Issue May/June 2016

You can't be serious all the time

One of the events that I look forward to at the Massachusetts Bar Association is the Annual Dinner. This year was no different -- although this year I had the privilege of being the master of ceremonies. It was a great time, and it was even better to see the lawyers in attendance enjoy themselves and, for maybe even a short time, forget about the issues at the office. I've been to a number of events that have been nice, but, at times, stuffy. Ours is anything but stuffy.

Dispute Resolution drops the ‘A’

Out-of-court dispute resolution is no longer just an alternative form of resolving legal matters, according to members of the bar and bench alike. It's also the focus of the Massachusetts Bar Association's newest section.

Officially approved at the MBA's March House of Delegates meeting, the Dispute Resolution Section is in many ways a natural evolution of the MBA's own Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Committee, which has been active for many years. To reflect the field's increasing and more mainstream use, the Dispute Resolution Section title stands without the familiar "A" for "alternative" that was included in the name of the committee.

Pride, unity emphasized at 2016 MBA Annual Dinner

Camaraderie was the word at the 2016 Massachusetts Bar Association Annual Dinner, held on Thursday, April 28, at the Westin Hotel in South Boston's Seaport District, when more than 1,000 members of the legal community from across the commonwealth convened in Boston to celebrate their profession among peers and friends.

Inaugural ComCom conference draws a crowd

Nearly 100 practitioners attended the Massachusetts Bar Association's inaugural Complex Commercial Litigation Conference on April 14 at the Hyatt Regency Boston. Sponsored by the MBA's Complex Commercial Litigation Section, the conference featured three panels covering intellectual property, bankruptcy and business litigation. The program was bookended by a keynote address from Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert J. Cordy at the beginning and a cocktail reception at the end.