48th Annual Practical Skills Program 2013
Spend two days with the experts! Learn the basics in the 10 most common practice areas
Our most popular nuts-and-bolts course for current practitioners...
Your clients look to you for a wide variety of legal expertise. A business client may be arrested on an OUI charge. An estate planning client may want to incorporate a business. Someone for whom you handled a divorce may ask you to probate their parent's estate. Of course, you can refer your client to another specialist. But would you (or your employer) really want to?
General practitioners— who have to be "instant experts" in up to 10 specialties a day—find this course especially helpful in keeping them up to date on the latest tips and shortcuts. Even the experienced lawyer concentrating in one or two areas will benefit from learning the basics that are covered in this course.
...and a rite of passage for new lawyers
Over the last 47 years, MCLE has presented this course to help recent law school graduates "bridge the gap" between the academic world and daily practice. The majority of new lawyers attend this program within the first two years after being admitted to the Bar, and the remainder usually come to the course at some time in their legal careers. If you are a recent graduate—with more basic questions than you care to admit—you'll find yourself with others in the same situation and, most importantly, with the experts who can give you the answers you need. Everyone knows it can be embarrassing to ask "simple" questions; on the other hand, keeping silent when you really need to know what to do can be disastrous.
At MCLE's Practical Skills Program, enjoy two days of access to our experienced faculty members—all together and under one roof.
Sharpen your skills in 10 common practice areas— enjoy special features, too!
As part of your tuition, you receive:
- Two full days of lectures on lawyering skills in 10 areas of practice.
- MCLE's comprehensive 2-volume practice compendium, the Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual. This gives you an "instant law library" of over 1,200 pages of "how-to" practice materials—along with detailed instructions on how to use them. The compendium includes: citations to the most important statutes and cases; procedural guides; checklists; step-by-step explanations of how to handle problem areas; sample documents, the most text-intensive of which are on the Forms on Disc; and much, much more.
- A continuous opportunity to pick the brains of experts—an authority on each subject will be available for questioning during the two days.
MCLE's 48th Annual Program: Thursday, February 21 & Friday, February 22, 2012
1. The essentials of buying
- Ruth A. Dillingham, Esq., First American Title Insurance, Hyannis
2. Handling a basic estate plan
- Elizabeth C. Volney, Esq., Mendel & Associates, Waltham
3. Setting up client accounts and avoiding conflicts of interest
- Constance V. Vecchione, Esq., Board of Bar Overseers, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
4. Settling an estate
- Paula J. Morgan, Esq., Rosenberg Freedman & Goldstein, Newton
5. Handling employment law issues
- Michelle-Kim Lee, Esq., Schwartz Hannum, PC, Andover
6. Successfully starting up and advising a small business
- William D. Norman, Esq., McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, PA, Woburn
7. Bankruptcy basics
- Susan I. Grossberg, Esq., Grossberg Law Offices, Boston
8. Successfully defending OUI cases
- Linda N. Cummings, Esq., Law Offices of Linda Nutting Cummings, Andover
9. Trying your first case in District Court
- Mark W. Murphy, Esq., Langlois, Wilkins, Furtado & Metcalf, PC, Providence, RI
10. Divorce demystified
- Linda A. Ouellette, Esq., Cataldo Law Offices, LLC, Franklin
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