CLE Program

Second Annual Juvenile & Child Welfare Conference


Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


UTEC Center
35 Warren Street
Lowell, MA, 01852

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Program Options:


MBA Paralegals : $50.00
MBA Law Student : $50.00
MBA Member : $50.00
MBA New Admittee : $50.00
Non-member : $100.00

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Where the Classroom Meets the Courtroom:
Deconstructing the Cradle to Prison Pipeline

Join us for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Second Annual Juvenile & Child Welfare Conference. We will discuss the intersection of special education and school issues with Juvenile Court practice.

Topics will range from racial and ethnic disparities, school disciplinary proceedings, strategies to successfully representing special education clients and much more. Please come and learn to implement vital principles in your child welfare and juvenile justice practice. Click here for the full conference agenda.

Conference Agenda Highlights

  • Deconstructing the Pipeline: Judicial Call to Action
    • Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, first justice of Middlesex County Juvenile Court and  presiding justice, Lowell Juvenile Court
  • Keynote Address: The Cradle to Prison Pipeline Runs Through the Classroom
    • Matt Cregor, education project director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice
  • In Trouble at School? Effective Advocacy at the School Disciplinary Hearing
  • Breakout Sessions
    • OPTION 1: Help Your Client Get the Right IEP/504 Services
    • OPTION 2: Using an IEP and Educational Data in the Courtroom
  • Lunchtime Panel: Empowering At-Risk and Proven-Risk Youth
  • How We Can Collaborate to Divert the Pipeline: An Interagency Perspective 
  • Conclusion: Putting What We’ve Learned Today into Practice

The conference will be held at the United Teen Equality Center (UTEC) in Lowell, which is a place of special significance given the meaningful work they do in the juvenile community.

This conference qualifies for 7 CAFL/YAD credits. Special pricing for practitioners on the CAFL and YAD panels. Attend for $75. Call MBA Member Services to register at (617) 338-0530.


Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, Conference Co-chair
Erica Cushna, Esq., Conference Co-chair
CPCS-Salem, Salem
Cristina F. Freitas, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Freitas & Freitas LLP, Lowell
Debbie F. Freitas, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Freitas & Freitas LLP, Lowell
Audrey Murillo, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Harvard Law School-Criminal Just Inst, Cambridge
Karen Hennessy, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Massachusetts Juvenile Court, Boston
Erin O'Sullivan, Esq., Conference Co-chair
The EdLaw Project, Boston
Brian Pariser, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Massachusetts Probate and Family Court-Administrative Office, Boston
Alisia St. Florian, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP, Braintree
Matthew M. Cregor, Esq., Panelist
Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, Boston
Barbara Bruno Golden, Ed.D, Panelist
Autism Alliance, Newton
Peter Hahn, Esq., Panelist
OneLaw LLC, Newton
James Ianiri, Esq., Panelist
Ianiri Law LLC, Norwell
Mona Igram, Esq., Panelist
CPCS Youth Advocacy Division Lowell/Lawrence
Cynthia Miller, EOHHS, Panelist
Marguerite Mitchell, Esq., Panelist
Counsel for the Taunton Public Schools
Amy Reichbach, Esq., Panelist
BSEA Hearing Officer
Debbie L. Segal, Esq., Panelist
Debbie L. Segal, Attorney at Law, Canton
Colleen Shea, Esq., Panelist
Disability Law Center
Timothy Sindelar, Esq., Panelist
The EdLaw Project, Boston
Marlies Spanjaard, Esq., Panelist
The EdLaw Project, Boston
Holly Smith, Esq., Panelist
CPCS-Malden, Malden

Sponsoring Sections:

Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section

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