MBA expands 2008-09 CLEs; Lawyers in Transition, Family Law conferences in October

Issue October 2008

The Massachusetts Bar Association is substantially increasing its Continuing Legal Education offerings this association year, with plans to hold a multitude of valuable seminars and programs during the 2008-09 term.

Each month, at least 10 seminars will be offered from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to more programming in the Greater Boston area, the MBA will increase the number of CLE programs held in Springfield, Marlborough, Andover, Taunton and Worcester. For more information on new programs, visit

Also, the Second Annual Lawyers in Transition Conference took place on Oct. 7, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough. The conference included "Back to Basics" instruction in family law, estate planning, immigration and civil litigation, as well as sessions on "Traps for the Unwary," "Strategies for a Successful Transition" and "New Technology for Re-Entering the Practice."

A networking luncheon featured keynote speaker Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Esq., the executive director at the Bowditch Institute for Women’s Success and a partner at Bowditch & Dewey LLP in Boston. She is also the author of "Ending the Gauntlet: Removing Barriers to Women’s Success in the Law." The conference will end with a networking reception featuring mentors from the MBA’s Mentoring Program.

The 18th Annual Family Law Conference, "Enhance Your Trial I.Q.: Complex Evidentiary Issues in Divorce and Custody Cases," will provide practitioners with ways of enhancing their trial I.Q. The conference will take place from Friday, Oct. 17, through Saturday, Oct. 18, at Ocean Edge Resort & Club on Cape Cod.

This conference will provide practitioners with a unique opportunity to meet judges, socialize with colleagues and update their skills. Learn techniques and gain insight from a distinguished panel of judges and other legal experts on a range of specialties.

Sessions include "The Evidence Standards," "Discovery and Admissibility of Medical Evidence" and "Hot Off the Presses: The New Child Support Guidelines." This year’s conference luncheon will also feature Hampshire Probate and Family Court Justice Gail L. Perlman as the keynote speaker.