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

Program Code:



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 and Family Court, Cambridge
Hon. Edward G. Boyle III, Panelist
Plymouth Probate and Family Court, Brockton
Hon. Beth A. Crawford, Panelist
Franklin Probate and Family Court, Greenfield
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
Hampshire Probate and Family Court, Northampton
Hon. Melanie J. Gargas, Panelist
Middlesex Probate and Family Court, Cambridge
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
Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Canton
Hon. Randy J. Kaplan, Panelist
Essex Probate and Family Court, Salem
Hon. Denise L. Meagher, Panelist
Worcester Probate and Family Court, Worcester
Hon. George Phelan, Panelist
Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Canton
Hon. Arthur C. Ryley, Panelist
Barnstable Probate and Family Court, Barnstable
Marc D. Bello CPA/ABV, CVA, MAFF, CFF, MST, Panelist
Edelstein & Company LLP, Boston
Rachel B. Biscardi, Esq., Panelist
Women's Bar Foundation, Boston
Jennifer M. Clark, Esq., Panelist
Casner & Edwards LLP, Boston
Alexandra S. Flanders, Esq. Assistant Judicial Case Manager, Panelist
Franklin Probate and Family Court, Greenfield
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, 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
David H. Lee, Esq., Panelist
Lee & Rivers LLP, Boston
Brigid E. Mitchell, Esq., Panelist
Law Office of Denise Squillante, Fall River
Rebecca Neale, Esq., Panelist
Law Office of Rebecca G. Neale, Bedford
Leslie H. Powers, Esq., Panelist
Elizabeth A. Roberts, Esq., Moderator
Roberts & Sauer LLP, Burlington
John Ronan, Esq., Panelist
Todd & Weld LLP, Boston
Adam A. Rowe, Esq., Panelist
Crowe & Dunn, Boston
Nan M. Sauer, Esq., Moderator
Roberts & Sauer LLP, Burlington
Moira E. Tierney, Esq., Moderator
Law Office of Moira E. Tierney, New Bedford
Farrah S. Wax, Esq., Panelist
Smith Green Wax & Gold, LLP, Pittsfield
Michael G. Xavier, Esq., Panelist
Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Family Law Section

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