CLE Program

Second Annual Juvenile & Child Welfare Conference

Date:

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location:

UTEC Center
35 Warren Street
Lowell, MA, 01852

Program Code:

JWA18

Registration

MBA Paralegals : $50.00
MBA Law Student : $50.00
MBA Member : $50.00
MBA New Admittee : $50.00
Non-member : $100.00

The MBA only offers Certificates of Attendance to individuals who attend education programs in person. Certificates are not available for participation in recorded MBA On Demand and real-time webcasts.

Online registration for this event has closed.

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Where the Classroom Meets the Courtroom:
Deconstructing the Cradle to Prison Pipeline

Join us for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Second Annual Juvenile & Child Welfare Conference. We will discuss the intersection of special education and school issues with Juvenile Court practice.

Topics will range from racial and ethnic disparities, school disciplinary proceedings, strategies to successfully representing special education clients and much more. Please come and learn to implement vital principles in your child welfare and juvenile justice practice. Click here for the full conference agenda.

Conference Agenda Highlights

  • Deconstructing the Pipeline: Judicial Call to Action
    • Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, first justice of Middlesex County Juvenile Court and  presiding justice, Lowell Juvenile Court
  • Keynote Address: The Cradle to Prison Pipeline Runs Through the Classroom
    • Matt Cregor, education project director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
  • In Trouble at School? Effective Advocacy at the School Disciplinary Hearing
  • Breakout Sessions
    • OPTION 1: Help Your Client Get the Right IEP/504 Services
    • OPTION 2: Using an IEP and Educational Data in the Courtroom
  • Lunchtime Panel: Empowering At-Risk and Proven-Risk Youth
  • How We Can Collaborate to Divert the Pipeline: An Interagency Perspective 
  • Conclusion: Putting What We’ve Learned Today into Practice

The conference will be held at the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell, which is a place of special significance given the meaningful work they do in the juvenile community.

This conference qualifies for 7 CAFL/YAD credits. Special pricing for practitioners on the CAFL and YAD panels. Attend for $75. Call MBA Member Services to register at (617) 338-0530.

Faculty:

Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, Conference Co-chair
Middlesex County Juvenile Court-Lowell, Lowell
Erica Cushna, Esq., Conference Co-chair
CPCS-Boston, Boston
Cristina F. Freitas, Esq., Conference Co-chair
CPCS, Lowell
Debbie F. Freitas, Esq., Conference Co-chair
CPCS, Lowell
Audrey Murillo, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Dhar Law, LLP, Charlestown
Karen Hennessy, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Law Office of Karen Hennessy
Erin O'Sullivan, Esq., Conference Co-chair
The EdLaw Project, Boston
Brian Pariser, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Boston
Alisia St. Florian, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, Quincy
Matthew M. Cregor, Esq., Panelist
Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Boston
Barbara Bruno Golden, Ed.D, Panelist
Autism Alliance, Newton
Peter Hahn, Esq., Panelist
Attorney at Law, Newton
James Ianiri, Esq., Panelist
Ianiri Law LLC, Norwell
Mona Igram, Esq., Panelist
CPCS Youth Advocacy Division Lowell/Lawrence
Cynthia Miller, EOHHS, Panelist
Marguerite Mitchell, Esq., Panelist
Counsel for the Taunton Public Schools
Amy Reichbach, Esq., Panelist
BSEA Hearing Officer
Debbie L. Segal, Esq., Panelist
Debbie L. Segal, Attorney at Law, Canton
Colleen Shea, Esq., Panelist
Disability Law Center
Timothy Sindelar, Esq., Panelist
Law Office of Tim Sindelar, Newton
Marlies Spanjaard, Esq., Panelist
The EdLaw Project, Boston
Holly Smith, Esq., Panelist
CPCS-Youth Advocacy Division, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section

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