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From left to right: Family Law Section Council Chair Marc E. Fitzgerald and Vice Chair Michael I. Flores.

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Welcome to the March Family Law Section newsletter.

It's time for everyone to get ready for spring and what better time than to discuss some upcoming events for fall. I'd like to remind those early planners to get ready for the annual family law conference being held at Chatham Bars Inn, Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29.

For those that may be interested, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mike Flores, if you have an interesting ideas for a CLE that you'd like to present on behalf of the MBA.

As for upcoming legislation: We are monitoring the proposed alimony legislation and also a particular piece of legislation regarding changing the terminology around custody as it relates to parenting schedules. These pieces of legislation could certainly change how all of us practice. No big news yet, but we will keep you posted!

Almost opening day!!

Marc E. Fitzgerald, chair
Michael I. Flores, vice chair
Family Law Section Council

Upcoming Family Law Section Council meeting

As a member of the Family Law section, you are invited to attend the Family Law Section Council meeting on Tuesday, April 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston.

Click here to R.S.V.P.


Upcoming CLE seminar

Upcoming MBA CLE program of interest to Family Law practitioners.


Assisted Reproductive Technology: Current Trends, Practice and Procedure Recorded program

Thursday, April 14, 4-7 p.m.
MBA, 20 West St., Boston

This program will examine the law of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) from both an academic and pragmatic perspective. Panel members will discuss the relevant statutory as well as case law and how it is relentlessly outpaced by the rapidly advancing field of reproductive technology. The program will also focus on the ramifications of the evolving law for the practitioner representing clients in both a transactional and litigation context.

The faculty includes: Michael I. Flores, Esq., program chair, The Law Offices of Michael I. Flores LLC, Orleans; Hon. Edward F. Donnelly, Middlesex Probate & Family Court-East Cambridge Session; Susan L. Crockin, Esq., Crockin Law & Policy Group LLC, Newton; and Joyce Kauffman, Esq., Law Office of Joyce Kaufman, Cambridge.

Click here to register.


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Interested in learning more about another MBA section?

Check out upcoming section open meetings


Limited Assistance Representation open meeting

Thursday, April 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Brockton Courthouse, 215 Main St., Brockton

The MBA's General Practice, Solo & Small-Firm Section is sponsoring a three-part series of open meetings on Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) around the commonwealth. The second open meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 5 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Brockton Courthouse, 215 Main St., Brockton. All MBA members are invited to attend. The program's focus will include:
  • What is LAR;
  • How LAR can benefit both the legal profession and clients with limited means;
  • How to qualify for LAR; and
  • What forms and agreements you will need to streamline your LAR practice.

Panelists include include: Hon. Catherine P. Sabaitis, first justice, Plymouth Probate and Family Court; and Barbara L. Nason Esq., Ryan and Faenza, Walpole.

To R.S.V.P., click here.


Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council Bench-Bar meeting

Wednesday, May 4, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Worcester Law Library, 50 Harvard St., Worcester

The MBA's Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council is sponsoring its fourth Bench-Bar meeting at the Worcester Law Library Wednesday, May 4 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The meeting is free to all attorneys interested in the practice of juvenile & child welfare law.  

This presentation will focus on the Standing Order for Care and Protection Trials and implementation of new laws for young adults (ages 18-22) in DCF custody and harassment prevention orders.

The program will be moderated by Peter A. Hahn, chair, Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council. Additional panelists will be announced.

To R.S.V.P., click here.

SAVE THE DATE: The final bench-bar meeting will be held on Monday, June 6, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West St., Boston. Panelists include Hon. Michael F. Edgerton, chief justice, Juvenile Court. Click here to R.S.V.P. as space is limited.

Save the date: MBA Member Appreciation Week, April 4-8

Participate in exclusive events, giveaways and raffles

2011 Member Appreciation Week

Click here for more information on raffles and to enter to win.

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The MBA is on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Join the conversation today

The Massachusetts Bar Association now has a presence on three social networking platforms, including Facebook, launched in October 2010, LinkedIn, launched in January 2010, and Twitter, launched in July 2009. All three social media platforms feature information about the MBA including CLE, events and news.

As an MBA member, we encourage you to both post items of interest to you, and the greater legal community, on these pages and comment on items already posted.

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Put your name out there

The goal of section councils is to offer members opportunities for professional growth and development through participation in section activities. One opportunity available to section members is publishing articles which are of interest to fellow practitioners. The MBA provides several forums for articles by section members - Lawyers Journal and the Massachusetts Law Review.  

If you are interested in writing an article for any of these publications or if you have seen articles which you think may be of interest to other Family Law Section members, please contact Jean Stevens for more information regarding this opportunity.

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MBA Centennial Conference Co-Chairs Marsha V. Kazarosian and Douglas K. Sheff.

MBA Centennial Conference to feature three concurrent educational tracks on Young Lawyers, Litigation and Substantive legal topics

Register for the conference by April 1 and receive $50 off a full conference pass

The MBA's Centennial Conference, a celebration of the MBA's century of service to the public, profession and rule of law, will take place on Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel.

The conference will feature three concurrent continuing legal education tracks that will kick-off on Wednesday, May 18 with a half-day of programming and continue with a full-day of seminars on Thursday, May 19.

Click here to register on or before Friday, April 1 and receive $50 off a full conference pass.

Programming on Wednesday, May 18 includes:


Programming on Thursday, May 19 includes:


The MBA's Centennial Conference will also feature the annual Access to Justice Awards Luncheon on May 18 and the Centennial Ball on May 19. The ball will include a keynote address from Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer and a special MBA Hennessey Award presentation to retiring U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner.

Look for the full schedule of programming, including descriptions and faculty, as well as information about the rest of the conference events in future issues of Lawyers Journal, Lawyers e-Journal and in e-mail communication.




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