MBA holds fall Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer

Issue November 2012 By Jennifer Rosinski

MBA volunteer lawyers helped answer legal questions from 357 callers from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, Oct. 16. MBA's semiannual Western Massachusetts Dial-A-Lawyer call-in program provides legal advice at no charge as a public service of the MBA.

The MBA's Dial-A-Lawyer 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.

"People can call and ask a question with no strings attached," said longtime volunteer Michael Siddall, of Siddall & Siddall PC in Springfield, who has volunteered at the event for several years. "I've come to realize people really do rely on the program as a way to answer some lingering questions or to get a second opinion."

The two call-in programs held in Western Massachusetts complement the monthly Dial-A-Lawyer programs held at the MBA's Boston office on the first Wednesday evening of each month.

The next Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer will take place in May 2013.

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

Corey M. Carvalho, UMASS Legal Services, Amherst

Charles R. Casartello, Jr., Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley PC, Springfield

Petra I. Cervoni, Springfield

Mark David Cress, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield

Leslie A. Curley, Berkshire Mediation Group, Pittsfield

Michele Feinstein, Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin PC, Springfield

John E. Garber, Weinberg & Garber PC, Northampton

Lisa L. Halbert, Bacon & Wilson PC, Northampton

Elizabeth D. Katz, Ostrander Law Office, Northampton

Kelly A. Koch, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield

Eric D. Kornblum, Law Office of Eric D. Kornblum, Westfield

Edward J. McDonough, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen PC, Springfield

L. Jeffrey Meehan, Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy PC, Springfield

Susan A. Mielnikowski, Cooley Shrair PC, Springfield

Frank K. Morris, Brookline

Richard C. Morrissey, West Springfield

Thomas D. O'Connor, Springfield

Stephen J. Phillips, Dunn & Phillips PC, Springfield

Melissa L. Pagel Ryczek, Brodeur-McGan PC, Springfield

Andrea D. Reid, Reid & Gaudet Law Group, LLP, Springfield

Timothy A. Reilly, Law Office of Timothy A. Reilly, Springfield

Daniel Mark Rothschild, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield

Paul H. Rothschild, Bacon & Wilson, Springfield

Denise M. Shear, Ostrander Law Office, Northampton

Michael Siddall, Siddall & Siddall PC, Springfield

Teresa E. Stevens, Stephen R. Manning PC, E. Longmeadow

Gillian Szlachetka Dubay, Szlachetka Dubay PC, Chicopee

Peggy A. Torello, Peggy A. Torello, Attorney At Law, Greenfield

Gregory A. Wolf, Law Office of Gregory A. Wolf Esq., Pittsfield