Thursday, Mar. 8, 2007
ABC Legal Correspondent Manuel Medrano addresses conference attendees at a morning plenary session.
MBA’s AC07 educates and honors members of the profession
“The Annual Conference brought together attorneys, judges and community leaders from across the diverse Massachusetts community in a celebration of unity in the law,” declared MBA President Mark D Mason.
This year’s streamlined, one-day conference was packed with programming concentrating on the most relevant topics for MBA members practicing in Massachusetts. AC07 also featured 34 distinguished guest speakers, including ABC News Legal Affairs Correspondent Manuel Medrano and National Public Radio Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg.
Medrano recounted his experiences as a litigator with the U.S. attorney’s office for Los Angeles and emphasized the importance of diversity in the legal profession. Totenberg, who has been recognized by the American Bar Association eight times for excellence in reporting, delivered the keynote address at the conference’s Annual Dinner. Her remarks focused on the consequences of the Lewis Libby trial and the manner in which current and past administrations have handled “national security” and leaks of that information to journalists.
Throughout the day, conference offerings consisted of CLE programming applicable to all types of attorneys and areas of law. The always popular Recent Development sessions were married with “Hot Topics” sessions—new additions to the MBA conference which tackled issues such as career development and client relations.
"This year's new streamlined format, offering our most substantive and popular programs in a one-day conference, brought a renewed energy, and more members than ever, to the Annual Conference," said MBA Executive Director Marilyn J. Wellington.
Additionally, AC07 attendees interacted with exhibitors offering the latest tools, resources and services to assist attorneys in sharpening their practice. Technology vendors were front and center, showcasing their law-related products.
“The renewed energy and enthusiasm seen by the legal community on March 2 reflects the renewed energy and enthusiasm seen throughout the MBA,” said Wellington. “The new MBA is shining through in all that we do and lawyers and judges throughout Massachusetts are joining in by participating in programs like this year's Annual Conference."
Look for full coverage of conference events in the April issue of Lawyers Journal. To view more photos from the event, visit our photo gallery.