An Introduction to the Massachusetts Wage Act: What Every Lawyer Should Know

03/30/2015 - 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
The program is a great primer for non-employment lawyers new to the Wage Act as well as a refresher for more experienced employment lawyers....
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The Ever-Changing Landscape of Chapter 13: Updates from the Trustee

03/10/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Carolyn Bankowski, Chapter 13 Trustee, will highlight recent developments in the case law, point out some common pitfalls for debtors and their attorneys, and suggest best practices....
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CLE - Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: Reform is in the Air

02/24/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Join us for an update on the efforts, status and results of the ABI's Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reform Commission. Learn about the specific recommendations of the Commission on more than thirteen subject areas....
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POSTPONED: The Chinese Cornerstone of Modern Banking: The Canton Guaranty System and the Origins of Bank Deposit Insurance

02/10/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join the Bankruptcy section for a discussion of the originating influence of Chinese law on bank deposit insurance and on modern financial guaranty ideas, including "too big to fail."...
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Lunch Bunch at Bankruptcy Court with Judge Hillman

02/05/2015 - 11:45:00 AM to 01:00 PM
The Consumer Bankruptcy Committee's Lunch Bunch Program is an opportunity to sit in an informal setting with Judge Hillman, ask him questions regarding your current concerns, and he will share his current concerns. ...
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CLE - Protecting Your Practice from the Unexpected

01/29/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Learn how to protect you and your practice. Whether you’re just starting out or celebrating 25 years helping clients, if you’re a small firm or solo practitioner, an event that interrupts your practice could put an end to it if you don’t have a plan in place....
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CLE - Juror Voir Dire: Are You Ready?

01/21/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Learn how the newly released Superior Court Standing Order 1-15 on juror voir dire will impact your practice. Our panelists will include judges and practitioners who served on the Superior Court’s voir dire implementation committee....
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Representing Debtors in Debt Collection Suits: Making Creditors Prove Ownership of Debts

01/15/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Consumer debt collection cases are surprisingly complex. Cases commonly require analysis of federal lending and debt collection statutes and regulations, Massachusetts complimentary law, as well as common law contract principles. The key to these cases is usually found in the discovery process....
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M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program Training Session

01/13/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Learn how you can get involved in M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program and educate high school students about the importance of making smart financial decisions....
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CLE - Evidence: Strategic Considerations for Summary Judgment and Trial

This program will cover considerations for both summary judgment and trial in Massachusetts state and federal court....
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Credit Reporting Demystified

01/13/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join us as we pry open the black box of credit reporting! Come hear Chi Chi Wu, attorney and consumer credit expert from the National Consumer Law Center, and Ralph Abrams, senior loan officer with NewFed Mortgage Corp., discuss the answers to these questions and more at this program. ...
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Lunch Bunch at Bankruptcy Court with Judge Bailey

12/18/2014 - 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
The Consumer Bankruptcy Committee's Lunch Bunch Program is an opportunity to sit in an informal setting with Judge Bailey, ask him questions regarding your current concerns, and he will share his current concerns....
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Chapter 11 Plans: What's New and What's Not

12/09/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join the Bankruptcy section for a discussion of recent cases regarding Chapter 11 plans and confirmation issues....
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Volunteer Lawyer Training: Representing a Pro Bono Debtor in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

11/20/2014 - 03:00 PM to 07:00 AM
On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the BBA Bankruptcy Law Section Public Service Committee and the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the BBA will sponsor a training on representing a pro bono debtor in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The faculty for the annual program will include Jesse Redlener of Dalton & Finegold, LLP and Kate Nicholson of Parker & Associates, who have extensive experience representing Chapter 7 debtors; Warren Agin of Swiggart & Agin, LLC, who frequently serves as a Chapter 7 trustee; and Joanna Allison, a staff attorney at the Volunteer Lawyers Project....
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New Bankruptcy Lawyers Annual Fall Breakfast

11/07/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Please join the New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee of the BBA Bankruptcy Section as we kick off the 2014-2015 program year with our annual fall breakfast. Over the past few years, the fall breakfast has become a time to meet and reconnect with other practitioners while we discuss our upcoming programming and brainstorm about other possible events....
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Bankruptcy Section Diversity Roundtable

11/06/2014 - 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Join the BBA Bankruptcy Section for a roundtable discussion of the current state of diversity in the field of bankruptcy law, the progress that has been made, and our goals for the future. We will also be conducting an exploration of unconscious bias facilitated by Doug Reynolds of The New Law Center, LLC. ...
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Consumer Bankruptcy Case Review: What's Developing in Massachusetts

11/04/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Join us for a discussion of recent cases decided in the District of Massachusetts and the First Circuit which clarify (or muddle!) perennially thorny consumer bankruptcy issues -- homesteads, spendthrift trusts, faulty mortgages, loan modifications in a Chapter 13 plan, student loan discharge, the avoidance power of a Ch. 7 Trustee, and more! ...
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TelexFree – How We Got Here and Where We Are Going

10/14/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
TelexFree operated an unprecedented $1 billion pyramid scheme headquartered in Massachusetts harming victims all over the world. The scheme unraveled in the spring of 2014 when civil and criminal actions were initiated by the Massachusetts Securities Division ("MSD"), the Securities & Exchange Commission ("SEC") and the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ"). TelexFree filed for bankruptcy protection in the District of Nevada narrowly ahead of the government actions for the purpose of rejecting the $1 billion in obligations it owed to its promoters....
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Bankruptcy Section Kickoff Featuring Massachusetts Chapter 7 Trustees Before the U.S. Supreme Court

09/04/2014 - 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Join the BBA for the annual kickoff reception for the Bankruptcy Section. Meet this year's section leadership, and hear from two featured speakers about their recent experiences briefing and arguing bankruptcy issues before the US Supreme Court. Afterward, stay for a networking reception and meet your fellow section members....
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Consumer Bankruptcy Committee Summer Kick-off

06/25/2014 - 5:30PM to 8:30PM
The Consumer Bankruptcy Committee is getting together to celebrate the beginning of a great summer! Please join us at 88 Wharf Restaurant for a chance to meet new people, catch up with old friends, and meet potential mentors for our new bankruptcy attorneys. 88 Wharf Restaurant is located at 88 Wharf Street in Milton, and its patio overlooks the Neponset River on the Milton, Lower Dorchester Mills line. 88 Wharf is conveniently located across the street from the Milton T Stop, on the Ashmont Red Line. There is also parking and a valet service. Light appetizers will be provided. Hope to see you there! ...
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CLE - 24th Annual Bankruptcy Bench Meets Bar Conference

Join us for this unique opportunity for bankruptcy professionals and the Federal Bankruptcy Court judges to meet and share insights, observations and analysis on key issues for 2014 and beyond. ...
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Taxes, Bankruptcy, and Distressed Properties: How a Short Sale, Deed-in-Lieu, or Foreclosure Can Result in Taxable Income

05/13/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Given that Congress has yet to extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, knowing the answers to these questions is essential to being able to provide the best advice to your clients. This luncheon will provide attendees with guidance from tax experts as to the consequences of choosing among these alternatives. Multiple fact patterns will be discussed to illustrate the various issues....
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Bankruptcy Basics For Construction Lawyers - What You Need To Know About Bankruptcy To Assess Risks And Avoid Traps

05/05/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 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....
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An Introduction to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

05/02/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Kimberly Monty of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will provide an overview of and introduction to the CFPB. Ms. Monty will explain what the CFPB does, where it is, how it is structured and what its authorities are. A question and answer session will follow Ms. Monty’s presentation....
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The New Fee Guidelines – What They Mean, What They Do and How to Comply

05/01/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 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....
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Massachusetts Attorney General’s Revised Debt Collection Regulations Two Years After Enactment

04/23/2014 - 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
In March, 2012, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s revised consumer debt collection regulations became effective (940 CMR 7.00 et seq.). These regulations were amended to keep pace with changing technologies. They also created new obligations for creditors and debt buyers, including new validation requirements. The Chief of the AG’s Consumer Protection Division will give an overview of the new regulations, their implementation to date, and enforcement priorities. This is a forum for creditors’ and debtors’ attorneys alike to address questions and concerns about the new regulations....
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Lunch Bunch at Bankruptcy Court with the US Trustee's Office

04/10/2014 - 11:45AM to 12:45AM
The Consumer Bankruptcy Committee's Lunch Bunch Program is an opportunity to sit in an informal setting with the US Trustee's Office, ask them questions regarding your current concerns, and they will share their current concerns....
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CLE - The Homestead Exemption: You've Filed, Now What?

Join us for a detailed look at the Homestead Exemption - covering the latest legislative updates, cases, and how the law applies to trusts, life estates and other property interests. From filing for a Massachusetts Homestead Act Exemption to utilizing one in the course of bankruptcy, our panel of experts will provide practical strategies for use in your practice....
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