CLE Program

15th Annual In-House Counsel Conference


Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Sheraton Framingham
1657 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA, 01701

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MBA Paralegals : $40.00
MBA Law Student : $40.00
MBA New Admittee : $40.00
MBA Member : $80.00
Non-member : $160.00

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Leadership and Innovation in Changing Times

The Massachusetts Bar Association is presenting its 15th Annual In-House Counsel Conference. This year the theme of this popular program is Leadership and Innovation in Changing Times. The conference will be held on Thursday Nov. 16, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1p.m., at the Sheraton Framingham. Please save this date on your calendars. A free networking lunch will be served following the conference.

We are pleased that the keynote address will be delivered by Brackett B. Denniston, senior counsel, Goodwin Procter, and former general counsel to General Electric Company.
Conference highlights include:

  • The expanding role of general counsel in strategy development and governance
  • The intensifying risk of cyber attack by elusive global hackers
  • The case against (and for) mandatory arbitration; and
  • Emerging employment risk issues, including the medical marijuana and recreational marijuana acts, drug testing in the workplace and demands for religious accommodation.

Conference Agenda:

Welcoming Remarks

Keynote Address: Lessons from Experience: Counseling from the Inside in Private and Public Organizations
Brackett B. Denniston, Senior Counsel, Goodwin Procter, and former General Counsel to General Electric Company

Panel discussion: Litigation v ADR 
James Donnelly, Moderator
Paul Dacier, General Counsel to Indigo Agriculture and former Executive Vice President and General Counsel to EMC Corporation
Hon. Charles B. Swartwood, III (Ret.)

Cybersecurity Address: Cybersecurity / Industry and Practitioners in Crisis
Arthur W. Coviello, Jr., Venture Partner at Rally Ventures and retired Executive Chairman of RSA, The Security Division of Dell Technologies

Networking Break

Panel discussion: Employment Law Developments
Robert Kilroy, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP
Reid Wakefield, Counsel to Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination
Michael Murphy, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP
Joe Ricciardi, Chief Human Resource Officer, Reliant Medical Group

Lightning Round Topic: July 21, 2017 Decision in Baker v. Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP:  Fiduciary Duties by Company Counsel 
David Parke, Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP


J. Christopher Collins, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester
James C. Donnelly, Jr., Esq., Conference Co-chair
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester
Robert J. Kerwin, Esq., Conference Co-chair
General Counsel, IAMERS
Peter D. McDermott, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Law Office of Peter D. McDermott, Hopkinton
David A. Parke, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
Paul T. Dacier, Esq., Panelist
General Counsel, Indigo Agriculture
Brackett B. Denniston, Esq., Panelist
Former General Counsel to General Electric
Arthur W. Coviello, Jr., Esq., Panelist
Venture Partner, Rally Ventures
Reid Wakefield, Esq., Panelist
Counsel, MCAD
Hon. Charles B. Swartwood, (ret.)
Mountain, Dearborn & Whiting, Worcester
Robert Kilroy, Esq.
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Westborough

Sponsoring Sections:

Business Law Section
Complex Commercial Litigation Section
The Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section
Young Lawyers Division
Dispute Resolution Section

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