CLE Program

Second Annual Young Lawyers Division Symposium


Date: Friday, December 13, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Massachusetts Bar Association
Conference Room 101
20 West St
Boston, MA, 02111

Program Code:



MBA Paralegals : $0.00
MBA Law Student : $0.00
MBA Member : $0.00
MBA New Admittee : $0.00
Non-member : $50.00

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The Massachusetts Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is hosting its Second Annual Symposium on Friday, Dec. 13, at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

This year's symposium offers multiple programming tracks designed to ensure there is something for everyone.

9-9:15 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks

9:15-10:15 a.m.: Plenary Session
Session 1: I Passed the Bar! Now What Do I Do?

  • Building a Strong Support System and Finding a Mentor
  • How to Accept and Embrace Your Capabilities in the Workplace
  • Imposter Syndrome: Strategies to Overcome It
  • Reducing Your Reactivity
  • Owning Your Accomplishments and Internalizing Your Abilities and Strengths
  • Gaining Client Confidence

10:15-11:15 a.m.: Breakout Sessions: Choose from one of the following:
Session 2A: Ethical Considerations in Performing Client Intake and Drafting Fee Agreements

  • Establishing Expectations at the Start of the Attorney-Client Relationship
  • Active Listening During Client Intake 
  • Key Information to Obtain for Your Conflicts Check
  • Important but Overlooked Items to Include in All Fee Agreements

Session 2B: Contract Review and Negotiation

  • Important Drafting Techniques
  • How to Best Keep Abreast of Recent Statutory and Case Law Changes
  • Communicating Clearly with Clients: Translating the Legalese

Session 2C: Motion Practice and Procedure

  • Writing with Clarity and Power
  • Framing the Issue
  • Limits and Timing of Motions
  • Preparing for Court and Oral Advocacy 
  • Tips for Minimizing Cost and Delay

11:15-11:30 a.m.: Networking Break

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Keynote Speaker
Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director, Lawyers for Civil Rights

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions: Choose from one of the following:
Session 4A: Top Malpractice Trends & Traps for the Unwary

  • How to Deliver Bad News Well
  • Navigating IOLTA Accounts
  • Safeguarding Client Data
  • Common Traps to Avoid

Session 4B: Naturalization Disability Waiver Training

  • Overseeing Citizenship Interviews Before U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Handling Applications for Disability-Based Waivers
  • Representing Immigrants During Critical Stages of the Naturalization Process

Session 4C: Preparing Your Case and Client for a Successful Resolution Through Mediation/DR

  • How to Set Client Expectations
  • Exploring Alternate Dispute Resolution
  • Signs That You Should Settle Your Case 
  • How to Discuss Possible Settlement with Superiors

2:30-2:45 p.m.: Networking Break

2:45-4 p.m.: Plenary Session
A Return to Civility

  • Proper Courtroom Etiquette
  • Common Mistakes New Lawyers Make
  • Tips for Facing Unreasonable Opposing Counsel
  • Tales from the Trenches

4 p.m.: Closing Remarks

4:15 p.m.: Networking Reception

Portions of this symposium may be available after Dec. 13 via MBA On Demand. This program will not be offered as a real-time webcast. Attendees must participate in-person.


Saraa Basaria, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Michael J. Leard, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Boston
Meghan H. Slack, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Law Office of Meghan Slack, Arlington

Sponsoring Sections:

Young Lawyers Division

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