Noncompete Reform Symposium

Employee Non-Compete Agreements and Job Creation: The Status of Law Reform a Year Later

The Boston Bar Association will be hosting a symposium on noncompete reform. The panelists will discuss the current law, proposed changes, and the policy behind each, after which the panel will open the floor to a questions and answers.

On the panel are:

To see the current noncompete bill, click here.

For more information, click here to view the Boston Bar Association’s event detail.

Steve Riden On Social Networking

Steve Riden is quoted in the latest edition of the Boston College Law School Magazine on the developing role of social networking in the legal industry.

The article, written by Tracey Palmer, profiles Steve’s efforts to unite BC Law’s alumni, students, professors, and staff in one extensive online community.

From the article:

Stephen Riden ’99, a partner in the new firm Beck Reed Riden in Boston, experienced the power of LinkedIn when he created a BC Law School group on the site in May 2008. In the beginning, he had modest expectations. “My hope was to attract at least 100 people to the group. I thought that would be enough members to generate some interesting discussions,” says Riden. “It was a complete surprise when the first 50 people joined. I never imagined that more than 1,000 people would want to be a part of this. Every single day there’s at least one new request to join the group—including weekends and holidays.”

Two years later, Riden’s LinkedIn group has nearly 1,300 members and hosts five subgroups for those interested in particular practice areas, including Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law; HealthCare; Intellectual Property; Public Interest Programs; and Solo Practitioners and Small Firms. “Members are using the site to reconnect and find others who have an interest in their various subspecialties,” says Riden. “When we promote an event, the attendance is high, and I see in the discussion groups that people are connecting with one another and sharing things like referrals and job information. So people are definitely engaged.”

In addition to the main BC Law LinkedIn group, Riden manages regional groups for alumni located in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC. “The group has exceeded every one of my expectations,” adds Riden. “There are a variety of topics up on the discussion boards addressing everything from upcoming alumni events to career advice about becoming a law librarian. It’s great to see so many people drawing upon the collective knowledge of the BC Law community.”

Chambers USA Ranks Russell Beck

Russell Beck was honored in the June 2010 Chambers USA Guide for his litigation, trade secrets, and noncompete experience. Chambers USA recognized Russell’s litigation practice in the area of complex commercial litigation, including high-tech and IP matters, unfair competition claims, land use cases and healthcare disputes.

Boston Business Journal

“There’s a new law firm in town and it’s called Beck Reed Riden LLP.”  Read the story by Lisa van der Pool about BRR’s opening in the June 4, 2010, edition of the Boston Business Journal.

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