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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Clean Energy Projects Are Here

10/22/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This program will address the status and growth of Clean Energy Projects; primarily wind and solar power projects and the contract risk management and land use issues that arise. This is a great opportunity for construction law lawyers, land use lawyers, and commercial real estate lawyers, to educate themselves on the status of this growth industry and the risk management issues related to it....
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Training: Landlord Tenant Law and Practice

10/16/2013 - 03:00 PM to 06:00 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 folks through the Lawyer for the Day Program of the Boston Bar Association....
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Massachusetts Zoning Reform: A Critical Analysis of the Zoning Reform Bill H#1859

10/10/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Many who advocate for House Bill #1859: An Act Promoting the Planning and Development of Sustainable Communities, including the Smart Growth Alliance, argue that it is essential for stable and productive zoning in Massachusetts. Others, including the Home Builders Association of Massachusetts, claim that it will make the permitting and zoning process more difficult, potentially stifling development and increasing costs. This program will provide a critical overview from both perspectives....
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The In's and Out's of Boston's New Apartment Registration and Inspection Ordinance

10/01/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Join the Leasing Committee for a presentation by the Commissioner of the Boston Inspectional Services Department about what properties are subject to the ordinance, the registration and inspection process, and the new obligations of rental property owners under the ordinance....
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Mixed-Income Housing: (Re)Assessing the Policy and Practice of the Mixed-Income Approach to Provision of Low-Income Housing

09/24/2013 - 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
In this brownbag panel, we look at the theory of how mixed-income tenancy can help lift families out of poverty and how these neighborhoods actually have been operating from a social and management point of view....
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Water for Fish and Farming in Cranberry Country

09/20/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Come hear how an environmental organization came to purchase a dam along the Sippican River in order to remove it, setting off a legal skirmish with an abutting cranberry grower that drew water from the pond created by the dam. Then learn how the parties came together in a creative real estate transaction that addresses both the grower's need for a reliable water source and the environmental objective to remove the dam to restore the riverine habitat....
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Unionization of Construction Companies

09/17/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Construction companies are at times faced with potential unionization. Come and hear as two of the preeminent lawyers in the field, Carol Chandler and Don Siegel, discuss these issues from both union and non-union perspectives....
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Affordable Housing Legislative Update 2013

06/24/2013 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Join us for a conversation with Brenda Clement, Executive Director of Citizens' Housing and Planning Association and Rachel Heller, Director of Public Policy for Citizens' Housing and Planning Association to discuss legislative matters of interest and concern to affordable housing in Massachusetts. The discussion will focus on the status of the Housing Bond bill and other legislative priorities for CHAPA, and provide an update on the federal budget and how sequestration cuts are beginning to affect affordable housing in Massachusetts and nationally....
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Real Estate Year End Social

06/12/2013 - 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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CLE - Preserving Affordable Housing in Massachusetts

06/03/2013
Do you represent a lender, property owner, municipality or organization that deals with affordable housing? This program will inform attendees about the steps being taken at the federal, state and municipal level to preserve this affordable housing stock, the challenges related to these steps, and the various preservation tools and strategies that can be employed by developers to preserve Massachusetts' affordable housing stock. ...
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Landlord Remedies Upon Breach of a Commercial Lease

05/29/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
A Refresher in Landlord rights after 275 Washington Street Corp, Trustee v. Hudson River Int'l, LLC...
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CLE - Construction Law: Surety and Insurance Coverage Issues for Contractors and Insurers

05/28/2013 - 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM
Construction is a risky business for all involved - from lenders and insurers, to contractors, designers and subcontractors. Learn what every real estate and construction law practitioner should know about surety and insurance coverage issues to help clients to avoid costly pitfalls, better ensure protection, and mitigate risk....
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CLE - The Use of Mediation in Real Estate Transactions and Matters

05/21/2013
This program will not only provide substantive mediation tips and best practices useful for the new mediator, but will also delve into more complex real estate specific topics -- in the context of the mediation process....
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Using Conservation Restrictions and Agricultural Restrictions in Estate Planning and Real Estate Transactions

05/10/2013 - 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Seasoned real estate and trusts and estates practitioners will discuss the considerations relevant to a decision to enter into Conservation and Agricultural Restrictions in the real estate development and estate planning contexts....
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CLE - Bad Faith Claims and Chapter 93A Liability

05/09/2013
This program will instruct attendees how to best communicate with insurers, how bad faith claims are perceived by insurance companies, and how to prosecute and defend effectively against bad faith claims. Special attention will be paid to circumstances when professionals are exposed to Chapter 93A liability as well as bad faith litigation against professional malpractice insurers....
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Jumpstarting your Mediation Practice

05/09/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
This brown-bag lunch program will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear established, full-time mediators talk about how they got their practices started. The panelists will discuss topics including: how they got their first mediation job, strategies for developing a client base, what sort of experience a mediator needs in order to be marketable, and training options for aspiring mediators to consider....
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Negotiations in the Hallways: Avoiding the Pitfalls While Getting to Yes

05/06/2013 - 04:00 PM to 06:00 PM
Negotiations between parties frequently occur over the course of several months or even years; but there are increasingly other types of negotiation: those that occur in the hallway of a court room where there is a "lawyer of the day" type program. There, the expectations are that the matter will be resolved very quickly and presented to the court. This session explores the latter type of negotiation. It will focus on the ethical considerations as well as some of the practical questions implicated, such as how to deal with a pro se opponent; how and when to involve your client in the negotiations; how to deal with the court's expectations....
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MEPA and Adaptation to Climate Change

05/06/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Adapting to the changes in our environment and communities driven by climate change poses challenges for a broad swath of policies and programs including project analysis under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act. The MEPA unit is increasingly scoping for a project's plans to account for sea level rise, storm flooding and temperature rise. Join two seasoned practitioners for a discussion of how MEPA requirements may "adapt" to climate change and how this fits in with the larger challenge of development, regulation and resource management in a changing world....
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The Commonwealth's Underground Economy Task Force's Investigation of the Construction Industry

04/23/2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Governor Patrick instituted an Underground Economy Task Force which, in the construction industry, investigates, addresses, and prosecutes wage and hour issues and misclassification of workers (as independent contractors instead of employees) issues. We are fortunate to have the leaders from this task force join us for the lunch to discuss their various roles, the Task Force's purpose, how it goes about its investigation, prosecutions, and how all of this can impact your contractor clients....
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Basics of Title Review

04/23/2013 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
This event is the second of a four-part brown bag series, designed for both new lawyers and lawyers who are unfamiliar with real estate law. The April Brown Bag Lunch will focus on the "how-to" of reviewing title, specifically by discussing a title/survey review checklist....
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Law Student "Speed Dating" with Real Estate Attorneys

04/22/2013 - 05:30 PM to 08:00 AM
The Boston Bar Association is proud to present "Speed Dating with Real Estate Attorneys". This event gives current law students the unique opportunity to meet with Boston-area real estate attorneys in an intimate setting. Join BRA Chief of Staff Jim Tierney, Esq. (BC Law, 1999) for some brief remarks on Boston's booming real estate market, followed by a "speed dating" networking session with respected attorneys....
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