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Insights and Events from this Winter

White-Collar Crime Conference – Wednesday, January 16th
This year’s White-Collar Crime Conference agenda will feature a lineup of 60+ federal and state judges and prosecutors, top defense attorneys, law enforcement officials, and corporate in-house counsel for a full-day of substantive breakout sessions, keynote presentations, and robust networking. Panels will cover trends in healthcare fraud, securities enforcement, cybercrime, FCPA, FCA, and more. New to the agenda this year will be sessions on enforcement concerns for early-stage companies, #MeToo, sentencing, strategies for navigating multi-defendant criminal trials, and an open Q&A session with leading white-collar practitioners.
Walk to the Hill 2019
JAN 24 | 9:30 AM Breakfast | 11:00 AM Event
Each year, hundreds of private attorneys and civil legal aid advocates converge on the Massachusetts State House to demonstrate their support for state funding of civil legal aid. If you need a refresher on how to talk to your legislature about civil legal aid, be sure to join us at the BBA for our annual pre-walk breakfast, where you can look up your state representative and senator and hear from BBA Government Relations Staff on effective lobbying tips.
75 Sponsors Show Support for the Boston Bar Foundation’s Adams Benefit
The 2019 Adams Benefit is only three weeks away, taking place on January 26th at the Museum of Fine Arts. To join our outstanding list of sponsors and show your firm’s support for access to justice in our community, contact Erica Southerland at 617-778-1930.
The event will feature the 2019 Public Service Award presentation to Diane Patrick, Senior Counsel at Ropes & Gray, former First Lady of Massachusetts, and longtime advocate for vulnerable populations across Greater Boston. The Adams Benefit is the region’s premier legal fundraiser, welcoming over 1,000 attendees for gourmet food, top-shelf open bar and specialty cocktails, dynamic live entertainment, and access to the entire Museum and special exhibits. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boston Bar Foundation, which provides grants to legal services organizations addressing issues such as housing and homelessness, domestic violence, immigration, veterans affairs and more.
Guidance for Federal Government Employees Facing Financial Insecurity
The Boston Bar Lawyer Referral Service will be closely monitoring the government shutdown, how it will affect federal government employees, particularly those in Massachusetts, and will continue to post relevant resources and guidance.
Upcoming Events
JAN 10 | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Introducing the Boston Bar Association's first-ever Winterfest! Come welcome the newest members of the bar to the BBA. Join the New Lawyers Forum, the Senior Associates Forum, and participants of the Public Interest Leadership Program for a night of cocktails, good company, and information on the many benefits the BBA can offer you in your practice.
Active Duty Military & Veterans Forum Meet & Greet Luncheon
JAN 11 | 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Join the Boston Bar Association’s Active Duty Military & Veterans Forum, current members of the military, veterans, their families and friends in the legal community for lunch at the BBA.
19th Annual Intellectual Property Year in Review
JAN 24 | 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM
This is the premier IP law event of the year. Panelists will provide attendees with what you need to know from landmark cases and legislative changes and offer insights into what’s ahead in patents, copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, and more.
Protecting Immigrant Communities: A Conversation with the Attorney General’s Office
JAN 28 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Join Genevieve Nadeau, State Enforcement Counsel at the Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General, and Abigail Taylor, Director of the Child and Youth Protection Unit, for a conversation about immigration and civil rights.
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