Practice Resources

March 2012

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From left to right: Frank Morrissey, chair and Brian Glennon, vice chair

Note from Business Law Leadership

Welcome to the Business Law newsletter. This newsletter contains information about CLE programs, meetings, hot legal developments and other section news.

Please contact either of us at [e-mail jstevens] if you have comments or suggestions for the newsletter, or wish to post a notice.

Frank Morrissey, chair (left)
Brian Glennon, vice chair (right)
Business Law Section Council

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Upcoming Business Law Section Council meeting

The Business Law Section Council is sponsoring an open meeting for Western Mass. section members on Tuesday, March 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the MBA's Western Mass. office, 73 State St., Springfield.   

Professor Eric J. Gouvin of the Western New England University School of Law will speak about innovative programs for teaching transactional law, both at his school and across the nation, and suggest ways the bar can support those efforts.  

Gouvin is the director of the Law and Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship at Western New England University and is on the Board of Editors for the Kauffmann Foundation's eLaw website, which provides resources to legal educators who want to bring entrepreneurship and transactional law into the classroom.   

He is past chair of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section's Committee on Business Law Education, chair of the ABA Section on Legal Education's Committee on Adjunct Faculty and chair-elect of the Association of American Law School's Section on Transactional Law and Skills. Gouvin has written and spoken on this topic to a range of audiences across the country.

All Western Mass. Business Law section members are invited to attend.

We hope you can attend this program and network with your fellow MBA members.

Click here to R.S.V.P.


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Volunteer at the Greater Boston Food Bank, April 4

The Business Law Section and Young Lawyers Division are sponsoring an evening of volunteering at The Greater Boston Food Bank on Wednesday, April 4 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The Food Bank is located on 70 South Bay Ave., Roxbury near the South Bay Shopping Center, right of the Expressway.

Volunteers will inspect, sort and repack donated grocery products that are then distributed to hunger relief agencies. All volunteers are trained in food safety at the beginning of the shift. Volunteers work together as a team on an assembly line with some volunteers loading boxes onto conveyer belts, other volunteers inspecting and sorting products, and others checking and labeling boxes. A few of these "jobs" require the ability to lift a box of about 30 pounds, but the majority of positions simply require that a volunteer can stand and inspect products for a few hours. Volunteers with special needs or requests can be accommodated with advance notice.

The Business Law section has volunteered at the Food Bank in the past and all who attended enjoyed their time "on the line."

If you are interested in participating, contact John Pregmon at [e-mail jpregmon] by Friday, March 23.



Register for the Business Law "Lifecycle of a Business" series

Join the Business Law Section Council for a four-part series on the "Life Cycle of a Business." These programs will address the broad spectrum of legal and practical issues confronted by businesses at each stage of development.

Designed for both experienced business lawyers as well as new practitioners, this series will focus on establishing, operating and concluding Massachusetts business entities. Learn about getting your client's business off the ground.

Lifecycle of a Business Part 1: Live program
Forming a Business & Protecting Assets
Wednesday, March 21, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Topics include: Choosing a type of business entity -- pros and cons of various business entities and factors to consider in deciding which type to recommend to your business client; and protecting the product -- Intellectual property basics to help protect the product or service your business client is selling.

Lifecycle of a Business Part 2: Live program
Land Use/Permitting & Business Financing
Wednesday, April 25, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Topics include: Real property issues including leasing, selling and purchasing commercial property as well as permitting issues for your business clients.

Lifecycle of a Business Part 3: Live program
Employment & Business Litigation Matters
Tuesday, May 15, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Topics include: Preventing and handling employment problems -- drafting employee handbooks, wage claims and independent contractor issues, wrongful termination and discrimination claims, and negotiation severance agreements; and commercial litigation -- traps for the unwary in contracts and business matters.

Lifecycle of a Business Part 4:Live program
Mergers & Acquisitions & Bankruptcy
Wednesday, June 6, 5-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Topics include: Mergers and acquisitions - learn the basics and must-know traps in selling or merging your client's business; and bankruptcy - learn about the options for ending the business, when is bankruptcy appropriate and what other possibilities are available.


Unable to come to Boston? These programs are available as real-time Webcasts. When registering, participants can choose to attend virtually from a home or office computer. If you choose to attend the programs via real-time Webcast, space is limited. Registrants will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

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March 19 Court Advocacy Day: your presence is needed to send a strong message

Bar participation will help to ensure Mass. courts receive funding needed to provide basic services to public

The Massachusetts Trial Court has requested $593.9 million worth of funding in FY 2013 to ensure the quality of justice is not further jeopardized for the citizens of the commonwealth. To support the court system in their funding request, the Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association invite the full legal community to join their efforts at Court Advocacy Day on Monday, March 19 at the Statehouse.

"I encourage all bar members and the greater legal community to join us on March 19 and continue to support this cause in urging our legislators to approve necessary funding for our courts," MBA President Richard P. Campbell said.

According to the recently released "Justice in the Balance" budget overview, the court system can "no longer provide the level of service state residents need and deserve."

To strengthen the message of the need for funding that allows the Trial Court to provide basic services, the March 19 lobbying event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Grand Staircase inside the Statehouse. The event will open with a brief speaking program, after which attendees will be encouraged to meet with their local legislators.

In addition to Campbell, featured speakers will include:

  • Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland;
  • Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan; and
  • BBA President Lisa C. Goodheart.
To familiarize yourself with your local representative or senator, click here.

The March 19 event complements the MBA's ongoing awareness campaign on this topic. Information packets will be provided to event attendees to reference when they meet with their local legislators to underscore the need for the $593.9 million worth of funding.

Click here to R.S.V.P.

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Become a sponsor of the 2012 MBA Annual Dinner

Dinner to include Legislator of the Year Awardee DeLeo and annual Access to Justice Award presentations

The Massachusetts Bar Association will hold its 2012 Annual Dinner on Thursday, May 31 at the Westin Boston Waterfront, 425 Summer St., Boston. The event will feature the presentation of the Legislator of the Year Award to Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and the annual MBA Access to Justice Awards.

Attend this annual event as a sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities to consider include:

  • Platinum Sponsor ($5,000)
    Table for 10, full page ad in dinner program, firm logo projected at the dinner, sponsorship level recognition in Lawyers Journal and on MBA website
  • Gold Sponsor ($3,500)
    Table for 10, 1/2 page ad in dinner program, firm logo projected at the dinner, sponsorship level recognition in Lawyers Journal and on MBA website
  • Silver sponsor ($2,500)
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Click here to register for the MBA's 2012 Annual Dinner online. For a printable PDF outlining sponsorship opportunities and table reservation information, click here. For additional information call (617) 338-0543.
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The MBA is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Join the conversation today

The Massachusetts Bar Association is pleased to announce its official Facebook fan page. To "Like" our new Facebook page, click here and please suggest your friends "Like" our page as well.

The addition of Facebook means the MBA has a presence on three social networking platforms, including LinkedIn, launched in January 2010, and Twitter, launched in July 2009. All three social media platforms feature information about the MBA including CLE, events and news.

As an MBA member, we encourage you to both post items of interest to you, and the greater legal community, on these pages and comment on items already posted.

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Put your name out there

The goal of section councils is to offer members opportunities for professional growth and development through participation in section activities. One opportunity available to section members is publishing articles which are of interest to fellow practitioners. The MBA provides several forums for articles by section members - Lawyers Journal and the Massachusetts Law Review.  

If you are interested in writing an article for any of these publications or if you have seen articles which you think may be of interest to other Business Law Section members, please contact Jean Stevens for more information regarding this opportunity.

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