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Law Practice Management Section open meeting

Fee Agreements

Thursday, Feb. 3, 5:30-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Audrey Heidt, a co-chair of the Solo & Small Firm Committee of the Women's Bar Association will moderate a discussion on fee agreements. The Women's Bar Association recently hosted a number of fee "circles" and Heidt will be providing us with the results. All section members are invited to attend, bring copies of their fee agreements and participate in this informal discussion of fee agreements and fee structures.

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Juvenile &Child Welfare Section Council Bench-Bar meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m.
Massachusetts School of Law, 500 Federal St., Andover
Postponed from Jan. 12 due to inclement weather

The MBA's Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council is sponsoring this Bench-Bar Presentation at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover. This meeting is free to all attorneys interested in the practice of Juvenile & Child Welfare law. The program will be moderated by Peter A. Hahn, chair, Juvenile and Child Welfare Section Council. Panelists include: Hon. Jay David Blitzman, first justice, Middlesex County Division, Juvenile Court; Hon. Sally F. Padden, first justice, Essex County Division, Juvenile Court; and James Morton, case manager, Juvenile Court Department.

This second presentation will focus on the Standing Order for Care and Protection Trials, implementation of new law for young adults (ages 18-22) in DCF custody, and the Youth Advocacy Department's expansion in Somerville, Lowel and Salem.

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Young Lawyers Division Career Panel

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 6-7 p.m. (reception from 7-9 p.m.)
Boston University-School of Law, 765 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

You are invited to attend the MBA's Young Lawyers Division for a career panel and networking event hosted by the Boston University School of Law. The career panel will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 9 in Barrister's Hall, located in the lobby of the BU Law School, from 6 to 7 p.m. Following the panel discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow legal professionals over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres in Room 1270 from from 7 to 9 p.m.

Join us and hear diverse advice from young lawyers about finding and keeping a job in this challenging economy, career choices and paths, transitioning from law student to lawyer and other practical career and job searching guidance.

A partial list of faculty includes:

  • Kyle R. Guelcher, moderator, chair of the MBA's Young Lawyers Division
  • Brian Bialas, Foley Hoag LLP (big firm perspective)
  • Gabriel Cheong, Infinity Law Group, Solo/Small Firm (solo/small firm perspective)
  • Scott Heidorn, Campbell, Campbell, Edwards & Conroy, PC, (medium firm perspective)
  • Brigid E. Mitchell, Denise Squillante PC, (small, boutique firm perspective)

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Save the date: Immigration Section Council open meeting

Ask the Experts: Legal Ethics For Immigration Practitioners

Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:15-6:45 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

Tentative speakers: Anne S.J. Kaufman, Esq., director of the Attorney Client Assistance Program and Stacey Best, assistant Bar Counsel of the BBO.

The topics will include: Who is the client? Issues and cautions in joint representations in family and business matters; Use of IOLTA for costs and filing fees due to the Immigration Service, retainers, co-mingling funds for fees and costs; Mandatory reporting of alleged ethical violations; Any other matters that the BBO sees as an issue; and Current cases regarding issues in immigration practice.

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