Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010
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Volunteer lawyers participate in the semi-annual Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer program on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Photos by Jennifer Rosinski.

Semi-annual Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer program receives 377 calls

More than 30 MBA attorneys volunteered to answer legal questions

Volunteer lawyers from the Massachusetts Bar Association answered 377 calls over four hours from residents of Western Massachusetts on Oct. 20 during the semi-annual Dial-A-Lawyer program held at Western New England College School of Law.

Attorneys answered questions on a wide range of legal concerns, with landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, family, probate and real estate law being the most popular inquiries. Many of the calls were related to the current economic downturn, with inquiries related to credit card debt and the inability to pay rent.

Now in its 16th year, the Western Massachusetts Dial-A-Lawyer provides free legal advice to residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. The service is provided as a public service of the MBA.

Of the 377 calls, most were answered on the spot. The other callers were referred to agencies, organizations or attorneys who can help further.

The MBA's Dial-A-Lawyer program is co-sponsored by Western New England College School of Law, The Republican, El Pueblo Latino and the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys.

The MBA thanks the following attorneys who participated in the Oct. 20 Western Mass. Dial-A-Lawyer program:

  • Robert H. Astor, Robert H. Astor Attorney at Law, Springfield
  • Melissa L. Campana, Law Office of Patricia M. Hebert PC, Agawam
  • Corey M Carvalho, UMass Legal Services, Amherst
  • Elizabeth N. Clarke, Law Office of Elizabeth Clarke, South Deerfield
  • Linda A. Condino, Linda A. Condino, Esq., Springfield
  • Mark David Cress, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
  • Leslie A. Curley, Western Mass Legal Services, Pittsfield
  • Mary K. Eaton, Eaton & Rescia LLP, East Longmeadow
  • John E. Garber, Weinberg & Garber PC, Northampton
  • Melissa R. Gillis, Bacon Wilson PC, Springfield
  • Lisa L. Halbert, Bacon & Wilson PC, Northampton
  • Mary Jo Kennedy, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
  • Kimberly  Klimczuk, Royal & Klimczuk LLC, Northampton
  • Carolyn L. McCaffrey, Frank P. Fitzgerald PC, East Longmeadow
  • Edward J. McDonough Jr., Egan, Flanagan & Cohen PC, Springfield
  • L. Jeffrey Meehan, Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy PC, Springfield
  • Amy J. Megliola, Siddall & Siddall PC, Springfield
  • Keith A. Minoff, Law Offices of Keith A. Minoff, Esq., Springfield
  • Stephen J. Phillips, Attorney At Law, Springfield
  • Timothy A. Reilly, Law Office of Timothy A. Reilly, Springfield
  • Kara A. Rescia, Eaton & Rescia, LLP, East Longmeadow
  • Daniel Mark Rothschild, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
  • Denise M. Shear, Ostrander Law Office, Northampton
  • Michael  Siddall, Siddall & Siddall PC, Springfield
  • Diana  Sorrentini-Velez, Cooley Shrair PC, Springfield
  • David E. Sullivan, Hampshire County Probate and Family Court, Northampton
  • Gillian Szlachetka Dubay, Fratar, Kern & Kelly LLP, Chicopee
  • Maureen C. Tobin, Cooley Shrair PC, Springfield
  • Peggy Ann Torello, Peggy A. Torello, Attorney At Law, Greenfield
  • Dennis E. Tully, Attorney At Law, East Longmeadow
  • Jeffrey S. Weisser, Connor, Sandman & Weisser, Agawam
  • Seth Megathlin Wilson, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, Springfield
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