Upcoming Fundamentals Programs

Intellectual Property Basics Workshop: Copyright Fundamentals

12/5/2016 5:30 PM - 12/5/2016 7:30 PM

The IP Basics Workshop Series is designed to give lawyers basic, practical skills that they can apply in real world settings. Whether you are a new attorney, new to the field of IP, or simply want to brush up on a particular skill, the IP Basics Workshops are a great resource.

Divorce Law Fundamentals - Section 34: Income, Assets, Liabilities & Discovery

12/5/2016 5:30 PM - 12/5/2016 6:30 PM

Chapter 208, Section 34 will be reviewed in detail with a focus on the factors the courts consider when assigning property and liabilities in a divorce. Discussion will include an overview of the various types of assets and liabilities and the best means of discovering those assets and liabilities. Discussion on discovery will include the different types of discovery available and what discovery is mandatory.

Tax-Exempt Organizations Fundamentals Series: Governance and Fiduciary Duties

1/10/2017 12:30 PM - 1/10/2017 1:30 PM

The third session in the Fundamental Series will focus on governing nonprofit organizations. Shayla Harlev and Benton Bodamer, both of the firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, will discuss issues such as fiduciary duties, standing policies, compensation, board service and other topics related to governance. A representative from the Attorney General's Non-Profit Organizations/Public Charities Division will join the presenters to add the Division's perspective and insights on these topics.

Divorce Law Fundamentals: Child Support & Alimony

1/17/2017 5:30 PM - 1/17/2017 6:30 PM

Discussion of the Alimony Reform Act and the Child Support Guidelines, including a discussion of tax consequences of each and the methodologies for calculating support which have both a child support and alimony component. Discussion will include timing, emancipation and dependency exemptions.

Zoning 101

1/20/2017 12:30 PM - 1/20/2017 2:00 PM

Panelists will provide a practical introduction to zoning fundamentals, with a focus on G.L. c. 40A that governs zoning in all municipalities other than Boston.

An Insider’s Guide to the Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Litigation

1/27/2017 12:30 PM - 1/27/2017 2:00 PM

This program will provide insight into the various common disputes that take place in the context of a bankruptcy case including adversary proceedings and contested matters. The panelists will discuss the differences between bankruptcy court litigation and state court or federal district court practice.  They will draw on their own personal experiences to help bridge the gap and impart practice tips that are not covered in law school.

Understanding Venture Capital Finance

2/3/2017 12:30 PM - 2/3/2017 2:00 PM

This program will 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.

Tax-Exempt Organizations Fundamentals Series: Chapter 42 Rules and Distributions

2/14/2017 12:30 PM - 2/14/2017 1:30 AM

Learn the rules of behavior for private foundations under Chapter 42, including self-dealing, failure to distribute income, excess business holdings, the tax on investment income, jeopardizing investments and taxable expenditures.

Divorce Law Fundamentals: Custody & Parenting Plans

2/21/2017 5:30 PM - 2/21/2017 6:30 PM

Discussion will include an understanding of legal custody and physical custody; how to handle custody disputes; what are GALs and when are they needed; what are Parent Coordinators and when are they helpful; how to draft parenting plans; what types of provisions should be included in parenting plans.

Housing Discrimination 101: An Overview of State and Federal Antidiscrimination Laws

2/24/2017 12:30 PM - 2/24/2017 2:00 PM

This program will cover the basics of state and federal law, including prohibited discrimination and affirmative obligations of landlords, recent developments, and enforcement trends.

Tax Law for New Lawyers and Business Lawyers – a Primer

3/3/2017 12:30 PM - 3/3/2017 2:00 PM

Advising business clients often requires a basic understanding of tax law.  This program is designed to introduce both new lawyers and experienced non-tax lawyers to the nuts and bolts of tax law.   Our panel of tax experts will discuss the framework and key issues of federal, international and state tax law, as well as ERISA.  The program will help provide you with the tools to understand basic tax issues that commonly arise in business matters and to spot difficult issues that may require additional guidance.

District Court Bootcamp

3/10/2017 12:00 PM - 3/10/2017 3:00 PM

Join us for a crash course in the fundamental procedures and common practices utilized to handle criminal cases in the District and Municipal Courts of Massachusetts. From arraignment, pre-trial, motion, and trial sessions, learn how to overcome the most common obstacles and strategies for successful arguments.

Tax-Exempt Organizations Fundamentals Series: Taxes

3/14/2017 12:30 PM - 3/14/2017 1:30 PM

The panelists will describe the tax issues for tax-exempt organizations, including an overview of UBTI, property and sales taxes, and the excise tax on excess benefit transactions

Project Permitting

3/17/2017 12:30 PM - 3/17/2017 2:00 PM

The program will be entitled “Project Permitting 101: Navigating the Permit Approval Process, Project Resistance and NIMBYism.”  The program will show new practitioners how to identify the various approvals required for a project, using a case model which raises state, local and federal permitting issues, and which involves local resistance to the project.  Participants will learn how to spot the issues and how to adequately address concerns raised by regulators and project opponents such that the project can go forward.

Divorce Law Fundamentals: Pre-Trial Practice - The Memo, the 4-way and the Pre-Trial

3/21/2017 5:30 PM - 3/21/2017 6:30 PM

What is a Pretrial Conference? When are they held? What are the procedures? Do they vary from county to county and judge to judge? What is expected of parties and lawyers? What is needed at a Pretrial Conference?

Tax-Exempt Organizations Fundamentals Series: Dissolution

4/11/2017 12:30 PM - 4/11/2017 1:30 PM

The panelists will discuss the procedures for dissolving a tax-exempt organization in Massachusetts.

Litigation Fundamentals Series: The Beginning of a Lawsuit: Complaints and Answers

4/12/2017 4:30 PM - 4/12/2017 6:00 PM

This program will address the primary pleadings in every lawsuit: the Complaint and Answer. In particular, the panelists will cover various issues commonly encountered in initiating and responding to lawsuits.

Divorce Law Fundamentals: Separation Agreements

4/18/2017 5:30 PM - 4/18/2017 6:30 PM

In this session, the Panelists will discuss the essential provisions for all Separation Agreements related to: alimony, custody/parenting plans, child support, the division of the marital estate, health insurance, income taxes, and life insurance, as well as the key provisions related to the enforcement and modification of a Separation Agreement.

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

4/19/2017 4:30 PM - 4/19/2017 6:00 PM

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.

How and Why to Start a Career as an Immigration Attorney

4/21/2017 12:30 PM - 4/21/2017 2:00 PM

Did you even know there were lawyers who focus exclusively on US immigration and nationality law? Have you ever wondered what such an attorney actually does? Our esteemed panelists will answer those questions and many more.  They will dispel rumors and provide an overview of the various types of cases which immigration lawyers handle.   They will also discuss life working in various settings, including large firms, small firms, and non-profits, as well as, compare and contrast what it is like to work in firms that focus on employment immigration versus ones that focus on family/removal work.  In addition, the panelists will discuss the intersection of immigration law with family, employment and other areas of law.  The panelists will 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.  The program will also end with a Q&A.

Litigation Fundamentals Series: Discovery Disputes: How to get what you need in discovery and how to protect what needs protecting

4/26/2017 4:30 PM - 4/26/2017 6:00 PM

This program will address discovery disputes, how to avoid them and how to convince the Court to give you what you need – whether it is an order compelling discovery or a protective order. The program will also discuss how to effectively apply for relief, and strategies on how to elicit information from difficult opponents.

Litigation Fundamentals Series: Motion Practice in the Courts of the Commonwealth: A Beginner’s Guide

5/3/2017 4:30 PM - 5/3/2017 6:00 PM

What is motion practice and when is it used? What are some similarities and differences among the courts in the Commonwealth? How do you draft a persuasive Motion?

Top Ten Things New Lawyers Should Know About International Legal Practice

5/5/2017 12:30 PM - 5/5/2017 2:00 PM

Join the International Law Section consciousness-raising discussion of certain key issues that all International Lawyer must know. Topics will include: FCPA, privacy/data security, tax planning, and many more.

Litigation Fundamentals Series: Basics to Taking and Defending Depositions

5/10/2017 4:30 PM - 5/10/2017 6:00 PM

This program will address deposition basics for both taking and defending depositions. Deposition preparation and strategy will be discussed, as well as what to expect during the deposition. The program will also discuss the procedures of depositions, strategies on how to elicit information from difficult deponents and handle emotionally difficult topics.

Unfair v. Unlawful:  Representing Clients In Wrongful Termination Cases

5/12/2017 12:30 PM - 5/12/2017 2:00 PM

The vast majority of all employment is what is known as “at-will.”  As a general rule, an at-will employee may be terminated at any time for any reason, or no reason at all.  There are, however, a breadth of statutory and common law exceptions to the at-will doctrine.  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.  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. 

Divorce Law Fundamentals: ADR Options - Divorce Mediation & Collaborative Divorce

5/16/2017 5:30 PM - 5/16/2017 6:30 PM

What are the various types of ADR options: Mediation, Conciliation, Arbitration & Collaborative Divorce; when should you consider using ADR; whether certain issues are appropriate for ADR; what programs are offered in each county.

The Fundamentals of Clear and Effective Writing

5/19/2017 12:30 PM - 5/19/2017 2:00 PM

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.

Fundamentals of Insurance Policies and Insurance Coverage

6/9/2017 12:30 PM - 6/9/2017 2:00 PM

Join us for an overview of various types of insurance available in the marketplace and a framework for understanding and analyzing insurance policies and insurance coverage issues. Attendees will have a basic understanding of the various insurance policies generally available to businesses and individuals and the fundamentals in connection with those policies and a framework to help them understand and analyze insurance policies and insurance coverage issues. We will also discuss the key duties of insurer and insured under typical liability insurance policies.

Divorce Law Fundamentals: Post-Judgment Issues - Division of Retirement Assets, Contempts & Modifications

6/20/2017 5:30 PM - 6/20/2017 6:30 PM

Join us to hear about post-judgment issues such as the process for dividing retirement accounts, contempt actions and the process for enforcing the terms of the Judgment of Divorce, and modification actions and the process for modifying the terms of the Judgment of Divorce Nisi.
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