Beyond the Boilerplate: Strategic Considerations on Drafting Arbitration Clauses

01/26/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This discussion will build on the earlier discussion on the enforcement of arbitration clauses in Massachusetts. Our panelists, a corporate lawyer and a litigator, will discuss how to draft arbitration clauses practically and effectively, discussing multiple considerations and potential disputes that may arise. We will include a special focus on the use of arbitration in the international setting....
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Privacy and Data Security: Navigating from Breach to Courtroom to Regulators' Office

01/22/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Join the Class Actions Committee to learn about the current state and future of data privacy and security risks in the regulatory and class action space. ...
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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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Expert Testing and Computational Simulations in IP Litigation : Risk vs. Reward

01/21/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
After this seminar, attendees will know what types of experimental testing and computational simulation are available to an engineering expert witness and how to use testing or simulation effectively in IP litigation. Several case studies will be presented....
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Pitfalls of Class Action Notice and Settlement Administration

01/16/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program will address common pitfalls in matters of class action notice and settlement administration, and provide best practices guidance to ensure that a class action settlement is approved....
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Parallel Proceedings by the SEC and DOJ: How to Avoid a Collision in Two-Way Traffic

01/14/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
The program will provide insight and tips to those lawyers whose clients face simultaneous proceedings or investigations by both the US Attorney's Office and the SEC....
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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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The State’s Asbestos Regulations: Amendments and Enforcement

01/05/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Come hear about the Strike Force’s Civil and Criminal enforcement of the MassDEP’s Asbestos Regulations, and the recently promulgated amendments....
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Celebrate with the Litigation Section

12/18/2014 - 5:00PM to 08:00PM
Please join the Boston Bar Association's Litigation Section in celebrating the holidays and honoring Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse for her exemplary service for the Superior Court and commitment to excellence....
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Enforcing Arbitration Clauses in Massachusetts

12/10/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Focusing on “lessons learned” from federal and state decisions, this presentation will survey the existing law and offer best practices for enforcing arbitration clauses in Massachusetts....
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Representing Clients in SEC Administrative Proceedings: The Nuts & Bolts

12/10/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
The program will address the rules and strategies for litigating matters in the SEC's administrative forum. Learn tips, tricks, and best practices....
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The Constitutional Trump Card: How a Trademark Infringement Game is Won Using a First Amendment Defense

12/10/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This session will address the tension between constitutional protections for expressive works and the Lanham Act’s prohibition on trademark infringement, unfair competition and false advertising....
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Meet the Regulators: A Conversation with Senior SEC Enforcement Officials

Join us for a discussion with the head of the SEC's Boston office, the head of enforcement in Boston, and the nationwide head of the municipal securities specialized unit....
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Ethics Issues for In-House Counsel

11/19/2014 - 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Join our panel of in-house lawyers for an engaging presentation and discussion about ethics issues for in-house counsel....
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Section 16 Compliance in Light of SEC Enforcement Actions

11/19/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
With its recent enforcement actions, the SEC has brought Section 16 compliance to the forefront for issuers and investors. This program will discuss these recent SEC enforcement actions, review Section 16 compliance and provide tips to issuers and investors to use in reviewing and updating their compliance programs....
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The State of Fair Use in Academia After the 11th Circuit’s Opinion in the Georgia State Copyright Case

11/19/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
One of the biggest IP issues facing educational institutions today is the application of copyright law to emerging technological opportunities....
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Incorporating Mediation Into Your Practice - An Interactive Discussion

11/17/2014 - 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
This is an interactive discussion with seasoned practitioners who facilitate mediation to resolve disputes both in practice and in everyday life. We will review the laws and guidelines related to becoming a certified mediator and will discuss ways mediation skills can be used in negotiations. Come with an open mind, your questions, and a willingness to explore the topic together. ...
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Navigating the Tides of Chapter 93A: Injury and Damages

11/12/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Learn what you need to know about the case law interpreting Chapter 93A and trends in 93A damages law....
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CLE - Akamai, Aereo and Alice, and the Resulting IP Law Advancements and Ambiguities

11/04/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Explore the recent Supreme Court decisions in Limelight Networks v. Akamai Tech., ABC v. Aereo, and Alice Corp. v. CLS Int’l Bank, the resulting changes in the law, reactions from the Federal Circuit and potential ramifications for their future decisions....
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The SEC's Whistleblower Program: Developments and Best Practices

11/03/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Join us in learning the fundamentals of the SEC's Whistleblower Program and best practices for responding to claims by whistleblowers. ...
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Insurance for Civil Litigators

11/03/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Join the discussion of how insurance shapes civil litigation today....
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The New MA Retainage Law: What You Need to Know

10/28/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
On Aug. 8, 2014, Gov. Deval L. Patrick signed into law "An Act Relative to Fair Retainage Payments in Private Construction." The Retainage Law, as it is more commonly known, is codified into law at Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter 149, Section 29F. The law goes in to effect on November 6, 2014. Learn about the origins of the law, and what's covered under these new rules. ...
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Propounding and Responding to Written Discovery Requests: Best Practices Advice

10/27/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will focus on the fundamentals of propounding and responding to written discovery requests. Presenters will offer practical advice that lawyers can apply in their daily practice, as well as provide examples of best practices when dealing with written discovery....
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The Power and Pitfalls of 3D Printing

10/22/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
In the last year, 3D printing—also known as additive manufacturing—has captured the attention of investors, inventors, the media, and more. We will discuss the IP issues that arise from 3D printing, and will provide a 3D printing demonstration....
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Rainmakers: Born or Bred?

10/21/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Law firms have been training attorneys on the tactics of rainmaking for years. A groundbreaking study, however, suggests that these lessons do not differentiate successful rainmakers from their colleagues....
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Resolving Claims Pre-Suit: Multiple Perspectives on Strategy

10/21/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Learn about the types of claims, information, and communications that decision-makers consider when determining whether to seek a pre-suit resolution to a claim. Attendees will learn how to better avoid filing a law suit in favor of resolving a claim pre-suit. ...
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You Can Prove the Fiduciary Foul, But What About the Harm? Establishing and Contesting Damages In Fiduciary Litigation

10/21/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program is about available damages in trust and fiduciary litigation, including a review of the SJC's decision concerning hypothetical investment earnings as a measure of damages in the recent Woodward v. Quincy case....
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Pro Bono Recruitment Fair & Open House

10/20/2014 - 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
This event, sponsored by the Boston Bar Association and Suffolk University Law School, provides attorneys and law students with a range of pro bono opportunities....
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Confidentiality, Reporting Up, and Acting Out: the Case of General Electric and M. Adriana Koeck

10/01/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
In-house lawyers have duties to their employers that other employees do not, including obligations to protect the confidences of the employers even after they are terminated and to report up within the organization when they detect illegal conduct. How do these duties impact a terminated in-house lawyer who engages in whistleblowing activity and ends up in litigation with his or her former employer? And how do they impact other lawyers who assist that in-house lawyer in these undertakings?...
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Mediating and Arbitrating Construction Disputes

09/30/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Construction law is a niche practice that raises unique liability and damage issues. It remains an area where arbitration often is mandated or optional, and where a good mediator really needs a strong subject matter knowledge baseline....
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Civil Rights Litigation and Police Misconduct

09/30/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
In the wake of allegations of police misconduct in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, two attorneys who have decades of experience in representing plaintiffs and police officers in civil rights and police misconduct litigation will discuss the application of Section 1983 and offer their insights on recent incidents. ...
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Fraud on the Market after Halliburton

09/29/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Learn about the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold the "fraud on the market" presumption in securities class actions, while at the same time further opening the door to challenges to class certification by allowing for rebuttal of the presumption in addition to those featured in other recent decisions in Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes and Comcast v. Behrend....
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Federal Court Cases at the Nexus of Climate and Energy: A Summer Round-Up and a Look Ahead

09/22/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
The panelists will provide an overview of some of this summer’s significant cases, including the Supreme Court’s decision regarding EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases through Prevention of Significant Deterioration or Title V permits....
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Young Lawyers Roundtable: A Conversation with Judge Sorokin

09/18/2014 - 8:00AM to 9:00AM
The next installment of the Young Lawyers' Roundtable event will feature a conversation with the Honorable Leo Sorokin. The Young Lawyers' Roundtable program is a new event series designed to foster a unique and collegial atmosphere in which young attorneys and members of the U.S. District Court can meet and discuss important issues of the day....
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CLE - Tackling Clean Energy Projects: Risk Management & Future Growth

Learn about the risk management involved in negotiating clean energy projects, the citing and permitting challenges they face, and the projected future of solar and wind power projects in Massachusetts and regionally....
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6th Annual Symposium on Employee Non-Compete Agreements, Confidential Information, and the Uniform Trade Secrets Act

It has been argued that employee non-compete agreements (NCA’s), in addition to being unfair, have hurt innovation and enterprise creation in Massachusetts. Advocates for the status quo insist that the NCA’s are strictly scrutinized and necessary for the protection of confidential information of employers. The 188th General Court Senate overwhelmingly approved an economic development bill that included both a BBA-tweaked version of the 48-states-adopted Uniform Trade Secrets Act and a compromise mechanism to discourage overreaching employee NCA’s. These provisions were “held in conference.” In the BBA’s sixth summer symposium on these issues, legislators, administrators and lawyers advocating or advising on reform will provide an overview of recent developments and issues going forward. Arguments will be made for the status quo. There will be opportunity for attendee questions and presentation of views. ...
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Ethics and Tips for Attorney Voir Dire

09/09/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Governor Patrick recently signed into law a bill to permit attorney voir dire of jurors. Many Massachusetts practitioners have limited experience with conducting voir dire. This program will include a presentation from trial lawyers who have experience in other jurisdictions in conducting voir dire as well as an ethical component discussing the ethical limits and proscriptions that attorneys must keep in mind when the law goes into effect....
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Sports Law Roundtable Featuring Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann: The Donald Sterling Controversy

08/08/2014 - 12:00PM to 2:00PM
Sports Illustrated's Michael McCann leads a panel of sports law experts to discuss the Donald Sterling controversy and the legal, business and ethical issues relating to his impending ouster from the NBA. The efforts to remove Mr. Sterling from the NBA touch upon many different areas of law, including the right to privacy, constitutional law, antitrust law, contract law, tax law, probate law, the rules of evidence, and the extent to which the courts will review the decisions of private associations like the NBA. Join us for a wide-ranging discussion on Donald Sterling and the many issues that his saga poses for the law, business and ethics of sports....
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Young Lawyers Roundtable: A Conversation with Judge Casper

08/07/2014 - 8:00AM to 9:00AM
The Young Lawyers' Roundtable program is a new event series designed to foster a unique and collegial atmosphere in which young attorneys and members of the U.S. District Court can meet and discuss important issues of the day. Each event in the series will be hosted at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse by a different judge of the Court, and will provide a small-group setting in which the judge and participants can interact and share insights....
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Young Lawyers' Roundtable: A Conversation with Judge Boal

07/17/2014 - 8:00AM to 9:00AM
The Young Lawyers' Roundtable program is a new event series designed to foster a unique and collegial atmosphere in which young attorneys and members of the U.S. District Court can meet and discuss important issues of the day. Each event in the series will be hosted at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse by a different judge of the Court, and will provide a small-group setting in which the judge and participants can interact and share insights....
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Grow Your Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice: Advice from the Experts

06/25/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Business development is a must, but ADR and other private practitioners often find it daunting. Advances in technology create both opportunities to reach potential clients and questions about the wide array of possibilities. This program, designed for ADR and solo or small firm practitioners, will cover the business development techniques you need to know and will show you how to use social media to get your message out....
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CLE - Medicare Liens and Their Impact on Litigation

Attend this program to learn the nuts and bolts of how to deal with Medicare liens from the start to finish. As the law and procedures in this area continue to evolve, attorneys need to keep abreast of recent developments....
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Taxes, Charities, Conservation Land, Biodiversity, and Climate Change Unite in New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Hawley

06/23/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will discuss the Supreme Judicial Court’s recent decision in New England Forestry Foundation, Inc. v. Board of Assessors of Hawley, a case with implications for thousands of acres of conservation land and municipal tax revenue....
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What’s in Your Bitcoin Wallet? The Real World Risks of Virtual Currency

06/19/2014 - 12:30PM to 2:00PM
Panelists from the bar, the FBI, and accounting and finance professions will review how Bitcoin was created, the technology that supports Bitcoin, how it functions, and potential problems with the use of virtual currencies. They will review practical considerations for valuing Bitcoin transactions and assets, identifying fraud and other malfeasance, and the impact on capital markets. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in a discussion of the potential legal issues surrounding Bitcoin and other virtual currencies....
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CLE - The Dash to Court: Seeking and Opposing Preliminary Relief in the Business Litigation Session

Join us for a session on the developments of the BLS, recent changes, judge-specific preferences, and practice pointers. The program will be of benefit to lawyers of all level of experience who litigate in the BLS....
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CLE - Whistleblowers: A Practical Discussion of How to Respond to Claims and Address Risks

In this CLE, we will provide an overview of whistleblower programs, key developments in applicable laws, how to develop an appropriate response to whistleblower claims, and steps that employers can take to address whistleblower risks....
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MRI: Disc and Spinal Pathology for Your Personal Injury Case

06/16/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Come learn the important details Disc and Spine Injuries and MRI. This program will cover: The research that will enable you to fully document the extent of injury to get full compensation for your clients Detailed information to expose and overturn deceptive defense medicine on disc injuries and put you back in the driver’s seat with your personal injury cases Why your clients are in pain and have a normal MRI ...
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The Basics of Patent Damages

06/12/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This one-hour session will provide the basics on patent infringement damages......
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Healthy Competition: Chapter 91 and Competing Projects in Designated Port Areas

05/29/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Learn how the recent Appeals Court Decision in Beverly Port Marina v. DEP will affect your clients’ Chapter 91 License applications in Designated Port Areas, and how competing proposals for water-dependent uses will be considered in the process....
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A Lunch Discussion With SJC Clerk Francis Kenneally on E-Filing and Other Developments

05/22/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
For the first time in nearly 15 years, the Supreme Judicial Court for the Commonwealth has a new clerk! Recently-appointed clerk Fran Kenneally will speak about his office’s current priorities, including the status of the SJC’s pilot program on rebuttal time at oral argument. Mr. Kenneally will also update us on e-filing and ways that the SJC is taking advantage of technology....
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CLE - The Massachusetts Securities Division: Effective Investigation and Litigation Advocacy

As one of the most active state securities regulatory agencies, The Massachusetts Securities Division (MSD) is increasingly focused on its enforcement priorities. Join us for an in-depth look at MSD investigations and proceedings. Learn from Boston's best as to the finer points of practice in this active and complex arena....
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Intellectual Property Basics Workshop: Copyright Fundamentals

05/20/2014 - 05:00PM to 08:00PM
The third in the IP Basics Workshop Series, this workshop will focus on the fundamentals of copyright litigation, including: Copyright creation and registration Protection of copyrights Licensing (e.g., work-for-hire agreements) Copyright infringement, defenses, and fair use Take down letters Safe harbor protection...
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CLE - Class Action Settlements: Innovative Approaches to Class Notice, Objector Litigation, and Mediation

Join us for a detailed look at Recent Developments in Class Action Settlements. Innovative Approaches to Class Notice, Objector Litigation, and Mediation will be discussed with additional examination given to ethical considerations. Participants will earn .5 hours of ethics credit....
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Ethical Issues and Traps with Estate Planning and Estate Administration

05/19/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join us for a roundtable discussion of ethical issues and traps for practitioners involved in estate planning and estate administration. Fees, billing, conflicts and other topics will be discussed during this helpful roundtable discussion. Estate planning/administration lawyers, professional trustees and estate representatives and professional malpractice/discipline lawyers will benefit from this discussion....
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Antitrust Counter-Attacks in Patent Litigation

05/15/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This program will discuss the interplay between patent law and antitrust laws. In certain cases, clients involved patent lawsuits have use antitrust counter-attacks to their advantage. This program will discuss the types of antitrust counterclaims brought in patent suits and the use of antitrust concepts to change the narrative of a patent litigation. The presenter will also describe the practical aspects of coordinating patent and antitrust litigation and the strategic decisions litigants confront....
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Young Lawyers' Roundtable: A Conversation with Judge Young

05/15/2014 - 8:00AM to 9:00AM
- NOTE: This program is currently at capacity. - The Young Lawyers' Roundtable program is very pleased to announce that our next event in the series will feature a conversation with the Honorable William G. Young, an esteemed veteran of the Court and nationally acclaimed teacher of evidence and trial advocacy. ...
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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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Causation After Nassar

04/29/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
We will discuss the implications of the Supreme Court's recent Nassar decision -- including its potential impact on summary judgment motions in federal court; the interpretation of other retaliation provisions; and what it says (or doesn't say) about the vibrancy of Title VII in the Roberts Court era....
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Avoiding Panic: Managing a High Risk Data Breach

04/29/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program will provide an overview of the legal framework governing data breaches as well as practical advice on how to prepare for, and respond to, a data breach....
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Bringing — or Defending — Chapter 30A Appeals of Administrative Agency Decisions

04/29/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Chapter 30A appeals of state administrative agency decisions are governed by their own set of procedures, rules, and standards of review, which can trip up the unfamiliar lawyer. Carrie Benedon, an Assistant Attorney General in the AGO’s Government Bureau, and Tad Heuer, an attorney at Foley Hoag whose practice focuses on administrative law, will present an overview of the process for seeking judicial review of state administrative agency decisions. The program will include a discussion of applicable procedures, timelines, and deadlines; the role of the administrative record; the responsibilities of each party to the appeal; and the standard and scope of judicial review. This 1-hour program is open to all, but will be geared toward the new lawyer or occasional administrative law practitioner. ...
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Trying Medical Malpractice Cases in Federal Court

04/29/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Please join us for a brown bag luncheon on Tuesday, April 29, at which U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith G. Dein will speak about medical malpractice trials in federal court. Judge Dein will cover the do’s and don’ts of medical malpractice trials, based on her fourteen years' experience as a federal magistrate judge in Boston. Her insight and suggestions will be invaluable to both plaintiffs' and defense attorneys. The presentation will be in the Moakley U.S. Courthouse on Fan Pier, in the Jury Assembly Room on the second floor, starting at noon. Please come early if you want to buy your lunch at the cafeteria, which is also on the second floor....
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Crash Dynamics, Causality, and Bodily Injury

04/28/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Please join us for an interactive discussion about the proper evaluation of personal injury claims. Dr. Chris Quigley will provide a follow-up to his previous discussion about spinal and brain injuries. This discussion will address the methods that claims professionals use to evaluate claims and estimate case value, including the infamous Colossus program. This program will be helpful to plaintiff and defense counsel alike....
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The Use of Mediation to Provide Creative Solutions in Family Business Matters

04/25/2014 - 09:00 AM to 11:30 AM
This interactive program will bring experts in mediation to the BBA in this free CLE program. The panel will demonstrate best practices and techniques through a series of mock mediations addressing issues related to closely held and family businesses....
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CLE - Closely Held Business Disputes: Legal Issues and Practical Considerations for Litigation and Negotiation

Learn about the issues that commonly arise in disputes involving close corporations and other privately held small businesses - including privilege and conflict of interests, available remedies for breach of fiduciary duty, the differences between Massachusetts and Delaware law, indemnification of officers and directors, and key provisions in shareholder agreements....
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Forced Place Insurance Class Actions in the First Circuit: John Englander and Ed Haber Discuss their En Banc Argument Kolbe v. Bank of America

04/24/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This roundtable will feature John Englander and Ed Haber who argued the Kolbe v. Bank of America force placed insurance class action motion to dismiss twice before the First Circuit. Following the first argument, the panel split 2-1, reversing the District Court’s opinion granting the motion. The First Circuit, sitting en banc, vacated the panel’s decision in a 3-3 decision that restored the dismissal by default....
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Defending Depositions: What Every Litigator Needs To Know

04/17/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program will provide attendees with valuable guidance from experienced litigators on successfully defending depositions. The panel will address various topics including preparation techniques, use of objections and instructions not to answer, cross-examination, and concluding or suspending depositions. The format will be an interactive discussion amongst panelists and attendees....
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What Corporate Counsel Want from the Arbitration Process: Feedback from CPR Surveys and New Tools for Attorneys and Arbitrators

04/10/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Business arbitration practitioners, on all sides of the table, are always seeking ways to make arbitration less expensive and more efficient. How is it going? Are attorneys and arbitrators meeting those goals? If not, what is still standing in the way? And where it is working well, what is making those cases succeed?...
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CLE - Securities Enforcement 2014: An Inside Look at New Developments at the SEC, the USAO, and the Insider Trading Trials of the Year

This program will review recent SEC / DOJ trends, explore strategies to take in the courtroom, and will provide helpful approaches for practitioners representing clients under investigation, when indicted, and during appeals....
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Trying a Case in Housing Court Training

04/07/2014 - 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Both tenants and landlords need representation in the Boston Housing Court. These cases can be a part of a pro bono project or can be cases on which to build a practice. This training will guide you through the case from opening to closing with a special presentation on evidence rules as the pertain to eviction cases....
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Full Speed Ahead: Tactics on How to Keep Cases Moving Along

04/07/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Please join us for an interactive discussion about case management in state court. Superior Court Judge Dennis Curran and Attorney Charles Waters will provide tips regarding the mechanisms available to litigants to help move cases forward, including Rule 16 conferences, Rule 33 Final Requests for Interrogatory Answers, and other strategies and procedures to prevent cases from becoming idle. You will learn about the different mechanisms that are available, as well as the best times to implement them....
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CLE - The FCPA, Public Corruption and Government Prosecutions: An Update

The BBA will bring you insight from leading practitioners in this comprehensive overview of the FCPA and public corruption and government fraud prosecutions. The program will be followed by a reception....
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Talking Turtles and Takes: The SJC & Priority Habitat Regulations Under the Mass. Endangered Species Act

04/03/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This program will discuss and analyze the SJC’s recent decision in Pepin v. DFW, which upheld the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s “Priority Habitat” regulations under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act. The Department of Fish and Game’s General Counsel will briefly summarize MESA and its implementing regulations and frame the legal issues. Counsel who argued the case will then discuss the SJC’s decision, focusing on the differences between the “Significant Habitat” program established by MESA, and the Priority Habitat program established by DFW regulations to implement MESA’s “take” prohibition....
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Boston Bar Association Chess Night

04/01/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Please join the Intellectual Property Law Section for a fun and social evening of chess at the BBA. Appetizers, beer, and wine will be available. This program is co-sponsored by the Boylston Chess Foundation. ...
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2013 SEC Accounting and Auditing Enforcement Releases: Regulatory and Enforcement Issues in Context

04/01/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Panelists will review findings, observations, and insights on SEC Enforcement Actions in 2013, Accounting Auditing and Enforcement Releases by the Commission and comment on notable trends. Comments will feature some of the more notable accounting and auditing releases during 2013 including: • Segment reporting • 102(e) rule interpretation • Materially overstated cash balances •...
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Mechanic’s Liens – What’s new in the world of lien law?

03/31/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:00PM
Join the Construction Law Committee for a discussion of recent mechanics lien cases....
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United States v. Mathew Martoma: Lessons Learned from One of the Country’s Largest and Most Significant Insider-Trading Trials

03/28/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
In February 2014, a federal jury sitting in the Southern District of New York convicted Mathew Martoma, a former SAC Capital Advisors LP portfolio manager, of insider-trading for conducting trades resulting in profits and avoiding losses of approximately $275 million as a result of allegedly obtaining confidential information in connection with a clinical trial for an experimental Alzheimer’s drug....
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The Business Litigation Session: Unplugged

03/26/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Join judges from the Business Litigation Session to discuss the inside of the BLS. We will hear their perspectives on: advantages of the BLS over civil sessions and why you might want to litigate your case in the BLS; why certain cases and not others are accepted into the BLS; BLS-specific guidance and orders; whether you should opt into the Pilot Program; and how case management is handled in the BLS. You will have the opportunity to bring your own questions to the judges too....
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New Bedford Harbor Cleanup Settlement

03/20/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:30PM
Last fall, the federal district court in Massachusetts approved the settlement agreement expediting the cleanup of the New Bedford Harbor. Private and public sector representatives will provide a history of this case, which was filed in 1983, and discuss the events leading up to the largest single-site cash-out settlement in Superfund history....
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Don't Slip Up on Your Chance to Settle: Tips for Mediating Premises Liability Disputes

03/13/2014 - 12:30PM to 01:30PM
Please join us for a lively and interactive panel discussion on the ins and outs of mediating premises liability cases. Our speakers will provide the plaintiff’s, defense, and mediator’s perspectives on what makes premises liability cases well-suited to mediation, what’s the right time to mediate premises liability cases, how counsel should approach mediation to reach the best outcome for their clients, how recent developments in the law have affected premises liability mediation, and more....
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ERISA Class Actions

03/10/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This panel featuring experienced litigators from the plaintiff side and defense side, will discuss hot issues in ERISA litigation, focusing on remedies, class actions, and certiorari grants to Supreme Court...
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An Insider's Guide to The DCAM Certification Process

03/07/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
The Construction Law Committee of the BBA's Real Estate Section is pleased to welcome Freya Bernstein, Deputy General Counsel of DCAM for an inside look at the public construction certification process and scoring, annual reviews, joint venture certifications, evaluations by awarding authorities following project completion, and how to address evaluation protests with DCAM. If you have clients who work with state properties or clients who wish to, don't miss this free program! ...
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Lawyer Errors: Ethical and Practical Obligations When You Make a Mistake

03/07/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:00PM
Roundtable discussion of best practices and ethical considerations when a lawyer has made a mistake. How to minimize the damage and complying with ethical obligations to the client are key components of the discussion. Lawyers at firms of all sizes will benefit from this discussion....
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Prospects of IP Assertion in the US International Trade Commission

03/06/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The US International Trade Commission (USITC), in its executive role of protecting American industry, has evolved as an intellectual property enforcement forum. With American companies shifting much of their manufacturing abroad and off-shore companies establishing operations in the US, it is not unusual that a domestic industry petitioner in one proceeding is a respondent importer in another....
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Young Lawyers' Roundtable: A Conversation with Chief Judge Saris

03/06/2014 - 8:00AM to 9:00AM
The Young Lawyers' Roundtable program is a new event series designed to foster a unique and collegial atmosphere in which young attorneys and members of the U.S. District Court can meet and discuss important issues of the day. Each event in the series will be hosted at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse by a different judge of the Court, and will provide a small-group setting in which the judge and participants can interact and share insights....
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CLE - Examination Priorities for 2014: From Regulators at the CFTC, FINRA, NFA, and SEC

Don't miss this exclusive opportunity to learn about the SEC, CFTC, FINRA, and NFA's 2014 examination priorities straight from the regulators, and right on the heels of being announced!...
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Standards, Patents and Antitrust

02/26/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This session will feature a litigator and economist discussing key issues from several recent antitrust cases from the District of Massachusetts, the First Circuit and other federal courts around the country involving industry standards and intellectual property....
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CLE - Discovery Disputes

Skillful management of discovery issues and related disputes can not only make or break a case, it can make or break your relationship with your client. Learn from those who have navigated these issues successfully....
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Friending, Tweeting, and Connecting: Regulatory and Enforcement Issues Facing Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisors in a Social Media World

02/12/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
As a broker-dealer, registered representative, or registered investment advisor using social media, what are your direct and supervisory responsibilities? Hear the answers from our panelists. This brown bag lunch will discuss current FINRA Rules and Guidance on the use of social media with an opportunity to discuss real-world scenarios....
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The SEC Settlement Process: Legal and Practical Considerations

02/10/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
An interactive panel discussion with SEC attorneys and outside counsel regarding the SEC settlement process and the unique legal and practical considerations that influence it....
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2014 Amendments to the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure: What You Need to Know

01/29/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
The Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure have been amended effective January 1, 2014 to incorporate new provisions, most of which pertain to handling electronic discovery. Join us for a lively discussion about these amendments...
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Federal Claims Procedures and Pitfalls

01/28/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Outline of the procedure for filing claims on federal projects and a discussion of the damages which will result from improper claims on such projects....
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CLE - Representing Clients in the Mediation of Business Disputes: Strategies for Success

Check out this specially discounted CLE program to hear from mediation experts how best to represent your business clients as a litigator or in-house counsel. Learn the practical skills necessary to make the mediation process work for you....
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Personal Injury Primer: The Anatomy of Disc Injuries

01/27/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Dr. Quigley will educate attendees on the varying degrees of disc injury, and will include a tutorial on deciphering medical records and medical definitions. This program is a must for any lawyer who deals with personal injuries.b...
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