Upcoming Fundamentals Programs

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

3/31/2017 12:30 PM - 3/31/2017 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.

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

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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