Children with Special Needs in Family Law Cases

04/08/2014 - 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM
A broad discussion regarding the various issues concerning children with special needs in family law cases. Topics to be discussed include: child support and deviation, custody/parenting time, uninsured medical and educational expenses and financial planning....
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Expanding Access to Justice by Engaging Senior Fellows

03/25/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission has established an innovative program pairing senior attorneys with non-profit and legal services organizations. Over the past two years, several distinguished lawyers who have retired or are transitioning into retirement have served as Access to Justice Fellows providing critical legal representation to underserved populations. In this session, Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice and co-chair of the Access to Justice Commission, Hon. Ralph D. Gants, will talk about the program’s purpose and we will hear first hand experiences from some of the past or present Fellows and one of the legal aid agencies that is hosting an Access to Justice Fellow....
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Representing Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress: What Everyday Attorneys Need to Know

01/29/2014 - 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
This program will educate attorneys regarding both the challenges and misconceptions when serving clients with post-traumatic stress. The panel will include attorneys who regularly counsel veterans as well as well as individuals that have served in significant combat operations....
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Representing Clients Pursuing Unemployment Benefits

01/09/2014
This training is designed for attorneys who are seeking to represent on a pro bono basis clients who are pursuing unemployment benefits....
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School Discipline Advocacy for At-Risk Youth

12/18/2013 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
This training will provide pro bono attorneys with the knowledge and tools to represent youth who are facing long-term suspension or expulsion. Topics covered will include Massachusetts and Federal Legislation and case law governing school discipline, including special protections afforded to special education students in a school discipline context. Experienced attorneys will share specific advocacy strategies for successfully navigating the school discipline process....
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Senior Lawyers Authors Series: The Hanging Judge by Judge Michael A. Ponsor

12/03/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Join the Senior Lawyers Section as they welcome Judge Michael A. Ponsor to discuss his new novel The Hanging Judge. A discussion about his experiences as both a judge and an author will be followed by a Q&A session and a networking reception....
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Veterans Benefits

11/21/2013
Join us to explore the complex web of state and federal benefits as well as other services available to veterans in this, our final session of the BBA's Representing Military Personnel and Veterans CLE Program....
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Recognizing and Responding to Suicidal Persons: What Lawyers Need to Know

11/19/2013
It is important for attorneys to understand the risk of suicide and related warning signs that may be demonstrated by clients, witnesses, and defendants facing criminal prosecution or incarceration. Learn how to assess suicide risks and how to connect clients with available resources. ...
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Estate Planning, Employment Law, and Landlord/Tenant Law

11/07/2013
In this, the third session of the BBA's four-part series, Representing Military Personnel and Veterans, we will address estate planning, employment law, and landlord / tenant law related issues unique to servicemembers, veterans, and their families....
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Examining the Civil Right to Counsel on the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright

10/24/2013 - 12:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Come celebrate the legacy of Gideon v. Wainwright and its impact on the civil right to counsel movement with the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. This half-day conference will educate interested stakeholders about efforts locally and nationally to evaluate the implications of a civil right to counsel and create such a right in appropriate legal matters....
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Bankruptcy and Consumer Finance

10/17/2013
For the second session of the BBA's four-part series, Representing Military Personnel and Veterans, join us to learn about how to address the commercial, consumer, and bankruptcy law issues affecting members of the military....
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Training: Landlord Tenant Law and Practice

10/16/2013 - 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Each Thursday, more than 150 eviction cases are scheduled at Boston Housing Court. More than 90% of the tenants are pro se. This training will prepare you to work with these folks through the Lawyer for the Day Program of the Boston Bar Association....
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Family Law and Domestic Relations

09/26/2013
This session will cover issues specific to veterans and members of the military. Topics include the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act; Jurisdictional issues in divorce and child support matters; Division of Military Retirement Pay; Understanding Military pay and allowances; Understanding the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (the agency that implements garnishments and collecting child support); Guardianships; and Abuse Prevention Orders....
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Connecting Supply With Demand to Fill the Justice Gap

09/23/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Mr. Zadrow and Ms. Ramirez will talk about how Justice Bridge is "building relationships with top law firms, retired justices and former senior partners, legal service organizations, and various affinity and membership-based community groups to help provide compassionate and professional representation to those with previously unmet legal needs."...
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Meet an Eyewitness to History: An Evening with Globe-Trotting Journalist Joe Schlesinger

09/16/2013 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
We are delighted to host Mr. Schlesinger at the Boston Bar Association and hope you will join us to hear about his remarkable life, career, and observations concerning humanitarian responses to international conflicts. An hors d'oeurves reception will follow Mr. Schlesinger's remarks....
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Taking Stock on the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright

06/21/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Fifty years ago, in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright, the United States Supreme Court declared the 6th Amendment requires that states, like the federal government, provide trial counsel to indigent defendants in criminal cases. To mark the anniversary of that decision, Professor Carol Steiker of Harvard Law School will examine the structural impediments to full implementation of the guarantees of Gideon and address proposed reforms....
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A Conversation with James Sandman, President of the Legal Services Corporation

06/07/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
James Sandman has led the Legal Services Corporation, the nation's largest funder of civil legal services, since January 2011. From his national perch, Jim has important perspective to share on the critical and challenging subject of sustaining access to justice for low-income people in this country. This event will be a unique opportunity to both hear from Jim and engage with him....
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CLE - Human Trafficking: A Call to Action (FREE)

06/06/2013
Human trafficking is one of the largest and fastest-growing illegal industries in the world. Join us for this complimentary program in which attendees will learn about the issue at large, what is being done in Massachusetts to address it, and ways you can get involved. There is no fee to attend this seminar, which is sponsored by the BBA's Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP). ...
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Negotiations in the Hallways: Avoiding the Pitfalls While Getting to Yes

05/06/2013 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Negotiations between parties frequently occur over the course of several months or even years; but there are increasingly other types of negotiation: those that occur in the hallway of a court room where there is a "lawyer of the day" type program. There, the expectations are that the matter will be resolved very quickly and presented to the court. This session explores the latter type of negotiation. It will focus on the ethical considerations as well as some of the practical questions implicated, such as how to deal with a pro se opponent; how and when to involve your client in the negotiations; how to deal with the court's expectations....
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The Work of the Trial Court's Access to Justice Initiative

04/25/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This brown bag lunch program will update members on the latest work of the Trial Court's Access to Justice Initiative.We will hear about the Trial Court's efforts including their most recent work, involving language access strategies and translating court forms, improving technology access for court users, expanding the uses of limited assistance representation (LAR), and establishing court service centers in multijurisdictional courthouses, as well as a summary of the Trial Court’s progress in implementing its mission objectives, and the future direction of the Trial Court's Access to Justice Initiatives....
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