Centennial Conference and Ball, May 18–19

Issue January 2011 By Jennifer Rosinski

The Massachusetts Bar Association will commemorate its 100th anniversary with two days of celebration at the Centennial Conference this spring. A House of Delegates meeting, the Access to Justice Luncheon and Continuing Legal Education programs will be held May 18, while May 19 will feature the Centennial Ball and more Continuing Legal Education programs.

"It's an opportunity for everybody to come together and celebrate the rich history of the MBA," MBA President Denise Squillante said. "The conference offers practitioners an opportunity to network and sharpen their skills while at the same time honor our past 100 years."

The Centennial Conference will kick off on Wednesday, May 18, at the Sheraton Boston with the MBA's House of Delegates meeting, followed by the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon and a day of continuing legal education programming. Educational programming will continue for most of the second day of the conference, which will culminate with the Centennial Ball, a night of dinner and dancing.

"Whether it's for the celebration or the education, it's a really important event. You can learn, celebrate and network all at the same time," said MBA Secretary Marsha V. Kazarosian, who is chair of the MBA's Education Committee. "It's really going to be the highlight of the year."

The MBA's Access to Justice Awards Luncheon is an annual event that recognizes the public service contributions of Massachusetts attorneys and the pro bono efforts and achievements of MBA members. "It's inspiring to see the work other lawyers are doing throughout the state," Squillante said.

The educational component of the conference will include three tracks: one for young lawyers, another focused on litigation and the last on substantive law, according to MBA Vice President Douglas K. Sheff, who is also chair of the Centennial Conference and co-chair of the Centennial Ball. According to Sheff, the panels will be diverse and include all sides of every issue.

"We really will be providing something for everyone. The conference really has a wide net," said Sheff, who emphasized that the conference will be especially critical because of judge involvement. "We're going to have an unprecedented amount of judge participation."

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