Greater Newburyport Bar Association

2021 Schedule,

(more details coming soon)


Tricks & Traps in Family Court Zoom Trials

Wednesday, January 13, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

via Zoom


Join Justice Jennifer Rivera Ulwick and Judge Terry Cafazzo as they discuss how to be more effective in Zoom hearings and trials. Moderator Donald Pitman will lead the discussion with your practice questions. Send those to him in advance at


Attend and Learn:

  • What the judges say works and does not work

  • What are the latest court rules for conducting hearings and trials

  • How to prepare your client for Zoom testimony

  • How to best overcome challenges in the Zoom format



Hon. Jennifer M.R. Ulwick, First Justice, Essex Probate and Family Court

Hon. Terry Cafazzo, Assoc. Judge, Probate & Family Court

Don Pitman, The Pitman Law Offices and President, GNBA


To register:

Children in the CrosshairsThursday, January 28, 2021,

via Zoom

All cases that include children are potentially fraught with many issues. What are the roles of the various actors, i.e. family lawyers, GAL, PC, ARC, therapist? How is COVID impacting parenting time, plans, children's learning and safety? How can children be given a voice? Our expert faculty share their knowledge and practice strategies.


Judith N. Cowan, Esq., Chair, Natola Associates, Danvers

Nicole C. Armstrong, Esq., Armstrong Law, Lowell

Martha R. Bagley, Esq., Weston Patrick, Boston and Bagley Law, Salem

Anthony R. Pelusi, Jr., Esq., N. Andover

Kimberly T. Hutchins, LMHC, Psychotherapist Specializing with Children & Families, Newburyport & Beverly


Bankruptcy & Divorce, Thursday, April1

Attorneys Martha Bagley, Weston Patrick, P.A., Boston and Bagley Law, Salem and Kathleen R. Cruickshank, Murphy & King, Boston


The Annual John C. Stevens Symposium on Family Law: Benched II


Rescheduled, Thursday, May 13, 2021, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport


Back by popular demand is “Benched”. This year’s symposium features the following, all of whom will share their thoughts and tips for more effective advocacy.


Tentative List of Judges

Honorable Joan P.  Armstrong

Honorable Thomas J. Barbar

Honorable Mary R. Black

Honorable Abbe L. Ross 


 Attorneys Judith Cowan & 

Donald Pitman, Moderators

Topics include


  • Motion Practice—Emergencies; Contempt; DCF Cases

  • Pretrials—Preparation; Pro Se; Exhibit Books

  • Discovery—GAL Reports; DCF Records, Executive Compensation

  • Trials—Evidentiary Mistakes, Preserving Objections

  • Appeals—Interlocutory; Credibility; Exhibits



Tuition: $70 for GNBA Members/$120 for Nonmembers

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