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  • Now Available: LexisNexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Family Law, 2016 Edition

    Family Law Section Council Vice-Chair Lloyd D. Godson, as General Editor, presents the LexisNexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Family Law, 2016 Edition. This publication offers concise explanations of each step in a family law case, transitioning smoothly from legal analysis to practical application of a point of law. Written by a team of experienced practitioners, including several MBA Family Law Section Council Members, the guide includes practice strategies and checklists in each chapter to help practitioners identify and address legal and procedural issues. The guide covers a wide range of topics related to Massachusetts family law, including: divorce, spousal maintenance, child custody, same-sex relationships, alternative dispute resolution, and more.

  • Sometimes You Can Get Everything That You Want: Initiative Petitions

    You are invited to join us on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 12-1:30 pm at the MBA, 20 West Street, Boston as we take a look at the legal mechanics, jurisprudence and salient issues regarding initiative petitions. The panel will examine and discuss some of the policy implications of “legislation by referendum,” including a discussion of referendums expected to be on the ballot for the upcoming 2016 election, and the legal issues raised.

    Panelists: Juliana Rice, Esq., Deputy Chief, Attorney General’s Office Government Bureau
    William Luzier, Esq., Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol
    Thomas O. Bean, Esq., Verrill Dana LLP

    Don't miss this free educational and networking opportunity. Be a part of the discussion.

    Sign up now.

  • ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS: HEALTHY FOR WHOM?

    Join us on December 3, 2015 from 12:30-1:30 pm at the MBA, 20 West Street, Boston for a discussion on electronic health records. Electronic health records were supposed to lower medical errors, facilitate holistic care, and make health care more efficient and less costly. But did they? Susan Fendell, Senior Attorney, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, brings you the latest on the reality behind the promises and recent developments in the saga of privacy protection and provider liability. Electronic health records – not just HIPAA anymore.

  • How to be an Advocate Without Being Arrogant

    Join the MBA this Wednesday at 5 for a panel discussion on methods and approaches to resolving disputes rationally, efficiently and peacefully.

    For more information and to register, follow the link provided.

  • How to be an Advocate Without Being Arrogant

    Join the MBA this Wednesday at 5 for a panel discussion on methods and approaches to resolving disputes rationally, efficiently and peacefully.

    For more information and to register, follow the link provided.

  • How to be an Advocate without being Arrogant

    The practice of law is often adversarial. But even when zealously representing one’s client, it’s important to act in a manner that is both civil and professional. Attorneys who effectively balance the combative elements of advocacy with a courteous nature stand to enable their clients to obtain the most favorable results. For more information and to register, please follow the link provided.

  • Addressing Sexual Assault Allegations

    Please join the MBA and MCLA in North Adams for a panel discussion on an array of complex legal and practical issues involved in addressing sexual assault allegations in K-12 schools, colleges and universities. Please follow the link provided for more information and to register.

  • Addressing Sexual Assault Allegations

    Please join the MBA and MCLA in North Adams for a panel discussion on an array of complex legal and practical issues involved in addressing sexual assault allegations in K-12 schools, colleges and universities. Please follow the link provided for more information and to register.

  • Addressing Sexual Assault Allegations

    Please join the MBA and MCLA in North Adams for a panel discussion on an array of complex legal and practical issues involved in addressing sexual assault allegations in K-12 schools, colleges and universities. For more information and to register, please follow the link provided.

  • 42nd Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference: Gov't and the Bar Confront the Fissured Workplace

    The 42nd Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference highlights 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.

    Featured keynote speakers Richard F. Griffin, Jr., General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, and M. Patricia Smith, Solicitor of Labor, United States Department of Labor, will address developments at their respective agencies.

    In addition, our panel of experts examine responses by the regulators -- the NLRB and DOL -- and by employee- and employer-side practitioners, to the new and perplexing challenges the changing U.S. employment landscape present.

    A reception will follow the conference.

    Government Employees enjoy a discounted rate of $25.00. You must contact Member Services at (617) 338-0650 to register.

  • 42nd Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference: Gov't and the Bar Confront the Fissured Workplace

    The 42nd Annual Robert Fuchs Labor Law Conference highlights 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.

    Featured keynote speakers Richard F. Griffin, Jr., General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, and M. Patricia Smith, Solicitor of Labor, United States Department of Labor, will address developments at their respective agencies.

    In addition, our panel of experts examine responses by the regulators -- the NLRB and DOL -- and by employee- and employer-side practitioners, to the new and perplexing challenges the changing U.S. employment landscape present.

    A reception will follow the conference.

    Government Employees enjoy a discounted rate of $25.00. You must contact Member Services at (617) 338-0650 to register.

    Please contact Mass Bar CLE at education@massbar.org with any questions and/or concerns.

  • First meeting of The Sole Practitioner & Small Firm section council for 2015-16

    The first meeting of The Sole Practitioner & Small Firm Section Council will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 5:30-7 pm at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. As a section member, you are invited to attend and contribute your ideas for the upcoming year. For more information:

  • AAJ's The Next Step in Voir Dire

    There's still time to register for the program Tuesday, June 16th! Don't miss out on this vital and insightful program

  • Go Green and Save Some Green...Going Paperless and Using Open Source Software

    Save the Date--- June 16, 2015 at MBA Offices, 20 West Street, Boston, MA
    4:30-6:00pm followed by reception. More details to follow....

  • Our June 12, 2015 Annual Health Law Conference

    Health law is an evolving practice, which requires up-to-date knowledge of substantive developments related to healthcare delivery, the role of local hospitals, cost containment, access to experimental drugs and the terminally ill, cyber liability, sustaining our Medicaid (MassHealth) programs and healthcare reform, and a pending, landmark SCOTUS case King v. Burwell. Please join us on Friday, June 12 8:30-2:30 to engage with leaders in health law and policy. Attached is a link to the conference agenda and registration. http://www.massbar.org/cle/cle-programs?k=3945&kp=3940

    The MBA is offering two (2) free tickets to the Health Law Conference. To enter, draft a question for one of our esteemed speakers and submit your question and contact info. to me by COB, Fri., June 5, 2015. We hope that this outreach effort will engage your interest and inform our speakers. Winners will be randomly selected and notified on Mon., June 8th. All proposed questions will be submitted anonymously to our conference speakers. Kindest regards, Lorianne M. Sainsbury-Wong, MBA Health Law Section, Chair | Health Law Advocates, Inc. | sainsbury_wong@hla-inc.org

  • Health Care Delivery System and Cost Containment - Health Law Conference - June 12

    How will changes in the Health Care Delivery System and Cost Containment impact your practice, your clients, and your healthcare access? – Come join us to hear from Karen Tseng, Head of the Health Care Division, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, at the MBA’s Annual Health Law Conference on Friday, June 12. Register here:

  • Health Care Delivery System and Cost Containment - Health Law Conference - June 12

    How will changes in the Health Care Delivery System and Cost Containment impact your practice, your clients, and your healthcare access?

    Come join us to hear from Karen Tseng, Head of the Health Care Division, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, at the MBA’s Annual Health Law Conference on Friday, June 12.

    Register here:

  • Health Care Delivery System and Cost Containment - Health Law Confererence - June 12

    How will changes in the Health Care Delivery System and Cost Containment impact your practice, your clients, and your healthcare access?

    Come join us to hear from Karen Tseng, Head of the Health Care Division, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, at the MBA’s Annual Health Law Conference on Friday, June 12.

    Register here: http://www.massbar.org/cle/cle-programs?k=3945&kp=3940.

  • Health Care Delivery and Cost Containment - Health Law Conference - June 12

    How will changes in the Health Care Delivery System and Cost Containment impact your practice, your clients, and your healthcare access?

    Come join us to hear from Karen Tseng, Head of the Health Care Division, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, at the MBA’s Annual Health Law Conference on Friday, June 12.

    Register here: http://www.massbar.org/cle/cle-programs?k=3945&kp=3940.

  • EIGHTH ANNUAL PUBLIC LAW CONFERENCE - RESCHEDULED

    The Eighth Annual Public Law Conference has been rescheduled and will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 9am-2pm at the MBA, 20 West Street. The topics include "Article 48 of the Massachusetts Constitution: Initiative Petitions" and "Public Protests and Demonstrations". The panelists include Evan Falchuk, Esq., Head of No Boston Olympics Ballot Question Committee, Kevin Conroy, Esq., Foley Hoag LLP, Elissa Flynn-Poppey, Esq., Mintz Levin, Lon Povich, Esq., Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Charlie Baker, Louis A. Rizoli, Esq., Edwards Wildman Public Policy Group, LLC, Nicole Taub, Esq., City of Boston Law Department and Carlton Williams, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

  • Cloudy with a Chance of Sanctions: Forecast for Successful Cloud Computing

    Don't forget to attend this program scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 12:30-1:30pm at MBA 20 West Street, Boston
    Register on the MBA website

    As more firms and practitioners maintain paperless files, this CLE will offer an introduction to the cloud and cloud security, MA data privacy laws and ethics opinions on cloud computing, and potential issues with file retention. The program will conclude with tips and tricks from an attorney who currently uses the cloud.

  • 2nd Annual Central MA Health Care Symposium

    Please join the Health Law Section for our 2nd Annual Central MA Health Care Symposium at the University of Massachusetts Medical School on Thurs., April 16, 2015 from 8:30-12:00. You will engage with leading practitioners in the Greater Worcester County area to discuss current developments, such as mobile healthcare apps; geriatrics, behavioral health, the Commonwealth’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicare liens, medical affidavits for guardianship, and the process of employment to U.S. green card status for medical clinicians.

    This event provides you with an opportunity to explore issues that impact your day-to-day operations and client interests. Please join us to discuss these cutting edge issues and to access the resource table, in addition to program materials, for attendees. To register, please click here: http://www.massbar.org/cle/cle-programs?p=3864. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Health Law Section & Event Chair, Lorianne M. Sainsbury-Wong, using MBA’s MyBarAccess e-message or at sainsbury_wong@hla-inc.org, tel. no. 617-275-2987.

    We look forward to examining these legal and medical updates with the presenters listed below:

    Rebekah Diamond
    The Massachusetts Health Connector

    Catherine Gallagher
    Law Office of Catherine Gallagher

    Christine Hummel
    Hummel Consulting Services, Inc.

    Steven P. Marcus
    New England Geriatrics

    Lisa Pearl and Amy Aubertin
    Counseling and Nutrition Center

    Lorianne M. Sainsbury-Wong
    Health Law Advocates, Inc.

    Kathryn M. Sylvia
    Robinson & Cole LLP

    Roy J. Watson, Jr.
    Watson Law Offices

  • POSTPONED: Eighth Annual Public Law Conference - April 10, 2015

    The April 10th Public Law Conference has been POSTPONED. Further scheduling information will be posted as soon as it is available.

  • 4/16: Second Annual Central MA Health Care Conference

    Thurs., 4/16/15, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA.

    Local experts will provide updates on the developments in health care, such as Medicare liens and malpractice settlements, geriatrics, Rogers Guardianship, behavioral health, and the Commonwealth's implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The objective of this conference is to provide an informative event for legal practitioners, medical providers, and the local community.

    The event should offer an engaging discussion on the topics of as well as an opportunity to network with other industry professionals of varying backgrounds. We look forward to seeing you at the event!

    Additional event details will be posted shortly along with the registration process.

  • A Career in Health Law - Join us on Wed., March 4th 4:30-6:30 pm

    SAVE THE DATE: The MBA Health Law Section Council personally invites you to attend our upcoming career development and networking program on Wed., March 4th from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Massachusetts Bar Association, 20 West St,, Boston, MA.

    You will hear from engaging speakers who represent diverse health care employment perspectives. Special thanks to our panelists James Bryant, Chief Compliance Officer, Brigham & Women’s Healthcare; Tracy Morong, Enforcement Division, MA Board of Registration in Medicine; and
    Karbert S. Ng, Health Policy Commission! Special thanks also to Health Law Section Council Member Jim Downes, JD, MPH, LLM, for coordinating this event! The one-hour panel presentation will be followed by a social hour for informal conversation and networking.



  • Seminar: Restoring Trust in the IRS (Feb. 25, 2015)

    On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 (12-2p), the MBA Taxation Law Section will be hosting Frank Wolpe as he discusses his thoughts about the current structure of the IRS and how the agency can become more efficient through reorganization. Click on the following link for more information and to register (this event will be live at the MBA Office in Boston and also will be simulcast online).