Inaugural Young Lawyers Division Symposium schedule now available

Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

YL Symposium Web FinalThe Massachusetts Bar Association invites you to its Inaugural Young Lawyers Division Symposium, which will take place on Friday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Lombardo's, 6 Billings St., Randolph.

This symposium is FREE for MBA members and $25 for non-members.


  • 9-9:15 a.m.: Opening Remarks from Young Lawyers Division Chair Michael Molloy

  • 9:15-9:45 a.m.: Keynote Address
    Tori Santoro Mair, past YLD chair and current partner at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow PC, will share strategies, tips and legal stories to provide guidance to young lawyers entering the practice of law in Massachusetts.

  • 9:45-10:45 a.m.: The Path to Success -- Open Panel with Past YLD Chairs
    The panel will consist of lawyers who have achieved early success and continue to be successful in law firms or solo practice. Panelists will provide critical advice, hints and tips on the path to success. 

  • 10:45-11 a.m.: Networking Break

  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Preventing and Dealing with Harassment and Bullying as a Young Lawyer
    This panel will discuss effective strategies for dealing with harassment and unprofessional behavior within law firms and in the courtroom.

  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch
  • 1:45-3 p.m.: Break-Outs (Choose one)

    • What I Wish I Had Known as a Young Litigator
      The panel will discuss how to effectively resolve discovery disputes and strategies for additional pretrial issues.


    • Legal Skills Bootcamp for the Transactional Attorney
      The panel will discuss practical negotiation strategies, practice tips and pitfalls to consider when drafting business agreements, and the nuts and bolts of representing start-ups and small businesses.

  • 3-3:15: Networking Break
  • 3:15-4:30 p.m.: Plenary Session: Representing Clients Workshop
    Experienced advocates will provide tips and guidance for developing your skills when representing clients across racial, gender and cultural boundaries. Unconscious thoughts often leak into our decision-making, which can have a profound impact on the practice of law. Panelists will discuss concrete ways to interrupt those biases so you can serve your clients more effectively.

  • 4:30 p.m.: Closing Remarks