Levitt Chairs MCLC Strategic Planning Committee

Karen has been chairing the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council’s Strategic Planning Committee this year, which is tasked with creating MCLC’s first three year strategic plan.  It is anticipated that MCLC with the approval of its Board of Directors, will adopt a three year plan after review and comment, in 2014.

Levitt Elected to IACP Board

Karen has been honored by being elected to a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (“IACP”), beginning January 2014.

IACP is an interdisciplinary organization with over 5000 members from around the world, including lawyers, judiciary, financial professionals and mental health professionals.

For more information about IACP, go to www.collaborativepractice.com.

Weber Attends Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop

In June 2013 Attorney Emily Weber participated in a week long intensive Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop hosted by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education in Boston.

The week-long interactive course was led by the Honorable James V. Menno of the Plymouth Probate and Family Court and the Honorable Mary Anne Sahagian of the Essex Probate and Family Court.  Attorney Weber performed as trial counsel in all stages of a typical domestic relations case from motion hearing through trial, including:

  • performing opening and closing statements
  • direct and cross examination of lay witnesses and experts
  • the proper use of exhibits and demonstrative evidence at trial

This mock-trial was performed under the demanding critique of Probate and Family Court judges and dozens of  leading and experienced Massachusetts family law trial attorneys.

The week concluded with Attorney Weber co-chairing a hypothetical case in front of the Honorable Jeffrey A. Abber of the Essex Probate and Family Court in which she opposed the removal of her “client’s” children from Massachusetts as sought by the mother, her client’s former spouse.  Attorney Weber points out that she “won” her trial!

Jacqueline Leonardo attends Paralegal Conference

On June 20, 2013, Jacqueline Leonardo attended the 15th Annual Paralegal Conference for 2013, led by distinguished paralegals in Massachusetts.

The conference united paralegals from all of Massachusetts, to hone their skills in multiple areas of practice, and to discuss new trends and requirements in this ever changing career field. This conference focused on learning tips and tricks to “stand out”. It also provided new information as to how this career field is evolving; great resources and materials were provided with the hopes in assisting paralegals in expanding their knowledge base.

Divorce Law: MCLE BasicsPlus! Workshop

On May 30th and 31st of 2013, Jacqueline Leonardo attended the Divorce Law: MCLE BasicsPlus! workshop, which provided essential practice skills.

Through a variety of lectures, demonstrations and hands-on workshops, the expert faculty provided substantive knowledge to handle divorce work—an overview of the core concepts, statutes, cases and procedural rules that govern divorce practice.    Jackie  has been using her new practice skills on a regular basis here in the office!

Tools and Techniques of Collaborative Law and Mediation

Karen was a panelist at the April 10, 2013 presentation on “Collaborative Law and Mediation Tools and Techniques: Common Ground”, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation (MCFM) and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC).

Joined by Attorneys Daniel Finn and Kate Fanger, and psychologist  Lynn Cooper,  and moderated by Attorney Lisa Smith, Karen and the rest of the panelists explored common ground between mediation and collaborative law, and what shared tools and techniques are used by mediators as well as collaborative law practitioners in their work in divorce and family law. Karen spoke regarding the standards of communication and conduct, and the role of the law, in both processes.

This was a very well attended program, with over 70 people registering!