"Latest in the Law 2009" on May 13 and 14 to highlight recent legal developments

Issue April 2009 By Kelsey Sadoff

Massachusetts Bar Association members now have the opportunity to receive individualized law practice management advice, Casemaker training on personal laptops, attend a newly added session on the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence and participate in speed networking at “Latest in the Law 2009.”

“Latest in the Law 2009” is a specially priced comprehensive conference highlighting the most significant cases and developments over the past year. Designed to allow practitioners to attend all available programming, the MBA is offering more than a dozen programs at the Sheraton Braintree on May 13-14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“This conference provides up-to-date information on various practice areas for lawyers who may be considering transitioning from one practice area to the next,” said MBA Treasurer Denise Squillante. “The MBA is a leader in serving our members’ educational needs and in assisting our members and lawyers throughout the state in enhancing their professional knowledge and sharpening their skills in their practice areas.”

A newly added conference session to the May 13 programming on the recently released Massachusetts Guide to Evidence will be presented by Appeals Court Judge R. Marc Kantrowitz, chair of the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law and editor-in-chief of the guide. This practical, easy-to-use reference tool is a valuable resource to attorneys’ practices. Kantrowitz will highlight the most important sections and aspects of the guide and demonstrate how the guide can be utilized to help your practice.

“Latest in the Law 2009” will also offer attorneys from across the commonwealth an opportunity to participate in “Speed Networking with a Twist” on May 13.  Participants are invited to share a successful practice tip (that’s the twist) that they have implemented in their practice this year, be it marketing, billing, technology, time management, work/life balance or beyond. “For new lawyers, this is an opportunity to meet other members in the profession and to participate in a mentoring session,” said Squillante.

“Lawyers are facing uncertain times. In this present climate, some are seeking to add additional practice areas to their present practices, while others are trying to find ways to make their specific practices more efficient and profitable,” said Alan J. Klevan, Esq., of Klevan & Klevan in Wellesley and co-chair of the Law Practice Management Section. He will be speaking about the Massachusetts Data Privacy Act and the impact it will have. “This conference was designed with those concerns in mind. Either way, attorneys who attend will leave this conference confident in their ability to come out of this recent economic climate stronger and more certain of their ability to succeed.”

See full schedule of the two-day conference on page 19.