2017-2018 Women’s Leadership Initiative class

The Levitt Law Group is pleased to announce that Attorney Emily A. Weber has been selected by the Women’s Bar Association to participate in its 2017-2018 Women’s Leadership Initiative class.  The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) was established in 2009 and recognizes up and coming stars of the legal profession who are six to twelve years into their legal careers. The year-long program provides participants with mentoring and leadership development opportunities, while connecting them with leaders in the community.  There will also be opportunities to work with role models and one another, build networks, and be exposed to leadership positions.  WLI alumni include Attorney General Maura Healey and other high-ranking law firm partners, government attorneys and in-house counsel. This year the program will be led by Mary Ryan, partner at Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP and Jayne Tyrrell, Director of the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee.  

WBA President Michele Ballie said “The WBA is proud that Emily Weber is a member of this new class of the Women’s Leadership Initiative. The program is directly aligned with the organization’s goal of advancing women in the profession.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to include such a promising group in this program.”  The selection of Attorney Emily A. Weber demonstrates her proven talent and her promise as a future leader in the legal profession, and is also a reflection on the Levitt Law Group.  The Levitt Law Group is thrilled that Attorney Weber, one of our own group of talented attorneys, has been given this honor. Congratulations Emily!

Attorney Karen J. Levitt has been busy this fall!

Attorney Karen J. Levitt was a guest speaker along with Collaborative Coach Michelle Tetreault, LICSW, at a Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council practice group meeting of the Tri River practice group, held on November 16, 2017. Attorney Karen J. Levitt and Michelle Tetreault spoke about some of the dynamics and challenges for same sex couples in divorce.  The meeting was well attended with a lively discussion amongst attorneys, financial professionals, and mental health professionals about the issues presented.  Ms. Tetreault has been in private practice in Exeter, New Hampshire for over twenty (20) years, and works primarily with couples.  Michelle and Attorney Levitt were some of the co-authors of the MCLE publication, Collaborative Law: Practice and Procedures, MCLE’s first manual on collaborative practice.
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Ethics: Maintaining Our Collaborative Compasses

Attorney Karen J. Levitt will be co-presenting at a Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council  sponsored workshop entitled “Ethics: Maintaining Our Collaborative Compasses”, to be held on November 14, 2017 at the Courtyard Marriott in Woburn, MA.  Ethical issues come up all the time in the law.  Ethics is an important part of any profession, and is guided by various ethical rules, but it is also about doing the “right thing”.  How do ethics apply in the Collaborative Law Process and what are the implications of ethical issues that may arise?  Attorney Karen J. Levitt will be co-presenting with Attorney Jeffrey Fink, Coach/Facilitator Linda Cohan, and Financial Professional and CPA Lauren Desforge.  This interactive presentation will help participants to think more about and become more aware of how to balance personal and professional ethics in the context of the Collaborative Law process.  For more information, contact Attorney Karen J. Levitt at klevit@levitlawgroup.com, or go to www.massclc.org.

Maine Lighthouse Ride 2017 Team Challenge Cycle Event

On September 8, 2017, Attorney Karen J. Levitt participated in the Maine Lighthouse Ride 2017 Team Challenge Cycle event, to raise money to find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis. The ride was along the Eastern Trail in Portland, Maine, a trail that extends 65 miles from South Portland to Kittery.  Only two charitable organizations participated in the ride which drew almost 1000 bicycle riders, and Team Challenge was one of those organizations with 20 members. 

Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are both major categories of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). IBD affects an estimated 1.6 million Americans. These chronic diseases tend to run in families and they affect males and females equally, and both children and adults.  Those who suffer from Crohn’s or Colitis have significant challenges in managing the disease and its symptoms at home, school and work.  As with any chronic disease, it also takes its toll on the family.  The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and Team Challenge work together to create events such as the one  Attorney Levitt participated, not just to raise money to help find a cure, but also to create more awareness and understanding of these diseases.

Karen bicycled 40 miles (plus 3 ½  miles each way to/from the ride start, which Karen found that out after she signed up, making it really 47 miles!).  It was a spectacularly beautiful sunny day for the ride which went past lighthouses, down the Eastern Trail winding its way through lovely ocean marshes, and along wonderful country back roads.  However the best part of the ride was Karen’s 20 team members, who together raised an amazing $95,000.00!   The team members were from all over the country, many of whom suffer themselves from Crohn’s or Colitis, or had family members supporting those in their family who suffer from these diseases, all riding to help find a cure and to create awareness and understanding of Crohn’s and Colitis. Attorney Levitt found all the riders in her team inspiring.

If you are interested in donating, your tax-deductible check can be made payable to “Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.”  Please mail your check to Attorney Karen J. Levitt, Levitt Law Group, 4 Meeting House Road, Chelmsford, Massachusetts 01824.  Or better yet, go online to http://online.ccfa.org/goto/KarenJLevitt and make your donation.   Please don’t hesitate to contact Attorney Karen J. Levitt  if you have any questions.

Attorney Emily Weber Attends Super Marketing Conference

On June 4, 2015, Attorney Emily Weber attended the 5th Annual Super Marketing Conference co-hosted by the Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP) and the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division. This year’s conference focused on social marketing strategies in recognition of the fact that the internet, specifically social media, has drastically changed the way in which attorneys educate the public about the services they offer. The conference featured both nationally-recognized legal marketing experts, as well as Massachusetts attorneys and other professionals.

Weber Elected to MA Collaborative Law Council Board

At the March 2015 Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council Annual Meeting, Attorney Emily Weber was elected to the organization’s Board of Directors, along with Linda Cohan, MSW, CSC, Attorney Jeffrey Fink, and Cathy Heenan, Ed.D. Emily looks forward to continuing her work with the organization in further developing the practice of Collaborative Law in Massachusetts. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Emily was named Chair of the Advanced Training Subcommittee for 2015-2016.  Emily is joined on the subcommittee by Attorneys Patrice Brymner and Karen Levitt, and Dr. Allison Bell, Psy.D. Emily also continues as Co-Chair of the Tri-River Practice Group with Karen Levitt.

On May 1,  2015, MCLC’s Advanced Training Subcommittee hosted an Advanced Training Forum, “Money Talks: What Does it Say & What Does it Really Mean?” In addition to working with the rest of the subcommittee to organize the Forum, Emily also co-presented a workshop at the Forum.

Levitt Article Published by American Bar Association (ABA)

Karen Levitt recently had an article published by the American Bar Association (ABA) in June 2015 regarding Access to Collaboration. As Chair of the IACP Access to Collaboration Task Force, and as a member of the MCLC Access to Collaboration Ad Hoc Committee, Karen has been very active this year in looking at how to bring Collaborative Law to clients of no, low, or modest means. See the ABA article at Karen’s Dispute Resolution Article.