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Health Law Event - UMASS Medical School

SAVE THE DATE: The Health Law Section is hosting a health law program on April 30, 2014 from 9-noon at the UMASS Medical School. The topics for discussion include the impact of medicare and medicaid leans on medical malpractice settlements, updates from the MA Health Connector, HIPAA and privacy issues and eating disorders and legal perspectives on behavioral health.

For more information and to register:

Energy Law Practice Group Speaker

Join the Energy Law Practice Group on Thursday, March 27th from 5:30-7 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

Stephen Pike, General Counsel for Renewable Energy Generation at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, will discuss the many programs of the Center.

The Center was established by Chapter 23J of the General Laws to promote clean energy development in Massachusetts. It receives funding from the Renewable Energy Trust Fund, which was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1998 as part of the deregulation of the electric utility market.

The Trust, in turn, is funded by a charge paid by electric ratepayers of investor-owned utilities in Massachusetts, as well as municipal electric departments that have opted to participate in the program.

Please RSVP as space is limited.

Energy Law Practice Group Guest Speaker

Join the Energy Law Practice Group on Thursday, March 27th from 5:30-7 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.


Stephen Pike, General Counsel for Renewable Energy Generation at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, will discuss the many programs of the Center.

The Center was established by Chapter 23J of the General Laws to promote clean energy development in Massachusetts. It receives funding from the Renewable Energy Trust Fund, which was created by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1998 as part of the deregulation of the electric utility market.

The Trust, in turn, is funded by a charge paid by electric ratepayers of investor-owned utilities in Massachusetts, as well as municipal electric departments that have opted to participate in the program.

Please RSVP as space is limited.



Human Trafficking of Domestic Workers

Human Labor Trafficking Open Meeting

You are invited to join the Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section on March 24, 2014 from 3:30-5:30 pm at the MBA, 20 West Street, Boston in welcoming guest speakers Attorney Richard Mann and Attorney Nancy Kelly who will discuss human trafficking of domestic workers and offer traps and tips to help you represent your client. The presentation will focus on:

Federal and state anti-trafficking laws;
Wage Act violations;
Domestic workers Bill of Rights;
Wage recovery protection from predators;
Tax liability issues when wages are recovered;
Special visa programs; and
ICE interaction.
All MBA members are invited to attend this free open meeting. Please RSVP to jstevens@massbar.org as space is limited.



UPCOMING CLE - RISK ASSESSMENTS - FRIENDS AND FOES

The Juvenile and Child Welfare Section is sponsoring a Risk Assessment CLE on April 10, 2014: 4-7 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston
FREE for MBA members!
Earn 3 juvenile deliquency or CAFL CLE credits

The increased use of risk assessments given to children accused of committing a sexual offense by schools, the Department of Children and Family, and other child-serving organizations has caused a tension between and among those representing the child to be assessed who strive to protect the child from future collateral consequences and the child serving agencies who need to ensure the safety of the other children they serve.
The program will begin with an introduction from Barbara Quinones, Ph.D., a Clinical Psychologist about what risk assessments in this context can predict, the information the assessor needs to make the determination, certain tools that are used and how they are administered, and data and research around using risk assessments to predict future behaviors.

If you are a lawyer who represents children or child-serving agencies, attend this program and you will learn:
• How and when they use these assessments and their success or failure in doing so;
• Objections to the use of the instruments;
• The potential danger to the child assessed that the use of these instruments pose; and
• Tips on how lawyers can protect their clients.

Finally, there will be a discussion on how might be able to come to some sort of common ground.

Faculty:

Lecturer:
Barbara Quinones, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist

Panel:
Alisa St. Florian, Esq. Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, Quincy
Brian R. Pariser, Esq., Department of Children and Families, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Timothy A. Sindelar, Esq., Law Office of Tim Sindelar, Newton
Joseph D. Mulhern, Jr., Esq. CPCS - Youth Advocacy Division, Fall River

Moderator:
Holly T. Smith, Esq., CPCS-Youth Advocacy Division, Boston


Sponsoring Sections:
Juvenile and Child Welfare Section

Business Law Open Meeting

Open meeting guest speaker: Oksana Westerbeke of Grant Thornton will present on business valuation issues.

Westerbeke is a managing director in Grant Thornton’s Financial and Valuation Services practice in the New England Cluster specializing in the valuation of debt and embedded derivatives, contingent assets and liabilities, warrants with anti-dilution provisions and other contingencies, privately held equity securities, performance and market condition options, and other complex securities. She assists clients in identifying, quantifying and managing risk and in the valuation of business enterprise and intangible assets.

Westerbeke has particular expertise in valuations related to debt instruments and embedded derivatives; contingent assets and liabilities; warrants with anti-dilution provisions or other contingencies; privately held equity securities; private equity and venture capital investments; incentive plans; interest rate swaps; and purchase price allocations and goodwill impairment testing.

Westerbeke has a BSBA in Finance from Babson College and a BA, in Piano from Tuymen College of Arts (Russia).

Due to limited space, please RSVP.

Today! (2/21/14) DCF is at Your Client's Door: Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations

This presentation aims to provide the practitioner a general familiarity with various aspects of DCF investigations into child abuse or neglect allegations in family home settings. It will be a step-by-step outline of the process for reporting and screening, investigating the allegations, involving law enforcement and the district attorney, challenging DCF findings through administrative hearings, and obtaining the reports for discovery and use in collateral proceedings.

Program materials for today's Legal Chat are now available in the Juvenile and Child Welfare Law's resource library.

New Trust Administration Practice Group

Trust Administration Practice Group meeting

The Probate Law Section invites all MBA members who are interested in joining the newly formed Trust Administration Practice Group to attend the introductory meeting on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 from 12-2 pm at the MBA. Attorneys at all levels of practice and experience are encouraged to sign up.

The Trust Administration Practice Group is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices for trust administration including: trust administration under the new Massachusetts UTC and UPC; Court decisions affecting trust administration; preparation/filing of accountings; fiduciary tax returns and trust tax issues; trusts and other protections for clients with diminished capacity who meet standards of (a) G.L. c. 190B §5-401, (b) G.L. c 231 §140C ½ and/or (c) Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.14.

This new group will meet regularly and provide education, publish articles and track/ propose legislation to practitioners in the trust administration field. All MBA members currently practicing in this field or are interested in adding trust administration to their practice are invited to join. If you are interested in joining this new practice group, please contact Jean Stevens at jstevens@massbar.org and join us at this introductory meeting.

For more information, go to the Probate Law My Bar Access page on our website (www.massbar.org).

New Trust Administration Practice Group - Introductory Meeting


The Probate Law Section invites all MBA members who are interested in joining the newly formed Trust Administration Practice Group to attend the introductory meeting on March 4, 2014 from 12-2 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. Attorneys at all levels of practice and experience are encouraged to sign up.

The Trust Administration Practice Group is dedicated to identifying and promoting best practices for trust administration including: trust administration under the new Massachusetts UTC and UPC; Court decisions affecting trust administration; preparation/filing of accountings; fiduciary tax returns and trust tax issues; trusts and other protections for clients with diminished capacity who meet standards of (a) G.L. c. 190B §5-401, (b) G.L. c 231 §140C ½ and/or (c) Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.14.

This new group will meet regularly and provide education, publish articles and track/ propose legislation to practitioners in the trust administration field. All MBA members currently practicing in this field or are interested in adding trust administration to their practice are invited to join. If you are interested in joining this new practice group, please contact Jean Stevens at jstevens@massbar.org and join us at this introductory meeting.

Free Open Meeting- Feb 25, 2014 5-6:30pm



From Counsel's Table to the Bench:
Perspectives and Advice from a New Judge

February 25, 2014 5-6:30 pm
MBA, 20 West St., Boston













MBA members are invited to attend this free open meeting hosted by The Sole Practitioner & Small Firm section council with guest speaker The Hon. Serge Georges, Jr.

Judge Georges will discuss:

• His career path from solo/small firm practice to appointment as a Judge;
• The training he received in his new position;
• His perception of a judgeship prior to appointment and his perspective after appointment;
• How his views on cases/lawyers have changed since becoming a Judge;
• How he approaches the diversity of cases that come before him; and
• Do's and Don'ts that he sees as a Judge that he didn’t see as a practicing lawyer.

A Q & A session will follow Judge Georges' presentation. We welcome you to join us and urge you to take this opportunity to meet and talk with Judge Georges in this informal setting.

Please RSVP to jstevens@massbar.org or The Sole Practitioner as space is limited.

Juvenile & Child Welfare Open Meeting - Bullying

OPEN MEETING: BULLYING AND CYBER BULLYING

Guest Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Englander who will discuss bullying and cyber bullying and the prevention of it.

Massachusetts passed anti-bullying legislation in May 2010 and amended its law in July 2013. The law, codified at M.G.L. c. 71, § 37O, requires schools to implement strategies to prevent bullying, and to address bullying promptly and effectively when it occurs.

Dr. Elizabeth Englander, a recognized expert in bullying and cyber-bullying, directs Bridgewater State University’s Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, an academic Center committed to a public health model for bullying and cyberbullying prevention for Massachusetts. Dr. Englander will briefly present on and encourage discussion of such topics as:

What is bullying and what isn't, why bullying is different from "just being mean".
The interaction between bullying and cyberbullying; why what happens online isn't "separate" in any substantial sense from what happens in person and in school.
Different kinds of kids engage in bullying and cyber bullying and being mean. What do we know about "types" and their psychology.

Please join the Juvenile and Child Welfare section for this free, informative discussion!
More about Dr. Englander:
Dr. Elizabeth Kandel Englander graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with Phi Beta Kappa and High Honors, and completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern California as an All University Merit Fellow. After being awarded a National Institute of Mental Health Research Service Award to study at the University of New Hampshire, she started teaching in the State University system in Massachusetts and is now a professor of Psychology. She was awarded a Presidential Fellowship to found and direct the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center, which delivers free anti-violence and anti-bullying programs, resources, and research to K-12 Education. Dr. Englander’s research and publications are nationally recognized and she was named Most Valuable Educator of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox because of her work in technological aggression and how it interacts with peer abusiveness in general. She was the Special Editor for the Cyberbullying issue of the Journal of Social Sciences, and has authored about a hundred articles in academic journals and books. She is the author of Understanding Violence, and of Bullying and Cyberbullying: A Guide for Educators, recently released by Harvard Press. She has written three research-based curricula and many educational handouts for communities and professionals. Reflecting her interest in educating laypeople, Dr. Englander has answered questions in a column for the New York Times (online edition), and she writes the column Bullying Bulletin Board, which is syndicated by Gatehouse Media in hundreds of newspapers nationwide.



Practicing with Professionalism - Jan. 2014

Please note, the course materials are available in electronic form only by clicking the link below.

Please email MassBarProfessionalism@massbar.org with any questions or concerns.

Legal Chat on Positive Youth Development this Friday (1/17/13)

The Juvenile and Child Welfare Law Section will be hosting a legal chat this Friday (January 17, 2014) from 1 to 2 pm on Positive Youth Development and Zealous Advocacy. Watch it in real time or watch the recording in the On Demand section of the MyBar website.

Program description:
Wendy Wolf and Holly Smith from the Youth Advocacy Division’s Training Unit will discuss the principals of Positive Youth Development and how you can incorporate these principals into your practice while zealously representing your juvenile clients.

Presenters:
Holly Smith, Training Attorney, Youth Advocacy Division/CPCS
Wendy Wolf, Training Director, Youth Advocacy Division/CPCS

POSTPONED - Public Law Section Council Meeting on Jan. 2nd has been postponed

The Public Law section council meeting originally scheduled for January 2nd has been postponed and will be held on Thursday, January 9th from 5:30-7 pm. Any questions, please email Jean Stevens at jstevens@massbar.org.

Tomorrow's In-House Counsel Conference

There is still time to sign up for this year's 11th Annual In-House Counsel Conference. This conference will be held at the MBA's Boston headquarters, on Friday December 6, from 9:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

There will be an opportunity to hear from Judge Dennis Saylor regarding issues of interest to in-house counsel, including the sealing and confidentiality of records in the U.S. District Court; to hear from leading counsel regarding current practices involving data privacy; and to hear opening remarks by Edward Seksay, General Counsel to Rockland Trust Company.

There will also be presentations regarding employment law issues in the contemporary work environment, best practices for contract management, and recent developments in trademark litigation. Presenters will include senior in-house counsel from EMC Corporation, Staples, Inc., Smith & Wesson, Mint Energy, and Mortgage Master.

You may register on the day of the program, or in advance by visiting the CLE program section of the MBA website or clicking the link below.

REMINDER: 11th Annual In-House Counsel

I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday.

As a reminder, this Friday, December 6th, from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m., is the MBA's 11th Annual In-House Counsel Conference. The Conference is sponsored by Yurko, Salvesen & Remz, and will take place at the MBA's Boston office located at 20 West Street.

The Conference will include distinguished speakers as well as presentations regarding employment law issues contract management, current strategies in complying with data privacy laws, and recent developments in trademark litigation.

For more information and to register for the Conference, please follow the link below.

Hot Topics for In-House Counsel

The Massachusetts Bar Association is presenting its 11th Annual In-House Counsel Conference on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 9:15 AM-1 PM at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston, MA. The conference is preceded by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Business and Law Breakfast from 7:30-9 AM and sponsored by Yurko, Salvesen & Remz.

Opening Speaker: Edward Seksay, General Counsel of Rockland Trust Company and its parent bank holding company Independent Bank Corp. Attorney Seksay will address the evolving roles and responsibilities of the Chief Legal Officer including the importance of effective decision-making and efficiency and quality of service in the in-house law department.

View from the Bench: Hon. F. Dennis Saylor IV, United States District Court. Judge Saylor will comment on issues particularly affecting in-house counsel, including evolving standards for discovery of electronically stored information.

For more information and to register for the In-House Counsel Conference, go to link below.

Hot Topics for In-House Counsel

The Massachusetts Bar Association is presenting its 11th Annual In-House Counsel Conference on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 9:15 AM-1 PM at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston, MA. The conference is preceded by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Business and Law Breakfast from 7:30-9 AM and sponsored by Yurko, Salvesen & Remz.

Opening Speaker: Edward Seksay, General Counsel of Rockland Trust Company and its parent bank holding company Independent Bank Corp. Attorney Seksay will address the evolving roles and responsibilities of the Chief Legal Officer including the importance of effective decision-making and efficiency and quality of service in the in-house law department.

View from the Bench: Hon. F. Dennis Saylor IV, United States District Court. Judge Saylor will comment on issues particularly affecting in-house counsel, including evolving standards for discovery of electronically stored information.

For more information and to register for the In-House Counsel Conference, go to link below.

Hot Topics for In-House Counsel

The Massachusetts Bar Association is presenting its 11th Annual In-House Counsel Conference on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 9:15 AM-1 PM at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston, MA. The conference is preceded by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Business and Law Breakfast from 7:30-9 AM and sponsored by Yurko, Salvesen & Remz.

Opening Speaker: Edward Seksay, General Counsel of Rockland Trust Company and its parent bank holding company Independent Bank Corp. Attorney Seksay will address the evolving roles and responsibilities of the Chief Legal Officer including the importance of effective decision-making and efficiency and quality of service in the in-house law department.

View from the Bench: Hon. F. Dennis Saylor IV, United States District Court. Judge Saylor will comment on issues particularly affecting in-house counsel, including evolving standards for discovery of electronically stored information.
For more information and to register for the In-House Counsel Conference, go to link below.

Hot Topics for In-House Counsel


The Massachusetts Bar Association is presenting its 11th Annual In-House Counsel Conference on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 9:15 AM-1 PM at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston, MA. The conference is preceded by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Business and Law Breakfast from 7:30-9 AM and sponsored by Yurko, Salvesen & Remz.

Opening Speaker: Edward Seksay, General Counsel of Rockland Trust Company and its parent bank holding company Independent Bank Corp. Attorney Seksay will address the evolving roles and responsibilities of the Chief Legal Officer including the importance of effective decision-making and efficiency and quality of service in the in-house law department.

View from the Bench: Hon. F. Dennis Saylor IV, United States District Court. Judge Saylor will comment on issues particularly affecting in-house counsel, including evolving standards for discovery of electronically stored information.
For more information and to register for the In-House Counsel Conference, go to link below.

12th Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference

The 12th Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference will be held on Tues., December 3, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. This annual conference focuses on updates and issues relevant to both new and experienced bankruptcy practitioners.

This year’s program will explore recent developments, trends and practice tips relating to the dischargeability of tax debts, student loans and claims of fraud or breach of fiduciary duty.

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Frank J. Bailey will present the “State of the District” and discuss recent developments in bankruptcy law and practice of the last year.

Follow the link below for more information regarding topics and faculty and to register for this Conference.

12th Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference

The 12th Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference will be held on Tues., December 3, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. This annual conference focuses on updates and issues relevant to both new and experienced bankruptcy practitioners.

This year’s program will explore recent developments, trends and practice tips relating to the dischargeability of tax debts, student loans and claims of fraud or breach of fiduciary duty.

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Frank J. Bailey will present the “State of the District” and discuss recent developments in bankruptcy law and practice of the last year.

Follow the link below for more information regarding topics and faculty and to register for this Conference.


12th Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference

The 12th Annual Western Massachusetts Bankruptcy Conference will be held on Tues., December 3, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Western New England University School of Law, 1215 Wilbraham Road, Springfield, MA. This annual conference focuses on updates and issues relevant to both new and experienced bankruptcy practitioners.

This year’s program will explore recent developments, trends and practice tips relating to the dischargeability of tax debts, student loans and claims of fraud or breach of fiduciary duty.

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Frank J. Bailey will present the “State of the District” and discuss recent developments in bankruptcy law and practice of the last year.

Follow the link below for more information regarding topics and faculty and to register for this Conference.


Access to Justice Awards Nominations

The MBA's Access to Justice Section Council is accepting nominees for the following awards to be presented at the MBA's Annual Dinner in May: Pro Bono Publico Award, Defender Award, Legal Services Award, Pro Bono Award for Law Firms, Prosecutor Award and Rising Star Award. The deadline for submission is December 6, 2013 and nominations should be sent to jstevens@massbar.org. For more information, including a description of each award and criteria, please go to the MBA's website.

Access to Justice Award Nominations

The MBA's Access to Justice Section Council is accepting nominees for the following awards to be presented at the MBA's Annual Dinner in May: Pro Bono Publico Award, Defender Award, Legal Services Award, Pro Bono Award for Law Firms, Prosecutor Award and Rising Star Award. The deadline for submission is December 6, 2013 and nominations should be sent to jstevens@massbar.org. For more information, including a description of each award and criteria, please go to the MBA's website.

Access to Justice Award Nominations

The MBA's Access to Justice Section Council is accepting nominees for the following awards to be presented at the MBA's Annual Dinner in May: Pro Bono Publico Award, Defender Award, Legal Services Award, Pro Bono Award for Law Firms, Prosecutor Award and Rising Star Award. The deadline for submission is December 6, 2013 and nominations should be sent to jstevens@massbar.org. For more information, including a description of each award and criteria, please go to the MBA's website.

Hon. Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner Luncheon

Please join the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in a Brown Bag Luncheon on November 22, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

This luncheon features a discussion on Federal Indian Law by Judge Kronk. All Massachusetts Bar Association Members are encourage to attend and admission is free.

Please RSVP to: Michell I. Schaffer, Esq. at 617-241-3000 or mschaffer@Campbell-trial-lawyers.com.

EB5 Nuts and Bolts: The Basics of the Investment Visa Program


Thursday, November 14, 2013, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Over the last 2 to 3 years there has been heightened interest in the Investment Visa program under which a citizen of another country is able to obtain permanent residency in the United States through investment of either $500,000 or $1,000,000 into an enterprise that creates as least 10 new full time jobs. It has become known by the shorthand reference to the relevant statute, “EB5”. In this 90 minute program three eminent Boston immigration attorneys with national reputations will review the basics of the EB5 process for both direct and Regional Center investments pinpointing key areas of concern and providing tips for the unwary.

EB5 Nuts and Bolts: The Basics of the Investment Visa Program

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Over the last 2 to 3 years there has been heightened interest in the Investment Visa program under which a citizen of another country is able to obtain permanent residency in the United States through investment of either $500,000 or $1,000,000 into an enterprise that creates as least 10 new full time jobs. It has become known by the shorthand reference to the relevant statute, “EB5”. In this 90 minute program three eminent Boston immigration attorneys with national reputations will review the basics of the EB5 process for both direct and Regional Center investments pinpointing key areas of concern and providing tips for the unwary.

POSTPONED - Seventh Annual Public Law Conference - Public Pension Policies

The Seventh Annual Public Law Conference has been postponed until January. The new date will be announced shortly.

Legislative Initiatives Impacting Massachusetts Employers and Employees

Representatives Thomas P. Conroy and Lori A. Ehrlich, House Chair and Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development will be guest speakers at an open meeting on October 28th from 12-2 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston to discuss legislative initiatives which could significantly impact Massachusetts employers and employees as well as the practice of employment law.

MBA’s A View From the Bench Series: Superior Court Motion Practice

This FREE seminar and reception will present a panel of judges discussing practice tips and recommendations for success in preparing, arguing and opposing civil motions before the Superior Court.

The seminar will provide valuable insights for both new attorneys and seasoned litigators, and will be followed by a networking reception for all attendees and members of the judiciary.

The event is open to all, but space is limited. It is strongly recommended that attendees register in advance.

For more information, please click the link below.

The Hague - An Open Meeting for Immigration Law section members

The Hague-Immigration Law Open Meeting

An American Lawyer in the Home of International Justice

Guest Speaker: Adam Birnbaum, Esq.

Adam Birnbaum spent a year in The Hague, interning at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and studying at the Hague Academy of International Law.

He will share his thoughts and observations about being an American-educated lawyer working in The Hague, and his experience of the things that the American law school experience does (and does not) do to prepare young lawyers to work in an international legal context.
Contact:

Jean Stevens

617-338-0641

Celebrate Pro Bono Month — and tell us your story

The American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is calling for a National Celebration of Pro Bono, from Oct. 20-26. Here in the commonwealth we're taking it a step further and celebrating all month. October is traditionally Pro Bono Month in Massachusetts, when we recognize members of the legal community who volunteer their time to help those in need and improve access to justice.

Many Massachusetts Bar Association members regularly give back through pro bono -- and we want to shine a light on this selfless work. Tell us about your recent pro bono experience and help the MBA spread the word about lawyers helping others.

Immigration Law Networking Social

The Immigration Law Section Council invites you to attend the Immigration Law Networking Social on September 18th from 4-6:30 pm at the MBA, 20 West Street, Boston to meet with your fellow practitioners. Ask questions. Make connections. R.S.V.P. to jstevens@massbar.org.

RAIN OR SHINE!!! Summer Networking Series TONIGHT

Join the MBA for the second session of our FREE Summer Networking Series at Blu Restaurant (4 Avery St.) in Boston from 6-7:30.

Blu has provided indoor and outdoor space so don't let the weather dissuade you from attending this great networking opportunity!!!

2013 Health Law Conference

This year's Annual Health Law Conference will be held on Tuesday, June 25th at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston and will feature as the keynote speaker John Polanowicz, Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services.

Polanowicz oversees 15 state agencies as Secretary and is an experienced health care leader, using his expertise to help Massachusetts increase its already nation-leading access to care, while also tackling the issue of costs.

Topics at the conference include Trends in Health Care Fraud Enforcement, Mental Health Parity Issues and Consumer Medical Debt presented by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez, Chair, Joint Committee on Public Health.

Please calendar this conference and make your reservations now. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn and network with your fellow practitioners.

Please R.S.V.P. at

HUMAN TRAFFICKING - Who are the Real Victims?


HUMAN TRAFFICKING – Who are the Real Victims?
May 21, 2013 4-6 pm
MBA, 20 West Street, Boston (free program)

On November 21, 2011, Governor Patrick signed H. 3808, "An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People" into law. The law went into effect February 19, 2012.

As part of this anti-human trafficking law, the Legislature created the Human Trafficking Task Force to address all aspects of human trafficking through policy changes. The task force is charged with addressing Human Trafficking through service development, demand reduction, system change, public awareness, and training. Other members of the task force include state and community agencies.

This program will focus on "Demand" and will examine ways to curtail the demand side of trafficking including self-sustaining first offender diversion programs. The guest speaker is Michael Shively, Ph. D., Senior Associate/Scientist at Abt Associates, who serves on the Commonwealth's Human Trafficking Task Force Demand Reduction Subcommittee.

In October 2008 the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded a grant to Abt Associates Inc. to conduct a study, entitled A National Assessment of Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Efforts. The project was designed to develop a descriptive overview of anti-demand tactics employed throughout the United States and to provide practitioners with actionable information to assist them in starting, improving, or sustaining initiatives.

To share what has been learned, the project has generated several key products, one of which is the present report, A National Overview of Prostitution and Sex Trafficking Demand Reduction Efforts, which summarizes the research activities and presents findings.

This program will address how a focus on demand reduction will change the application of law in Massachusetts.
You are invited to attend this free program sponsored by the MBA’s Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section.

Due to limited space, register as soon as possible.

Q&A with IN-House Employment Counsel

May 14, 2013 12-1:30 pm
MBA, 20 West St., Boston


As a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section, you are invited to attend a special Brown Bag Open Meeting on May 14th from 12:-1:30 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. This meeting is a Q&A with a panel of in-house employment counsel.

The topics for discussion will include: outside vs. in-house counsel; HR/employment challenges for organizations; in-house decision-making authority; and internal investigations protocols.

Moderating the panel will be Dahlia C. Rudavsky, Esq., Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky PC, and Margaret H. Paget, Esq., Sherin and Lodgen LLP.

The guest panelists are:

• Mary DiMaiti, Esq., MFS Investments
• Paul Nightingale, Esq., H.P. Hood
• Joe Vittiglio, Esq., Aveo Pharmaceuticals
• Thuy Wagner, Esq., Boston Medical Center
•Betsy Facher Rauch, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Emerson College

Due to space limitations, please register for this free meeting early.

Q&A

AGENCY UPDATES - Labor & Employment Springfield Open Meeting - May 7, 2013

Labor and Employment Brown Bag Open Meeting
May 7, 2013 12:30-2 pm
MBA, Springfield Office, 73 State St., Springfield

AGENCY UPDATES

As a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section, you are invited to attend a special Brown Bag Open Meeting on May 7th from 12:30-2 pm at the MBA’s Springfield Office, 73 State St., 3rd Floor, Springfield, MA.

The topics for discussion will be updates and initiatives including implementation of Temp Workers Right to Know Bill, DOL regulations update and how to collaborate with and receive support of agencies.

The guest speakers include:

• Jocelyn B. Jones, Deputy Chief & Special Counsel for Fair Labor Policy
Fair Labor Division, Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley

• Patricia DeAngelis, General Counsel, Department of Labor Standards

To R.S.V.P.: Agency Updates or email jstevens@massbar.org. Due to space limitations, please register for this free open meeting early.

REMINDER - Upcoming CLE Program - Tuesday April 30 4-7 pm

Don't forget to register for next Tuesday's program - "How to Succeed in Adjudicatory Proceedings and Administrative Appeals." It promises to be a great program. For more infomration, click the below link.

MBA offers Boston Marathon victims access to free legal advice, donates $10,000 to One Fund Boston

The Massachusetts Bar Association will offer individuals impacted by last week’s bombing of the Boston Marathon free legal advice through its Dial-A-Lawyer program. Victims can access free legal assistance on Wednesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. EST by calling (617) 338-0610 or (877) 686-0711.

Additionally, the MBA has made a $10,000 donation to The One Fund Boston (onefundboston.org), set up last week by Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino to help the people most affected by the tragic events that occurred in Boston on April 15, 2013.

“We commend the efforts of all medical, law enforcement and other first responders who worked tirelessly to treat the victims and to protect the public. We also mourn with the people of Boston and beyond, for those who died and who suffered physical and emotional harm due to this senseless act of violence, MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr., said.

“We stand strong with all Bostonians and want to help victims heal and return to normalcy as soon as possible. Any lawyer in the commonwealth is welcome to join our efforts, regardless of whether they are members of the MBA,” Holloway said.

Holloway noted that many lawyers already have stepped forward to assist victims for free. Attorney Paul White of the Boston law firm, Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, will spearhead the volunteer lawyer effort along with MBA officers and staff. Lawyers who are interested in assisting with the efforts should contact the MBA’s Department of Community and Public Services at (617) 338-0695 and leave their contact information in the mailbox. MBA staff will contact them with details.

Boston Strong.

Video Conferencing is Now Available

Thanks to the Technology Committee you can now conference into the YLD Board Meetings if you are unable to attend in person.

Upcoming Program - "How to Succeed in Adjudicatory Proceedings and Administrative Appeals"

Back by popular demand, the Public Law Section Council is sponsoring a CLE on administrative proceedings and appeals. The program, scheduled for April 30th from 4-7 pm, features an experienced panel of attorneys and jurists, including the Hon. Linda E. Giles (Superior Court). For more information and to register, click on the below link. We hope to see you there!

MMA Legislative Breakfast

Municipal attorneys may be interested in tomorrow's MMA Legislative Breakfast. For more information, http://www.mma.org/events-mainmenu-47?task=view_detail&agid=717&year=2013&month=03&day=01&catids=59%7C117%7C60%7C116%7C114%7C115%7C113%7C233%7C61

Lifecycle of a Business Series, Part 3: Employment Matters and Business Litigation

Designed for both experienced business lawyers as well as new practitioners, the Business Law Section Council presents this educational series focusing on establishing, operating and concluding Massachusetts business entities.

During part three, you will learn about common legal problems relating to employment and business litigation. Topics include:

Preventing and handling employment problems -- drafting employee handbooks, wage claims and independent contractor issues, wrongful termination and discrimination claims, and negotiation severance agreements; and
Business litigation -- traps for the unwary in contracts and business matters.
Panel:
Tamsin R. Kaplan of Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C.
Mark S. Furman of Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C.

Part 3 of the Lifecycle of a Business Series will take place on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, from 5-7pm, at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Part 3 can also be viewed online.

Successful Part 2 in the Lifecycle of a Business Series

On January 29, 2013, from 5 to 7pm, the Business Law Section and the Young Lawyers Division hosted Part 2 of the third-annual Lifecycle of a Business Series.

For Part 2, the Series was thrilled to welcome back Brian Glennon, II, of Cumberland Gulf Group, and Stephen Y. Chow of Burns & Levinson LLP and excited to be joined for the first time by Nancy D. Adams of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Brian Glennon spoke first, giving a terrific overview of "Licensing and Permitting" for all business lawyers. Nancy Adams followed with an informative presentation entitled "Insurance Considerations." Finally, Stephen Chow shared some outstanding insights and information on what every lawyer needs to know about "Financing."

Part 3 of the Lifecycle of a Business Series will take place on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, from 5-7pm, at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Part 3 can also be viewed online.

Part 3's topics and speakers include the following:

Employment Law by Tamsin R. Kaplan of Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, P.C.;
Business Litigation by Hon. Stephen E. Neel (ret.) of JAMS and Mark S. Furman of Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C.

All MBA members are invited to attend.

Business Law Section Counsel Heads to Springfield on February 26th with Guest Speaker

All MBA western Massachusetts Business Law section members are invited to attend the February 26th MBA Business Law Section Council meeting to be held at the MBA’s Springfield Office, 73 State Street, 3rd Floor from 6-7:30 pm.

The guest speaker will be Scott Foster, who is a partner at Bulkley Richardson, and will speak about Valley Venture Mentors. Scott is a founder of VVM, which is a nonprofit organization that operates in Western Massachusetts to offer professional mentoring support to entrepreneurs. This new organization has attracted widespread interest and support at various levels. Scott will speak about the personal and community benefits that have come from this new endeavor.

Drawing on the successes of VVM, Scott will also address ways in which business attorneys, and other business professionals, can organize to provide pro bono support to emerging enterprises.

To attend R.S.V.P. by clicking the link below. Space is limited.

More on Medical Marijuana

FYI: Public Law section council member Patricia Cantor was quoted in an article printed in the Jan. 31st edition of The Boston Globe entitled “Efforts to restrict medical marijuana spark legal questions”.

DPH Listening Sessions- Medical Marijuana

The Department of Public Health (DPH) has announced three “listening sessions” in February for Massachusetts residents and stakeholders, to provide input to DPH as they draft regulations under the new medical marijuana legislation. The sessions are Feb. 13th 2-5 pm in Worcester, Feb. 14th 10am-1pm in Boston, MA, and Feb. 27th 1:30-4:30 pm in Holyoke, MA.

Networking Social with Kay Auspitz, Aid to Congressman Michael E. Capuano

IMMIGRATION LAW SECTION SOCIAL

You are invited to attend the Immigration Law Networking Social on February 13, 2013 from 5:15-7:30 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. The guest speaker at this event will be Kate Auspitz, Issues Director for Congressman Michael E. Capuano, Representative, 7th Congressional District of Massachusetts.

As many practitioners are aware, Ms. Auspitz is one of the most helpful congressional aides when a congressional assist is needed. Many are unaware that Ms. Auspitz is a political historian, Fulbright fellow and Harvard Ph.D. She was an Associate Professor in Social Studies at Harvard College and taught in the Political Science Department at Wellesley College before leaving academia for practical politics. She now works on foreign policy, immigration, and refugee issues.

Ms. Auspitz will discuss what a congressional inquiry can accomplish, how to request assistance and, as importantly, what cannot be reasonably expected from an inquiry. In addition, she will bring us the latest news as to what is happening on the Hill regarding comprehensive immigration reform issues.

Come join the Immigration Law section members at this special networking reception where you will have the opportunity to meet fellow practitioners, expand your practice network and connect with colleagues in your practice area.


Lifecycle of a Business Series, Part 2: Land Use/Permitting, Insurance Considerations and Financing

Designed for both experienced business lawyers as well as new practitioners, the Business Law Section Council presents this educational series focusing on establishing, operating and concluding Massachusetts business entities.

During Part 2, you will learn about real property issues including leasing, selling and purchasing commercial property; as well as permitting issues for your business clients. You will also get a primer on insurance issues that matter to all business clients. In addition, this esteemed panel will cover debt/equity financing issues.

Faculty:
Brian Glennon, II, of Cumberland Gulf Group
Nancy D. Adams of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Stephen Y. Chow of Burns & Levinson LLP

Co-Chairs:
Matthew S. Furman of Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C.
Kelly Kneeshaw-Price of Finneran & Nicholson, P.C.

Part 2 of the Lifecycle of a Business Series will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, from 5-7pm, at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Part 2 can also be viewed online.

Great Speakers and Large Turnout Mark Part 1 of the Lifecycle of a Business Series

On January 8, 2013, from 5 to 7pm, the Business Law Section and the Young Lawyers Division hosted Part 1 of the third-annual Lifecycle of a Business Series. A large crowd, both in person and online, heard from two terrific speakers.

During the first hour, Adam D. Page, of Finneran & Nicholson, P.C., delivered a presentation entitled 'Choosing The Right Business Entity.' Adam's hour was marked by useful information for all types of practitioners and a wide variety of questions from the audience.

In the second hour, Stephen Y. Chow, of Burns & Levinson LLP, presented "Protecting Intellectual Assets." Steve's expertise in the various areas of intellectual property law made for an interesting presentation and gave every lawyer and law student helpful information.

Part 2 of the Lifecycle of a Business Series will take place on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, from 5-7pm, at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Part 2 can also be viewed online.

Part 2's topics and speakers include the following:

Land Use/Permitting by Brian Glennon of Cumberland Gulf Group;
Insurance Considerations by Nancy D. Adams of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; and
Business Financing by Stephen Y. Chow of Burns & Levinson LLP

All MBA members are invited to attend.

Meet & Greet with Regional Director Jonathan B. Kreisberg on January 23rd

Wednesday, Jan. 23, 4-6 p.m., MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This event featuring Regional Director Jonathan B. Kreisberg is co-hosted by the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Section and the ABA’s Regional Subcommittee on NLRA Practice.

Director Kreisberg is the Regional Director of the recently enlarged Region 1 for the National Labor Relations Board, covering all of the New England states, and is responsible for all matters arising under the National Labor Relations Act requiring his supervision of field attorneys and field examiners engaged in the investigation and litigation of unfair labor practices, Federal Court litigation, and the processing of representation cases

Please R.S.V.P. as space is limited.

This meeting is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Bar Association, the New Hampshire Bar Association, the Vermont Bar Association and the Maine Bar Association.

Secretary Joanne Goldstein speaks at Labor & Employment Open Meeting on January 8th



The Employment Law Practice Group of the Labor & Employment Section has scheduled an open meeting for Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 12-1:30 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. All section members are invited to attend this free meeting.

The guest speaker will be Secretary Joanne Goldstein, Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development. Secretary Goldstein will discuss the recent investigation of the Marriott Copley renovation, which led to numerous fines stemming from wage/hour violations and the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy, its role in such investigations, and plans for introducing legislation expanding the reach of the state’s wage and hour laws. For more information and to R.S.V.P. go to Events Calendar or email Jean Stevens at jstevens@massbar.org. We look forward to seeing you at this important event.

Lifecycle of a Business, Part I on January 8, 2013

Join the Business Law Section Council for a four-part series on the "Lifecycle of a Business." These programs will address the broad spectrum of legal and practical issues confronted by businesses at each stage of their development. Part I will focus on forming a business and protecting assets and will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

Designed for both experienced business lawyers as well as new practitioners, this series will focus on establishing, operating and concluding Massachusetts business entities. Learn about getting your client's business off the ground. Topics include:

• Choosing a type of business entity -- pros and cons of various business entities and factors to consider in deciding which type to recommend to your business client; and
• Protecting the product -- Intellectual property basics to help protect the product or service your business client is selling.

NOTE: The Jan. 8 session of the Lifecycle of a Business series is FREE for law students.

If you are unable to participate, the recorded version of the program will be available at www.MassBar.org/OnDemand, after the program takes place.

Mark your calendar -- Lifecycle of a Business Part II: Land Use/Permitting, Insurance Considerations & Business Financing will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Employment Law Practice Group Open Meeting-Speaker: Secretary Joanne Goldstein

The Employment Law Practice Group of the Labor & Employment Section has scheduled an open meeting for Tuesday, January 8, 2013 from 12-1:30 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. All section members are invited to attend this free meeting.

The guest speaker will be Secretary Joanne Goldstein, Executive Office of Labor & Workforce Development. Secretary Goldstein will discuss the recent investigation of the Marriott Copley renovation, which led to numerous fines stemming from wage/hour violations and the Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy, its role in such investigations, and plans for introducing legislation expanding the reach of the state’s wage and hour laws. For more information and to R.S.V.P. go to Events Calendar or email Jean Stevens at jstevens@massbar.org. We look forward to seeing you at this important event.

Juvenile & Child Welfare Open Meeting-Speaker: Lael Chester, Citizens for Juvenile Justice

The Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council has scheduled an open section meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 5:30-7 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston and invites you, as a section member, to attend. The guest speaker will be Lael Chester, Executive Director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice. She will be speaking about the Raising of Age campaign and other proposed legislation. To R.S.V.P., go to the Events Calendar or email Jean Stevens at jstevens@massbar.org. We look forward to seeing you at this section event.

MBA Walk To The Hill

14th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid
On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the MBA will once again co-sponsor a Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid to advocate for increased funding for civil legal services throughout the commonwealth. The 14th annual Walk to the Hill takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Great Hall at the Statehouse.

Welcome to My Bar Access

Welcome to My Bar Access, the only online member‐to‐member community exclusive to Massachusetts Bar Association members.

A valuable new member benefit, My Bar Access transforms the way you can exchange information with fellow MBA members by combining social networking, member-created content and imperative bar resources, in one convenient web location. To access a step-by-step guide on getting started, customizing your experience and connecting with fellow users, click here.

Need help navigating this new site? Check out the Resource Center for informational guides. The MBA has provided a PowerPoint that outlines site resources, tips on posting, how to update your profile and more. These documents are located throughout the site, in every section/division's resource library. If you have additional questions, contact My Bar Access at mybaraccess@massbar.org.

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