BRA Tour and Panel Discussion

04/17/2015 - 04:00 PM to 06:30 PM
Join the New Lawyers Section and members of the Real Estate Section for an exclusive site tour of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The tour will include a panel discussion in the BRA Board Room....
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Legislation & Housing Demand: An Act Relative to Housing Production

04/10/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Join CHAPA policy experts and others in a discussion about HD 3173, legislation recently introduced by the Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing to stimulate housing production needed to keep pace with the Commonwealth's booming economy. ...
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Chemical Accident Prevention: EPA’s Enforcement of Clean Air Act Section 112(r)

04/07/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Learn from recent enforcement cases so that you can help your clients avoid chemical accidents and comply with the law. ...
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Real Estate 101: Introduction to the Land Court and Real Estate Litigation

04/07/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program will cover all the basics of real estate litigation, including title disputes, use issues and disputes over value. Attendees will also learn the practical basics of property law (and what you really need to know from property class 1L year!)....
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CLE - Using RAD to Preserve and Recapitalize Subsidized Housing

03/31/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Our panelists will take you through the history, results, and status of the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. They will review the program’s legislative and regulatory framework, as well as provide practical advice for effectively getting RAD transactions done....
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The Zoning Amendment Process and M.G.L. c.40R: An Overview of the Statute, the Process, and a Review of Successes and Failures

03/27/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Explore the history of M.G.L. c.40R and hear an overview of what it entails. Panelists will review the process of zoning amendments necessary for implementation, analyze the benefits and pitfalls of the current statute, and discuss whether modifications or other statutory provisions are required for successful future implementation....
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CLE - Asbestos, Lead Paint and PCBs: Environmental Issues in Construction Projects

03/25/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
The surge of construction activity has brought increasing focus on the proper legal procedures for removing hazardous materials from sites. Any misstep can lead to project delays, cost overruns and compliance concerns. Be up-to-date on the key regulatory issues in environmental law with construction projects...
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Tenant Improvements and Tenant Improvement Allowances

03/25/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Learn about drafting tenant improvement provisions in a lease. Speakers will discuss the implementation of of these provisions and answer questions you may have. ...
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Trying a Case in Housing Court Training

03/24/2015 - 03:00 PM to 06:00 PM
This training will guide you through landlord tenant cases in Housing Court from opening to closing with a special presentation on evidence rules as the pertain to eviction cases....
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An Expert's View: Best Practices for Utilizing Engineering Experts in Construction Litigation

03/24/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Enhance your understanding of how to best utilize engineering experts in high-stakes construction litigation. The speaker will provide insight - from the engineer's perspective - on how counsel can get the most out of its expert engagements....
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Advising Conservation Commissions: Wetlands Permitting and Enforcement

03/16/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Municipal conservation commissions are at the front lines of wetlands permitting and enforcement, which can entail thorny legal issues. Attorneys experienced in representing conservation commissions will give tips on best practices and avoiding common pitfalls....
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Residential Purchase and Sale Agreements 101

03/02/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
This program will cover the basics of a residential purchase and sale agreement, including practical strategies for negotiating and drafting, as well as standard provisions and routine (and not-so-routine) changes that are made to protect the buyer and the seller....
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Boston 2030: Mayor Walsh's Ambitious Plan to Produce 53,000 Housing Units by 2030

02/27/2015 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Mayor Walsh recently published an ambitious long-term plan to accomodate the projected 20% growth in Boston's households through the year 2030. It includes strategies for creating and preserving affordable housing and for housing the middle class, seniors and students....
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Bid Protests: Process, Procedure, and Notable Decisions from 2014

02/24/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Join the discussion on bid protests and state public construction projects. Learn how to file a protest and about the hearing process, and review notable decisions from 2014....
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CLE - Advising Municipalities and Developers on Climate Change and Adaptation

02/23/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
Learn how to advise municipal clients to revise regulations and planning policies, and how to advise developers to design projects to address the challenges of climate change. ...
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Rooftop Leasing 101: Solar and Cell Phone Towers

02/23/2015 - 12:30PM to 1:30PM
Learn what you need to know about rooftop leasing. This program will focus on considerations when drafting and negotiating a rooftop lease, with a particular focus on solar and cell phone installations. ...
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Property and Liability Insurance 101: What Every Practitioner Should Know

02/20/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
Come learn about property, liability and other insurance coverage items and considerations for real estate attorneys. After this program, you'll understand the required coverages in loan documents, how to confirm coverage for a borrower or lender client, and how to review insurance certificates....
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Abandoned Railroads: Implications to Ownership, Permitting and Development of Massachusetts Real Estate Under M.G.L. c.40, Section 54A

02/12/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will explore the impacts of abandoned railroads on Massachusetts real estate, particularly issues involving title examination, underwriting, and general due diligence and permitting, including consent requirements from MassDOT under M.G.L. c.40, Section 54A....
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POSTPONED: Economic Development in the City of Boston: The Agenda of the Walsh Administration

01/27/2015 - 3:00PM to 7:00PM
This program will provide an opportunity for the BBA legal community to hear from one of the Walsh Administration’s point persons on economic development about the Administration's economic development objectives, the challenges for economic development in the City and the Administration's agenda for overcoming such challenges Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about where the Walsh Administration is headed....
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A Primer on Reviewing Plans and Applications for Zoning Relief

01/21/2015 - 12:00PM to 1:00PM
This program will review plans and applications prepared by engineers and architects to be submitted to request zoning relief. Attendees will learn a practical approach to plan and application review....
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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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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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