In-Person Program

Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop

Practice and refine your trial skills under the scrutiny of Probate and Family Court judges

2110304P01
8am-6pm, Monday-Friday, June 6-10, and 8am-1pm, Saturday, June 11, 2011
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
48 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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Product Description

MCLE's Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop is an intensely challenging course designed to enhance your domestic relations trial skills. It is a unique opportunity to spend six days "on your feet," practicing your skills under the rigorous scrutiny of Probate and Family Court judges and dozens of leading practitioners. The primary emphasis is on trial advocacy from motion practice to examination of expert witnesses to final argument.

In class sessions, you perform as a trial counsel in various phases of a domestic relations trial. Class exercises include a variety of problems that arise in the context of divorce litigation. The week begins with exhibits and demonstrative evidence and progresses to direct and cross-examination on M.G.L. Chapter 208, § 34 factors. By the end of the week, you are examining actual real estate and psychological experts who are specially selected to participate because of their experience testifying in divorce proceedings. Student performances are fully critiqued, both in group settings and one-on-one with faculty members. Throughout the week, you have the opportunity to observe expert domesticrelations practitioners demonstrate effective trial techniques. You also hear lectures on selected family law trial topics. On the last day of the workshop, you participate in the full trial of a domestic relations case. Those trials are a culmination of the week's efforts and give each student the chance to pull together skills learned during the preceding week. Each trial is presided over by a Probate and Family Court judge, who concludes the session with a critique and discussion of the student's performance.

Workshop benefits

  • Receive feedback on your performance from over twenty-five top domestic relations trial lawyers and judges
  • Review your videotaped performances in private with an experienced divorce trial lawyer
  • Observe expert family law practitioners demonstrate advocacy techniques that they have found effective at trial
  • Examine real experts-GALs, family service officers, and appraisers
  • Network with dozens of expert family law practitioners
  • Practice trial technique in a supportive environment where stakes are low but learning potential is high

Special workshop materials and preparation

You receive a notebook of workshop materials, including case files and motions, as well as a handout of exercises and directions approximately one week prior to the workshop so you have time to prepare. Preworkshop preparation ensures that you maximize your learning experience for the program.

In addition, attendees receive excellent resources to use in their practice. Each registrant receives Massachusetts Courtroom Advocacy, a portable reference to use in preparing for each stage of trial. The second resource, the Evidence Primer for Family Lawyers by Phyllis Federico includes a series of vignettes which highlight the right ways to introduce evidence in your practice. Registrants also receive the Civility Guidelines for Family Law Attorneys published by the Massachusetts Bar Association.

AGENDA


Monday, June 6, 2011

Uncontested and Contested Motions
Opening Statements Direct and Cross-examination


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Direct and Cross-examination of Experts


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Financial Statements Common Evidentiary Problems


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Closing Arguments
Lawyer Relations


Friday, June 10, 2011

Trial Preparation Conferences with an Expert


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mock Trials

Table of Contents

Moderator

Hon. James V. Menno, Plymouth Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Brockton
Hon. Mary Anne Sahagian, Essex Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Salem

Faculty

Peter M. Barlow, Esq., Kates & Barlow, PC, Boston
Julie B. Bennett, Barnstable Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Barnstable
Jennifer A. Bingham, Esq., Grindle, Robinson, Goodhue & Frolin, Wellesley
Charlene A. Caldeira, Esq., Kajko, Weisman, Colasanti & Stein LLP, Lexington
Kevin R. Connelly, Esq., ,
Kevin M. Corr, Esq., , Malden
Anthony M. Doniger, Esq., Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, PC, Boston
Alfred P. Farese, III, Esq., Law Offices of Alfred P. Farese Jr., Everett
Phyllis E. Federico, Esq., Schmidt & Federico, PC, Boston
Hon. Katherine A. Field, Bristol Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Fall River
Kathleen A. Foley, Esq., Foley & MacAdie PC, Acton
George M. Ford, Esq., Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP, Boston
Pamela S. Freeman, Esq., Freeman & Freeman, Brookline
Stephen D. Fried, Esq., Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP, Wakefield
Laura E. Gibbs, Esq., Ginsburg Leshin Gibbs & Jones LLP, Wellesley
James S. Goldberg, Esq., Volterra & Goldberg, Law Counsellors, Inc., Attleboro
Stephanie E. Goldenhersh, Esq., Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Cambridge
Hon. Patricia A. Gorman, Middlesex Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cambridge
Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Sally & Fitch LLP, Boston
Rosemarie Haigazian, Esq., Haigazian Law Offices, Edgartown
Ronald B. Handverger, ,
Hon. Joseph L. Hart, Jr., Hart Law Offices, PC, Marlborough
Norman I. Jacobs, Esq., Esdaile, Barrett, Jacobs & Mone, Boston
Beverly R. Johnson, Essex Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Salem
Hon. Spencer M. Kagan, Middlesex County Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cambridge
Paul M. Kane, Esq., McGrath & Kane, Boston
Hon. Randy J. Kaplan, Nantucket Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Nantucket
Robert J. Kates, Esq., ,
Mary Lou Kaufman, , Roslindale
Marsha V. Kazarosian, Esq., Kazarosian Costello & O'Donnell LLP, Haverhill
Hon. Robert W. Langlois, Verrill Dana LLP, Boston
John S. Legasey, Esq., Legasey & Associates, Salem
William M. Levine, Esq., Levine Dispute Resolution Center LLC, Westwood
Lisa M. Locher, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
Ann C. LoDolce, Esq., LoDolce & Associates, Brockton
John J. Norton, Esq., Connelly & Norton, Dorchester
Linda A. Ouellette, Esq., Cataldo Law Offices LLC, Franklin
Hon. George F. Phelan, Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Canton
Victoria C. Rothbaum, Esq., Harsip & Stuart, PC, Acton
Moira E. Tierney, Esq., Law Office of Moira E Tierney, New Bedford
Gary Owen Todd, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Margaret D. Xifaras, Esq., Lang, Xifaras & Bullard, PA, New Bedford

Speaker(s)

Fees

  • $1,295
  • $1,095 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $895 New lawyers admitted to law practice after 2006, pending admittees and law students
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