The Massachusetts Bar Association is recently active on a couple fronts, with new offerings of interest to Massachusetts attorneys.
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The revived and revitalized Massachusetts Bar Association Annual Conference (this year’s version being also known as “AC10”, for you hipsters out there) will take place over the course of Thursday and Friday, March 11 and 12, 2010 at the Westin Copley Place on Huntington Avenue in Boston. This year’s Annual Conference will feature the tried and true “Recent Developments in the Law” series (covering, as you might expect , um, recent developments in the law, in various practice areas), the MBA’s Gala Dinner (featuring Morris Dees, founder and lead trial counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center) and the Access to Justice Awards Luncheon. Beyond these staple events, however, the MBA has also added to the AC10 edition of its annual conference two specific upgrades: a Law Practice Management track running concurrently with the Recent Developments track; and, the inclusion of a Data Privacy plenary session, following the MBA President’s address at the head of the first day of the conference.
The law practice management offerings include a plenary session on social media for lawyers, as well as breakout sessions covering: building your practice in a down economy, avoiding lawyer meltdown, billable hour alternatives, the movement toward the paperless office, making the most out of a limited budget and the popular “60 Sites in 60 Minutes”. Speakers include the eminent: Ross Kodner, Dustin Cole, Bob Ambrogi, Jay Shepherd, Lisa Terrizzi, Allison Shields, Alan Klevan, Leanna Hamill, Gabriel Cheong, LOMAP’s own Rodney Dowell and LCL’s Gina Walcott.
The data privacy session, “Protect Your Firm and Client Information: Compliance with the New Massachusetts Data Privacy Laws”, is moderated by LOMAP’s Rodney Dowell (what doesn’t he do, really) and includes an overview presentation by David Felper, coverage of enforcement issues by Scott Schafer, IT compliance review by Blake Martin and a panel discussion, that will be led by Rodney, and that will feature Dan Crane and Kurt Baumgarten. The data privacy coverage is particularly timely, given that the Massachusetts data privacy regulations are set to take effect March 1.
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But, does the MBA stop at its annual conference? Of course not. They press on, on to Online CLE. Will they stop there? Of cour . . . well, I don’t know. Maybe they will stop there. It’s really not for me to say . . .
The MBA has recently released “MBA On Demand”, the platform for accessing certain of its CLE programs via online video. A number of programs have already been made available, some of which are free; and, more programs will be coming, added as they are archived from recording. You can find a list of available “On Demand” programs at the MBA On Demand homepage.
The viewer screen for MBA On Demand features an interface at which you can also view associated presentation documents, among other nifty features.
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Not bad for an organization approaching its 100th birthday. Alert Willard Scott.