Civil Litigation Newsletter
Note from the chair
Greetings! Spring is here, and with that comes renewal and the
bloom of projects long in planning. The MBA's Civil Litigation
Section Council has been very busy throughout the winter, and we
are excited for the spring events that are on the horizon.
Below are some of the highlights of recent events, and a preview
of others to come.
We had a very successful section council meeting on April 6 at
the MBA where former Attorney General Tom Reilly was the featured
guest speaker. Reilly spoke about his experiences as Middlesex
County District Attorney, as Massachusetts Attorney General, and
more recently in private practice at Cooley Manion Jones LLP. It
was very interesting, and we thank him for his time and inspiring
The CL Section Council has a newly formed Federal Practice and
Procedure Committee that is tri-chaired by Chris Sullivan, Nancy
Frankel Pelletier and Frank Morrissey. They kick-off meeting was
held on March 22. The first planned event will be a CLE program in
Worcester focusing on the differences between state and federal
practice. The program will concentrate on the distinct and unique
aspects of federal practice and procedure, highlighting how it
differs from practice in Massachusetts state courts. The MBA Young
Lawyers Division and the Worcester County Bar Association will help
design and co-sponsor the program. The committee also hopes to
present this program in Springfield, Boston and Southeastern
Massachusetts. In addition to the federal/state practice
differences program, the committee is discussing a "Meet the
Clerks" program at all of the Federal Courthouses in Massachusetts.
Watch for the date for their spring "open house" meeting. Any
suggestions for other programs or events for the Federal Practice
Committee are welcome.
Ray Ausrotas, vice chair of the CL Section Council, held a CLE
Roundtable Series with Dr. Daniel Dugan of Trial Science. The
topic of "Storytelling" was held on March 22, and the
topic of "Scientific Trial Preparation" was held on March
23. Both of these programs are available via MBA On Demand if you
could not make it to the MBA, 20 West St., Boston for these very
interesting and worthwhile events.
On May 4 the CL Section Council will hold its monthly meeting
in Western Massachusetts at the U.S.D.C. in Springfield and it will
be co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association. I am excited to
inform you that Judge Michael A. Ponsor and Judge Kenneth P. Neiman
have agreed to join us at this meeting and provide an overview of
practice and procedure in the federal court in Western
Massachusetts. We are currently checking with the judges to
see if they will permit us to hold a networking reception following
The Construction Law Committee will host the following webinars
- "Signs of a Troubled Project"
- "Traps for the Unwary in Standard Construction Documents"
- "Public Construction Update"
Watch for further updates on the time/dates for these exciting
Section Council member Holly Polglase has been working with MBA
Program Attorney Michele Himes and Katherine Hesse from the ADR
Committee to plan a seminar on Mediation Advocacy Tips, Tactics and
Techniques to be held later in the Spring. Again, watch for the
date/time to be announced.
CL Section Council members Paul White and Marianne LeBlanc will
hold a CLE program on Advanced Deposition Techniques. This program
will be on Tuesday, May 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West
St., Boston. It will cover deposition fundamentals, but also
feature advanced strategic considerations for achieving "game
changing" case developments through mediation planning and
Ken Rubinstein and Joan DiCola of the Tax Section Council will
hold a seminar on tax implications for settlements and judgments
and for Medicare and Medicaid liens. Click
here for more information.
This is an exciting time of year. With your assistance and
participation, we hope to keep up the energy and enthusiasm that
have been building. We continue to encourage you to participate in
all that the section has to offer.
Chris Kenney, chair
Civil Litigation Section