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Boston Bar Announces Four Free "Nuts & Bolts" Courses

Monday, February 11, 2013

Responding to increased demand for basic, practical skills sessions on topics essential for practicing in the real world, the Boston Bar Association today announced four free new nuts and bolts courses for the month of February: 

A Practical Guide to Estate Administration
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 
This brown bag lunch presentation will provide an overview of estate administration topics in Massachusetts. The target member of the audience is the practitioner who wants a practical and fundamental review of Massachusetts estate administration. The speakers will focus on estate administration under the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, administration of non-probate assets, trust administration, estate taxes, income taxes, and disclaimer planning.
Faculty: Christopher D. Perry (Northern Trust) and Amy R. Lonergan (Bingham McCutchen LLP)

Land Use & Development Update on Standing Law
Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 
Join the Land Use & Development Committee for a lively discussion of recent cases and trends in standing law, under both Chapter 40A and the City of Boston Zoning Enabling Act. 
Faculty: Adam Cederbaum (Office of the Corporation Counsel City of Boston) and Daniel P. Dain (Brennan, Dain, Le Ray, Wiest, Torpy & Garner, P.C.)

The Nuts and Bolts of Flat Fee Billing
Friday, February 15, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 
Join the Solo and Small Firm Section for a discussion of flat fee billing structure. We will delve into the nuts and bolts and answer the following questions: How does flat fee billing work? When do clients pay? What if someone doesn't pay? Do you still require a retainer? What does your Fee Agreement look like? How did you determine your fees? How do you protect yourself so you're not undercharging? How do you provide for unexpected legal needs? Has a client ever contested the fee after the fact? (i.e. You charge $1000 for a court hearing that then only lasts from 8:30 until 9:45 am)
Faculty: Irvin J. Rakhlin (Rakhlin Law) and Christopher Marston (Exemplar Law Partners, LLC)

Nuts and Bolts of the Health Care Cost Containment Law for Provider and Payer Counsels 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM 
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
The Massachusetts Health Care Cost Containment Law, Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, was signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick on August 6, 2012. This complex law will have a significant impact on providers and payers in both the near and long-term future. Join the Health Law Section for a brown bag lunch to hear about those changes from one of the staff authors of this new law.
Faculty: Karbert S. Ng  (Joint Committee on Health Care Financing)

Environmental Law Committees

  • Air Quality and Climate Change Committee
    This committee reviews federal and local air pollution control, including source permitting, air quality planning, transportation planning, compliance monitoring, hazardous air pollutants and indoor air pollution.

    Contact Information

    Aladdine Joroff

    Harvard Law School

    Marilyn Levenson

    Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

  • Energy and Telecommunications Law Committee
    This committee addresses regulatory and related issues affecting the natural gas, electric and telecommunications industries in Massachusetts — on the federal level and in other jurisdictions. Members typically practice before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Communications Commission, and state and federal courts.

    Contact Information

    James M. Avery

    Brown Rudnick LLP

    Rebecca Tepper

    Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities

    (617) 305-3500

  • Environmental Law Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Environmental attorneys are asked to lend their expertise.

    Contact Information

    Elisabeth M. DeLisle

    Law Offices of Jeffrey L. Roelofs, P.C.

    Lea J Tyhach

    Free Flow Power Corporation

    (978) 283-2822

  • Environmental Law Public Service Committee
    This committee has a number of annual service events including planting trees for Earth Day and volunteering with the Food Project. The committee also focuses on practice-specific pro bono projects and brown bag programming.

    Contact Information

    Mina S. Makarious

    Anderson & Kreiger LLP

    (617) 621-6525

    Staci Rubin

    Alternatives for Community & Environment

    (617) 442-3343

  • Environmental Litigation Committee
    This committee focuses on Chapter 21E, CERCLA, insurance, clean air and clean water litigation.

    Contact Information

    Seth Schofield

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 727-2200

    Peter F. Durning

    Mackie Shea O'Brien, PC

    (617) 266-5700

  • Hazardous and Solid Waste Committee
    This committee informs members about issues relating to federal and Massachusetts laws governing oil, hazardous materials and hazardous waste, including CERCLA and Chapter 21E.

    Contact Information

    Jennifer Sulla

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

    (617) 542-6000

    John D. Beling

    Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General

    (617) 963-2432

  • International Environmental Law Committee
    This committee is for members interested in international environmental issues and the laws of foreign countries.

    Contact Information

    Cicely Ott Parseghian

    Foley Hoag LLP

    (617) 832-3038

    Stuart L. Canton

    (781) 652-0135

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Wetlands, Waterways and Water Quality Committee
    This committee keeps members abreast of changes in local, state and federal statutes, regulations and by-laws relating to discharges to surface water, groundwater and wastewater treatment plants.

    Contact Information

    Margaret M. Callanan

    Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

    (617) 626-1146

    Luke Legere

    McGregor & Associates

    (617) 338-6464