MBA's Second Annual Ski-LE combines education, fun

Issue March/April 2016

The Massachusetts Bar Association held its Second Annual Ski-LE on Feb. 4 at Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire.

Participants enjoyed a morning CLE program, which included concurrent tracks on depositions and negotiations/mediations, followed by an afternoon of skiing. While the weather was unseasonably warm across the region, having the event north of the Massachusetts border meant the MBA skiers were treated to more favorable snow conditions.

"The location at Mt. Sunapee worked well, and the afternoon skiing was excellent," said Jeffrey Stern of Brookline. "The timing of the program also worked well for my schedule. The length of the CLE made sense and allowed for the afternoon skiing."

The Ski-LE gave new meaning to the term "MBA family," as, for the first time, the program provided discounted lift tickets to attendees' immediate family members and guests.

"Both my wife and I enjoyed the day very much and appreciate your efforts and the planning by the Mass. Bar Association to make this a successful and helpful event," said Jim McKenzie of Medfield. "I know we enjoyed the day and look forward to next year's event as well."

Throughout the day, the MBA group had exclusive access to the slope-side Hearthstone Room. And many attendees convened at the end of the day for some après-ski food and cheer at Goosefeathers Pub. MBA skiers, like Gar Chiang of Boston, praised the event for its unique combination of networking, education and fun.

"I haven't skied for 20 years -- thank you for getting me back into the sport," said Chiang. "More importantly, I met members whom I wouldn't have at other events.  And I learned a lot from the presentations in an intimate and focused setting.

"I am ready to sign up for next year," Chiang added.

The program was co-sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division and Law Practice Management section councils. Special thanks to Ski-LE co-chairs Scott D. Goldberg, Michael J. Leard and Meghan H. Slack, and MBA staffers Marc D'Antonio and John Pregmon, for putting the successful program together.