Negotiating Commercial Loan Covenants in Today's Market: Maximizing Borrower Protection and Lender Remedies

12/17/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will review common loan covenants and give an update on non-recourse carve-out guaranty covenants....
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Training: Assist Homeowners Facing Tax Foreclosure

12/15/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
The BBA is excited to launch a new pro bono project to address an issue for Massachusetts households -- tax lien and tax title foreclosures. If the foreclosure is successful, the homeowner will not only lose their home, but he/she will also lose all the equity in the property. This training will provide attorneys with an in-depth look at the issue and with the tools needed to assist homeowners facing tax foreclosure. After attending this training, attorneys can sign up to assist homeowners on Thursdays each month. Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in the BBA’s new Land Court Program and assist Massachusetts homeowners....
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How to Read an Office Lease: Identifying Issues and Pitfalls

12/15/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Whether you are looking to negotiate your own office space lease issues or advise a client on these matters, you're sure to take away some helpful tips! Our panel will cover lease terms and rent; build-outs, operating expenses; and post-termination damages. ...
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Addressing High Costs in Affordable Housing

12/04/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
The affordable housing and tax credit world is growing increasingly complex- and costly. Our speaker, a long time veteran of the industry, will look at some of the factors that drive the cost escalation equation, from rising land costs to the growth of NIMBYism to “mission creep” and the embrace of non-housing policy goals....
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MassDEP Organics Regulations: What You Need to Know

11/24/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This presentation will be about regulating organic materials. MassDEP instituted a disposal ban starting October 1, 2014 for businesses and institutions generating more than 1 ton a week of organic materials....
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Land Use Permitting: Practical Tips for Engineer and Lawyer Collaboration

11/13/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This panel will discuss ways to collaborate to ensure a comprehensive filing, legal compliance, and a hearing presentation that best presents the proposed project. Learn practical tips to bring professionals in various disciplines together to devise and execute a permitting strategy as land use regulations become more complex. ...
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HUD's Choice Neighborhoods Initiative: Notes From the Field

11/06/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is part of a federal interagency strategy to support local strategies to revitalize neighborhoods plagued by high poverty rates and severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing, building upon the lessons of the HOPE VI program. Boston-based developers are involved in active Choice projects in Boston and in other cities, and our speakers are involved in numerous ongoing Choice projects. Join the Affordable Housing Committee and learn how CNI is achieving its policy goals, how it compares to HOPE VI, and how housing transactions carried out as part of a Choice initiative are typically structured, approved and implemented....
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Pro Bono Training: Landlord Tenant Law and Practice

10/28/2014 - 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Each Thursday, more than 150 eviction cases are scheduled at Boston Housing Court. More than 90% of the tenants are pro se. This training will prepare you to work with these individuals through the BBA's Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program....
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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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E-Recording: Practices and Pitfalls, a Roundtable Discussion

10/16/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join the Real Estate section in learning about e-recording technology and practices, the current state of e-recording in statewide registeries, and the title insurance issues to consider and gap protection....
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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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Real Estate Development: Annual Update on Legislative and Regulatory Matters

10/09/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
As the Legislative Session and calendar year draw to a close this session will provide a summary update on newly enacted legislative and regulatory matters affecting real estate development....
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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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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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How the Community Reinvestment Act Affects Housing Tax Credits

09/30/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has had a dramatic impact on the low income housing tax credit equity markets. The panel will discuss recent changes to CRA regulations, and how to start a conversation about housing policy with a bank regulator....
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CLE - Tackling Clean Energy Projects: Risk Management & Future Growth

09/17/2014
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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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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The New Massachusetts Contingency Plan: Vapor Intrusion

06/06/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Mass DEP has announced revisions to the regulations governing the cleanup of contaminated properties that will significantly change how sites with vapor intrusion issues are assessed ad remediated. Join us for a discussion of the revisions and their impact on existing and future development....
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Real Estate Year End Social

06/04/2014 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Join us as we celebrate another great program year! Network with Real Estate Section members and discuss summer vacation plans over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres....
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Utilizing the Condominium Statute to Finance Tax Credit Deals

05/30/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
A discussion regarding the use of the statutory condominium regime to develop and finance projects supported by low-income housing and new markets tax credits from the perspectives of counsel to owners and lenders....
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Leasing with the Commonwealth

05/28/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Please join us for an informative discussion about conducting commercial leasing transactions with the Commonwealth (DCAMM)....
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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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Swap Transactions – The Who, How and Why of Interest Rate Hedging Arrangements

05/13/2014 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This program will focus on the use of interest rate hedging arrangements in real estate finance and to provide an overview of who the parties are, how these transactions get documented, and why interest rate hedging contracts are becoming more and more widely used. This is a terrific program for anyone who is represents Lenders or Borrowers and wants to understand more about the financial aspects of the deals they work on....
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CLE - You Can’t Touch This: Conservation Restrictions in Estate Planning and as Mitigation in Development Projects and Enforcement

05/07/2014
This program will provide an in-depth guide to the newest approaches for protecting conservation land, conservation restrictions (CR), funding opportunities, and estate planning and tax considerations. ...
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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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The (Slow) Rise and (Sudden) Fall of the Chapter 40B Municipal Planning Defense

04/25/2014 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Chapter 40B, or the Comprehensive Permit Act, allows builder of affordable housing to bypass certain municipal zoning bylaws. This program will include a discussion regarding the impact of recent HAC decisions on the municipal planning exception to Chapter 40B....
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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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Current Trends in the Commercial Leasing Market in Downtown Boston and the Metro Area

04/23/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Commercial real estate brokers will describe current trends in the commercial leasing market in downtown Boston, Cambridge and the surrounding suburban areas. This program will cover current pricing, vacancy rates, and availability for retail, office, and institutional spaces....
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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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Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program 15th Anniversary Celebration

04/10/2014 - 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM
Come celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program April 10th at the BBA. We will recognize Housing Court staff, volunteers and the many others who make this program possible....
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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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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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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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CLE - The Homestead Exemption: You've Filed, Now What?

04/02/2014
Join us for a detailed look at the Homestead Exemption - covering the latest legislative updates, cases, and how the law applies to trusts, life estates and other property interests. From filing for a Massachusetts Homestead Act Exemption to utilizing one in the course of bankruptcy, our panel of experts will provide practical strategies for use in your practice....
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The National Flood Insurance Program: What Recent Flood Mapping Efforts Mean for Your Private and Municipal Clients

03/31/2014 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Rich Zingarelli from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and Stephanie Kruel from the City of Boston will introduce the science and planning behind the National Flood Insurance Program’s flood mapping revisions, and discuss the impacts that those new maps will have on coastal property owners and municipalities....
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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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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 Newly Proposed Massachusetts Contingency Plan Regulations: What you Should Know

03/24/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Mass. DEP will soon be unveiling new, comprehensive regulations governing the cleanup of contaminated properties, which could have significant impacts on existing and future development....
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Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code: An Overview of the Code, its Implications, and Pending Improvements

03/21/2014 - 12:00PM to 01:00PM
The Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code, one of the programs established under the Green Communities Act, establishes increased building code standards for energy efficiency by local option. This program will provide an overview of the Code, from a regulatory, construction and enforcement perspective, and will provide details on proposed Energy Code enhancements....
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Limited Assistance Representation Training

03/13/2014 - 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Since it was first piloted in the Probate and Family court six years ago, Limited Assistance Representation has become an often used choice to provide legal assistance to clients who cannot afford an attorney for a full case representation. This program will certify participants as LAR attorneys and teach them the basics on going into court for a single event in a case....
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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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CLE - Implementing the Medical Marijuana Law: What Lawyers Need to Know

03/04/2014
Join us to learn about the rapidly-advancing implementation of the voter-enacted Massachusetts law that authorizes state licensing of companies to produce and sell marijuana products for medical purposes....
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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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Implementation of the City of Boston's Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance

01/29/2014 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Join us for an informative discussion of the implementation of the ordinance, including the primary purpose of the ordinance, which buildings will be required to perform energy evaluations and whether buildings are required to achieve a certain level of energy efficiency....
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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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Limited Assistance Representation Training

01/22/2014 - 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Since it was first piloted in the Probate and Family court 5 years ago, Limited Assistance Representation has become an often used choice to provide legal assistance to clients who cannot afford an attorney for a full case representation. This program will certify participants as LAR attorneys and teach them the basics on going into court for a single event in a case....
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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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