Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer program enters 20th year

Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014
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Volunteer attorneys field calls at the Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer program

Residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties had the opportunity to have their legal questions answered through the Massachusetts Bar Association's semiannual Western Massachusetts Dial-A-Lawyer call-in program on June 26.

More than 25 volunteer lawyers from the MBA fielded 177 phone calls addressing legal concerns, including family related issues, probate, real estate, consumer and elder law matters. The legal advice was provided at no charge as a public service of the MBA.

Launched in 1994, the MBA's Western Massachusetts Dial-A-Lawyer program entered its 20th year in 2014. The program is co-sponsored by Western New England University School of Law, The Republican, El Pueblo Latino, the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys and the Hispanic National Bar Association.

"It feels great to be helping people out and it's really rewarding," said attorney Stephen J. Phillips, who has been a Dial-A-Lawyer volunteer for many years. "I think people really look forward to this date so their questions can be answered."

The MBA thanks the following members for donating their time and expertise to this important public service effort.

  • Corey M. Carvalho, University of Massachusetts Legal Services, Amherst
  • Mark D. Cress, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
  • Colleen C. Currie, Colleen C. Currie, Attorney at Law, Northampton
  • Hyman G. Darling, Bacon Wilson PC, Springfield
  • Michele Feinstein, Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin PC, Springfield
  • Carmina D. Fernandes, Law Office of Carmina Fernandes, Ludlow
  • Albert F. Gordon, Albert Gordon Esq., Springfield
  • Devon W. Grierson, Aaronson & Associates PC, Pittsfield
  • David M. Hirschhorn, David Meir Hirschhorn, Attorney at Law, Springfield
  • Kimberly Klimczuk, Skoler Abbott & Presser PC, Springfield
  • Stephen R. Manning, Stephen R. Manning PC, East Longmeadow
  • L. Jeffrey Meehan, Doherty, Wallace Pillsbury & Murphy PC, Springfield
  • Amy J. Megliola, Siddall & Siddall PC, Springfield
  • Susan A. Meilnikowski, Cooley Shrair PC, Springfield
  • Keith A. Minoff, Law Offices of Keith A. Minoff, PC, Springfield
  • Daniel P. Morrissey, Bacon Wilson PC, Springfield
  • Stephen J. Phillips, Dunn & Phillips PC, Springfield
  • Michael J. Powers, Powers & Lequori, West Springfield
  • Andrea R. Reid, Law Office of Andrea R. Reid, Springfield
  • Juan M. Rivera, Juan M. Rivera Esq., Springfield
  • Katherine A. Robertson, Hampden County District Attorney's Office, Springfield
  • Daniel M. Rothschild, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
  • Barry M. Ryan, Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy PC, Springfield
  • Michael Siddall, Siddall & Siddall PC, Springfield
  • Gillian Szlachetka Dubay, Szlachetka Dubay PC, Chicopee
  • Gregory A. Wolf, Law Office of Gregory A. Wolf Esq., Pittsfield