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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E-Discovery: Compare and Contrast How It Is Handled in Litigation and Arbitration

12/12/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
The speakers will address key issues in production, admissibility and cost-control. Additionally, this program will explore whether the flexibility of the arbitration process is a benefit or a problem in managing e-discovery....
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Westwood Station: A Case Study in Public/Private Development Partnerships

12/12/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The attorneys will discuss (1) the Zoning Bylaw, including certain inclusionary zoning requirements that will result in the inclusion of 234 additional affordable housing units on the Westwood SHI, thereby achieving 10% affordable housing units in Westwood, (2) a development agreement that provides $6M to the Town to mitigate traffic, public safety and school age children impacts, and (3) other public-private arrangements including I-Cubed and MassWorks financing for public roadway and other infrastructure improvements....
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Construction Cocktails

12/11/2013 - 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM
Join the BBA Construction Law Committee for some fun, networking, and holiday spirit. This is a terrific time to catch up with construction law friends and make new ones....
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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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New England Forestry Foundation v. Appellate Tax Board: Charitable Land Trusts' Real Estate Tax Exemption at Stake

11/25/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
The Appellate Tax Board decided that while NEFF's purposes and activities might have constituted traditional charitable activities, the property was not sufficiently open to and accessible by the public to qualify for the tax benefit. The Court's decision could have enormous impact on the financial health of the many land trusts in Massachusetts. Join the Real Estate Legislation and Public Policy committee for a discussion on this case and it's implications....
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Common Issues Regarding Liability and Property Insurance Provisions in Commercial Lease Negotiations, Part II

11/22/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This program will continue last month's presentation regarding issues facing landlords and tenants in negotiating the liability and property insurance provisions of commercial leases, and how to draft requirements that meet current insurance industry practices and standards. In last month's program, we discussed property and general liability policies. This month's program will cover insurance coverage for automobile, workers' comp, umbrella, and professional liability, as well as other miscellaneous policy provisions and sample certificates and endorsements....
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Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Purchase and Sale Agreements: Critical Issues for Buyers and Sellers

11/21/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
The program will offer practical strategies for drafting and negotiating commercial purchase and sale agreements. Both Buyer and Seller perspectives will be offered in an interactive discussion led by Eric Lemont of Sullivan & Worcester LLP and Kevin Bernier of TJX Companies, Inc....
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Regulatory Takings: The State of Federal Law in Light of Koontz v. St. Johns River Watershed Management District

11/14/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
This forum will provide an overview of regulatory takings jurisprudence in light of the recent Supreme Court decision announced in June, 2013 in the case of the Koontz v. St Johns River Watershed Management District case. The majority and dissenting opinions will be analyzed from the perspective of both the governing/regulating sector as well as the private sector. Additional discussion will focus on implications of the Koontz case on future regulatory proceedings and permits, including matters such as impact fees, land banking, and other forms of mitigation....
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CLE - Representing Military Personnel and Veterans: Estate Planning, Employment Law, and Landlord/Tenant Law

11/07/2013
In this, the third session of the BBA's four-part series, Representing Military Personnel and Veterans, we will address estate planning, employment law, and landlord / tenant law related issues unique to servicemembers, veterans, and their families....
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A Candid Bench-Bar Conversation on Judicial Evaluations

11/04/2013 - 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey will discuss the issues concerning judicial evaluation and why it matters. Moderator Jack Cinquegrana,will encourage lawyers to ask questions of the panel and engage in a candid and constructive dialogue to identify ways to improve participation and boost the practical value of the evaluation system....
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Common Issues Regarding Liability and Property Insurance Provisions in Commercial Lease Negotiations

10/30/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
In this program, we will discuss common issues facing both landlords and tenants in negotiating the liability and property insurance provisions of commercial leases, how each party can provide coverage to insure its interests, and how to draft requirements that meet current insurance industry practices and standards....
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