In-Person Program

14th Annual Family Law Conference 2011

Learning, networking, and socializing

2110240P01
Friday, 4/8/2011, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
7 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

MCLE is pleased to present its fourteenth annual comprehensive conference developed exclusively for the family law practitioner. The Family Law Conference is the largest family law program of its kind in Massachusetts and provides timely, practical information for all levels of practice, on some of the most challenging issues facing family law practitioners. The Conference features leading practitioners, experts, and judges speaking on current and emerging issues in family law and practice. Conference highlights include a keynote panel on privacy issues in the contemporary family law practice, a caselaw and legislative update, an update on the state of the Probate and Family Court from Chief Justice Carey, a point/counterpoint discussion on whether to mediate or litigate and six workshops from which registrants may select two. Presentations are supplemented with the popular conference manual and attendees receive the 2011 Massachusetts Family Law Sourcebook & Citator at no extra charge.

Keynote panel

Privacy Issues in the Contemporary Family Law Practice

The panel of experts, including practitioners, computer forensic experts, and a Probate and Family Court Judge, focus on the nuts and bolts of what is admissible evidence and what is not in the world of computers, software, and the internet. They highlight some of the ethical pitfalls involved in using spy ware, scrubbing and social media.

Friday, April 8, 2011


9:00 A.M. - 9:15 A.M.

Welcome and Introduction (Webcast)

  • Janice Bassil, Esq., Cochair
  • Gene D. Dahmen, Esq., Cochair
  • John A. Fiske, Esq., Cochair

9:15 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

Caselaw and Legislative Update 2011 (Webcast)
The panel discusses recent decisions and legislative developments that impact your practice, including the latest on alimony.

  • Christine D. Anthony, Esq.
  • David Aptaker, Esq.
  • Francine Gardikas, Esq.

10:30 A.M. - 11:15 A.M.

The State of the Probate and Family Court (Webcast)
The Chief Justice explains programs, initiatives and challenges that the Court faces in the year ahead.

  • Hon. Paula M. Carey

11:15 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Networking Break


11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Point/Counterpoint: To Mediate or Litigate? (Webcast)
The panel of expert family law mediators and litigators debate which process would be best suited to lead to a satisfactory resolution for the client, and what factors in a case make it trial or mediation worthy.

  • Gene D. Dahmen, Esq., Moderator
  • Janice Bassil, Esq.
  • John A. Fiske, Esq.
  • Phyllis E. Federico, Esq.
  • Hon. Eileen M. Shaevel (ret.)

12:30 P.M. - 1:30 P.M.

Lunch Break (on your own)


1:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Keynote Panel: Privacy Issues in the Contemporary Family Law Practice (Webcast)
The panel of experts, including practitioners, computer forensic experts, and a Probate and Family Court Judge, focus on the nuts and bolts of what evidence is admissible and what is not in the world of computers, software, and the internet. They highlight some of the ethical pitfalls involved in using spy ware, scrubbing and social media.

  • Janice Bassil, Esq., Moderator
  • Hon. Linda S. Fidnick
  • Mark Spencer
  • Michael J. Tremblay, Esq.
  • Thomas E. Workman, Jr. Esq.

2:30 P.M. - 3:40 P.M.

Breakout Session I (Choose One)


2:30 P.M. - 3:40 P.M.

How to Handle Modifications from Other States (Webcast unavailable)
A panel of experienced attorneys discusses the issues involved in dealing with modification orders where one of the parties resides outside the jurisdiction.

  • Laura E. Gibbs, Esq.
  • Regina M. Hurley, Esq.
  • Robert J. Rivers, Jr., Esq.

2:30 P.M. - 3:40 P.M.

Ansin: A Tutorial on How to Write Marital Agreements (Webcast)
The experts provide practice tips and pointers on how to avoid loose language in drafting separation agreements, prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements that may cause trouble in the future.

  • David H. Lee, Esq.
  • Susan E. Stenger, Esq.

2:30 P.M. - 3:40 P.M.

Using Parenting Coordinators and Parent Coaches (Webcast unavailable)
The experts discuss when a practitioner should bring in a parent coach or coordinator, and what each can provide in terms of resolving conflict between the parties and creating a less stressful environment for children, both during and after divorce proceedings.

  • Honora A. Kaplan, Esq.
  • Margaret A Ward, Ph.D.
  • Ruth A.Whitney, LICSW

3:40 P.M. - 3:50 P.M.

Networking Break


3:50 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Breakout Session II (Choose One)


3:50 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Adult Children with Special Needs (Webcast unavailable)
The discussion focuses on the particular issues that arise where there are cases that include making provision for adult children with special needs, including drafting trust agreements.

  • Barbara D. Jackins, Esq.
  • Jeffrey C. Melick, Esq.
  • Stephen P. Richardson

3:50 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Getting the Louse Out of the House (Webcast unavailable)
The conversation centers on vacate and restraining orders: when they are necessary, the proper process, and when the court will grant them.

  • Barbra I. Black, Esq.
  • Hon. James V. Menno

3:50 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

The ABC's of Finance (Webcast)
Get practice tips and advice on how to read a balance sheet and review tax returns, and the rules on sticky issues like depreciation, real estate valuation and self-employment of one of the parties.

  • Marc Bello, CPA/ABV, CVA, MST
  • Dena K. Dionne, Esq.

5:00 P.M.

Reception for Faculty and Registrants

Table of Contents

Cochair

Janice Bassil, Esq., Bassil, Klovee & Budreau, LLP, Boston
Gene D. Dahmen, Esq., Verrill Dana LLP, Boston
John A. Fiske, Esq., Healy, Fiske, Richmond & Matthew LLP, Cambridge

Faculty

Christine D. Anthony, Esq., , Westborough
David Aptaker, Esq., , Stoneham
Marc D. Bello, CPA/ABV, CVA, MST, Edelstein & Company LLP, Boston
Barbra I. Black, Esq., Black & Vitelli LLC, Woburn
Hon. Paula M. Carey, Trial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
Dena K. Dionne, Esq., Dionne & White LLC, Salem
Phyllis E. Federico, Esq., Schmidt & Federico, PC, Boston
Hon. Linda S. Fidnick, Hampshire Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Northampton
Francine Gardikas, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston
Laura E. Gibbs, Esq., Ginsburg Leshin Gibbs & Jones LLP, Wellesley
Regina M. Hurley, Esq., Verrill Dana LLP, Boston
Barbara D. Jackins, Esq., , Framingham
Honora A. Kaplan, Esq., ,
David H. Lee, Esq., Lee, Rivers, and Corr, LLP, Boston
Jeffrey C. Melick, Esq., Kates & Barlow, PC, Boston
Hon. James V. Menno, Plymouth Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Brockton
Stephen P. Richardson, Social Security Administration,
Robert J. Rivers, Jr., Esq., Lee, Rivers, and Corr LLP, Boston
Hon. Eileen M. Shaevel, Dispute Resolution Alternatives, Boston
Mark Spencer, Arsenal Consulting, Chelsea
Susan E. Stenger, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston
Michael J. Tremblay, Esq., Law Office of Michael J. Tremblay, Marlborough
Margaret A. Ward, Ph.D, Co-Parenting Assessment Center, Natick
Ruth A. Whitney, ,
Thomas E. Workman, Jr., Esq., Law Offices of Thomas E. Workman, Jr., Taunton

Speaker(s)

Fees

  • $275
  • $245 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $195 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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