A panel that included recent amici briefs authors and Professional Liability Committee Co-Chairs -- Gary Ronan (Goulston & Storrs), Christopher Conroy (Peabody & Arnold), Robert Buchanan (Choate Hall & Stewart), and Debra Squires-Lee (Sherin & Lodgen) -- discussed some cutting edge issues concerning the attorney client privilege at "Tricky Issues Relating to Privilege: Law Firm Counsel, In-House Counsel, and At Issue Waiver."
Ron Stein of the EPA and Carrie Jenks (MJ Bradley & Associates) updated their roundtable audience about fundamental elements of the proposed standards regarding carbon emissions "EPA's Proposed CO2 Performance Standards for New Power Plants."
A hot topic lately, the "Best Practices Guide for Corporate Use of Social Media," led by Nicole Gage (Foley & Lardner) and Nicole Rizzo Smith (Ropes & Gray), included a discussion of potential misuses of social media either by a company or by competitors, fans, customers, or other third parties, and the legal basis for taking action to remedy such misuses.
"Insolvency and Bankruptcy Implications in Drafting and Negotiating Settlement Agreements" addressed questions like, 'What can plaintiffs do to best position themselves in the event of a bankruptcy? How do the preference provisions in the Bankruptcy Code impact settlement payments?' Jeffrey Ganz (Riemer & Braunstein) and Francis Morrissey (Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos) led the session.
A packed house was in attendance for a CLE program on "Prenuptial Agreements – Tips for Drafting, Negotiating and Litigating," which reinforced this critical skill.
Panelists David Lee (Lee, Rivers & Corr), Mary Schmidt (Schmidt & Federico), Judge Patricia Gorman (Middlesex Probate & Family Court), and program co-chairs Calvin Heinle (Ginsburg Leshin Gibbs & Jones) and Amy Green (Schmidt & Federico) provided tips and information, including the view from the bench.
Judge Michael Ponsor, author of the recently released novel "The Hanging Judge," chatted with guests before his talk at the Senior Lawyers Section Author Series.
Program Co-Chair Rosemary Pye introduced Judge Ponsor, cataloging his experiences on the bench, including the death penalty case over which he presided -- which is not, the audience was assured, the case depicted in his novel.
Judge Ponsor told stories ranging from his time on the bench, his experiences as an author, and even his youth at Harvard College.
Karl Frieden from the Council on State Taxation provided a "Multistate Tax Update" offered a perspective on key trends, legislation, and court cases relating to equitable and nondiscriminatory state taxation of multi-jurisdictional entities so far in 2013.
Not a seat was empty for the "Healthcare General Counsel's Forum: The Future of Risk" CLE program -- the chance to see 10 general counsels discuss this field was not to be missed.
The first panel included Kim Nelson (Atrius Health and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates), Jeffrey Weinstein (Tufts Medical Center), Elizabeth Brody Gluck (Vinfen), Leslie Joseph (Mt. Auburn Hospital), and moderator David Abelman (DentaQuest). Together, they discussed the changing role of general counsels in healthcare.
Following the first in-depth panel, the second panel -- led by Lois Dehls Cornell (Tufts Health Plan), Jamie Katz (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), Lorianne Sainsbury-Wong (Health Law Advocates), Ed DeAngelo (Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority), Brent Henry (Partners Healthcare), and moderated by Leslie Joseph (Mt. Auburn Hospital) -- explored different risk areas by general counsels.
A reception followed, at which guests could mingle and discuss with each other and the distinguished panels of general counsels.