an
alternative form of resolving legal matters, according to
members of the bar and bench alike. It's also the focus of the
Massachusetts Bar Association's newest section.
Officially approved at the MBA's March House of Delegates
meeting, the Dispute Resolution Section is in many ways a natural
evolution of the MBA's own Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Committee, which has been active for many years. To reflect the
field's increasing and more mainstream use, the Dispute Resolution
Section title stands without the familiar "A" for "alternative"
that was included in the name of the committee.
Camaraderie was the word at the 2016 Massachusetts Bar
Association Annual Dinner, held on Thursday, April 28, at the
Westin Hotel in South Boston's Seaport District, when more than
1,000 members of the legal community from across the commonwealth
convened in Boston to celebrate their profession among peers and
Nearly 100 practitioners attended the Massachusetts Bar
Association's inaugural Complex Commercial Litigation Conference on
April 14 at the Hyatt Regency Boston. Sponsored by the MBA's
Complex Commercial Litigation Section, the conference featured
three panels covering intellectual property, bankruptcy and
business litigation. The program was bookended by a keynote address
from Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert J. Cordy at the
beginning and a cocktail reception at the end.