Announcements

  • CL Section Review - Call For May 2019 Submissions!

    Calling all civil litigators!

    Section Review seeks submissions of 500-2,000 words for digital publication in this summer's digital publication.  This is a terrific marketing opportunity.

    Section Review is a digital publication, and its articles are e-mailed to thousands of members in the legal community. We also showcase the articles in our weekly eJournal (which is also e-mailed out to all Mass. Bar Association members). In addition, the articles are highlighted on the MBA's social media channels. 

    Examples of recent submissions can be found here.

    The final deadline for submissions is May 31st.  If you are interested in writing an article, please contact me at kotoole@connkavanaugh.com, or Mike Molloy at mmolloy@marcottelawfirm.com.

    Thanks!
  • Marketing 2.0 – Simple Solutions to Boost your Business

    Please join the Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation section councils at their combined section council meeting today, April 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the MBA in Boston to hear from guest speakers Alan Klevan and Jared Correia.

    Marketing 2.0 - Simple Solutions to Boost your Business

    "Marketing - some lawyers embrace the challenge. Others avoid it as much as they can. The simple answer is that you cannot sustain your practice without it, no matter where you work. Klevan and Correia will show you different ways you can market yourself, from both a practical perspective as well as a cloud-based, strategic one. In this fast-paced discussion, they will provide you pointers and programs that will help get you out of your comfort zone and increase your visibility to your target audience."

    Please Click Here to RSVP.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
  • Marketing 2.0 – Simple Solutions to Boost your Business

    Please join the Dispute Resolution and Civil Litigation section councils at their combined Section Council meeting today, April 9, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the MBA in Boston to hear from guest speakers Alan Klevan and Jared Correia.

    Marketing 2.0 - Simple Solutions to Boost your Business

    "Marketing - some lawyers embrace the challenge. Others avoid it as much as they can. The simple answer is that you cannot sustain your practice without it, no matter where you work. Klevan and Correia will show you different ways you can market yourself, from both a practical perspective as well as a cloud-based, strategic one. In this fast-paced discussion, they will provide you pointers and programs that will help get you out of your comfort zone and increase your visibility to your target audience."

    Please Click Here to RSVP.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
  • Education Law Practice Group Meeting - March 7

    Please join the Education Law Practice Group on March 7, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at the MBA in Boston with guest speaker Judith Ursitti.

    As director of state government affairs for Autism Speaks, Judith Ursitti has worked in more than a dozen states over the past decade to improve access to supports and services for individuals with autism. She currently serves on the Massachusetts Autism Commission where she chairs the subcommittee focusing on the transition-age autism population as well as employment for those on the spectrum.

     

    Please Click Here to RSVP for the March 7, 2019 Education Law Practice Group meeting. Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
  • 40th Annual Labor & Employment Spring Conference

    Join us on Thursday, April 25, for the 40th Annual Labor & Employment Law Spring Conference, at Suffolk University Law School.

    Keynote speaker Louise Melling is a deputy legal director at the ACLU and the director of its Center for Liberty, which encompasses the ACLU’s work on reproductive freedom; women’s rights; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights; freedom of religion and belief; and disability rights. In this role, she leads the work of the ACLU to address the intersection of religious freedom and equal treatment, among other issues.

    Melling has been with the ACLU since 1992, serving in several roles before becoming the director of its Reproductive Freedom Project in 2003 and a deputy legal director in 2010. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and Oberlin College.
  • 16th Annual In-House Counsel Conference

    The Massachusetts Bar Association is presenting its 16th Annual In-House Counsel Conference on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Bentley University, Waltham. This year, the theme of this popular program is “Managing Risk in a Changing World.”

    Today, information and misinformation circulate with increasing volume and speed, impacting the reputations of organizations and their managers. Public and private companies are exposed to increased scrutiny and accountability, and there is less tolerance for certain business and individual misconduct. Ensuring transparency and promoting a culture of compliance are key components to the management of risk. In-house counsel must anticipate and manage new risks in these changing times.

    We are pleased that the keynote address will be delivered by Seth Stratton, vice president and general counsel of MGM Springfield. The conference will feature panels and other presentations regarding litigation cost containment and management, employment law developments, and other topics of current interest to in-house counsel.

    In addition to Stratton's keynote address, attendees at this year's conference will hear panel discussions concerning:

    - Case management and litigation cost containment, including recent initiatives of the Business Litigation Session to facilitate prompt and efficient resolution of complex business disputes. The panel will also address management of electronic discovery in the digital age.

    - Controlling data security risks and management of a data breach.

    - Employment law developments, including: 1) The commonwealth's Paid Family Leave Act and its requirements that go into effect in July 2019; 2) The practical impact of legalization of recreational marijuana on drug testing in the workplace; 3) Reasonable accommodation obligations under the commonwealth's Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; and 4) The wisdom (or not) of having employees sign arbitration agreements waiving the right to file wage an hour claims.

    - The 2018 Massachusetts Non-Compete Statute that carries forward many prior common law principles and includes an array of new procedural requirements, safeguards for employees, limits on who and what may be restricted, and new standards for consideration for noncompetition agreements.


    As has been our custom, we will also present, in "lightening round" format, current developments of interest to in-house counsel, including the Supreme Judicial Court's 2018 Merrimack College v. KpmG LLP decision. This decision regards the application of the in pare delicto doctrine to corporations and other business organizations.

    This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the New England Corporate Counsel Association Inc. Members of New England Corporate Counsel Association, who are not MBA members, can enjoy a special discounted rate of $80. To register, please contact the Massachusetts Bar Association Member Service Center at (617) 338-0530.

    A classic continental breakfast will be served and a coffee break provided.
  • 45th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference

    The Massachusetts Bar Association's Labor & Employment Section is proud to co-sponsor the 45th Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference, which will highlight a year of significant legal developments. Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to network with colleagues, program faculty, and the leaders of the labor and employment bar on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 5 p.m., at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston.

    Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board John F. Ring will speak on issues likely to come before the board in the coming year. Solicitor of Labor Kate S. O'Scannlain will also present a keynote address.

    Other conference highlights include a plenary session on Reading the Tea Leaves: Hot Topics and Recent Developments in Labor and Employment Law.

    A networking reception will immediately follow the conference.
  • Taxation Law Section Council - Senator Lewis on "Millionaire's Tax" in Massachusetts

    You are invited to join the Massachusetts Bar Association's Taxation Law Section Council on Dec. 20 to hear Senator Lewis discuss the reinstatement of the proposed constitutional amendment to create a "Millionaire's Tax" in Massachusetts.

    This meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 20 from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the MBA in Boston.


    Please RSVP Here
  • 2018-19 MBA Access to Justice Award Nominations

    The MBA annually recognizes attorneys and law firms who make significant contributions to access to justice in the commonwealth. Nominate and recognize an unsung hero of the legal profession, or a law firm that has made a significant difference for low-income litigants dealing with the justice system, by submitting your nomination by 5 p.m. on Dec. 21.

    AWARD CATEGORIES:

    PRO BONO PUBLICO AWARD:
    This award is given to an individual who has been instrumental in developing, implementing and
    supporting pro bono programs for the MBA, a local county bar association or a pro bono program
    of a law firm, or has developed a pro bono program sponsored or organized through an agency in
    the commonwealth, or has performed significant or meaningful pro bono activity.

    DEFENDER AWARD:
    This award is given to an attorney who is employed or retained by a public or nonprofit agency to
    provide criminal legal services to low-income clients, and who has made a particularly significant
    or meaningful contribution to the provision of low-income legal services above and beyond the
    requirements of his or her position.

    LEGAL SERVICES AWARD:
    This award is given to an attorney employed by a public or nonprofit agency to provide civil legal
    services to low-income clients, and who has made a particularly significant or meaningful con-
    tribution to the provision of low-income legal services, above and beyond the requirements of
    his or her position.

    PRO BONO AWARD FOR LAW FIRMS:
    This award is given to a law firm, comprised of two or more attorneys with one or more offices
    in the commonwealth, whose pro bono activities are particularly noteworthy in relation to the
    firm’s size, and which has performed significant or meaningful pro bono activities or has been
    particularly instrumental in developing, implementing and/or supporting a pro bono program or
    pro bono service within Massachusetts.

    PROSECUTOR AWARD:
    This award is given to a state or federal prosecutor who has distinguished himself or herself in
    public service, and whose commitment to justice and serving the communities where he or she
    lives or works is particularly praiseworthy.

    RISING STAR AWARD:
    An attorney employed by a legal services organization, a public defender organization, or a state
    or federal prosecutor’s office, or an attorney who has engaged in significant pro bono activities,
    who has been a practicing attorney for seven years or less, who has distinguished herself or him-
    self by a particular accomplishment or body of work that has made a significant and meaningful
    contribution to access to justice to an underserved population within Massachusetts.

    Please click here to access the nomination form
  • CANCELLED: Animal Law Practice Group Meeting- A Legislative Update on Oct. 18

    The Animal Law Practice Group: A Legislative Update on Oct. 18 has been CANCELLED.

    This event will be rescheduled for a later date. I apologize for the inconvenience.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach me at hrobertson@massbar.org.
  • CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: 2019 Frank Sander Award in DR

    The DR Section welcomes nominations of true leaders in the field of Dispute Resolution.  This award honors the memory of industry pioneer Professor Frank Sanders who created programs that resulted in measurable, sustained change, and who laid the foundation for today's modern DR services.

    We seek nominations of individuals who:
    • Have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, innovation, and dedication in the field of DR for more than 10 years;
    • Have made established contributions to the DR community, and can provide evidence in a self- or colleague-authored nominee summary;
    • Are current members of the MBA or willing to join the MBA.

    The Massachusetts Bar Association encourages nominations from local/affiliated bar associations, government agencies, and legal service organizations.  Nominations must be submitted by 5:00 pm on Friday, 6/28/19 and can be completed online by clicking here:  www.MassBar.org/SanderAward