MBA co-sponsors annual UCC Conference

Issue March 2014 By John Pregmon

The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) co-sponsored the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Conference on Thursday, Feb. 27, at New England Law | Boston. Esteemed New England Law | Boston professors Gary L. Monserud and Susan R. Finneran organized the informative annual conference, focused on addressing, "Is the Uniform Commercial Code Still Relevant?"

The conference began with welcoming remarks from Finneran, New England Law | Boston Dean John O'Brien, MBA Vice President Christopher Sullivan and law student Emily Breslin. The conference included two panel discussions, followed by a reception. The first panel discussion centered on issues surrounding the fairness of home foreclosures and included a brief history of negotiable instruments and their relationship with mortgages, an overview of the current status of the Home Foreclosure Procedures Act, and the difficulties associated with municipalities and foreclosure law. The panel was moderated by New England Law | Boston Professor Richard B. Child.

The second panel, moderated by Boston College Law School Professor Ingrid Michelsen Hillinger, who also moderated a panel at last year's conference, focused on federal oversight within the context of foreclosure, renting versus buying property, and mortgaging servicing.

In addition to the MBA, the conference was co-sponsored by Boston College Law's Uniform Commercial Code Reporter-Digest.