NEWS & UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Greater Newburyport Bar Association

 

2020

CLE Schedule

Issues in Superior Court Civil Litigation under  COVID

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

3-5:00

 

Virtual Conference

 

 

As the courts are reopening and adjusting to the continuing limitations imposed by COVID, judges, lawyers and clerks all must recalibrate their approaches and adjust their practice. This program, by featuring nine judges and Carlotta Patten, will delve into the issues and potential differences in the Essex County Courts. Moderator Thomas Nicholson will collect your questions and issues which can be sent to him at thomas@finnic.com

 

The program features: Hon. Jeffrey Karp, Salem; Hon. William Barrett, Lawrence; David Deakin, Woburn; Hon Thomas Dreschler, RAJ, Salem; Hon. Janice Howe, Newburyport & Salem; Hon. James F. Lang, Newburyport; Hon. John (Jack) Lu, Lawrence; Hon. Kathryn McCarthy-Neyman, (unassigned); Hon. Salim Tabit, Lawrence; and Clerk Carlotta M.Patten.

https://www.onlineregistrationcenter.com/supct

 NE CLE by the C (Computer):

Virtual Solutions for Solos and Small Law Firms

 

Sponsored by The Greater Newburyport Bar Association with LCL/LOMAP, The Maine State Bar Association

& The NH Bar Association

 

This year’s CLE by the Sea has moved to the Computer. Same great practical and substantive content and expert presenters. Interactive sessions and designated networking times. Added bonus—all registrants will receive the session recordings.

 

Day One, Wednesday, July 15, 2020

 

9:00-10:00    Session A: How to Decide Whether to Accept a Client*

Mary Anne Manoles, Esq., Thomson Reuters

Client In-Take Investigation: Taking on a new client is an exciting opportunity but, how much do you really know about them? Learn why it’s important to know the facts and information on your client sooner rather than later.

*Sponsored by Thomson Reuters

 

10:15-11:15 Session B: Employment Law Issues Arising under Covid 19

Maureen L. Pomeroy, Esq. Pomeroy Law, Amesbury

Learn about the employment law implications of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and other COVID-19 related federal and 

state legislation and strategies for handling employee return to

work, leave requests and disability accommodations.

 

11:30-12:30 Session C: Recognizing and Managing Implicit Bias in Practice

Israela Adah Brill-Cass, Esq., Ombudsperson, Wesleyan U., Communication Studies Sr.  Affiliated Professor, Emerson College, Founder and Principal, Fixerrr MA

What is bias and how do we recognize the impact it has on us as lawyers, on our clients and on what we’re able to achieve in our work? Once we recognize it, how do we combat it? Learn new insights into recognizing and combating bias to produce the best results.

 

12:45-1:15    Lunch Break/Open Discussion on Practice Issues

 

1:30-2:30    Session D: Family Lawyers & Therapists: Helping Families Navigate Divorce Successfully. Judith Cowan, Esq., Natola Associates, Danvers and Kimberly T. Hutchins, LMHC, Psychotherapist Specializing with Children & Families, Newburyport & Beverly

Learn techniques for maximizing your interactions with therapists and how to deal with issues like privilege; “limited GAL’s”; family counselling options, value/success of therapy with children at different ages; reunification and co-parenting. Email questions in advance to JCowan@natolaassociates.com or kimberlyhutchinsmhc@gmail.com

 

2:45-3:45    Session E: Practical Encryption for Solos and Small Firms

Laura Keeler, LCL/LOMAP, MA

Having a basic understanding of encrypted communications helps attorneys protect their confidential client information. Learn about some best practices and examples of encryption tools that are applicable for use in a small law office.

 

3:45-4:45 Open Discussion/Networking

 

Day Two, Thursday, July 16, 2020

 

9:00-10:00 Session F: Easy Ways to Automate a Law Firm*

 Rio Peterson, Affinity Program Manager, CLIO

Find out how you can leverage legal technology to improve efficiencies and add more hours to your day.

*Sponsored by CLIO

 

10:15-11:15 Session G: Virtual Focus Groups

Marc Diller, Esq., DillerLaw PC, Boston

The discussion will explain how conducting Virtual Focus Groups can help you prepare your cases for maximum results.

 

11:30-12:30 Session H: Business Interruption and Its Impact on Valuation*

Marc Bello, Edelstein, CPA/ABV, CVA, MAFF, MST, Edelstein CPA & Donald L. Pitman, Pitman Law Offices, Newburyport

Learn how to work with clients struggling with the concept of a business valuation during the pandemic and how to identify various financial 

indicators to spot signs of a significant business interruption compared to companies with a stronger foundation in dealing with current conditions.

*Sponsored by edelsteincpa

 

  12:30-1:00 Lunch Break/Open Discussion on Practice Issues

 

  1:00-2:00  Session I: Handling Forensics in Divorce Cases

Martha Bagley, Weston Patrick & David Notowitz, President, NCAVF   

David Notowitz, returns to present his newest cases and lessons for family law attorneys with cases involving video, audio, and cellphone evidence. 

He and Attorney Martha Bagley, present best strategies for evaluating and preparing digital evidence for trial. Mr. Notowitz is the founder of National Center for Audio and Video Forensics, NCAVF, based in Los Angeles. His company investigates and clarifies evidence for hundreds of cases each year throughout the U.S. Bring your evidence and your questions, and be ready for an energetic conversation.

 

  2:00-3:00 Session I: After the Outbreak: How Law Practice Has Changed Post-Quarantine*

Jared D. Correia, Esq. CEO, Red Cave Law Firm Consulting 

Everybody’s life has been upended. Your law practice changed, irrevocably. Now what? Learn about what law practice means now, and how you should adjust. We’ll analyze the changes you made to your law firm during the quarantine period, and talk over what you should keep and what you should shelve.The coronavirus pandemic changed the game for law firms, including in positive ways, by forcing law firms to become more virtual, among other things. We’ll help you to leverage the new law practice to add efficiency and generate more revenue.

*Sponsored by Red Cave Law Firm Consulting (No NH CLE credit)

 

3:00-3:30 Open Discussion/Networking

To register: https://www.onlineregistrationcenter.com/by_theC

 

 The Annual John C. Stevens Symposium on Family Law: Benched II

 

Rescheduled, Thursday, September 10, 2020, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport

 

Back by popular demand is “Benched”. This year’s symposium features the following, all of whom will share their thoughts and tips for more effective advocacy.

 

Honorable Joan P.  Armstrong

Honorable Thomas J. Barbar

Honorable Mary R. Black

Honorable Brian J. Dunn

 Honorable Abbe L. Ross 

 

 Attorneys Judith Cowan & 

Donald Pitman, Moderators

Topics include

 

  • Motion Practice—Emergencies; Contempt; DCF Cases

  • Pretrials—Preparation; Pro Se; Exhibit Books

  • Discovery—GAL Reports; DCF Records, Executive Compensation

  • Trials—Evidentiary Mistakes, Preserving Objections

  • Appeals—Interlocutory; Credibility; Exhibits

 

 

Tuition: $70 for GNBA Members/$120 for Nonmembers

To register: https://www.onlineregistrationcenter.com/benchedII