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The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Family Law Section Council invites you to its 31st Annual Family Law Conference, which will be returning to the Chatham Bars Inn on Oct. 28 and 29.

Enjoy two days of learning and networking with judges and colleagues in a beautiful setting on the outer Cape! Conference highlights include:

  • Annual State of the Court Address from Probate and Family Court Chief Justice John D. Casey
  • Pandemic Lessons from the Bench, Bar and Registry
  • Trending Financial Issues
  • Trial Techniques
  • Annual Judicial Roundtable

Friday, October 28, 2022

12:00 – 12:55 p.m. Pre-Conference Roundtable: At The Crossroads Of Alimony And Child Support - The Impact Of Cavanagh v. Cavanagh

Moderator: Jennifer M. Clark, Esq., Casner & Edwards, LLP, Boston
Panelists:
Ann Dargle, Esq., Law Offices of Jennifer A. Thorn, P.C., Springfield
Michael I. Flores, Esq., Michael I. Flores, P.C., Orleans
David H. Lee, Esq., Lee & Rivers LLP, Boston
Gary O. Todd, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Jennifer A. Thorn, Esq., Law Offices of Jennifer A. Thorn, P.C., Springfield
Hon. Michael D. Anderson, Essex Probate and Family Court
Hon. Theresa A. Bisenius, Middlesex Probate and Family Court

1:00 – 1:05 p.m. Welcome Remarks

Marc A. Moccia, Esq., Chair, MBA Family Law Section Council

1:05 – 1:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker

Hon. Justice John D. Casey, Chief Justice, Probate and Family Court

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Navigating The Sea of Cryptocurrencies And Cutting-Edge Digital Devices In Divorce

Moderator: Jared D. Spinelli, Esq., Rubin & Rudman LLP, Boston 
Panelists:   
Jason Pierce, CPA, J.S. Held LLC, Boston
Robert B. Setterbo II, Esq., Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP, Boston
Linda A. Ouellette, Esq., Kates & Barlow PC, Boston
Hon. Jacqueline M. Burchill, Norfolk Probate and Family Court
Hon. Claudine T. Wyner, Hampden Probate and Family Court

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Litigating The High Conflict Custody Matter: A Protocol

Moderator: Brigid E. Mitchell, Esq., Denise Squillante, P.C.
Panelists: 
Hon. Melanie J. Gargas, Middlesex Probate and Family Court
Hon. Roxann C. Tetreau, Worcester Probate and Family Court
Kimberley J. Joyce, Esq., Law Office of Kimberley J. Joyce, Wellesley
Benjamin D. Garber, Ph.D., Family Law Consulting PLLC, Manchester, NH
Karen W. Stuntz, Esq., McEvoy & Stuntz LLP, Concord

4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Judicial Forum
A conference favorite: listen in as members of the judiciary give you their valuable feedback on common – or uncommon – issues faced by practitioners in the Probate and Family Court.

Moderator: Jennifer R. Clapp, Esq., Clapp Family Law, Wellesley
Panelists: 
Hon. Jennifer M. Allen, Middlesex Probate and Family Court
Hon. Michael D. Anderson, Essex Probate and Family Court
Hon. Thomas J. Barbar, Middlesex Probate and Family Court
Hon. Theresa A. Bisenius, Middlesex Probate and Family Court
Hon. Jacqueline M. Burchill, Norfolk Probate and Family Court
Hon. Kevin R. Connolly, Plymouth Probate and Family Court
Hon. Melanie J. Gargas, Middlesex Probate and Family Court
Hon. Patricia A. Gorman, Norfolk Probate and Family Court
Hon. Roxann C. Tetreau, Worcester Probate and Family Court
Hon. Susan S. Tierney, Barnstable Probate and Family Court
Hon. Claudine T. Wyner, Hampden Probate and Family Court

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

Saturday, October 29, 2022


8:00- 8:55 a.m. Pandemic Lessons From The Bench, Bar And Registry

Moderator: Hon. Thomas J. Barbar, Middlesex Probate and Family Court
Panelists:   
Hon. Jennifer M. Allen, Middlesex Probate and Family Court
Margaret Reilly, Asst. Judicial Case Manager, Middlesex

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Demystifying The Income Approach To Valuation And Diving Deep Into The Double Dip

Moderator: Richard M. Novitch, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Panelists: 
Hon. Kevin R. Connelly, Plymouth Probate and Family Court
Hon. Patricia A. Gorman, Norfolk Probate Court
Alisa L. Hacker, Esq., Day Pitney LLP, Boston
Peter J. Jamieson, Esq., Hastings, Jamieson & Lipshutz Family Law Group LLP, North Andover

10:45 – 12:00 p.m. Perfecting Your Technique: A Continuing Bootcamp For Trial Advocacy

Moderator: Irena Inman, Esq., Callahan Barraco, Inman & Bonzagni, P.C.
Panelists: 
Hon. Kevin R. Connolly, Plymouth Probate and Family Court
Michael G. Xavier, Esq., Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston
Jennifer Koiles Pratt, Esq., Koiles Pratt, Salem
Rachel A. Deering, Esq., Verrill Dana LLP, Boston

Faculty:

Holly Hinte, Esq., conference co-chair, Lee & Rivers LLP, Boston

Kimberley J. Joyce, Esq., conference co-chair, Law Office of Kimberley J. Joyce, Wellesley Hills

Marc A. Moccia, Esq., conference co-chair, Kazarosian Costello LLP, Haverhill

Crissa A. Morton, Esq., conference co-chair, Michael I. Flores PC, Orleans

Hon. John D. Casey, Chief Justice, keynote speaker, Probate & Family Court Department, Boston

Jennifer R. Clapp, Esq., moderator, Clapp Family Law LLC, Wellesley Hills

Jennifer Clark, Esq., moderator, Casner & Edwards LLP, Boston

Irena Inman, Esq., moderator, Callahan Barraco, Inman & Bonzagni, P.C., Westborough

Brigid E. Mitchell, Esq., moderator, Law Office of Denise Squillante, Fall River

Richard M. Novitch, Esq., moderator, Todd & Weld LLP, Boston

Jared D. Spinelli, Esq., moderator, Rubin and Rudman LLP, Boston

Hon. Jennifer M. Allen, panelist, Middlesex Probate and Family Court

Hon. Michael D. Anderson, panelist, Essex Probate and Family Court

Hon. Thomas J. Barbar, panelist, Middlesex Probate and Family Court

Hon. Theresa A. Bisenius, panelist, Middlesex Probate and Family Court

Hon. Jacqueline M. Burchill, panelist, Norfolk Probate and Family Court

Hon. Kevin R. Connelly, panelist, Plymouth Probate and Family Court

Hon. Melanie J. Gargas, panelist, Middlesex Probate and Family Court

Hon. Patricia A. Gorman, panelist, Norfolk Probate and Family Court

Hon. Nan Sauer, panelist, Probate & Family Court Department, Boston

Hon. Roxann C. Tetreau, panelist, Worcester Probate and Family Court

Hon. Susan S. Tierney, panelist, Barnstable Probate and Family Court

Hon. Jennifer M. Ulwick, panelist, Essex Probate and Family Court

Hon. Claudine T. Wyner, panelist, Hampden Probate and Family Court

Ann Dargie, Esq., panelist, Law Offices of Jennifer A. Thorn, P.C., East Longmeadow

Rachel A. Deering, Esq., panelist, Verrill Dana LLP, Boston

Michael I. Flores, Esq., panelist, Michael I. Flores, PC, Orleans

Benjamin D. Garber, Ph.D., panelist, Family Law Consulting PLLC, Nashua

Alisa L. Hacker, Esq., panelist, Day Pitney LLP, Boston

Peter J. Jamieson, Esq., panelist, Hastings, Jamieson & Lipshutz Family Law Group LLP, North Andover

David H. Lee, Esq., panelist, Lee & Rivers LLP, Boston

Jennifer Koiles Pratt, Esq., panelist, Koiles Pratt Family Law Group, Salem

Jason Pierce, CPA, panelist, J.S. Held LLC, Boston

Linda A. Ouelette, Esq., panelist, Kates & Barlow PC, Boston

Margaret Reilly, Asst. Judicial Case Manager, panelist, Middlesex Probate and Family Court, Cambridge

Robert B. Setterbo II, Esq., panelist, Wilkinson & Finkbeiner, LLP, New Bedford

Karen W. Stuntz, Esq., panelist, McEvoy & Stuntz LLP, Concord

Jennifer A. Thorn, Esq., panelist, Law Offices of Jennifer A. Thorn, P.C., East Longmeadow

Gary O. Todd, Esq., panelist, Todd & Weld LLP, Boston

Michael G. Xavier, Esq., panelist, Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston

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