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7th Annual Appellate Practice Conference 2021

Opportunities to serve

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    The premier yearly event for appellate practitioners, MCLE's 7th Annual Appellate Practice Conference 2021 features a concentrated focus on the appellate process. This year, the theme of the Conference is "Opportunities to Serve." The Conference is structured around ways attorneys can better serve their communities and clients. It features opportunities to bring appellate expertise to pro bono matters; a panel composed of state and federal judges and persons who have led both state and federal judicial selection processes brought together to encourage a diverse group of candidates to consider applying to openings in the state and federal courts; and a panel on how appellate practitioners in particular can address the grave issues identified in the Supreme Judicial Court Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being's February 4, 2021 Report Summarizing Affinity Bar Town Hall Meetings. The Conference also includes panels featuring judges' perspectives on how appellate practitioners can serve as a true "friend of the court" in their amicus practice and how practitioners can best serve clients in seeking interlocutory review, as well as a panel delivering insights from members of our state and federal appellate courts' clerk's offices on recent developments in the courts' operations, particularly those that have come out of the COVID-19 crisis.

    This outstanding Conference is essential for both new and experienced appellate litigators to strengthen their skills, hear from the judiciary, and learn from experts. Take advantage of this valuable opportunity to become a more effective appellate lawyer.

  • Agenda

    Agenda & Materials

    • 9:00 am - 9:35 am

      Welcome and Introduction

    • 9:35 am - 9:55 am

      Chief Justice Kimberly Budd Shares Her Perspective on Service

      Hon. Kimberly S. Budd, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
      Hon. Geraldine S. Hines, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Ret.) , Boston
    • 9:55 am - 10:25 am

      Opportunities to Serve as Pro Bono Counsel: An Array of Organizations Explain How Your Appellate Expertise Can Serve Others

      Amy Anthony, Esq., Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) , Boston
      Irene Freidel, Esq., PAIR Project , Boston
      Melissa Gonzalez, Greater Boston Legal Services , Boston
    • 10:25 am - 10:55 am

      Ensuring Our Courts Serve Everyone: Concrete Steps Toward Eliminating Identity-Based Discrimination in Our Appellate Courts

      Gavin F. Alexander, Esq., Massachusetts Supreme Judical Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being , Boston
      John G.C. Laing, Executive Office of the Trial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
    • 10:55 am - 11:05 am

      Morning Break

    • 11:05 am - 11:45 am

      Serving During COVID-19 and Beyond: The Clerks' Perspective

      Anastasia A. Dubrovsky, Esq., U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts , Springfield
      Francis V. Kenneally, Esq., Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
      Joseph F. Stanton, Esq., Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
    • 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

      Serving Clients Interlocutorily: Strategic Considerations in Single Justice Practice

      Maura S. Doyle, Esq., Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
      Hon. Elspeth B. Cypher, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court , Boston
      Hon. Joseph M. Ditkoff, Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
    • 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

      Lunch Break

    • 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

      Serving as a True "Friend of the Court": Best Practices for Amicus Briefs

      Andrew Manuel Crespo, Esq., Harvard Law School , Cambridge
      Hon. Frank M. Gaziano, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
      Hon. Gregory I. Massing, Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
    • 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

      Serving on the Judiciary: Perspectives from the Bench

      Joseph F. Stanton, Esq., Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
      Hon. Kenneth V. Desmond, Jr., Massachusetts Appeals Court , Boston
      Hon. Vickie L. Henry, Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
      Hon. O. Rogeriee Thompson, US/Court of Appeals/1st Circuit/Boston , Boston
    • 2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

      Serving on the Judiciary: How to Apply, Why You Should, and Q & A

      Hon. Roderick L. Ireland, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
      Hon. Nancy Gertner, US/District Court/Massachusetts , Boston
      E. Macey Russell, Esq., Choate Hall & Stewart LLP , Boston

    Please Note

    MCLE webcasts are delivered completely online, underscoring their convenience and appeal. There are no published print materials. All written materials are available electronically only. They are posted 24 hours prior to the program and can be accessed, downloaded, or printed from your computer.

  • Faculty

    Cochairs

    Joseph F. Stanton, Esq., Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston

    Faculty

    Gavin F. Alexander, Esq., Massachusetts Supreme Judical Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being, Boston
    Amy Anthony, Esq., Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP), Boston
    Hon. Kimberly S. Budd, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Andrew Manuel Crespo, Esq., Harvard Law School, Cambridge
    Hon. Elspeth B. Cypher, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court , Boston
    Hon. Kenneth V. Desmond, Jr., Massachusetts Appeals Court, Boston
    Hon. Joseph M. Ditkoff, Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Maura S. Doyle, Esq., Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Anastasia A. Dubrovsky, Esq., U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, Springfield
    Irene Freidel, Esq., PAIR Project, Boston
    Hon. Frank M. Gaziano, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Hon. Nancy Gertner, US/District Court/Massachusetts, Boston
    Melissa Gonzalez, Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
    Hon. Vickie L. Henry, Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Hon. Geraldine S. Hines, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Ret.), Boston
    Hon. Roderick L. Ireland, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Francis V. Kenneally, Esq., Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    John G.C. Laing, Executive Office of the Trial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Hon. Gregory I. Massing, Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Hon. O. Rogeriee Thompson, US/Court of Appeals/1st Circuit/Boston, Boston
  • Pricing

    Fees

    • $265.50 - MCLE Sponsor Member
    • $221.25 - New Lawyer
    • $221.25 - Pending Admittee
    • $221.25 - Law Student
    • $221.25 - Paralegal
    • $295.00 - All Others
    To apply for a need-based scholarship for this program, email scholarships@mcle.org.
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