CLE Program

Seventh Annual Juvenile and Child Welfare Conference


Date: Friday, June 14, 2024
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


UTEC Center
35 Warren Street
Lowell, MA, 01852

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Law Student : $50.00
MBA Member : $50.00
Non-Member : $100.00

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The State of Due Process in the Massachusetts Juvenile Court: Is there transparency and equity in our proceedings?

The Massachusetts Bar Association’s Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section is excited to present its Seventh Annual Juvenile & Child Welfare Conference on Friday, June 14 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the UTEC Center. This year's conference will focus on state of due process in Massachusetts Juvenile Courts and transparency and equity in proceedings. The conference will
challenge practitioners to address systemic inequity.  Please join youth and special needs advocates, court representatives, private-practice attorneys, and employees of state agencies to discuss important recent decisions and legal trends in the field of juvenile and child welfare.

This year's keynote speaker will be Tatiana Rodriguez, founder of Family Matters First (FMF), which strengthens families by providing legal tools, peer support, advocacy and mutual aid to end the separation of Black, Brown and low-income families. FMF holds monthly peer support groups, legal workshops, advocacy meetings, protests, documentary storytelling, surveys and community partnerships. FMF partners with numerous local organizations, including Harvard Law School, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research, Mass. General Hospital, JMAC for Families, UPenn Law School and Rutgers Law School. Rodriguez is a first-generation, Afro-Latina college graduate in social science. Rodriguez’s firsthand experience with the foster care system and advocacy groups led her to found FMF in 2020 to organize other impacted families.

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’s Juvenile & Child Welfare Section Council is proud to announce that the recipient of the Fifth Annual Juvenile and Child Welfare Award is Maryellen Cuthbert, Esq. Attorney Cuthbert has spent over four decades in private practice as a tireless fighter for the rights of indigent youth in both criminal and civil cases. She is truly one of the Youth Advocacy Division’s “heroes of the bar.”

This conference is approved for 6 YAD credits.

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

Registration for the conference is required by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.


Hon. Audrey Murillo, Conference Co-chair
Massachusetts Juvenile Court
Hon. Jay Blitzman (ret.), Conference Co-chair
Erica Cushna, Esq., Conference Co-chair
CPCS-Salem, Salem
Patricia A. Johnston, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Tatiana Rodriguez , Keynote Speaker
Family Matters First of Boston, Boston
Hon. Kenneth King, Panelist
Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Cambridge
Hon. Gloria Tan, Panelist
Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Cambridge
Josh Dankoff, JD, Panelist
Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Boston
Cristina Freitas, Esq., Panelist
Freitas & Freitas LLP, Lowell
Debbie Freitas, Esq., Panelist
Freitas & Freitas LLP, Lowell
Rebecca Greening, Esq., Panelist
WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School, Jamaica Plain
Charles Lerner, Panelist
Massachusetts CASA Association, Boston
Leon Smith, Esq., Panelist
Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Boston
Christian Williams, Esq., Panelist
Harvard Law School-Criminal Justice Institute, Cambridge
Marian Ryan, Esq., Panelist
Middlesex County District Attorney, Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Woburn

Sponsoring Sections:

Juvenile & Child Welfare Law Section

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