CLE Program

Fifth Annual Juvenile and Child Welfare Conference


Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Runtime: 3:00h

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The Massachusetts Bar Association's Juvenile & Child Welfare Section will hold its annual conference virtually on Tuesday, May 24, from 1-4 p.m. The conference theme is Fighting Systemic Inequality: Pushing the Needle Toward Racial Justice.

The keynote speaker is U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins.

The conference will feature:

  • A plenary session exploring: Why is race relevant to our cases and how to raise it
  • A delinquency track (Diversion as a Racial Justice Tool: Innovations in Diversion and Holistic Advocacy) breakout session
  • A child welfare track (Pre-Filing Representation as a Racial Justice Tool) breakout session

This conference is approved for 3 CAFL/YAD credits.

A special rate of $50 is available for practitioners on the CAFL, MH and YAD panels, and CPCS staff. To register, call MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530.

This webinar will be hosted using Zoom. Registration is required by noon on Monday, May 23, to participate in this program. After you register with the MBA, please look for an email from MassBar Education with the Webinar ID and Password. The email will be sent before the conference.


Hon. Jay Blitzman (Ret.), Conference Co-chair
Alice Casey, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Middlesex County District Attorney's Office - Woburn Division, Woburn
Erica Cushna, Esq., Conference Co-chair
CPCS-Boston, Boston
Cristina Freitas, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Freitas & Freitas LLP, Lowell
Debbie Freitas, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Freitas & Freitas LLP, Lowell
Michael V. Glennon, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, Boston
Leslie Martin, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Department of Children and Families, Arlington
Audrey Murillo, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Harvard University, Cambridge
Alexandra Roark, Esq., Conference Co-chair
CPCS - Children and Family Law Division, Worcester
Rachael Rollins, Esq., Keynote Speaker
U.S. Attorney's Office, Boston
Chief Justice Kimberly Budd, Panelist
Supreme Judicial Court, Boston
REbecca Amdemariam, Esq., Panelist
Committee for Public Counsel Services, Boston
Madeline Weaver Blanchette, Esq., Panelist
Community Legal Aid, Family Stabilization Project, Springfield
Amy Cameron Brown, Esq., Panelist
Massachusetts Dept of Children and Families, Worcester
Laura Openshaw, Esq., Panelist
Law Office of Laura Openshaw, Arlington
Alyssa Rao, Esq., Panelist
Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston
Nicole Robbins, Esq., Panelist
Suffolk County District Attorney's Office - Boston, Boston
Marian Ryan, Esq., Panelist
Middlesex County District Attorney's Office - Woburn Division, Woburn
Dr. Nokuthula Sibanda, Panelist
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Learning Lab
Antonia Thompson, Esq., Panelist
Middlesex District Atttorney's Office Woburn Central Office, Woburn
John Warren, Esq., Panelist
Law Office of John P. Warren, P.C., Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section

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