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CLE - Effective Attorneys’ Fee Petitions: Perspectives from the Bench and Bar

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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This program will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear directly from decision-makers from the federal court, state court, and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, as they discuss the most effective ways to present and to oppose attorneys' fees petitions. 

Experienced practitioners will also address how fee-shifting statutes affect their prosecution and defense of a claim, from the beginning of their representation to the time that a fee petition is made. There will be a specific opportunity to present your own questions to the panel and to network with the panelists and colleagues at the conclusion of the seminar.

Course materials will be include valuable summaries of the legal principles applicable to fee petitions, samples of fee petitions and oppositions, as well as decisions related to fee petitions from the state and federal courts as well as from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Topics & Agenda:

I. Brief review of applicable legal standards
II. How these standards are applied in real time:
     a. Perspectives from the federal court, the state court, and the MCAD about the most effective ways to present and defend against fee petitions;
     b. Perspectives from experienced practitioners on the effect of fee-shifting statutes on the prosecution and defense of a claim.
III. Special topics, including: factors that may enhance or reduce a request for an attorneys’ fee award; treatment of multiple claims; treatment of work done by multiple attorneys; degree of success; treatment of settlement efforts.


Registration Categories:
BBA Member - $130.00
Non-Member - $170.00
BBA Member - Legal Services/ Government Lawyer - $70.00
Law Student - $30.00

If the cost of this seminar would preclude you from attending, please contact us about tuition discounts.


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Kristen White


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