MBA Marathon Bombing Victims Legal Assistance Program
The Massachusetts Bar Association is offering legal assistance to victims of the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line.
On September 18, 2013, MWZ partner, Francis C. Morrissey will be speaking on the 2010 Amendments to Article 9 of Uniform Commercial Code for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
For a description of the program, please click here: UCC Updates Dissected
For a link to the MCLE website, please click here: http://www.mcle.org/program-calendar/program-catalog.cfm?product_code=2140189WBC
On July 1, 2013 Massachusetts adopted the 2010 Amendments to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. These amendments address the name required for individuals on financing statements and the continuing perfection of security interests following a debtor's relocation to a new jurisdiction. Francis C. Morrissey, a partner at MWZ, recently co-authored an article that summarizes these changes in the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal.
To read the article, please click here: Massachusetts Uniform Commercial Code
Advanced Deposition Techniques & Technology
This program gives practitioners at all levels of expertise valuable insight into strategies for preparing and taking an effective deposition using the latest technology. With increasing frequency, expert witnesses are being retained and designated for trial in litigation. Parties are deposing experts in both state and federal cases more often, rather than relying on expert disclosures or reports. Motion practice to exclude or limit expert testimony is more common. And, because editing and playback of audiovisual depositions is more economical and faster with digital technology and wired courtrooms, A/V depositions should be a standard part of your litigation toolbox. The program also focuses on LiveNote for realtime, transcript annotation and text searches across multiple transcripts. In a "View from the Bench" segment, Judge Lauriat addresses the use of technology in the courtroom.
Given the importance of scientific expert testimony in cases from a basic auto tort to a complex business valuation dispute, expert depositions are becoming one of the cornerstones of civil practice. Can you take a comprehensive and useful expert deposition? Are you knowledgeable about strategies and tactics to effectively corner the expert? Do you know how to develop a basis to exclude an expert who should not be testifying at trial? When should you use visual aids and computer recreations with expert testimony, and can you successfully object to, or limit, your opponent's use of such aids?
Boston University School of Law’s Graduate Program in Banking and Financial Law has awarded attorney Francis C. Morrissey, who teaches bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, the 2012 John S. Baerst Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Launched in 1984, the program was the first in the nation to grant the master of laws degree in banking law with its own faculty and a curriculum designed exclusively for graduate study. The late John S. Baerst directed the program from 1996 to 2005. The annual award was established in his name for “excellence in teaching” to honor his memory and years of leadership.
“I am extremely grateful and honored to be receiving this award,” said Morrissey. “My teachers at Boston University School of Law were inspiring and they provided us with a wonderful education. I am very fortunate to follow in their footsteps.”
Morrissey is a partner in the firm of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP, where he concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, insolvency, and distressed acquisitions and divestitures. He also serves, by appointment of the Supreme Judicial Court, as a trustee of the Client Security Board and recently completed his second term as a hearing committee member for the Board of Bar Overseers.
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 33,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 16 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes central to the school's research and teaching mission.