Volunteer at Cradles to Crayons

11/22/2014 - 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join members of the BBA in processing and packaging donations that will be distributed to disadvantaged children across the state through Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons provide homeless or low-income children with the essential items they need to thrive at home, at school, and at play. These items help children thrive and know they are valued....
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Young Professionals Networking Event with MSCPA

11/20/2014 - 5:00PM to 8:00PM
Join the Boston Bar Association & the MSCPA for an evening of cross-industry networking. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other young professionals, build your network and develop referral sources....
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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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Understanding Internal and Government Investigations

11/12/2014 - 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
This program is a must both for practitioners new to internal and government investigations and to seasoned practitioners who are looking to learn about strategies and issues that are critical to these proceedings. Learn how these investigations fit into litigation practice generally and the key skills and knowledge counsel needs in order to contribute effectively. ...
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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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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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What's it REALLY Like Serving in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps?

11/06/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
The BBA will welcome JAG Corps members from Hanscom Air Force Base to share their stories and talk about the realities of serving one's country as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps...
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New Lawyers Section Open Meeting

11/06/2014 - 8:30AM to 9:30AM
We welcome all Section members to attend our monthly Section meeting. Please join us to become more involved by helping to plan and contribute to section activities and upcoming events....
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New Lawyers Section Happy Hour

11/05/2014 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
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Estate, Gift, and GST Tax Basics for the New Estate Planner

11/05/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program will provide an introduction to the estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes. Our speaker will describe the key components of each tax, explain how the taxes relate to one another, and provide context for how each tax is relevant for purposes of preparing an estate plan. This program is particularly relevant for new estate planners....
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Group Mentoring Orientation and Kick-Off Reception

10/29/2014
Join us for the 2014-2015 Group Mentoring Program Orientation and Kick-Off Reception. The BBA's Group Mentoring Program is sponsored by the Diversity & Inclusion Section accepts law school graduates and attorneys who have been admitted to the bar for fewer than five years. ...
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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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Franklin Park Clean Up

10/25/2014 - 08:00 AM to 12:00 PM
We partner up with the Franklin Park Coalition’s Woodland Volunteer Team. The morning is spent helping to plant native understory plants in Franklin Park and removing invasive species. This is an excellent opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow new lawyers in a non-professional setting. We will be meeting at the Valley Gate Parking Lot in Franklin Park at 10am....
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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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Volunteer on the Farm: The Food Project Serve & Grow

10/18/2014 - 09:15 AM to 12:30 PM
Join your BBA colleagues for a morning outdoors working on the farm and supporting The Food Project. The Food Project is a non-profit devoted to promoting sustainable food systems. The Food Project Serve & Grow Program is focused on growing food for hunger relief organizations and local distribution....
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Getting Hired as a Prosecutor or Public Defender

10/15/2014 - 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Interested in being hired as an ADA, AAG, AUSA or public defender (state or federal)? Hear from our experienced panel about the hiring process, what the offices are looking for, strategies for getting hired, and how candidates can prepare themselves professionally and financially....
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Mortgage Financing 101 - Basics and Practice Updates

10/14/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Panelists will cover basic mortgage financing documentation and due diligence and include practice updates and trends based on the current state of the real estate market and financing. ...
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Law Students: Speed Networking with Real Estate Attorneys

10/08/2014
Meet more than 10 attorneys from different practice areas in small groups to learn about the career paths and legal opportunities available in Boston real estate. Space is limited. Pre-Registration is required....
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New Lawyers Section Professional Development Breakfast: Advanced Networking, "The Art of the Schmooze"

10/02/2014 - 8:30AM to 9:30AM
Every other month the BBA welcomes new lawyers and law students to our Professional Development Breakfasts. Join us to broaden your professional network and learn tips on how to jumpstart your career!...
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BBA Career Series: What's it REALLY Like Practicing International Law?

09/30/2014
Interested in pursuing a practice in international law? The panelists will share a variety of perceptions, including views from the private and public sectiors, and an international NGO. Learn the day to day workings of an international law practice, and have a chance to ask panelists what it's really like to practice international law....
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CLE - Employment Law Basics: What Every Lawyer Should Know

09/23/2014
Get the inside scoop on what every employment law attorney should know. Our panel will discuss the life cycle of the employment relationship and the laws that effect it....
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Law Student Welcome Reception - Hosted by the New Lawyers Section

09/18/2014 - 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM
The BBA is thrilled to welcome returning law student members and to welcome new law students to the BBA for the 2014-2015 program year! Join us at 16 Beacon to learn more about your BBA member benefits, meet BBA member alums, and to mix and mingle with fellow students!...
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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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BBA Career Series: What's it REALLY Like Being a Trusts & Estates Attorney?

09/17/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Get an inside look at what it's like to be a trusts & estates practitioner. Join us to hear practitioners speak about the path that led them to their career, learn about the day-to-day reality of their work, and get advice for your own career development....
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Divorce Law Fundamentals Training Series: Section 34 - Income, Assets, Liabilities and Discovery

09/09/2014 - 5:30PM to 6:30PM
In session M.G.L. c. 208, § 34 will be reviewed with a focus on the following: a) factors that courts consider in dividing assets and liabilities; b) an overview of the various types of assets and liabilities; and, c) the best means of discovering those assets and liabilities....
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Insurance Coverage For Government Investigations

09/09/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program will cover the significant defense costs of formal and informal government investigations and the likelihood of coverage under D&O policies for these costs; the importance of policy language in establishing coverage; and the availability of coverage for formal and informal government investigations in the market....
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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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New Lawyers Section Open Meeting

09/04/2014 - 08:30 AM to 09:30 AM
We welcome Section members to attend our monthly Section meeting. Please join us to become more involved and help plan and contribute to section activities and upcoming events....
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BBA Summer Career Series: What’s It REALLY Like Working in An In-House Legal Department?

08/12/2014 - 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Join us to hear practitioners speak about the path that led them to their career, learn about the day-to-day reality of their work, and get advice for your own career development. What’s It REALLY Like Working in An In-House Legal Department?...
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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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BBA Summer Career Series: What's It REALLY Like Being A Real Estate Attorney?

07/31/2014 - 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Get an inside look at the practice of real estate law. Join us to hear practitioners speak about the path that led them to their career, learn about the day-to-day reality of their work, and get advice for your own career development....
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BBA Summer Career Series: What’s It REALLY Like Working in Legal Services?

07/24/2014 - 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Join us to hear practitioners speak about the path that led them to their career, learn about the day-to-day reality of their work, and get advice for your own career development. What’s It REALLY Like Working in Legal Services?...
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BBA Summer Career Series: What's It REALLY Like Practicing Family Law?

07/17/2014 - 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Get an inside look at the practice of family law. Join us to hear practitioners speak about the path that led them to their career, learn about the day-to-day reality of their work, and get advice for your own career development....
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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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Developing a Niche in Your Practice

07/15/2014 - 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Join us for an exploration of the topic of "Niche-ification" including the how-to, pros & cons, and stories from those who have successfully found their niche. A networking reception will follow the panel discussion; make some connections to enhance your practice and career development!...
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Strategies for Success: Summer Associates Diversity Luncheon

07/10/2014 - 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
All summer associates, interns, lawyers, law clerks, law students and professional staff are welcome to join us! The BBA has assembled a diverse panel of Boston-area lawyers to share the Strategies for Success they used to launch their career. This discussion will include suggestions on what you can do to start your career off in the right direction and what important choices and strategies you can make to enhance your career and job skills. Guests will have the opportunity to talk with the speakers and other lawyers over lunch....
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New Lawyers Section Happy Hour: Summer in the City

07/09/2014 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Beat the heat at the BBA! Join us as we welcome the newest admittees to the Massachusetts bar, summer associates, and summer interns. We'll also raise a glass to the members of the Law School Class of 2014 who are busy studying for the bar....
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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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BBA Summer Career Series: What's It REALLY Like to Go Solo?

06/25/2014 - 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Join us to hear practitioners speak about the path that led them to their career, learn about the day-to-day reality of their work, and get advice for your own career development....
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Leadership Development and Succession Planning: Presented by the Affinity Bar Institute

06/19/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Our featured speaker will be the American Bar Association's Elizabeth Derrico, Associate Director of the ABA Division for Bar Services. Among some of the many topics Ms. Derrico will address are developing a pipeline of future leaders, positioning yourself as a future leader, transitioning between leaders, and best practices for filling vacant leadership positions. ...
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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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Let’s Get Real 2014: Surviving and Succeeding as a Diverse Attorney in Boston

06/18/2014 - 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Join us for an open and thought-provoking conversation about Boston's legal community and the hard questions and taboo topics that matter to Boston's diverse attorneys—but are seldom discussed. Whether you consider yourself to be a diverse attorney or are simply interested in the topic of diversity in the Boston legal community, all are welcome to attend....
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New Lawyers Section June Happy Hour

06/11/2014 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Come celebrate the arrival of summer and another successful year with the BBA’s New Lawyers Section. Join us to toast (or roast) outgoing section co-chair Paul Connors for all his hard work the past two years at J.J. Foley’s Bar & Grille in the financial district. As always, complimentary appetizers will be served....
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Using SEO To Make Your Phone Ring: The Ins and Outs of Search Marketing

06/06/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
The SEO industry is often put at the bottom of the ethical marketing barrel. In this one hour session, we will discuss how this reputation isn't always deserved (and sometimes is), and how SEO marketing can help your business. Topics will include: reviewing the foundational concepts of how SEO works, learning to diagnose your success (or failings) using free tools, exposing common misperceptions propagated by SEO agencies , revealing the best practices for using search to make your phone ring...
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4th Annual Super Marketing Conference

06/05/2014 - 9:00AM to 4:15PM
The Boston Bar Association is a sponsor of this year’s 4th Annual Super Marketing Conference: Building Relationships to Build Business, which is jointly presented by the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program, and Suffolk University Law School. The conference will take place on June 5 at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, with a live web stream available for those who cannot attend in-person....
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New Lawyers Networking Reception for CPAs and Lawyers

05/29/2014 - 5:30PM to 7:30PM
Come for a drink, but stay for the networking. You'll meet with CPAs and lawyers to trade business cards, expand your network and become more visible in your professional arena. This event is a great opportunity for all attendees to be open about saying, "Let's do business together." ...
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Lawyers as Problem-Solvers

05/27/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:30PM
Lawyers are called "counselor" and "advocate" for a reason. This round-table discussion will introduce you to lighter-touch problem-solving strategies our experienced panelists have deployed to get positive results for their clients and other stakeholders. Join this discussion and expand your practice's toolkit with attorneys from diverse legal backgrounds....
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Junior Fellows & New Lawyers Section Trivia Night

05/22/2014 - 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Do you know which founding father's portrait was replaced by John F. Kennedy's portrait on the US Half Dollar? To find out the answer to this and other trivia questions, join the New Lawyers Section for a trivia night at the BBA on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Enjoy some friendly competition and test your knowledge to win coveted bragging rights. THE TRIVIAL MATTERS QUIZ SHOW will include 4 rounds of trivia, 3 bonus rounds, and 2 final questions all in under 2 hours. So break out the cobwebs of your useless knowledge and join the fun! Space is limited, and registration is required. Trivia will begin promptly at 6:30 pm....
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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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Volunteer with The Greater Boston Food Bank

05/03/2014
The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. Last year, GBFB distributed almost 41 million pounds of food, enough to provide healthy meals to as many as 545,000 people. GBFB is committed to increasing our food distribution in 2013 to provide at least ONE MEAL A DAY to every person in need in eastern Massachusetts. Volunteers play a critical role in ending hunger by giving their time and talent to support The Greater Boston Food Bank. Most volunteers work in the GBFB warehouse, inspecting, sorting, and packing food and grocery products. Most tasks require the ability to stand and inspect products for 2 - 3 hours. Volunteers are trained in food safety at the beginning of the shift. Come join members of the New Lawyers Section as we partner with other volunteers to help “End Hunger Here.” This event will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow lawyers in a non-professional setting. Information for volunteers: 1.) Closed-toe shoe policy. 2.) Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. 3.) No loose clothing or items that be caught in a conveyor belt. 4.) Long hair must be tied back or contained in a hat. 5.) Parking lot diagonally across the street from the GBFB building. GBFB requires list of volunteers prior to event. Must register with BBA to participate. ...
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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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International Investment in Land: Impacts on Rights and Development, and the Role of the Law

04/30/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Large-scale land acquisitions can have serious implications for land users and local communities, as well as for host governments’ sustainable development efforts. Although increased investment in agriculture is sorely needed, if investments are not structured equitably or regulated carefully, they can fail to provide benefits to host governments while dispossessing people of their land, livelihoods and rights. The increasing numbers of large-scale land acquisitions, sometimes known as “land deals” or “land grabs,” will affect sustainable development strategies for decades to come....
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I Knew You Were Trouble: Managing Problem Clients

04/29/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:00PM
Even if you target and vet clients aggressively, you’ll still likely wind up with some who start out, or turn out, to be difficult to work with. Hey, nobody’s perfect . . .But, there are techniques you can apply to make sure that you spend less of your time dealing with the clients you don’t want, and more of your time dealing with the clients you do want. ...
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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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Practicing as In-House Counsel

04/28/2014 - 04:00PM to 07:00PM
Interested in transitioning to an in-house role? Our panelists will provide attendees with three unique perspectives on practicing in an in-house attorney role. Discussion topics will include transitioning in-house from a law firm, the broad skill sets required of in-house attorneys, and the daily responsibilities of in-house attorneys and the broad areas of law in which they practice. This program is great for new attorneys with aspirations of moving in-house later in their careers as well as more experienced attorneys interested in moving in-house in the near future....
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15th Annual Charles River Clean Up

04/26/2014
The Charles River Cleanup aims to provide Bostonians with a cleaner, healthier and more beautiful Charles River. Come join members of the New Lawyers Section as we partner with over 3,000 volunteers from various neighborhood, school and professional organizations to help clear trash, debris and other harmful items from the banks of the Charles River. This event will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow new lawyers in a non-professional setting. ...
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Intellectual Property Basics Workshop: Filing and Prosecuting a Federal Trademark Application

04/24/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:00PM
The second in the IP Basics Series, this workshop will focus on filing and prosecuting trademarks...
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Joint Diversity & Inclusion and New Lawyers Section Happy Hour

04/23/2014 - 5:30PM to 7:30PM
This April 23, please mark the anniversary of the first New Lawyers Section-Diversity & Inclusion Section co-sponsored Happy Hour! The two BBA groups will co-host a happy hour at Carrie Nation from 5:30 – 7:30, with free appetizers. Please RSVP to attend, and we look forward to seeing you....
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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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Spring Environmental Law Career Panel

04/22/2014 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Please join the Environmental Section and the New Lawyers Section at our annual Spring Environmental Career Panel. This event will be an excellent opportunity for law students and new lawyers to learn about various aspects of an environmental legal career from a panel of talented experts in the field. Enjoy a cocktail and networking reception to follow. We hope to see you at this fun and informative event!...
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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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Real Estate 101 – Zoning Law in Massachusetts

04/17/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Please join the BBA for an informal discussion about zoning law in Massachusetts. Our discussion will focus on the differences between Boston zoning law under Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code and zoning law in other Massachusetts cities and towns under Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws. Our panel’s high-level overview of both statutory regimes will lead way to a broader discussion of sound development policy in Massachusetts....
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Introduction to the Massachusetts Wage Act and Recent Developments

04/11/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:00PM
Read on its own, the Wage Act is dense and difficult to understand. This has forced courts to delineate its boundaries through litigation. The trend has been pro-employee, with increasingly broad application of the act. Coupled with a fairly recent (2008) amendment making treble damages mandatory, this trend has substantially increased litigation in the area. This increase, and potentially dire consequences of misinterpretation or ignorance of the Wage Act, means that familiarity with the law is increasingly necessary for attorneys in a wide range of practice areas. This presentation is intended to give a brief overview of some of those contours of the Wage Act, as well as to explain some of the recent developments and trends regarding the Wage Act’s interpretation....
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Insurance Coverage for Solo & Small Firm Attorneys – What You Should Know

04/10/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This panel will provide an overview of the common types of insurance that the solo practitioner and small firm will require. The panelists intend to discuss Health, Disability, and Life Insurance, Professional Liability, Workers Comp, Premises Liability and Property Insurance. Through the discussion, it is hoped that the confusing array of insurance will be demystified....
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CLE - Commercial Leasing Basics

04/08/2014
This program is a must both for experienced real estate attorneys who seek to refine their knowledge of the commercial leasing process as well as for new practitioners looking to add this valuable skill set to their practice....
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Volunteer on the Farm: The Food Project Serve & Grow

04/08/2014
Join your BBA colleagues for a morning outdoors working on the farm and supporting The Food Project. The Food Project is a non-profit devoted to promoting sustainable food systems. The Food Project Serve & Grow Program is focused on growing food for hunger relief organizations and local distribution....
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Recent Developments in Delaware Corporate and LLC Law

04/03/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
The presentation will focus on recent developments in Delaware corporate and LLC law and will include topics such as standards of review in controlled stockholder deals, treatment of anti-reliance clauses in Delaware contracts, ownership of attorney-client privilege relating to pre-merger negotiations, survival periods for representations and warranties in private company deals, recent changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law, including with respect to ratification and two-step mergers, and several other “hot topics” in Delaware law....
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Boston Health Lawyers Young Professional Networking Reception

04/02/2014 - 06:00PM to 08:00PM
AHLA and the Boston Bar Association are hosting a Young Professionals Networking Reception in the Boston area. All interested young professionals and students are encouraged to attend. Those in attendance can look forward to hearing from: Lois H. Johnson, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel at the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission; Lois D. Cornell, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel at Tufts Health Plan; and Jan Murray, Partner at Foley & Lardner. ...
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Real Estate Section's Tour of the Registry

04/02/2014 - 4:30PM to 06:30PM
For anyone interested in real estate or historical intrigue, this will be a unique experience. The Suffolk County Registry of Deeds is responsible for recording all documents relative to real estate, including deed, mortgages, releases, and liens, in the cities and towns of Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop. The Registry has been recording deeds since the early 1600's and provides access to these documents for the purpose of checking ownership and to see if a title is clear (e.g., no liens against it) before the buyer purchases property or land. Documents are indexed in books by grantor and grantee, and assigned a unique book and page number. The Real Estate Steering Committee in partnership with the New Lawyers Section is pleased to invite law students and new lawyers to attend a tour of the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds on Wednesday, April 2nd, followed by a mix and mingle reception with members of the Real Estate Steering Committee....
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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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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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CLE - Tackling the Basics: Residential Real Estate Deals from Offer to Closing

03/25/2014
At this how-to seminar, attendees will learn to effectively and efficiently navigate a real estate transaction from offer to closing. A diverse panel of leading Boston Real Estate attorneys will identify and discuss key issues and possible solutions, and provide useful insight to the new and aspiring real estate lawyer....
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The New England Law Review’s 2014 Book Symposium, “A Look Back at the History of Capital Punishment"

03/24/2014 - 4:30PM to 6:30PM
The New England Law Review’s 2014 Book Symposium: A Look Back at the History of Capital Punishment. This event spotlights the New York Times-reviewed A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America by Professor Evan J. Mandery. A Wild Justice analyses the implications of Furman v. Georgia and gives an in-depth, behind-the-scenes view of this historic moment in U.S. legal history. ...
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CLE - Hot Topics in Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants

03/20/2014
Representatives from the bench and bar will discuss the latest developments in the law of trade secrets and restrictive covenants in Massachusetts, including the implications of pending legislation that would adopt the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and create statutory standards for restrictive covenants in Massachusetts....
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Intellectual Property Basics Workshop: Licensing Agreements

03/17/2014 - 04:00PM to 07:00PM
The first in the IP Basics Workshop Series, this workshop will focus on licensing agreements across the various IP fields....
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Life After Law: Finding A Post-Law Career You Love, A Conversation with Liz Brown

03/13/2014 - 04:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Speaking from personal experience and extensive research, Liz will lead an interactive discussion of why so many lawyers struggle with career change and creative, effective strategies for identifying next steps. Her pragmatic approach to professional reinvention inspires real and positive change. She encourages lawyers to draw inspiration from the thirty ex-lawyers profiled in Life After Law, all of whom have found more engaging work outside of law....
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New Lawyers Law School Outreach Craft Beer Tasting

03/10/2014 - 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Think all of the pomp and circumstance of pouring, swirling, sniffing and sipping is for wine alone? No way! Beer is the new Wine. Put your nose and taste-buds to the test with fellow new lawyers and law students at the New Lawyers Section Beer Tasting. Come raise a glass on March 10th, at the BBA. Enjoy a variety of craft beers, mingle, and perhaps discover your new go-to beer! ...
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Invoking Privilege: The Basics

03/06/2014 - 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
This program will provide attendees with perspectives from experienced litigators on asserting privilege in discovery....
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Grantor Trust Rules Basics

03/05/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Christopher Perry, Esq. (of Northern Trust) & Anne Marie Towle, Esq. (of Athena Capital Management) will review the grantor trust rules in general and explore hypothetical scenarios designed to illustrate how a trust can become a grantor trust for income tax purposes, sometimes with unintended consequences for the grantor. Potential pitfalls will be identified and techniques for avoiding these pitfalls will be suggested....
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Providing Legal Assistance to Artists and Cultural Organizations

03/05/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
This interactive discussion will prepare you to accept pro bono cases from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and will also help you to build a client base in the arts community. Topics will include:...
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Flat Fee Billing for the Solo and Small Firm Practice

03/03/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:00PM
This panel will discuss the monetary considerations of valuing flat fees reasonably, the practical side of handling the client communication about that value and the stages of payment, and how to describe in a fee agreement what is included, or excluded, under the flat fee. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions for the panel speakers....
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Real Estate Basics: Opinion Letters 101

03/03/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:00PM
Real estate transactions often require opinion letters from counsel addressing various aspects of the deal at hand. Whether an attorney is reviewing an opinion letter or is writing one, it is important to understand the basics of opinion practice. This session will specifically cover authorization and enforceability opinions for real estate deals....
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Non-Traditional Career Paths for Lawyers in Health Care

02/24/2014 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
In this panel discussion, attorneys who have taken health care-related career paths outside of the general counsel’s office in areas such as human recourses, facility and program administration and safety and security discuss how their law degree has paved the way for the road less obviously traveled....
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Basic Estate Planning Documents II: Revocable Trusts

02/24/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Matthew Hillery, of Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, will provide an introduction to revocable trusts in estate planning. He will review the key components of revocable trusts, including funding formulas, marital provisions, possible trust structures for children and other beneficiaries, and trustee provisions. He will also provide drafting suggestions and advice on avoiding certain pitfalls when advising clients about establishing revocable trusts....
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Junior Fellows & New Lawyers Section Joint Happy Hour

02/20/2014 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
THIS EVENT IS AT CAPACITY. Cheers! Join the BBF Junior Fellows and the BBA New Lawyers Section for a joint after-work happy hour on Thursday, February 20th....
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Nuts & Bolts of Asylum Law

02/18/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This program will provide an overview of asylum law to new or interested practitioners. It will cover basic concepts underlying asylum law, as well as instruction on the mechanics of the asylum process....
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Prison Book Program: A Volunteer Opportunity

02/15/2014 - 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM
This volunteer opportunity welcomes all BBA members to assist the Prison Book Program in distributing books to prisoners incarcerated in facilities across the nation. Volunteers will read letters from prisoners; choose books that fit the prisoners’ interests and prepare packages of books to be sent to the prisons. The requested books span genres and subjects and offer escape, entertainment, and practical information....
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POSTPONED: Strategies in Life Sciences Collaborations

02/13/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Boston, as the epicenter for pharmaceutical innovation, plays host to cutting-edge models for bringing together industry, academia, and entrepreneurs. Experts who lead efforts to sponsor research, enter joint R&D, license technology and otherwise fill pharmaceutical pipelines will discuss strategies, risks, and war stories in an informal setting....
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Suffolk Law Student BBA Info Session

02/12/2014 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Attention Suffolk Law students! Take advantage of your school sponsored BBA membership and head over to the BBA on Wednesday, February 12th at 6:00pm for an informal discussion featuring Suffolk alumni, BBA leaders, and staff. The discussion will give you insights into the programming and leadership opportunities available at the BBA as well as some practical tips for success. Pizza and drinks will be served. Don’t miss out!...
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BU Law Student Welcome Reception

02/11/2014 - 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM
Come celebrate BU Law's new partnership with the Boston Bar Association! Meet and mingle with BU alumni and learn more about the benefits of your school-sponsored BBA membership....
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Careers in Non-Profit Law: A Diverse Perspective

02/06/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
The BBA Tax Exempt Organizations Section is pleased to announce its Career Panel event – “Careers in Non-Profit Law: A Diverse Perspective" – from 3 to 5 PM on Thursday, February 6th. Please join us to hear our panelists discuss their varied career paths and experiences in the world of non-profit law. Speakers will include attorneys with careers focusing on education, government, in-house counsel, and external practitioners....
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New Lawyers 10th Annual Wine Tasting

01/30/2014 - 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Do you constantly talk about legs? Brag about your nose for bouquets? Insist on natural corks over twist top? Channel your inner sommelier at the BBA New Lawyers Section's 10th Annual Wine Tasting Event!...
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Walk to the Hill Meet-Up

01/30/2014 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Looking for a group to Walk to the Hill with? Join the New Lawyers and the Solo & Small Firms Sections for a networking breakfast before walking over to the State House as a group....
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An Interactive Discussion: Transitioning from a Law Firm to a Judicial Clerkship

01/29/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
In furtherance of the New Lawyers Section's focus on career advancement in January, this interactive discussion will explore relevant considerations and practical steps involved in transitioning from a position as an associate at a law firm to a judicial clerkship. Our panelists will share their personal experiences and field questions from new lawyers who may be or are seeking to transition to a clerkship after practicing as an associate....
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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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CLE - Representing Clients in the Mediation of Business Disputes: Strategies for Success

01/27/2014
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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13th Annual Criminal Law Bench Bar

01/21/2014 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
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Meet the Bankruptcy Bar Mentors

01/15/2014 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
The Bankruptcy Section invites young lawyers interested in bankruptcy law to participate in our first mentoring and networking event. This program will introduce less experienced members/mentees (0-5 years of practice) and slightly more experienced members/mentors (6-15 years of practice) in a fun and informal format....
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Special Rules of Behavior for Private Foundations: Distribution Requirements

01/14/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This program will address the qualifying distribution requirement as well as certain categories of distributions, including foreign grantmaking, individual grants, and program related investments...
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Title & Drafting Considerations Regarding Execution of Documentation and Authority of Signatories in Real Estate Transactions

01/14/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Short Lecture covering the various forms of business entities, as well as the corresponding considerations and requirements for the drafting, execution, and recordation of real estate conveyancing documents....
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Public Interest Leadership Program Information Session

01/13/2014 - 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Are you an up-and-coming leader in the legal community or in the BBA? Interested in connecting with other civically engaged lawyer leaders?...
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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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Basic Estate Planning Documents I: Will, Introduction to the Revocable Trust, Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy

01/08/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Jennifer Ewing, of Ropes & Gray LLP, will provide an introduction to basic estate planning documents. She will review the key components and drafting suggestions for wills, Massachusetts powers of attorney, and Massachusetts health care proxies, as well as an introduction to revocable trusts....
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Beyond the Basics of the Litigation Cycle Part 3: Summary Judgment

01/08/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Part 3 focuses on summary judgment. This Brown Bag would be useful for attorneys who find themselves pondering: What are the goals of summary judgment? Should I file even if I don’t think I have a good shot at winning? Is there anything I can do to improve my chances of prevailing on summary judgment? Should I move for partial summary judgment, e.g., on certain claims? Liability? Damages? And more....
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Young Bar Meets the Bankruptcy Bench

01/07/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Please join us on January 7, 2014 at 4:30 pm for the annual Young Bar Meets the Bankruptcy Bench program at the Boston Bar Association. The program will feature all of the Bankruptcy Judges in the District and will focus on practical skills and topics particularly important for those in their first ten years of practice in the Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court....
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Tax-Exempt Fundamentals: Special Rules of Behavior for Private Foundations – Self-dealing and More

12/10/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Learn the special rules of behavior that apply to private foundations and their activities. This third program in our 2013-2014 Tax-Exempt Fundamentals Series will provide an overview of some of the rules of Chapter 42 – self-dealing, excise tax on investment income, excess business holdings, jeopardizing investments, and taxable expenditures....
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Introduction to Real Estate Finance

12/10/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The Real Estate Finance Overview for Junior Associates is a two-part informal program intended to introduce basic real estate finance concepts to junior associates. The subjects covered will be loan documentation, title review, lease reviews, estoppel and subordination agreements and other matters relating to construction loans....
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Solutions for Refugee Children at Risk

12/09/2013 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Join a provocative discussion with the leadership team from RefugePoint about the current field of forced migration with a focus on the serious gaps in child protection and potential solutions to their plight. RefugePoint is a leading international humanitarian organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts that finds lasting solutions for the world's most vulnerable refugees....
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New Lawyers Section Holiday Extravaganza

12/05/2013
What do you get when you cross My Cousin Vinny, Frosty the Snowman and Toddlers In Tiaras ? The New Lawyers' Holiday Extravaganza and New Admittee Reception, of course! The Social Committee and Public Service Committee are at it again with the second annual “Holiday Extravaganza Supporting Toys for Tots,” with a twist of New Admittees this year....
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T&E Practice Fundamentals: Primer on Portability

12/04/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Anne Katsas, of Port Estate Planning, will review the rules related to portability of the estate tax applicable exclusion amount between spouses and the practical implications for preparing an estate plan....
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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 - Prenuptial Agreements – Tips for Drafting, Negotiating and Litigating

12/03/2013
Learning how to draft and negotiate a solid prenuptial agreement is a skill essential to every family law practitioner. Challenging or enforcing said agreement is another area of expertise it is important to develop. Come hear from the experts on prenuptial agreements. Our panel includes distinguished judges and lawyers with extensive experience in the areas of drafting, negotiating and litigating prenuptial agreements. ...
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