CLE Program

27th Annual Family Law Conference


Start: Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
End: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 12:00 p.m.


Sea Crest Beach Hotel
350 Quaker Road
North Falmouth, MA, 02556

Program Code:



MBA Paralegals : $180.00
MBA Law Student : $180.00
MBA New Admittee : $180.00
MBA Sponsoring Section : $250.00
MBA Member : $275.00
Non-member : $350.00

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The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Family Law Section Council invites you to its 27th Annual Family Law Conference at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel on October 13-14.

We are honored to once again have Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Angela M. Ordoñez deliver her annual State of the Court address.

Conference Agenda

Friday, October 13, 2017

  • 12:00 – 12:50 A Roundtable Discussion: Along the Path of the Alimony Reform Act
    Join our esteemed roundtable as panelists discuss and debate the progression of the case law under the Alimony Reform Act of 2011 and upcoming appellate cases regarding alimony.
    Jennifer M. Clark, Esq., Casner & Edwards
    David E. Cherny, Esq., Atwood & Cherny, P.C.
    Elaine M. Epstein, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP
    Fern L. Frolin, Esq., Mirick O’Connell
    David H. Lee, Esq., Lee & Rivers LLP
    Paul M. Kane, Esq., McGrath & Kane
    Richard M. Novitch, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP
  • 1:00 – 1:05 Welcome Remarks
    Lloyd D. Godson, Chair MBA Family Law Section Council
  • 1:05 – 1:35 State of the Court Address
    Chief Justice Angela M. Ordoñez
  • 1:45 – 2:30 Child Support Guidelines 2017 – The Update
    Michael G. Xavier, Esq., Prince Lobel Tye LLP
    Denise Fitzgerald, Esq. Manager of Legal Research Services, Probate & Family Court Administrative Office
    Jonathan E. Fields, Esq., Fields and Dennis LLP
    James J. Richards, Esq., Lee & Rivers LLP
  • 2:35 – 3:45 Judicial Forum
    Current judges give their take on various hypothetical situations and provide practical advice on practicing in the Probate and Family Court.
    Elizabeth A. Roberts, Esq. and Nan M. Sauer, Esq., Roberts & Sauer LLP
    Hon. Joan Armstrong, Suffolk Probate & Family Court
    Hon. Kathryn M. Bailey, Worcester Probate & Family Court
    Hon. Theresa A. Bisenius, Middlesex Probate & Family Court
    Hon. Melanie J. Gargas, Middlesex Probate & Family Court
  • 4:00-5:15 Illicit Surveillance of Electronic Systems in Family Law Cases
    Your client’s spouse seems to have an uncanny sense of where you client is, whom your client is talking to, and what your client is saying.  Coincidence?  Perhaps not.  When you hear the implausible, don’t dismiss it: follow the facts where they lead you.  Join our experts as they discuss their collective experience with illicit surveillance in domestic matters, how to expose it, and how to overcome it.
    Marc Moccia, Esq., Kazarosian Costello LLP
    Regina M. Hurley, Esq., Verrill Dana, LLP
    Mark Spencer, Arsenal Consulting
    Pamela Hay, Broad Range Investigations
  •  6:00 Reception

Saturday, October 14, 2017

  • 8:45-10:00 Social Media Evidence: Getting It In, and Keeping It Out
    Kathleen O’Malley, Esq., Raipher, P.C.
    Hon. Barbara Hyland, First Justice, Hampden Probate & Family Court
    Hon. Robert A. Scandurra, Barnstable Probate & Family Court
  • 10:10-12:00 Trial Skills at Work: Evidence Clinics
    Boost your knowledge, skills and confidence with these two intensive and instructive evidence clinics that will take your trial abilities to a whole new level.  Using intricate hypotheticals and oral argument, attorney panelists will present and adjust their arguments regarding specific evidentiary issues, with judges then commenting on and ultimately rendering a “ruling” as to each issue. 
  • Workshops
    • 10:10-11:00 Say What?  Hearsay as Evidence
      Paul G. Farrell, Esq., Farrell Menard Law
      Max D. Stern, Esq., Todd & Weld LLP
      Martin F. Kane II, Esq., McGrath & Kane
    • 11:00-12:00 Experts on Trial: Evidentiary Rules Regarding Experts
      Moderator: Jared Wood, Esq., Egloff & Wood, LLP
      Demetra Pontisakos, Esq.,
      Jeffrey A. Soilson, Esq., Fitch Law Partners LLP

12:00 Luncheon

Reserve a room at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel here. The group code is: 10H5GW. The special rate is $219 per night. You MUST book by Friday, Sept. 22, in order to get the discount. The discount is offered three days before and three days after the conference if you would like to take an extended trip.



Lloyd D. Godson, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Godson Legal Group PC, Lynnfield
Kimberley J. Joyce, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Law Office of Kimberley J. Joyce, Wellesley Hills
Jennifer R. Clapp, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Clapp Family Law LLC, Wellesley Hills
Holly A. Hinte, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Lee & Rivers LLP, Boston
Michael P. Judge, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Casner & Edwards LLP, Boston
Marc Moccia, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Kazarosian Costello LLP, Haverhill
Richard M. Novitch, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Hon. Joan P. Armstrong, Panelist
Suffolk Probate and Family Court
Hon. Kathryn M. Bailey, Panelist
Probate and Family Court
Hon. Theresa Ann Bisenius, Panelist
Middlesex Probate and Family Court, Cambridge
Hon. Kevin R. Connelly, Panelist
Plymouth Probate and Family Court, Plymouth
Hon. Edward F. Donnelly, Jr., Panelist
Middlesex Probate and Family Court, Cambridge
Hon. Melanie Jo-Anne Gargas, Panelist
Middlesex Probate and Family Court, Cambridge
Hon. Patricia A. Gorman, Panelist
Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Canton
Hon. Barbara M. Hyland, Panelist
Hampden Probate and Family Court, Springfield
Hon. Abbe L. Ross, Panelist
Suffolk Probate and Family Court, Boston
Hon. Robert Anthony Scandurra, Panelist
Barnstable Probate and Family Court, Barnstable
Hon. Peter Smola, Panelist
Bristol Probate & Family Court, Fall River
David Edward Cherny, Esq., Panelist
Atwood & Cherny PC, Boston
Jennifer Clark, Esq., Panelist
Casner & Edwards LLP, Boston
Elaine M. Epstein, Esq., Panelist
Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Paul G. Farrell, Esq., Panelist
Farrell Menard Law, Falmouth
Jonathan E. Fields, Esq., Panelist
Fields and Dennis, LLP, Wellesley Hills
Denise Marie Fitzgerald, Esq., Panelist
Probate and Family Court Department, Boston
Fern Frolin, Esq., Panelist
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Boston
Pamela Hay, Panelist
Broad Range Investigations
Regina Hurley, Esq., Panelist
Verrill Dana LLP, Boston
Martin F. Kane, Esq., Panelist
McGrath & Kane, Inc., Boston
Paul Kane, Esq., Panelist
McGrath & Kane, Inc., Boston
Lisa Gay Kent, Esq., Panelist
Esser Kent, P.C., Greenfield
David H. Lee, Esq., Panelist
Lee & Rivers LLP, Boston
Kathleen A. O'Malley, Esq., Panelist
Raipher D.Pellegrino Associates P.C., Springfield
Demetra Pontisakos, Esq., Panelist
Demetra Pontisakos Attorney at Law, Topsfield
James J. Richards, Esq., Panelist
Lee & Rivers, LLP
Elizabeth A. Roberts, Esq., Panelist
Roberts & Sauer LLP, Burlington
Nan Marie Sauer, Esq., Panelist
Roberts & Sauer LLP, Burlington
Jeffrey A. Soilson, Esq., Panelist
Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston
Mark Spencer, Panelist
Arsenal Consulting
Max Stern, Esq., Panelist
Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Jared Wood, Esq., Panelist
Egloff & Wood, LLP, Newton
Michael Gabriel Xavier, Esq., Panelist
Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Family Law Section

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