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Issue #17
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The First Amendment in the Digital Age

APR 8 | 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM | Boston Bar Association

We are pleased to announce the third installment of the Boston Bar Future of Free Speech Series: “The First Amendment in the Digital Age.” The program will bring together a distinguished set of expert panelists to discuss the hottest topics in this space, including issues of privacy and surveillance, the impact of emerging technologies, and regulating digital platforms. RSVP Today!

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Take a Chance on Boston’s Youth

APR 18 | 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM | Boston Bar Association

Grab your lucky charm and join us this year as 16 Beacon transforms into a two-story casino, complete with table games, gourmet food and drinks, and much more. One of the Boston Bar Foundation’s liveliest events and attended by over 200 members of the Boston legal community, Casino Night is not to be missed!

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Snag the Last Spot!

If you’re thinking of volunteering through the M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program this year, one spot remains available. Sign-up today to present to high school students at Madison Park High School on March 22nd.

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State House Update: BBA Submits Testimony in Support of Conversion Therapy Ban

The first hearings of the session are officially underway, and earlier this week the BBA submitted testimony to the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities, urging Massachusetts to ban use of the inherently-harmful practice of “conversion therapy” on minors.

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Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs

We’ve added a new Pro Bono and Public Interest Programs page to our site. Register to attend upcoming trainings or catch up on past programs by downloading on-demand videos of recent events through our Learn Online platform.

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New Lawyers MFA Event

The BBA’s New Lawyers Forum hosted a table at the MFA’s First Friday event on Friday, March 1st. Attendees were able to mix and mingle with their peers while wandering the art galleries, enjoying music, signature cocktails, and delicious tapas. Attendees additionally got a first look at the new Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular exhibit.

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Thank You to the BBA’s Premier Members

BBA Premier Members support the BBA while also gaining access to exclusive benefits. Thank you to the BBA’s Premier Members, listed online here.

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ICYMI – New Member Benefits Announced Last Week

The BBA is pleased to announce discounted document automation with Woodpecker and an exclusive Westlaw offer for BBA members who are solo practitioners.

upcoming conferences
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Higher Education Legal Conference
Thursday, March 14, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Aloft Boston, Seaport District
Annual opportunity to hear from leaders in higher education about the emerging legal issues impacting their institutions. This full-day conference brings together college and university in-house legal departments, administrators, and firm practitioners to discuss the complex legal needs of higher education institutions in a changing world.
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Deals All Day: Boston Bar Hosts Premier Business Transactions Doubleheader
Mergers & Acquisitions Conference
Venture Captial & Private Equity Conference
Thursday, April 4, 2019 | M&A 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM | VCPE 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM | Aloft Boston, Seaport District
On April 4th, the Boston Bar is hosting both the Mergers & Acquisitions Conference and the Venture Capital & Private Equity Conference. Join us for one or both of these premier events.
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White-Collar Crime Conference
Monday, April 22, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 5:15 PM | Aloft Boston, Seaport District
This full-day conference brings together the best and brightest from private practice, in-house legal departments, government, and the judiciary for a full-day event that no member of Boston’s white-collar crime bar can afford to miss. Attend interactive breakout sessions, high-level keynote discussions, and in-depth examinations on recent cases and developments in healthcare fraud, securities enforcement, FCPA, cybercrime, and more.
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Privacy & Cybersecurity Conference
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM | Aloft Boston, Seaport District
This full-day conference covers a wide range of topics from data breach response and litigation to compliance and transactional issues. Panelists discuss new developments in the legal and regulatory landscape, while offering insights into challenges and opportunities ahead.
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Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 | 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM | UMASS Club
The Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference is an annual opportunity for bankruptcy professionals and the Federal Bankruptcy Court Judges to meet and share insights, observations and analysis on key issues for 2019 and beyond.
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Celebrate #NationalWomen’sMonth With These Upcoming March Programs
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Test Your Knowledge About Women’s Legal History in the U.S
Monday, March 18, 2019 | 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Boston Bar Association | 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
In honor of Women’s History Month, see what you know – and learn a little more – about women’s legal history in the United States.
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Women In Law: Career & Courtroom Advice from Expert White Collar Attorneys
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Boston Bar Association | 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Join the BBA’s new White-Collar Crime Section and the Women’s Leadership & Advancement Forum for a panel discussion featuring some of Boston’s leading white-collar crime practitioners.
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Upcoming Affinity Bar Events
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SABAGB: Updates in Immigration
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Northeastern University School of Law | 416 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
Join SABAGB for an evening of updates on current issues in immigration law and policy. Speakers at this event include Leslie Ditrani of Ditrani Immigration Law, Professor Hemanth Gundavaru of Northeastern University Law School, and Shafaq Islam, Deputy Chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.
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Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys: Ida B. Wells Awards Afternoon Tea
Saturday, April 06, 2019 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Mandarin Oriental Hotel | 776 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Please join Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (“MBWA”) at their annual event to honor the accomplishments of keynote speaker, Rachel Rollins, District Attorney for the Suffolk County of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Dawn Perry, Vice President of Business & Regulatory Law at Retail Business Services & Brand Counsel at Ahold USA Inc. (Stop & Shop's Parent Company) and Desiree Ralls-Morrison, Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary at Boston Scientific Corporation.
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Upcoming Law Firm Leadership Series Programs
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Retention and Promotion of Diverse Talent: The Power of Work Allocation
Thursday, April 25, 2019 | 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Boston Bar Association | 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Please join the Boston Bar Association for a discussion with Dave Cook, CEO of Mason & Cook, the British consulting firm working with many of the largest London law firms to custom design work allocation programs that are showing measurable results in terms of retention and profitability.
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The State of the Legal Market
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Boston Bar Association | 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
The BBA’s Law Firm Leadership Series continues with a presentation by Citi Private Bank’s Law Firm Group on the status of the legal industry. Panelists will discuss leading trends in demand, revenue growth, billing rates, equity partnership and other performance indicators across the legal market and provide strategies for growth.
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The Law Firm Leadership Series is exclusive for law firm leaders from BBA Sponsor Firms. For more information about sponsorship, please contact Erica Southerland, Director of Development & Corporate Relations, at esoutherland@bostonbar.org.
upcoming programs
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PILP Info Session & Alumni Reception
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association | 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
The BBA’s Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) is a unique leadership program for new lawyers which promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, the profession and the Commonwealth. The information session will feature PILP alumni who will provide insight into the program, discuss the application process, reflect on their experiences, and answer questions. All PILP alumni are also invited to attend to catch up with classmates and meet potential future members of the program.
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Hang Your Own (Virtual) Shingle After Law School
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association | 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Learn how to prepare for practice while in law school, keep costs low, avoid pitfalls, maintain a successful website, attract clients through blogging and social media, choose the right clients, choose areas of practice friendly to solo practitioners, take advantage of fee-shifting statutes to serve populations in need, further access to justice, and be your own boss.
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Legal Services Update: Immigration Detention Conditions Project
Monday, March 25, 2019 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association | 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Recent detainee hunger strikes and protests have highlighted the poor conditions that civil immigrant detainees are subjected to in our Commonwealth. Attendees will hear about a new statewide project being launched by Prisoners’ Legal Services and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, which will focus on advocating on behalf of immigrants civilly detained in the four Massachusetts detention centers.
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Post-Conviction Relief for Survivors of Human Trafficking: Overview of New Massachusetts Law
Friday, March 29, 2019 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association | 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
This program will provide an overview of a new Massachusetts law designed to enable survivors of human trafficking to vacate Massachusetts criminal convictions related to their trafficking.
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Tweets of the week
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Boston Bar   @BostonBar    Mar 7
Our CORI Sealing Clinic assists individuals with reviewing and sealing their criminal records each month at BMC Central. Thanks to this month’s volunteers from @Pepper_Law and our experts Pauline Quirion of @BostonLegalAid and David Siegel of @newenglandlaw their assistance!
CORI Clinic
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Michael Avitzur   @MikeAvitzurBBA    Mar 5
Thanks to @repkaykhan and all legislators and advocates who testified to #BanConversionTherapy today! @BostonBar testimony in support, from attorney @ear0306: bit.ly/2SHVN3f
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Boston Bar   @BostonBar    Mar 4
Join @BostonBar on March 8 for the Active Duty Military & Veterans Forum! Enjoy lunch and meet fellow attorneys and law students who served in the military and attorneys currently working in veterans legal services. bit.ly/2NFoJZ3
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