CLE Program

Second Annual Young Lawyers Division Symposium


Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Runtime: 9:00h

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The Massachusetts Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is hosting its Second Annual Symposium on Friday, Dec. 13, at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

This year's symposium offers multiple programming tracks designed to ensure there is something for everyone.

9-9:15 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Plenary Session
Session 1: I Passed the Bar! Now What Do I Do?

  • Building a Strong Support System and Finding a Mentor
  • How to Accept and Embrace Your Capabilities in the Workplace
  • Imposter Syndrome: Strategies to Overcome It
  • Reducing Your Reactivity
  • Owning Your Accomplishments and Internalizing Your Abilities and Strengths
  • Gaining Client Confidence

10:15-11:15 a.m.: Breakout Sessions: Choose from one of the following:
Session 2A: Ethical Considerations in Performing Client Intake and Drafting Fee Agreements

  • Establishing Expectations at the Start of the Attorney-Client Relationship
  • Active Listening During Client Intake 
  • Key Information to Obtain for Your Conflicts Check
  • Important but Overlooked Items to Include in All Fee Agreements

Session 2B: Contract Review, Drafting and Negotiation

  • Important Drafting Techniques
  • How to Best Keep Abreast of Recent Statutory and Case Law Changes
  • Communicating Clearly with Clients: Translating the Legalese

Session 2C: Motion Practice and Procedure

  • Writing with Clarity and Power
  • Framing the Issue
  • Limits and Timing of Motions
  • Preparing for Court and Oral Advocacy 
  • Tips for Minimizing Cost and Delay

11:15-11:30 a.m.: Networking Break

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Keynote Speaker
Session 3: Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director, Lawyers for Civil Rights

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions: Choose from one of the following:
Session 4A: Top Malpractice Trends & Traps for the Unwary

  • How to Deliver Bad News Well
  • Navigating IOLTA Accounts
  • Safeguarding Client Data
  • Common Traps to Avoid

Session 4B: Naturalization Disability Waiver Training

  • Overseeing Citizenship Interviews Before U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Handling Applications for Disability-Based Waivers
  • Representing Immigrants During Critical Stages of the Naturalization Process

Session 4C: Preparing Your Case and Client for a Successful Resolution Through Mediation/DR

  • How to Set Client Expectations
  • Exploring Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Signs That You Should Settle Your Case 
  • How to Discuss Possible Settlement with Superiors

2:30-2:45 p.m.: Networking Break

2:45-4 p.m.: Plenary Session
Session 5: A Return to Civility

  • Proper Courtroom Etiquette
  • Common Mistakes New Lawyers Make
  • Tips for Facing Unreasonable Opposing Counsel
  • Tales from the Trenches

4 p.m.: Closing Remarks

4:15 p.m.: Networking Reception

Portions of this symposium may be available after Dec. 13 via MBA On Demand. This program will not be offered as a real-time webcast. Attendees must participate in-person.

Conference Sponsors:


Saraa Basaria, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston
Michael J. Leard, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Boston
Meghan H. Slack, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Law Office of Meghan Slack, Burlington
Hon. Kimberly S. Budd, Panelist
Supreme Judicial Court, Boston
Hon. Anthony Campo, Panelist
Suffolk Superior Court, Boston
Hon. Beverly J. Cannone, Panelist
Norfolk Superior Court, Dedham
Hon. Bonnie MacLeod, Panelist
JAMS, Boston
Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Esq., Keynote Speaker
Lawyers for Civil Rights, Boston
Avana Anderson, Esq., Panelist
Peabody & Arnold LLP, Boston
Jason Armiger, Esq., Panelist
Gesmer Updegrove, Boston
Essence McGill Arzu, Esq., Panelist
The Arzu Law Group LLC, Somerville
Steven Ayr, Esq., Panelist
Casner & Edwards LLP, Boston
Jacob Benhabib, JD, Panelist
Project Citizenship, Boston
Michelle Byers, Esq., Panelist
Campbell Conroy & O’Neil, P.C., Charlestown
Katherine Connolly, Esq., Panelist
Morrison Mahoney LLP, Boston
Elizabeth Dillon, Esq., Panelist
Simmons University, Boston
Patrice Dixon, Esq., Panelist
Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP, Boston
Julianne Fitzpatrick, Esq., Panelist
athenahealth, Inc., Brighton
Eron Hackshaw, Esq., Panelist
Boston University School of Law, Boston
Sara Holden, Esq., Panelist
Brecher, Wyner, Simons, Fox, & Bolan LLP, Newton Center
Jessica Gray Kelly, Esq., Panelist
Sherin and Lodgen LLP, Boston
Nefra MacDonald, Esq., Panelist
Clio, Florida
Michael Molloy, Esq., Panelist
Marcotte Law Firm, Lowell
John Morrissey, Esq., Panelist
Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP, Braintree
Francis R. Mulé, Esq., Panelist
Rockland Trust Company, Boston
Nicole Paquin, Esq., Panelist
Law Office of Nicole Paquin, Newton
Adam Ponte, Esq., Panelist
Fletcher Tilton PC, Boston
Gauri Patil Punjabi, Esq., Panelist
Boston Scientific Corporation, Marlborough
Janet Raheb, Esq., Panelist
Worcester County District Attorney's Office - Worcester, Worcester
Batool Raza, Esq., Panelist
Boston Public Health Commission, Boston
Samuel Segal, Esq., Panelist
Law Offices of Samuel A. Segal, Boston
Sankeetha Selvarajah, Esq., Panelist
Selvarajah Law PC, Boston
Christina Simpson, Esq., Panelist
The Law Office of Christina Simpson, Esq., Jamaica Plain
Todd Torres, Esq., Panelist
UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester
Terence J. Welsh, CPCU, AIS, Panelist
MBA Western Mass. Office, Springfield
Joblin Younger, Esq., Panelist
Law Office of Joblin C. Younger PC, Beverly

Sponsoring Sections:

Young Lawyers Division

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