Juvenile & Child Welfare
Michael F. Kilkelly
Kilkelly operates Kilkelly Law Offices in Malden, where he
concentrates in juvenile and domestic relations issues. He is a
juvenile delinquency supervising attorney for Middlesex Defense
Attorneys and the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS)
Youth Advocacy Department (YAD). Kilkelly previously spent 10 years
as a regional coordinator for the CPCS Children and Family Law
program. He is also an adjunct professor in the paralegal program
at Middlesex Community College. Kilkelly has participated in
continuing legal education programs for MCLE, CPCS, YAD, the
Juvenile Bar Association, and others. He authored a chapter on
Children in Need of Services (CHINS) proceedings in the MCLE
manual, Child Welfare Practice in Massachusetts (2006 and Supp.
2009). Kilkelly was the 2003 recipient of the Judge Mary C.
Fitzpatrick Children and Family Law Award from CPCS. He was
president of the First District Eastern Middlesex Bar Association
from 1998 to 1999. Kilkelly lives in Wakefield with his wife,
attorney Susan K. Kilkelly.
Spanjaard is the Director of Education Advocacy for The Edlaw Project, an initiative of the
Children's Law Center of Massachusetts and the Committee for Public
Counsel Services - Youth Advocacy and Children & Family
Law Divisions. EdLaw advocates for the education rights of
Massachusetts' highest risk children. She is responsible for
supervising staff attorneys and interns, making program-wide policy
decisions, and conducting state-wide trainings on education-related
issues with a specific focus on representing court-involved youth.
Spanjaard was previously a staff attorney at the Edlaw Project. She
has trained a wide variety of audiences including parents, youth
workers, students and lawyers.