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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010
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Register for the MBA Annual Conference 2010

New programming includes a plenary session on how to "Protect Your Firm and Client Information: Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws."

"Achieving a Competitive Advantage in Changing Times" is the theme of the Massachusetts Bar Association's spring Annual Conference. MBA AC10 will take place on Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12 at the Westin Copley Place in Boston.

New symbolThe MBA is pleased to announce new CLE programming which includes a plenary session on how to Protect Your Firm and Client Information: Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws on Thursday, March 11 beginning at 9 a.m.

Massachusetts has set its course for the strictest data privacy regulation in the country. Starting on March 1, 2010, protection of your clients' data will become your affirmative duty.  Don't risk a breach later. Prepare to prevent breach now by learning the nutshell view of the Massachusetts Data Privacy Regime; how the law will be enforced, tools for technical compliance with prevailing laws and regulations, and a panel discussion of key questions.

Join us for this informative session as our panel of experts cover the data privacy statute, the data privacy code provisions,  released guidance from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation and the tools necessary to comply with the new rules.

Specific programming includes:

9:15 a.m. What is the Data Privacy Act?

David M. Felper, Esq., Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Worcester

9:50 a.m. It's Lost, Now What?

Scott D. Schafer, Esq., Office of the Attorney General, Boston

10:25 a.m. Key Tools to Prevent a Breach

Blake Martin, CIO IT director, Sten-Tel, Inc., Springfield

11:15 a.m. Panel Discussion

Daniel Crane, Esq., Daniel C. Crane, Attorney at Law, Cambridge; Kurt Baumgarten, vice president of Information Security, Peritus Security, East Longmeadow

Click here for a full conference schedule, including conference faculty and to learn how to earn credit on Massachusetts professional liability insurance.

The conference includes the MBA Gala Dinner on Thursday, March 11 featuring a keynote address from Morris Dees, founder and lead trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center and the presentation of the MBA's Legislator of the Year Award to Massachusetts State Sen. Cynthia Stone Creem.

In addition to the plenary session on the Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws, Annual Conference 2010's CLE programming will include two continuous tracks on law practice management and recent developments, as well as two additional plenary sessions. The Access to Justice Awards Luncheon will be held on Friday, March 12.

Click here to register for the MBA's 2010 conference online. For a printable PDF outlining sponsorship opportunities and table reservation information, click here. For additional information call (617) 338-0530.

The MBA has a limited room block available at the Westin. Click here to reserve a room. Room rates are $249 per night through Feb. 10, 2010.
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