CLE Program

Sixth Annual Juvenile & Child Welfare Conference


Date: Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


UTEC Center
35 Warren Street
Lowell, MA, 01852

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Program Options:


MBA Paralegals : $50.00
MBA Law Students : $50.00
MBA Member : $50.00
Non-Member : $100.00

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Shutting Down the Pipeline: Proactive Representation of Youth in Need of Services

The Massachusetts Bar Association welcomes back our Juvenile & Child Welfare members to the Sixth Annual Juvenile & Child Welfare Conference.

This year's conference will feature attorney and children’s advocate Kate Lowenstein, JD, MSW, who focuses on how the trajectory of the cradle-to-prison pipeline might be bent in a more positive way. Lowenstein has witnessed that children and young adults passing through various systems — such as welfare, foster care and the justice system — “needed a good attorney and a good social worker, but those two professions really were not communicating.”

Lowenstein made her educational and professional focus a combination of these two worlds. She believes that as this coordination becomes more prevalent, constituents who work with this population can “begin this understanding of the intersectional experience of children, the intersection of our systems, and also how we interact with each other in order to help children.”

The conference will also feature panels of experienced judges and attorneys focused on:

  • Stopping the cradle-to-prison pipeline when seeking services
  • Preventative Representation
  • Services without state intervention
  • Framing the mental health crisis and the response thus far
  • Follow the data: you can't fix what you won't measure

Do not miss this exclusive opportunity to network with colleagues, program faculty, and the leaders of the juvenile and child welfare bar.

The Massachusetts Bar Association is excited to announce the recipient of the Fourth Annual Juvenile and Child Welfare Award is Arnold I. Abelow, Esq. Attorney Abelow has worked tirelessly on behalf of juvenile and adult defendants in Suffolk County since being admitted to the bar in 1969.

This conference is approved for 6 CAFL/YAD credits.

Special pricing is available for practitioners on the CAFL, YAD, and Mental Health Litigation Division panels. Attend for $50. Call MBA Member Services to register at (617) 338-0530.

Members of the Greater Lowell Bar Association can take advantage of the MBA Member registration rate. You must contact member services at (617) 338-0530.

Registration is required by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 1.


Hon. Jay Blitzman (ret.), Conference Co-chair
Erica Cushna, Esq., Conference Co-chair
CPCS-Salem, Salem
Cristina Freitas, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Freitas & Freitas LLP, Lowell
Debbie Freitas, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Freitas & Freitas LLP, Lowell
Audrey Murillo, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Harvard Law School, Criminal Justice Institute, Cambridge
Kate Lowenstein, JD, MSW, Keynote Speaker
Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Boston
Hon. Gloria Tan, Panelist
First Justice Middlesex County, Cambridge Juvenile Court, Cambridge
Delano Bailey, Panelist
Social Service Advocate, Youth Services Division, CPCS, Springfield
Laura Chrismer Edmonds, Esq., Panelist
CPCS YAD mentor/private attorney, Springfield
Marisol Garcia, Esq., Panelist
Health Law Advocates Inc., Boston
Anne "Beau" Kealy, Esq., Panelist
CPCS Mental Health Panel, Boston
Daniel Losen, Esq., Panelist
Education Law and Policy Consultant, Lexington
Joseph D. Mulhern, Esq., Panelist
CPCS Youth Advocacy Department, Fall River
Carly Pedersen , Panelist
Youth Advocacy Division, CPCS & Plummer Youth Promise, Boston
Kristine Polizzano , Panelist
Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate, Boston
Melissa Threadgill , Panelist
Massachusetts Office of the Child Advocate, Boston

Sponsoring Sections:

Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section

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