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In-Person Program

CANCELLED - Recent Developments Governing Procedure in Massachusetts Courts

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Monday, 3/14/2011, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
3 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

If you represent a client with a case pending in Massachusetts, or are about to file a lawsuit (or were just served with one!), a refresher course is in order. Recent changes affect how you must proceed, and necessarily impact strategic and other decisions you must make. This program reviews a series of significant amendments to the governing rules of procedure, and caselaw interpreting those rules, in both state and federal courts in Massachusetts. It also offers practical insight into how these revisions may dictate strategy, including choice of forum. The program provides the opportunity to learn about the new tools which are at your disposal before your adversary does (and prevent any unwelcome surprises).

The panel discusses developments in several areas, including pleading standards, expert discovery, summary judgment, written discovery and how the chosen forum can affect the opportunities-as well as the obligations-of both litigants and counsel in Massachusetts courts.

Agenda and written materials

  • The Beginning of a Case: New Pleading Standards
  • Recent Decisional Law Interpreting Pleading Requirements
  • Expert Disclosures: What Is Due Depending on Where Your Case Is Pending
  • Recent Changes to the Federal Rules Governing Work Product of Experts
  • Recent Changes to the Federal Rules Governing Summary Judgment
  • Written Discovery and Superior Court Rule 9a
  • The BLS Pilot Project
  • Choice of Forum: Initial Disclosures and More
  • "Ask the Experts" Q&A Session

Table of Contents


Raymond P. Ausrotas, Esq., Arrowood Peters LLP, Boston


Brian M. LaMacchia, Esq., Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston
Justin J. Wolosz, Esq., Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston



  • $225
  • $195 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $145 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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