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Greater Newburyport

Bar Association

2024 Schedule

The Alimony Landscape after Cavanagh & Openshaw

Thursday, April 18, 4:30-6:00, Zoom


The SJC recently decided Openshaw v. Openshaw. The case has been remanded but what is its impact now? It comes on the heels of the Cavanagh case and the lingering confusion that decision created. How do the cases fit together and what do they portend for alimony issues? Will the recent cases have a cumulative effect on alimony?

Join us for an interactive discussion with two of the lawyers involved in the decisions and financial expert Marc Bello.

Expert Faculty

Honorable Barbara M. Hyland, Hampden Probate & Family Court

Gary O. Todd, Todd & Weld, Moderator

Marc Bello, Managing Director, Willamette Managing Associates

Ann E. Dargie, Family Law of Western Massachusetts, P.C., East Longmeadow, Counsel in Cavanagh

Jason Owens, Lynch & Owens, PC, Hingham, Counsel in Openshaw

To Register:

The Art and Science of Negotiation

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 4:00-7:00, The Senior Center, Newburyport, High Street

Negotiation is a skill but can also be an art. No matter how experienced you are, there is always more to learn about how to improve your negotiation skills. Our experts dive into the substance and also provide commentary on role plays which provide you with an opportunity for feedback. This program will have limited enrollment to allow for interaction and skill building.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the elements and components of negotiation

  • What are the do's and don's of negotiation

  • How to promote negotiation success

  • What are the ethical considerations

  • How to address bias

  • How to resolve an impasse


Expert Faculty

Eugene Nigro, Nigro Pettipit & Lucas, P.C., Wakefield, Chair

Martha R. Bagley, Brigantine P.C., Salem

Patricia M. Davis, Davis & Davis, P.C., N. Reading

Gary O. Todd, Todd & Weld, Boston

To Register:

Essex Superior Court Civil Issues 

4:30-6:00 p.m.

Newburyport Superior Court

145 High Street, Newburyport


Attorney Thomas Nicholson, Finneran & Nicholson, Newburyport, leads a discussion with Superior Court Judges and Clerks. Topics include:

  • Jury Trials post-COVID

  • Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

  • Motions in Limine

  • Requests to Continue

  • Compliance with Superior Court Rules including 9A, 9C and 9F

  • Remote vs. In-person Hearings – Standing Order 1-22

  • Clerk’s Tips on Standing Order 1-23 (eFiling) and Technology in the Courtroom


Judge Kathleen M. McCarthy-Neyman, Regional Administrative Justice, Essex Superior Court

Judge Kristen R. Buxton, Associate Justice, Superior Court

Judge Thomas Drechsler, Associate Justice, Superior Court

Judge James F. Lang, Associate Justice, Superior Court

Judge Lynn C. Rooney, Associate Justice, Superior Court

Judge Salim R. Tabit, Associate Justice, Superior Court

Thomas H. Driscoll, Jr., Esq., Clerk of Courts and Magistrate, Essex Superior Court

Assistant Clerks for Civil Business, Essex Superior Court


To Register:

Annual John C. Stevens Family Law Symposium

Thursday, May 23, 5-7:00 p.m., The Firehouse Center for the Arts, Newburyport


Featuring all of the Essex Probate Court judges, Moderators Judith Cowan and Gary Todd will guide a discussion of the most current challenging issues.

Attend & Learn:



Hon. Michael D. Anderson, Essex Probate & Family Court

Hon. Mary Rudolph-Black, Essex Probate & Family Court

Hon. Frances M. Giordano, Essex Probate & Family Court

Hon. Nan M. Sauer, Essex Probate & Family Court

Hon. Jennifer M. Rivera Ulwick, Essex Probate & Family Court

Attorneys Judith Cowan, Danvers and Gary Todd, Boston

Seventh Annual CLE CLE by the Sea: NE Conference for Solos and Small Law Firms,

Thursday, July 18, Blue Ocean Event Center



 8:00-9:00        Registration & Breakfast


9:00-9:15        Welcome & Introductions

             Gary O. Todd, Todd & Weld, LLC, President, GNBA


 9:15-10:30        Concurrent Workshops


A.    How Co-parenting Apps Can Enhance Client Communications and Ensure Success—1.25 ME Credits/75 NHMCLE min. 

Kevin Dorsey, Our Family Wizard


  • What are the online tools judges are ordering parents to use for communicating their shared parenting needs.

  • How to recognize documents that may be presented as evidence in the courtroom

  • Learn how mediators, custody evaluators, and other professionals may work with and assess family needs utilizing these tools.


B.    Analytics for Attorneys: How Statistics Can Help You Build a More Efficient Law Practice —1.25 ME Credits/75 NHMCLE min.

Jared Correia, CEO, Red Cave Law Firm Consulting


  • Why Statistical Analysis Is Important

  •   How to Employ Key Performance Indicators in Your Practice

  • Novel Analytic Strategies

  • How to Use Analytics for a Competitive Advantage


C.    Ethics Smorgasbord – the 2024 Edition—1.25 ME Ethics Credits/

75 NHMCLE min.

Edward Cheng, Sherin & Lodgen, Boston & Donald L. Pitman lll, The Pitman Law Offices LLC, Newburyport


Current Ethics Topics, including

  • What to Do if Bar Complaint Comes over the Transom

  • Copying Someone Else’s Brief

  • Conflict of Interest Issues Involving Former Clients

  • Handling Clients When Moving to Another Firm

  • Ethics of A.I .Brief Writing


 10:30-10:50     Networking Break


 10:50-12:05    Concurrent Workshops


D.    How to Thrive in Federal Court—1.25 ME Credits/75 NHMCLE min.

Hon. Lance E. Walker, Federal District Court, Maine; John Doonan, and Reneau Longoria, Doonan, Graves and Longoria, Beverly & Jeffrey Loeb, Rich May, Boston


  • Advantages of Being in Federal Court

  • Jurisdiction of the Federal Court and Remand from State Court

  • Expectations of the Federal Court

  • Pitfalls for the Unwary


E.    Ethical Issues for GALs and P.C.s—1.25 ME Ethics Credits/75 NHMCLE min.

Attorneys Judith Cowan, Tony Pelusi, Demetra Pontisakos, MA & Dana Prescott, ME


  • What are the issues for those participating on list serves and/or  consultation groups

  • How to participate and maintain confidentiality

  • What do team members supporting a family need to do to respect  privilege and confidentiality

  • How to juggle multiple/sequential roles

  • Should you serve as a PC without formal appointment


F.        Successfully Starting & Maintaining a Sole Practice—1.25 ME Credits/40 NHMCLE min.

Maureen Pomeroy, Pomeroy Law, Employment Law & 

Joseph Waldbaum, Criminal Law


From starting a solo firm to hiring employees and everything in between, 

Common issues encountered when starting out or trying to grow a practice, e.g. Advertising; mobile website; unique selling point; Intake phone call/questionnaire; Engagement letter; conflict checks; responsibilities for client funds; Getting reviews & testimonials; virtual offices; marketing; file retention and more


12:05-1:00        Luncheon, Included


  1:00-2:15        Concurrent Workshops


G.    Perspectives in Assessing & Valuing Tort Cases-1.25 ME Credits/

75 NHMCLE min.

Brianna Sullivan, Kazarosian Costello LLP & Stephen Zolotas, Spada Law Group


  • How to Effectively Use Valuation Tools

  • Troubleshooting Issues in Medical Records

  • How Liability and Facts Impact Case Value

  • Mediator’s Perspective


H.    Understanding Business Valuation Reports —1.25 ME Credits/75 NHMCLE min.

Marc Bello, Managing Director, Willamette & Donald L. Pitman lll,                  The Pitman Law Offices, LLC, Newburyport


  • What Should You Expect?  

  • Gain an Understanding of the Key Sections and Necessary Disclosures

  • How to Identify Strengths and Weaknesses in a Report? 

  • How to Deal with Hearsay?  

  • Techniques to Use a Report for a Deposition &/or Trial


I.    Building an Ethical and Antifragile Law Firm in a Volatile World: Tips from LCL—1.25 ME Ethics Credits/75 NHMCLE min.

Luz Carrion, LCL/MA


  • Learn practical tips and techniques for thriving

  • Discover how to be an antifragile lawyer and have an antifragile law firm.

  • Learn how to integrate the Rules of Professional Conduct into the design of your  law firm.

  • Find out how technology can enhance an antifragile law firm

  • Understand how an antifragile model and a new mindset could boost your advantage when facing ethical challenges. 


 2:15-2:35    Networking Break


 2:35-3:50    Concurrent Workshops


J.    Marijuana Use & Parenting Issues—1.25 ME Credits/

75 NHMCLE min.

Jennifer Lamana, MA & Eileen Quill, MA


  • How the court assesses the appropriateness of use,

  • Resources to demonstrate “overusage"


K.    Cybersecurity, Compliance & Useful Software - How to Prevent Losses & Increase Profit—1.25 ME Credits/75 NHMCLE min.

David S. Markey, Managing Partner, CRCIT


  • Current Cyber Threat Landscape: Insights and Strategies

  • Maximizing Email Security: Beyond Free Providers: Advanced strategies to bolster email defenses against phishing, malware, and breaches. Discover why relying on free email services leaves you vulnerable.

  • Compliance as a Strategic Advantage: How adherence to regulatory compliance not only mitigates risk but also serves as a lever for business growth by increasing trust with customers and adding a competitive edge in the market.

  • Integrating Customer Relationship Management and Lead Management Software for Growth: Explore how leveraging a CRM and specialized lead intake software can streamline customer acquisition, improve client relationships, and boost sales efficiency.


L.    Jedi Mind Tricks for Lawyers: How to Respond to Bullying Behavior in and Out of Court-1.25 H & D ME Credits/75 NHMCLE min.

Dr. Shawn Healy, LCL/MA & Attorney Maureen Booth, TurcoLegal, MA


  • Identify key wellbeing priorities in order to equip yourself to respond to bullying attempts

  • Change your perspective on a bullying attempt to make it less threatening

  • Understand the goals of a bully and identify ways of increasing your resilience

  • Identify helpful and effective strategies for responding to bullying attempts

  • Identify options for being an effective ally to others who are dealing with bullying attempts


 3:55-5:10    Concurrent Workshops


M.    Insight into the Vital Role of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusions in Legal Practice—1.25 ME H & D Credits/75 NHMCLE min.    

Jenese Brownhill, LICSW, Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Justice Resource Institute


  • The significance of diversity in the legal profession and its impact on client representation and outcomes.

  • Strategies for creating an inclusive environment within your practice, including hiring practices, workplace policies, and client interactions.

  • Understanding implicit biases and their effects on decision-making in the legal field.

  • Practical steps for promoting equity and justice in your daily work, particularly in the criminal justice system.

  • Resources and tools for ongoing education and action in the realm of DEI.


N.  Policing the Police: Legal & Practical Implications—1.25 ME Credits/75 NHMCLE min.

Honorable Mary F. McCabe, Newburyport District Court, Attorneys Nicole Reilly, MA & NH and John S. Webb, Webb Law, Portland & Saco, ME


  • Use of Body Cameras

  • Use of Force

  • No-knock Warrants

  • Civilian Oversight


O.    60 Apps in 60 Minutes—1.25 ME Credits/no NH credits

Jared D. Correia, CEO Red Cave Law Firm Consulting


In this twist on a popular American Bar Association TECHSHOW staple, you’ll get a list of the best productivity apps in one-minute increments, with a strict time limit.  This fast-paced program packs in more information than you can shake a stick at.  

Get faster, work less, make more.  Start here.  



5:05-    Gourmet Reception for All at Surfside, sponsored by the GNBA



Tuition includes, continental breakfast, lunch, and reception and materials. 

Parking is provided by GNBA for free in the Blue Ocean Parking Lot

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!!

 Speaker Sponsors


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