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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
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Top from left to right: Centennial Ball Keynote Speaker Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer and Hennessey Award Honoree U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner.

Bottom left to right: MBA Centennial Conference Co-Chairs Marsha V. Kazarosian and Douglas K. Sheff.

Register for the MBA's Centennial Conference by April 1 and receive $50 off a full conference pass

MBA Centennial Ball to feature keynote by Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and special presentation of Hennessey Award to retiring Judge Nancy Gertner

The MBA's Centennial Conference, a celebration of the MBA's century of service to the public, profession and rule of law, will take place on Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel.

The conference will feature three concurrent CLE tracks, the annual Access to Justice Awards Luncheon and Bench/Bar Panel and reception on May 18, and the Centennial Ball on May 19. The ball, which will wrap-up the two-day conference, will include a special MBA Hennessey Award presentation to retiring U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner and will also feature a keynote address from Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

Register on or before Friday, April 1 to receive $50 off a
Full Conference Pass.

Educational highlights

The MBA's Centennial Conference will kick-off on Wednesday, May 18 with a half-day of continuing legal education programming and will continue with a full-day of programming on Thursday, May 19.

The conference features three concurrent CLE tracks, including:

Young Lawyers Track

  • Running Your Law Practice on a Shoestring Budget; 60 Sites to Bring Your Firm Into the Future; Technology From Your Office to the Courtroom

Litigation Track

  • Hot Issues in Discovery; Crafting a Winning Theme - From Soup to Nuts; Direct/Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses

Substantive Law Track

  • Family Law Update; Uniform Probate Code Update; Secret Weapons for the Personal Injury Attorney; Trends in Employment Law

Look for the full schedule of programming, including descriptions and faculty, as well as information about the rest of the conference events in future issues of Lawyers Journal, Lawyers e-Journal and in e-mail communication.

Centennial Ball highlights

The MBA's Centennial Ball on Thursday, May 19 will include a special Hennessey Award presentation to Gertner and a keynote address from Breyer.

Gertner, who will be retiring from the bench in fall 2011 for a position at Harvard Law School, was appointed to the bench in 1994 by President William J. Clinton after two decades of criminal defense and civil activist work. In 2008, Gertner became the second woman to receive the Thurgood Marshall Award from the American Bar Association's Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. Voted by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly readers as one of the "best" federal judges in Boston, Gertner has also been awarded Lawyers Weekly's Judge Toomey Judicial Excellence Award, the 2006 Massachusetts Bar Foundation's "Great Friend of Justice Award," the 2007 Suffolk University of Law Charles P. Kindregan Award and the 2010 Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award.

A distinguished academic, lawyer and judge, Gertner's autobiography, In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate, will be released in April 2011. As a lawyer, Gertner taught at Boston University Law School, Boston College Law School and Harvard Law School and as a judge, Gertner taught for over 10 years at Yale Law School. Since becoming a judge, Gertner has also traveled widely, teaching women's rights and human rights, most recently working with Chinese judges and scholars on sentencing reform.

The Hennessey Award is awarded to federal or state judges within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership and dedication to improving the administration of justice and upholding the highest traditions for public service.

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