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Zealous Zooming: Effective Advocacy in Virtual Court

1.5 CLE (Adult Criminal, Criminal Appeals, CAFL, YAD, YAD appeals, MHLD, SORB/SDP

Register:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5IVAby8VTNiWn5L7bsp1Uw

Join us for a primer on using ZOOM video conferencing, specifically for trial attorneys. We will be discussing:

  • how to login to a Zoom meeting,
  • how to configure your settings, on a phone, computer or tablet
  • how to participate in a Zoom meeting/training/hearing,
  • using the chat function,
  • Zoom etiquette
  • How to look good/better on Zoom and
  • Some basic litigation strategies issues
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Representing Veterans: Much More than Diversion & Treatment Courts

CLE:  1.5 for Adult Criminal, Criminal Appeals, CAFL; 1 for Mental Health Litigation

This webinar will be led by Jason Thomas, the Veterans Program Coordinator for the Trial Court, who is a veteran himself (a current reservist) and a former public defender.


This training will enable participants to identify and understand the resources available to veteran clients, with a particular focus on accessing the resources provided by the federal department of Veterans Affairs and the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. Mr. Thomas will also provide an overview of the military in general and transitioning out of the military, and will discuss diversion options and the Veterans’ Treatment Courts.

Representing Veterans: Much More than Diversion & Treatment Courts
June 4, 2020, 1pm to 2:30 pm
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Representing Clients in End-of-Life Cases: What, Why, and How

Curious about the recent MHLD listserv discussion on end-of-life issues?
Do you want to learn more about what respondent’s counsel should be doing in these cases?

Join us for a webinar that includes a presentation by MHLD Staff Attorney Paulette Marie on the law and practice for DNR/DNI casesincluding informed consent, substituted judgment, and other important principles for counsel’s zealous representation. This will be followed by interactive breakout sessions where we will discuss a brief fact pattern you will receive in advance.

You will learn about, or refresh your knowledge of,the fundamentals of these cases and hone your analytic skills in the interactive breakout discussions by brainstorming with your colleagues.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpdOygqDwoE9wCk0ZCkdGidQZEtN5LxMpC

This webinar is eligible for 2 MHLD credits—you must participate in the lecture and breakout discussion groups. Registration is limited.

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Litigating Section 35: Pandemic Edition (3:00pm)

May 26, 2020
3:00 pm ( also available at 1:30pm )
1 CLE for Adult Criminal, Criminal Appeals, Mental Health Litigation, Juvenile/YAD, Juvenile/YAD appeals

To Register:

The COVID-19 pandemic poses special risks to the lives, health, and constitutional rights of respondents facing commitment pursuant to G.L.c. 123, Section 35. Our zealous advocacy for these vulnerable clients is more important than ever. This webinar is intended to assist you in representing respondents during these difficult times. It will cover:

  • a refresher on the basics: the criteria for commitment, the applicable standard and rules of evidence
  • the state of treatment and social distancing at the facilities
  • how to demand due process during these remote hearings
  • special concerns for Section 35 clients
  • choosing between current options for appeal
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The Zen of Happy Lawyering

Stress Management by Shawn Healy, Ph.D, of LCL
Followed by: Hot Topics in SORB and SDP (2 break-out groups)

NOTE: 2 CLE credits for SORB panel, SDP Panel, Adult Criminal Trials, MH, and YAD;
1 CLE for CAFL and Post-Conviction Panels.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 (2:00-4:00) Webinar

[Hour 1 – All Attendees]
Stress Management by Shawn Healy, Ph.D, of LCL
[Hour 2 – SDP Panel]
Hot Topics in SDP
[Hour 2 – SORB Panel]
Hot Topics in SORB


Note that this webinar consists of two 1-hour sessions– all attendees will attend Stress Management from 2pm-3pm, and then will split out to breakout groups for the Hot Topics session for their practice area from 3pm-4pm.

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkdemvrT0iEt3Rcl8mNR9Sot2esfcpdXLC


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Appealing the Denial of COVID-19 Related Motions

This webinar will ​prepare attorneys ​to appeal the denial of COVID-19 ​related motions.  It will cover ​what to consider in deciding whether to appeal, how to appeal, and ​when​ the case ​should be referred to the post-conviction panel. It will cover appealing the denial of bail petitions, MRCP 29 Motions to Revise and Revoke;  MRCP 31 Motions for Stay of Execution of Sentence; Motions for funds for a social worker; and the filing of 211/3 petitions for extraordinary relief.

Attendance at this webinar qualifies for 1.5 CLE for the following panels:  Adult Criminal, Criminal Appeals, YAD/Juvenile and YAD/Juvenile Appeals.

It qualifies for 1 CLE for the MHLD panel.


To register for our webinar on Zoom, please use the link below: