CLE Program

28th Annual Family Law Conference (SOLD OUT)


Start: Friday, November 16, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
End: Saturday, November 17, 2018, 1:00 p.m.


Chatham Bars Inn
Conference Room
297 Shore Rd.
Chatham, MA, 02633

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MBA Member 2018-2019 : $250.00
MBA Member 2017-2018 : $350.00
MBA Paralegals 2018-2019 : $180.00
MBA Paralegals 2017-2018 : $350.00
MBA Law Students 2018-2019 : $180.00
MBA Law Students 2017-2018 : $350.00
MBA New Admittee : $180.00
Non-Members : $350.00

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Extreme Measures -- The Outer Edge of Domestic Relations Litigation

The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Family Law Section Council invites you to its 28th Annual Family Law Conference, which will be returning to the Chatham Bars Inn on Nov. 16 and 17.

Enjoy two days of learning and networking with judges and colleagues. The MBA is honored to have Norman Jacobs as this year's keynote speaker. Jacobs is widely respected for his expertise in matrimonial law, business law matters and entertainment law, and has extensive experience as a special master, mediator and arbitrator in complex civil and probate litigation. He has been actively engaged in the trial of civil cases since entering the practice of law in 1965.

Other conference highlights include:

  • Alimony after tax reform
  • A pathway for litigation and resolution in matters involving addiction
  • The domestic relations practitioner’s domestic violence toolkit -- what you need to know
  • Annual judicial forum
  • Critical issues in representing military members and civilian federal employees
  • High conflict custody matters, contact resistance, and putting the children in the middle – how can this be fixed?
  • Getting it in; keeping it out – critical evidentiary calls in extreme cases

Click here for a full conference schedule.



Kimberley J. Joyce, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Law Office of Kimberley J. Joyce, Wellesley Hills
Holly A. Hinte, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Lee & Rivers LLP, Boston
Crissa A. Morton, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Michael I. Flores PC, Orleans
Richard M. Novitch, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Norman I. Jacobs, Esq., Keynote Speaker
Esdaile, Barrett, Jacobs & Mone, Boston
Hon. Thomas J. Barbar, Panelist
Middlesex Probate & Family Court, Woburn
Hon. Edward G. Boyle III, Panelist
Brockton Probate and Family Court, Brockton
Hon. Beth A. Crawford, Panelist
Hon. Megan Christopher, Panelist
Suffolk Probate and Family Court, Boston
Hon. Paul M. Cronan, Panelist
Bristol Probate and Family Court
Hon. Linda S. Fidnick, Panelist
Hon. Melanie J. Gargas, Panelist
Middlesex Probate and Family Court, Woburn
Hon. Frances M. Giordano, Panelist
Essex County Probate & Family Court -- Salem Session, Salem
Hon. Patricia A. Gorman, Panelist
Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Canton
Hon. Susan L. Jacobs, Panelist
Bristol Probate and Family Court, New Bedford
Hon. Randy J. Kaplan, Panelist
Ligris & Associates PC, Newton Center
Hon. Denise L. Meagher, Panelist
Massachusetts Trial Court, Probate and Family Court, Boston
Hon. George Phelan, Panelist
Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Canton
Hon. Arthur C. Ryley, Panelist
Probate and Family Court-Barnstable, Barnstable
Marc D. Bello CPA/ABV, CVA, MAFF, CFF, MST, Panelist
Willamette Management Associates, Boston
Rachel B. Biscardi, Esq., Panelist
Northeast Legal Aid, Inc., Lowell
Jennifer M. Clark, Esq., Panelist
Casner & Edwards LLP, Boston
Alexandra S. Flanders, Esq. Assistant Judicial Case Manager, Panelist
Trial Court of Massachusetts, New Bedford
Michael I. Flores, Esq., Panelist
Michael I. Flores, PC, Orleans
Steven E. Gurdin, Esq., Panelist
Fitch Law Partners LLP, Boston
Calvin J. Heinle, Esq., Panelist
Gibbs Heinle Maiona, LLP, Wellesley Hills
Abigail Judge, Ph.D., Panelist
Mass. General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Suzanne Kontz, Esq., Panelist
Middlesex County District Attorney's Office - Woburn Division, Woburn
David H. Lee, Esq., Panelist
Lee & Rivers LLP, Boston
Brigid E. Mitchell, Esq., Panelist
Brigid Mitchell, P.C., Fall River
Rebecca Neale, Esq., Panelist
Bedford Family Lawyer, PLLC, Bedford
Leslie H. Powers, Esq., Panelist
Cox and Powers, PA, Greenfield
Elizabeth A. Roberts, Esq., Moderator
Roberts & Associates LLC, Burlington
John Ronan, Esq., Panelist
Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Adam A. Rowe, Esq., Panelist
Crowe & Dunn, Boston
Nan M. Sauer, Esq., Moderator
Essex County Probate & Family Court -- Salem Session, Salem
Moira E. Tierney, Esq., Moderator
Law Office of Moira E. Tierney, New Bedford
Farrah S. Wax, Esq., Panelist
Farrah S. Wax, Atty. At Law, Pittsfield
Michael G. Xavier, Esq., Panelist
Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Family Law Section

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