CLE Program

Third Annual Young Lawyers Division Symposium


Date: Friday, March 26, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Massachusetts Bar Association
Zoom Webinar

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MBA Law Student : $0.00
MBA New Admittee : $0.00
MBA Member : $0.00
Non-Member : $50.00

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The Massachusetts Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is hosting its Third Annual Symposium as a virtual event on Friday, March 26.

This year's symposium will feature keynote speaker Stesha A. Emmanuel. Emmanuel is a litigation attorney at McCarter & English, specializing in product liability, pharmaceutical matters and general civil litigation. Among her representative matters, she led the pro bono McCarter Boston team, along with the ACLU, and successfully briefed, argued and persuaded the Supreme Judicial Court to invalidate a panhandling statute as unconstitutional. Emmanuel frequently argues dispositive motions in state and federal court, conducts and defends depositions, and advises clients. Emmanuel has been recognized for her expertise in the legal community, including as a recipient of the following awards:

  • Boston Business Journal, 40 Under 40 Honoree, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Product Liability Litigation-Defendants, Massachusetts, 2021
  • Massachusetts Rising Star, General Litigation and Employment & Labor Law, Super Lawyers, 2014-20

The symposium will also offer multiple programming tracks designed to ensure there is something for everyone, including:

  • Coffee welcome and remarks from YLD Chair Jason Armiger
  • Small group networking session (8:30-9 a.m.)
  • Keynote speaker: Stesha A. Emmanuel, Esq., president, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, McCarter & English, Boston
  • Plenary session: I Passed the Bar During a Pandemic! Now What Do I Do?
    Four breakout sessions:
    • Criminal Law and the Courtroom: Pleas, Motions and Trial Practice
    • Writing to Win: Proper Civil Motion Practice and Procedure
    • Dynamite Deals: Best Practices for Contract Drafting, Reviewing and Negotiation
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution for Newly Minted Lawyers

Members of the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys, Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Asian American Lawyer's Association of Massachusetts, the Mass LGBTQ Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council  who are not MBA members can enjoy a special discounted rate of $25. To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530.

This symposium will be hosted using Zoom. Registration is required by 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 25, to participate in this program. After you register with the MBA, please look for an email from MassBar Education with the Webinar ID and Password. The email will be sent before the symposium on March 26.


Saraa Basaria, Esq., Program Co-chair
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston
Michelle M. Byers, Esq., Program Co-chair
Campbell Conroy & O’Neil, Charlestown
Jason E. Armiger, Esq., Young Lawyers Division Chair
Gesmer Updegrove LLP, Boston
Stesha Emmanuel, Esq., Keynote Speaker
McCarter & English LLP, Boston
Shawn Keefe, Esq., Moderator
Connors & Connors LLP, Waltham
Batool Raza, Esq., Moderator
Boston Public Health Commission, Boston
Christopher Sweeney, Esq., Moderator
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch Ford LLP, Boston
Jonathan Wynne, Esq., Moderator
Lee, Myers & O'Connell, LLP, Boston
Beth Aarons, Esq., Panelist
Aarons Law & Mediation, Southborough
Chandra Banks, Ed. M., Panelist
Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge
Barry Bisson, Esq., Panelist
Bisson Law, Boston
Elizabeth A. Bitar, Esq., Panelist
Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton PC, Waltham
Erica Bruno, Esq., Panelist
Law Offices of Joseph D. Bernard, Springfield
Jennifer Carriòn, Esq., Panelist
Diversity Recruiting Manager, Morgan Lewis, Boston
Nicole J. Cocozza, Esq., Panelist
Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston
Katherine L. Connolly, Esq., Panelist
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, Boston
Deepa Desai, Esq., Panelist
Fisher & Phillips LLP, Boston
D’Andre Fernandez, Esq., Panelist
Attorney General's Office - Boston, Boston
Rohan Kazi, Esq., Panelist
Gesmer Updegrove LLP, Boston
Justin Kelsey, Esq., Panelist
Skylark Law & Mediation PC, Southborough
Julien M. Mundele, Esq., Panelist
Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Joseph Nett, Esq., Panelist
Brand & Tapply, LLC, Wellesley
Amoli Pandya, Esq., Panelist
SQZ Biotech, Watertown
Xena N. Robinson, Esq., Panelist
Liberty Mutual Group, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Young Lawyers Division

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