More than 40 attorneys attended the MBA's Seventh Annual
In-House Counsel Conference on Wednesday, Dec. 9 in Boston. The
theme of this year's conference was "Tools for Effective Legal
Topics including developments on the business litigation
session, licensing agreements, data security, enlisting outside
counsel, conflicts of interest and bankruptcy headlined the
conference held at the MBA Boston office. Conference chairs
included Peter D. McDermott, David A. Parke and James C. Donnelly
Business litigation session judges Judith Fabricant, Stephen E.
Neel and Margaret R. Hinkle led a panel discussing developments in
the session, including its 2010 pilot project planned to reduce
time and resources in the discovery process.
In addition, with new Massachusetts data regulations on the near
horizon, data security laws and privacy regulations were of
particular interest to conference goers. MBA's Business Law Section
Co-Chair Stephen Y. Chow of Burns and Levinson led the panel
addressing risk management issues associated with the
well-publicized regulations that go into effect March 1.
Rounding out the conference was the bankruptcy panel led by MBA
Business Law Co-Chair Robert J. Kerwin of Tarlow, Breed, Hart &
Rodgers PC and Francis C. Morrissey of Morrissey & Wilson
Kerwin summarized the daylong event: "We want to get to the
issues that are keeping people up at night. I think that Jim
Donnelly, Dave Parke and Peter McDermott did a wonderful job at
organizing an event that accomplished that goal."
According to conference attendee Kai May, in-house counsel for
Osram Sylvania, the event was worthwhile. He noted that as both an
in-house counsel and compliance officer, "the topic pertaining to
internal investigations, conflicts and fraud was very useful to me.
I was able to gain very good, practical knowledge."