On Friday, March 23rd, 2018 Attorney Andrea M. Wells completed an 8-hour Court-connected Conciliation training at the Essex County Probate and Family Court in Lawrence, MA. The Conciliation Training was presented by the Massachusetts Trial Court Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution. Conciliation is a form of dispute resolution where the parties to a case voluntarily agree to sit down with a neutral party (the Conciliator) to try to reach an agreement or partial agreement out of Court. The Conciliator can help the parties by clarifying the issues in their case and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the parties’ respective positions. Under the Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution, completion of this training provides the mandated qualification standards for court-connected neutrals. Not only will Attorney Andrea M. Wells’ Conciliation Training allow her to provide conciliation services to Lawrence SERV Program (Settlement and Early Resolution Volunteers), but she may now volunteer her services in any Probate and Family Court approved conciliation program. Providing services to the community is part of who we are at the Levitt Law Group, and Andrea now adds her new skills training to the dispute resolution services we provide.
Levitt Law Group, LLC is proud to be a Finish Line Sponsor for the Lowell Humane Society’s upcoming Muddy Paws Benefit 5k Walk/Run taking place on June, 2, 2018 in Lowell! The Lowell Humane Society, a private not for profit organization, is one of the oldest humane organizations in Massachusetts and works tirelessly to prevent cruelty, provide care for homeless and distressed animals, and educate the public about responsible pet ownership. Levitt Law Group employees (and their dogs!) will also be participating in the 5k as walkers and runners to raise money for the organization. Check out https://www.classy.org/event/muddy-paws-5k/e151371 to donate to Levitt Law Group’s fundraising team, or to sign up for the event. We hope to see you there!
Attorney Emily A. Weber has been honored as a “2018 Up & Coming Lawyer” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Attorneys selected as “Up and Coming Lawyers” have been members of the Massachusetts Bar for 10 years or less, yet have already distinguished themselves as rising stars in the practice of law. The Levitt Law Group is proud to have Emily as one of the honorees, it is well deserved. Emily will be recognized for her legal accomplishments at the annual 2018 Excellence in the Law Event held on May 10, 2018 at the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston. Congratulations Emily!
Attorney Karen J. Levitt and her colleagues psychologist Gina Arons, Psy.D and Attorney Patrice Brymner, have been selected by the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (“MCLC”) to present one of the four workshops at the MCLC 2018 Collaborative Practice Forum: Collaborative Leadership: Modeling Collaborative Values In Business, Life And Community, which is scheduled for April 27, 2018 at the Four Points Sheraton, Norwood, MA. Entitled “Navigating Leadership: The Rough Seas of Family Business & Divorce”, the workshop addresses how the Collaborative Law process can be used to help couples who have a family business navigate not just their divorce, but the division of the business and the running of the business both during and after divorce. Addressing family businesses in divorce not only may require a complex financial analysis, but the issue of leadership of the business to ensure its continuation post-divorce can be a challenge. The conference is attended by attorneys, financial professionals, and mental health professionals. Attorney Karen J. Levitt is excited to be part of this exciting conference!
Attorney Emily A. Weber is serving as a member of a newly formed committee formed by First Justice of the Middlesex Probate Court, Edward F. Donnelly, Jr., in conjunction with Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court Angela M. Ordonez, to work on the establishment of a full-time Probate and Family Court session in Lowell beginning in 2019.
The new Lowell Justice Center, which is currently under construction in downtown Lowell, will provide state of the art facilities for the Probate and Family Court, along with the Superior, District, Juvenile, and Housing Courts of Middlesex County. The newly formed committee will address and make recommendations on the catchment areas for the new Lowell session and for the existing session, now held in Cambridge, and staffing and training of the court employees who will work for the Probate and Family Court in Lowell.
Attorney Andrea M. Wells is a talented writer and educator, see her interview on Legal Ease on Adoption.
See her interview on Alimony reform in Massachusetts.
Attorney Wells has also written a Legal Guide for Avvo on the new 2017 Massachusetts Child Support Guidelines.
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 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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.massclc.org.
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.