RSVP to the Massachusetts Bar Association's CONFLICT RESOLUTION WEEK as we celebrate the many benefits that dispute resolution (DR) processes bring to the legal community and the people of Massachusetts.

    The MBA’s Dispute Resolution Section is proud to present a series of FREE DR-related events during Conflict Resolution Week. Whether you are a member of the DR community, or a member of the public interested in conflict resolution in a complex world, there is something for everyone.

    TUESDAY, OCT. 15

    Southeastern Massachusetts Court-Connected Dispute Resolution Programs

    12:45–2 p.m., Brockton Trial Court, 215 Main St., Third Floor, Room 301, Brockton




    Perspectives: Exploring Prejudice, Cultural Bias and Individual Experience, How They Play a Part in Negotiation, Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice

    5:30–7:30 p.m., MBA, 20 West St., Boston




    Conflict Resolution Day Reception

    6–8 p.m., MBA, 20 West St., Boston


    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. 

    Thank you,

    Heather Robertson

    MBA Sections Administrator

    Direct: (617) 338-0562

    Main: (617) 338-0500


  • Opportunity to Join the Public Law Section Council

    Hello Public Law Section members:

    During the next month, President-elect John Morrissey will be appointing members to the Massachusetts Bar Association's 19 section councils. As you are probably aware, section councils are the lifeblood of the MBA. They provide educational programs and legislative initiatives, they publish articles that inform and educate members of the profession on new developments in their particular areas of practice and, most importantly, section councils serve to cultivate and develop future leaders of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

    If you would like to be considered for appointment to the Public Law Section Council, please feel free to contact me at or reply directly to this posting to nominate yourself or to recommend someone else to serve. Volunteers such as yourself who choose to serve as leaders in the MBA are extremely important to the fellowship of lawyers throughout the state, and to the respect of the profession by the public. 

    As a section council member, you will meet monthly and actively participate in the implementation of the section council's objectives.

    All MBA members are eligible to serve on a section council, so please submit your request to be considered for appointment as soon as possible. Please state why you or the person you have nominated is interested and qualified to serve on the Public Law Section Council.

    Thank you for considering this opportunity to serve our profession, and I look forward to your application.
  • 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, or Mike Molloy at

  • 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.
  • 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.