Friday Fundamentals is designed to offer an introduction to the basic legal skills and fundamental knowledge lawyers need to get a foothold and grow in their understanding of a given area of practice. 

15 Top Tips for Running & Marketing a Law Practice

The panel addresses a wide range of practical advice for running a successful practice with topics ranging from client interactions to business development to marketing.

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Anatomy of a Deal: A Commercial Real Estate Transaction from Development to Closing - Part 3: Financing

Often, new lawyers are given discrete tasks when they work on real estate deals and they are not always given the opportunity to understand the overall development of the deal. The program intends to help participants develop the vocabulary necessary to understand commercial real estate transactions and understand the typical chronology of commercial deals.

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Effective Marketing: Targeting the Clients You Want

The speakers explore effective marketing strategies for attorneys who seek to serve clients with varied needs. Panelists include experienced practitioners who have founded successful and expanding law firms and who spend substantial amounts of time on marketing endeavors; senior in-house counsel who will discuss effective marketing strategies from the client perspective; and a professional marketing consultant.

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How and Why to Start a Career as an Immigration Attorney

Panelists dispel rumors and provide an overview of the various types of cases which immigration lawyers handle. They discuss life working in various settings and explore the intersection of immigration law with family, employment and other areas of law. The panelists also provide tips and practice pointers for those thinking of entering the field of immigration or those who have newly begun working in this very exciting field.

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How to "Win" at Mediation: Effective Strategies for Representing Your Client in Mediation

More disputes are resolved through mediation than trial. This program will provide an overview of helpful practices to become a more effective advocate in a mediation setting. Topics will include: preparing for mediation; managing client expectations; and basic negotiation strategies.

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Insights From a Real Estate Company In-House Counsel

Ever wonder what it is like to transition from a firm to in-house? Join our panel as our guest provides insights on her experience transitioning from a law firm real estate associate to an in-house position. Tune in and you will know what she does day to day at her company and how she works with outside counsel.

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The Discovery Process: Drafting Discovery Requests and Responses, and Collecting, Reviewing, and Producing Responsive Docs

This program will address the basics for drafting discovery requests and responses to those requests, including requests for the production of documents, interrogatories, and requests for admission. This program will also cover best practices for document collection, review, and production, as well as best practices for and the legal standards governing the preparation of a privilege log.

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The Fundamentals of Advance Health Care Planning –What Healthcare and Trusts and Estates Lawyers Really Need to Know

Presenters will focus on the fundamentals of advance health care planning in Massachusetts, including why advance health care planning is so important; what kinds of advance directives are legally recognized in Massachusetts; and how lawyers can best assist their clients in completing such documents and making them useful.

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Troubleshooting Condominium Documents: Rights, Obligations and Potential Conflicts

The explosion of senior divorces poses complications for elder law and family law practitioners. Advising elders going through a divorce or modification is particularly challenging when medical problems and/or cognitive impairment are presented. Seasoned practitioners review issues attorneys encounter when faced with a grey divorce, including long term planning, family law issues and questions about capacity.

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Understanding Preferred Stock Financing Terms

Panelists cover the basics of venture capital finance. You will learn about key venture capital finance terms and the legal and business issues that arise when representing start-ups and venture-backed companies.

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Unfair v. Unlawful: Representing Clients In Wrongful Termination Cases

This program will provide an overview of the exceptions to the at-will doctrine, with particular focus on the public policy exceptions recognized under common law. For lawyers new to the field of employment law, the ability to identify and evaluate the many potential claims and defenses in a wrongful termination case is an essential skillset, tune in to gain this valuable skill.

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What Employers Need to Know About the New 409A and 457 Regulations

Panelists explore the practical take-away points from the 409A and 457 regulations that were issued in June of this year. We will discuss key elements of the new rules that will impact design and administration of deferred compensation arrangements, both in the for-profit and not-for-profit context.

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