CLE tracks, Access to Justice Awards, “Hail to the Chiefs” panel, Centennial Ball to headline spring event in Boston

Issue May 2011

The MBA's Centennial Conference, a celebration of the MBA's century of service to the public, profession and rule of law, will take place on Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 19, at the Boston Sheraton Hotel.

"It's an opportunity for everybody to come together and celebrate the rich history of the MBA," said MBA President Denise Squillante. "The conference offers practitioners an opportunity to network and sharpen their skills, while at the same time, honor our past 100 years."

The two-day conference will feature three concurrent Continuing Legal Education tracks, the annual Access to Justice Awards Luncheon, a "Hail to the Chiefs" bench-bar panel and the Centennial Ball, featuring a keynote address from U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

Educational Highlights

The Centennial Conference will kick off on May 18 with a half day of continuing legal education programming and continue with a full day of programming on May 19. The conference features three concurrent CLE tracks:

Young Lawyers Track: Running Your Law Practice on a Shoestring Budget; Limited Assistance Representation Open Forum; Social Media for Lawyers; 60 Sites to Bring Your Firm Into the Future; Networking Strategies for the Successful Attorney; Technology From Your Office to the Courtroom

Litigation Track: Hot Issues in Discovery; Crafting a Winning Theme - From Soup to Nuts; Evidence; Direct-and Cross-Examination of Expert Witnesses; Convincing the Judge: Practical Advice for Litigators; Voir Dire

Substantive Law Track: Family Law Update; Trends in Employment Law; Uniform Probate Code Update; Criminal Law; Secret Weapons for the Personal Injury Attorney; Tax Implications in Real Estate Transactions

"Whether it's for the celebration or the education, it's a really important event. You can learn, celebrate and network all at the same time," said MBA Secretary Marsha V. Kazarosian, who is co-chair of the MBA's Education Committee.

Annual awards Luncheon honors exemplary legal services work

The Annual Access to Justice Awards Luncheon will take place on May 18 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The luncheon will honor five attorneys and one law firm for their efforts in providing exceptional legal services to the public. Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray will deliver the luncheon's keynote address and will also be honored with an MBA Centennial Award.

The Access to Justice Award honorees are:

Legal Services Award: Linda L. Landry, Disability Law Center, Boston, and Daniel S. Manning, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston

Pro Bono Award for Law Firms: Law Offices of Howard Friedman, Boston

Pro Bono Publico Award: Eleanor J. Newhoff, Newhoff Law, Cambridge

Defender Award:
Radha Natarajan, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Somerville

Prosecutor Award: Katharine B. Folger, Middlesex District Attorney's Office, Woburn

Distinguished judges featured on May 18 panel

An informal "Hail to the Chiefs" bench-bar panel discussion, featuring many of the state's top judges, will address important bench-bar topics and serve as the wrap-up to the first day of conference programming on May 18. From 4:30 to 6 p.m., attendees will have an opportunity to interact with distinguished members of the panel, including:

  • Moderator: Associate Justice Ralph D. Gants, Supreme Judicial Court;
  • Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, Probate and Family Court;
  • Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly, District Court;
  • Chief Justice Michael F. Edgerton, Juvenile Court;
  • Chief Justice Charles R. Johnson, Boston Municipal Court;
  • Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan;
  • Chief Justice Steven D. Pierce, Housing Court;
  • Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza, Appeals Court;
  • Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse, Superior Court; and
  • Chief Justice Karyn F. Scheier, Land Court.

A reception will follow the panel discussion, at which SJC Clerk for Suffolk County Maura S. Doyle will be recognized with the MBA Public Service Award.

"We really will be providing something for everyone. The conference has a wide net," said MBA Vice President Douglas K. Sheff, who is chair of the Centennial Conference and co-chair of the Centennial Ball.

Centennial ball

The two-day event and celebration will culminate with the MBA's Centennial Ball on May 19. The event will feature a keynote address from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and a special Hennessey Award presentation to retiring U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner. The MBA will also honor Foley Hoag's Michael B. Keating with its Gold Medal Award and Mintz Levin's Richard G. Mintz with a Centennial Award.

The Centennial Ball will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and awards at 6:30 p.m. MBA members and friends of the legal community are invited to join the MBA for music, dancing and a dessert buffet following the dinner.