These essential skills-building programs focus on the core elements of specific practice areas. They are designed to introduce subject matter to newer attorneys and challenge experienced practitioners looking to review or expand their expertise.

Upcoming Practical Skills Programs

Intellectual Property Basics Workshop: Filing and Prosecuting a Federal Trademark Application

4/24/2014 12:00 PM - 4/24/2014 1:30 PM

The second in the IP Basics Series, this workshop will focus on filing and prosecuting trademarks

The Use of Mediation to Provide Creative Solutions in Family Business Matters

4/25/2014 9:00 AM - 4/25/2014 11:30 AM

This interactive program will bring experts in mediation to the BBA in this free CLE program. The panel will demonstrate best practices and techniques through a series of mock mediations addressing issues related to closely held and family businesses.

Practicing as In-House Counsel

4/28/2014 5:30 PM - 4/28/2014 7:00 PM

Interested in transitioning to an in-house role? Our panelists will provide attendees with three unique perspectives on practicing in an in-house attorney role. Discussion topics will include transitioning in-house from a law firm, the broad skill sets required of in-house attorneys, and the daily responsibilities of in-house attorneys and the broad areas of law in which they practice. This program is great for new attorneys with aspirations of moving in-house later in their careers as well as more experienced attorneys interested in moving in-house in the near future.

I Knew You Were Trouble: Managing Problem Clients

4/29/2014 12:00 PM - 4/29/2014 1:00 PM

Even if you target and vet clients aggressively, you’ll still likely wind up with some who start out, or turn out, to be difficult to work with. Hey, nobody’s perfect . . .But, there are techniques you can apply to make sure that you spend less of your time dealing with the clients you don’t want, and more of your time dealing with the clients you do want.

Bringing — or Defending — Chapter 30A Appeals of Administrative Agency Decisions

4/29/2014 12:00 PM - 4/29/2014 1:00 PM

Chapter 30A appeals of state administrative agency decisions are governed by their own set of procedures, rules, and standards of review, which can trip up the unfamiliar lawyer. Carrie Benedon, an Assistant Attorney General in the AGO’s Government Bureau, and Tad Heuer, an attorney at Foley Hoag whose practice focuses on administrative law, will present an overview of the process for seeking judicial review of state administrative agency decisions. The program will include a discussion of applicable procedures, timelines, and deadlines; the role of the administrative record; the responsibilities of each party to the appeal; and the standard and scope of judicial review. This 1-hour program is open to all, but will be geared toward the new lawyer or occasional administrative law practitioner.

Trying Medical Malpractice Cases in Federal Court

4/29/2014 12:00 PM - 4/29/2014 1:00 PM

Please join us for a brown bag luncheon on Tuesday, April 29, at which U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein will speak about medical malpractice trials in federal court. Judge Dein will cover the do’s and don’ts of medical malpractice trials, based on her fourteen years' experience as a federal magistrate judge in Boston. Her insight and suggestions will be invaluable to both plaintiffs' and defense attorneys. The presentation will be in the Moakley U.S. Courthouse on Fan Pier, in the Jury Assembly Room on the second floor, starting at noon. Please come early if you want to buy your lunch at the cafeteria, which is also on the second floor.

Causation After Nassar

4/29/2014 12:30 PM - 4/29/2014 2:00 PM

We will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court's recent Nassar decision -- including its potential impact on summary judgment motions in federal court; the interpretation of other retaliation provisions; and what it says (or doesn't say) about the vibrancy of Title VII in the Roberts Court era.

Avoiding Panic: Managing a High Risk Data Breach

4/29/2014 12:30 PM - 4/29/2014 1:30 PM

This program will provide an overview of the legal framework governing data breaches as well as practical advice on how to prepare for, and respond to, a data breach.

The New Fee Guidelines – What They Mean, What They Do and How to Comply

5/1/2014 12:00 PM - 5/1/2014 1:00 PM

The new "Guidelines for Reviewing Applications for Compensation and Reimbursement of Expenses Filed Under United States Code by Attorneys in Larger Chapter 11 Cases" promulgated by the United States Trustee became effective November 1, 2013. Please join us as William K. Harrington and John P. Fitzgerald explain the meaning and practical consequences of the new guidelines.

L-1 Petitions for Small and New International Companies

5/1/2014 12:30 PM - 5/1/2014 1:30 PM

Congress created the L-1 visa to facilitate intra-company transfers by international companies. In the past decade, the program has come under attack. Without a change in the statute or regulations, denial rates have skyrocketed, especially for small and new companies. Learn how to prepare a winning L-1 petition from a veteran practitioner.

Bankruptcy Basics For Construction Lawyers - What You Need To Know About Bankruptcy To Assess Risks And Avoid Traps

5/5/2014 12:30 PM - 5/5/2014 1:30 PM

Paul O’Donnell, Esq. of Hinckley Allen, will discuss risks especially inherent in bankruptcy (or potential bankruptcy) matters involving construction projects and contractors. Whether you are adversarial to a party on the verge of bankruptcy or your own client faces such a problem, you will want to consider the risks Paul discusses with us based on his 25 plus years in the industry.

A Practical Guide for Creating a Sustainable Legal Office

5/5/2014 4:00 PM - 5/5/2014 5:30 PM

Our speakers will discuss ideas for lawyers on sustainability practices that they can implement to benefit both their legal practice and the environment.

CLE - Alimony and Child Support: Recent Trends

5/6/2014 4:00 PM - 5/6/2014 7:00 PM

This program will deliver in-depth analysis concerning recent decisions concerning aliminy and child support. Learn how certain members of the Judiciary approach alimony and child support cases as well as how experienced practitioners are handling their cases in the Probate & Family Court.

Let’s Get Real 2014: Surviving and Succeeding as a Diverse Attorney in Boston

6/18/2014 5:30 PM - 6/18/2014 7:30 PM

Join us for an open and thought-provoking conversation about Boston's legal community and the hard questions and taboo topics that matter to Boston's diverse attorneys—but are seldom discussed. Whether you consider yourself to be a diverse attorney or are simply interested in the topic of diversity in the Boston legal community, all are welcome to attend.

What’s in Your Bitcoin Wallet? The Real World Risks of Virtual Currency

6/19/2014 12:30 PM - 6/19/2014 2:00 PM

Panelists from the bar, the FBI, and accounting and finance professions will review how Bitcoin was created, the technology that supports Bitcoin, how it functions, and potential problems with the use of virtual currencies. They will review practical considerations for valuing Bitcoin transactions and assets, identifying fraud and other malfeasance, and the impact on capital markets. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in a discussion of the potential legal issues surrounding Bitcoin and other virtual currencies.
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