In-Person Program

Zoning Practice: MCLE BasicsPlus!®

Comprehensive and packed with practical tips

Wednesday, 1/25/2017, 9:30 am–4:30 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
6 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

Be careful: zoning issues are everywhere! 

You need a solid, basic understanding of zoning in order to represent clients who deal with real estate. Zoning issues arise regularly for the residential real property conveyancer, high-stakes commercial deal-maker, title certifier, developer’s counsel, lender’s counsel, business or litigation generalist, and municipal lawyer. This program explains the basics of zoning in Massachusetts. It is geared to those who are relatively new lawyers or new to the practice area, but also offers value for the more experienced practitioner who wants a refresher course. Planners and other non-lawyers also find it helpful. It features targeted, incisive presentations on zoning practice that help you to understand how to review and apply a zoning ordinance or bylaw, how to be effective in practicing before local boards, and what happens in an appeal to the Land Court.

Let the heavy-hitters in real estate and land use law—MCLE’s faculty of zoning experts— strengthen your skill set for your next zoning-related matter.

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Paul L. Feldman, Esq., Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, PC, Boston, Co-Chair
Michael S. Giaimo, Esq., Robinson + Cole LLP, Boston, Co-Chair
10:00 - 11:05 a.m.
Practical Tips for Obtaining Zoning Relief Before Local Boards; Preserving Exitsting
Paul L. Feldman, Esq., Davis, Malm & D'Agostine, PC, Boston, Co-Chair
11:05 - 11:15 a.m.
"Ask the Experts" Q&A Session
11:15 - 11:25 a.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
11:25 - 12:35 p.m.
Land Court Zoning Practice
Diane C. Tillotson, Esq., Hemenway & Barnes LLP, Boston
Hon. Howard P. Speicher, Land Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
12:35 - 12:45 p.m.
"Ask the Experts" Q&A Session
12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.
Potential Pitfalls Affecting Site Plan Review and Automatic Grants
Michael S. Giaimo, Esq., Robinson + Cole LLP, Boston, Co-Chair
2:20 - 3:00 p.m.
Understanding Non-Conforming Uses and Structures and Zoning Freezes
Robert A. Fishman, Esq., Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Boston
3:00 - 3:10 p.m.
"Ask the Experts" Q&A Session
3:10 - 3:40 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:20 - 3:40 p.m.
Recent Developments in Zoning Law
Barbara J. Saint Andre, Esq., KP Law, PC, Boston
3:40 - 4:10 p.m.
Differences in Boston Zoning
Paula M. Devereaux, Esq., Rubin and Rudman LLP, Boston
4:10 - 4:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks and Final Questions and Answers

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