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Upcoming Fundamentals Programs

Divorce Law Fundamentals Series: Custody & Parenting Plans

2/16/2016 5:30 PM - 2/16/2016 6:30 PM

In this sixth segment of the Divorce Fundamentals series, our discussion will include an understanding of legal custody and physical custody; approaches to handling custody disputes; the role of guardians ad litem and when are they needed; the use of Parent Coordinators and when are they can be helpful; and drafting parenting plans and typical provisions that should be included in parenting plans.

Intro to Residential Real Estate - What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School

2/19/2016 12:30 PM - 2/19/2016 2:00 PM

Learn the process of purchasing a home in Massachusetts, from Offer to Purchase through the Purchase and Sale Agreement with a few comments on the closing.

IP Fundamentals: Protecting Trade Secrets from the Insider Threat

2/26/2016 12:30 PM - 2/26/2016 2:00 PM

This program will focus on protecting trade secrets from the insider threat (i.e., employees).

Basic Estate Planning Documents II: Revocable Trust

3/2/2016 12:20 PM - 3/2/2016 1:30 PM

Panelists will review the key components of revocable trusts, including funding formulas, marital provisions, possible trust structures for children and other beneficiaries, and trustee provisions.

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

3/4/2016 12:30 PM - 3/4/2016 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.

What Creditors Can Expect in Bankruptcy: How to Protect and Preserve Your Client’s Rights

3/11/2016 12:30 PM - 3/11/2016 2:00 PM

The Bankruptcy Section’s Friday Fundamentals program will focus on what a creditor’s attorney needs to know when their client's claim is included in a bankruptcy. The program will focus on protecting a creditor’s rights through the proof of claim and plan confirmation processes, and will provide an overview of certain claims' priority and non-dischargeability status under the Bankruptcy Code. Finally, the program will cover the basics of a trustee’s powers to avoid preferential or fraudulent transfers and unperfected security interests.

Tax-Exempt Organizations Fundamentals Series: Taxes

3/15/2016 12:30 PM - 3/15/2016 1:30 AM

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

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

3/15/2016 5:30 PM - 3/15/2016 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?

The Basics of Landlord Tenant Law (Summary Process)

3/18/2016 12:30 PM - 3/18/2016 2:00 PM

From the Notice to Quit to the Final Execution of Judgment-Summary Process Law in Massachusetts is a strict statutory construct. This class will cover the basics of residential Landlord/Tenant law in Massachusetts, including the steps required to evict a tenant for non-payment, good cause or no cause. It will also cover the defenses and counterclaims that tenants might bring in that same summary process action. We will also offer an introduction to the work of the Boston Bar Association Attorney-for-the-Day program in the Housing Court which can afford attendees at the Friday Fundamentals a subsequent opportunity to use their new knowledge in a supportive court based clinic.

Representing Clients before the MCAD in Employment Discrimination Cases

4/1/2016 12:30 PM - 4/1/2016 2:00 PM

The program will discuss litigating a case at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination from the perspective of an experienced employee-side attorney and an experienced employer-side attorney. The program will cover all phases of an MCAD employment case, including pleading, investigation and discovery, hearings, enforcement and appeals. Our experienced panelists will provide fundamental guidance and highlight practical decisions attorneys must make when representing employees and employers before the MCAD.

Chapter 93A and Massachusetts Consumer Protection Law

4/8/2016 12:30 PM - 4/8/2016 2:00 PM

Chapter 93A prohibits “unfair or deceptive acts or practices in trade or commerce” and is a flexible and powerful tool for protecting consumers in a variety of transactions and commercial contexts. This training will focus on private remedies under chapter 93A but also survey the many other state and federal laws that protect consumers in a variety of fields, from mortgage lending to automobile purchasing to telemarketing. Presented by Chris Barry-Smith, First Asst. Atty. Gen. and Max Weinstein, Consumer Protection Division chief for Attorney General Maura Healey.

An Introduction to Business Immigration

4/15/2016 12:30 PM - 4/15/2016 2:00 PM

Our speakers will explain how attorneys help individual and corporate clients secure employment-based immigration benefits and ensure compliance with immigration laws, and they will discuss the anatomy of business immigration cases, from obtaining temporary work-authorized status in the United States to legal permanent residence. They will also provide practical guidance for lawyers new to or interested in business immigration based on their experience in the field.

Tax-Exempt Organizations Fundamentals Series: Dissolution

4/19/2016 12:30 PM - 4/19/2016 1:30 AM

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

Divorce Law Fundamentals: Separation Agreements

4/19/2016 5:30 PM - 4/19/2016 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.

BBA Court Tour – Housing Court

4/22/2016 9:00 AM - 4/22/2016 11:00 AM

Get familiar with the ins and outs of Boston Housing Court right on site. Experienced practitioners will walk you through what to expect at your first appearance.

Massachusetts Wage and Hour Law

4/29/2016 12:30 PM - 4/29/2016 2:00 PM

This training will provide an overview of the state and federal laws that protect employees in the work place, with a focus on private remedies. Training will cover the protections available under various statutes and regulations governing minimum wage, work hours, independent contractor misclassification, and the new Earned Sick Time law. Presented by Cynthia Mark, chief of Attorney General Healey’s Fair Labor Division, together with Fair Labor Division staff.

Massachusetts District Court Boot Camp

5/20/2016 12:00 PM - 5/20/2016 2:00 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.

Conducting Effective Due Diligence

5/20/2016 12:30 PM - 5/20/2016 2:00 PM

One of the most common assignments given to new attorneys is due diligence review.  This program will cover the basics of the due diligence process, and will also provide practical advice and real-life examples of issues encountered in due diligence.

Environmental Compliance, Enforcement and Administrative Appeals

5/25/2016 12:30 PM - 5/25/2016 1:00 PM

This program is designed to provide new lawyers with an understanding of some of the general principles and institutions of Massachusetts environmental law. It will focus on environmental compliance, enforcement and administrative appeals. These introductory programs will help provide a solid foundation from which a new lawyer can start to tackle environmental issues as they arise in practice. Speakers will be experienced government and private sector environmental attorneys.

Family-Based Immigration Basics

6/3/2016 12:30 PM - 6/3/2016 2:00 PM

Join us to learn about the fundamentals of family-based immigration from a panel of experienced immigration practitioners. After the program, participants will know who may petition for whom, what the petitioning process involves, and the differences between adjustment of status and consular processing cases.

BBA Court Tour – Appeals Court

6/17/2016 12:30 PM - 6/17/2016 2:00 PM

This tour will offer an inside look at the magnificent and historic Adams Courthouse at One Pemberton Square. Following the tour, attendees will learn about key timelines and considerations for filing and replying to an appeal.
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