In-Person Program

Massachusetts Appleseed Access to Justice Conference

New directions and emerging opportunities: Exploring cutting-edge developments moving us closer to our goal of justice for all

2180488P01
Monday, 11/20/2017, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
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The legal needs of our communities far exceed the legal resources currently available—especially for those unable to afford to hire a private attorney. Many exciting efforts are underway to address this problem in Massachusetts and across the country. One thing is clear: we will need creative approaches and consistent collaboration to make a real and lasting impact on the systemic inequities that render legal help inaccessible for so many. Join us as we step back to assess this panorama, look to the horizon, and then work together to brainstorm solutions.

Our expert panelists will use their unique perspectives and experiences to take on questions related to:

  • Bringing a whole person approach to the user experience in court
  • Fostering better and broader collaboration within and beyond the courts
  • Harnessing technology to better serve clients and communities
  • Using research, evaluation, and data to assess impact and improve processes
  • Exploring new models for representation and advocacy
  • Preliminary findings and recommendations from the Justice for All Grant

In addition to a wide range of participants including private attorneys, legal service providers, court personnel, thought leaders, social services organizations, and community groups, we are proud to be welcoming Katherine Alteneder of the Self-Represented Litigation Network, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants, and Judge Dina Fein, First Justice, Housing Court Department, Western Division and Special Advisor to the Trial Court for Access to Justice Initiatives, as featured speakers.

8:30 am–9:00 am
Registration
9:00 am–9:15 am
Welcome
9:15 am–9:30 am
Opening Remarks
Hon. Ralph D. Gants, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
9:30 am–10:15 am
Harnessing the Power of Technology to Expand Access to Justice
Rochelle Hahn, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
Dr. Cordula A. Robinson, Northeastern University, Boston
Quinten Steenhuis, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
Gabriel H. Teninbaum, Esq., Suffolk University Law School, Boston
10:15 am–11:15 am
Bringing a Holistic Approach to the Court User Experience
John G.C. Laing, Executive Office of the Trial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Sheriece M. Perry, Esq., Office of Court Management, Boston
Tere Ramos, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
Mike Williams, Suffolk County Family Court, Holtsville
11:15 am–11:30 am
Networking and Refreshment Break
11:30 am–12:00 noon
Preliminary Findings and Recommendations from the MA Justice For All Project
Marc Lauritsen, Esq., Capstone Practice Systems, Inc, Harvard
Hon. Cynthia J. Cohen, Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, (Ret.)
Susan M. Finegan, Esq., Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC, Boston
Katherine Oberlies O'Leary, Esq., General Electric Corporation, Boston
12:00 noon–1:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm–1:30 pm
Keynote Address: How Design Thinking Can Optimize Pro Bono Engagement in the 100% Access to Justice Ecosystem
Katherine Alteneder, Esq., Self-Represented Litigation Network, Washington
1:30 pm–2:15 pm
Exploring New Models for Advocacy and Representation
Laura M. Unflat, Esq., The Law Office of Laura M. Unflat, Wellesley
Joel H. Feldman, Esq., Heisler, Feldman & McCormick, PC, Springfield
Kathleen E. Maitland, Esq., New York State Unified Court System Office for Justice Initiatives, New York
Gordon P. Shaw, Esq., Community Legal Aid / Hampshire County, Northampton
Leonard F. Zandrow, Jr., Esq., Brister & Zandrow, LLP, Plymouth
2:15 pm–3:30 pm
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:30 pm–4:15 pm
Improving Outcomes Through Evidence-Based Research
Julia Schutt, Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Boston
Constance R. Mortara, Esq., Worcester Court Service Center, Worcester
Sammy S. Nabulsi, Esq., City of Boston Law Department, Boston
Erika J. Rickard, Esq., Harvard Law School, Cambridge
4:15 pm–5:00 pm
Better and Broader Collaboration Within and Beyond the Courts
Sue Marsh, Rosie's Place, Boston
Bette Babinski, Franklin Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Sheila C. Casey, Esq., Executive Office of the Trial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Nina Darby, Rosie's Place, Boston
Amy McCarthy, The Home for Little Wanderers, Roslindale
5:00 pm
Closing Remarks
Hon. Dina E. Fein, Western Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Table of Contents

Faculty

Katherine Alteneder, Esq., Self-Represented Litigation Network, Washington
Sheila C. Casey, Esq., Executive Office of the Trial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
Hon. Cynthia J. Cohen, Appeals Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, (Ret.), Cambridge
Nina Darby, Rosie's Place, Boston
Hon. Dina E. Fein, Western Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Springfield
Joel H. Feldman, Esq., Heisler, Feldman & McCormick, PC, Springfield
Hon. Ralph D. Gants, Supreme Judicial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts,
Rochelle Hahn, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
John G.C. Laing, Executive Office of the Trial Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
Marc Lauritsen, Esq., Capstone Practice Systems, Inc, Harvard
Kathleen E. Maitland, Esq., New York State Unified Court System Office for Justice Initiatives, New York
Sue Marsh, Rosie's Place, Boston
Amy McCarthy, The Home for Little Wanderers, Roslindale
Constance R. Mortara, Esq., Worcester Court Service Center, Worcester
Sammy S. Nabulsi, Esq., City of Boston Law Department, Boston
Katherine Oberlies O'Leary, Esq., General Electric Corporation, Boston
Sheriece M. Perry, Esq., Office of Court Management, Boston
Tere Ramos, Esq., Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Boston
Erika J. Rickard, Esq., Harvard Law School, Cambridge
Dr. Cordula A. Robinson, Northeastern University, Boston
Gordon P. Shaw, Esq., Community Legal Aid / Hampshire County, Northampton
Quinten Steenhuis, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
Gabriel H. Teninbaum, Esq., Suffolk University Law School, Boston
Laura M. Unflat, Esq., The Law Office of Laura M. Unflat, Wellesley
Mike Williams, Suffolk County Family Court, Holtsville
Leonard F. Zandrow, Jr., Esq., Brister & Zandrow, LLP, Plymouth

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