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Greater Newburyport

Bar Association

2024 Schedule

Separation Agreement Pitfalls: Language & Punctuation

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 4:30-6:30, Zoom, recording available

This interactive program provides an in-depth look into Separation Agreements from the perspectives of two expert litigators and the Honorable Melanie J. Gargas. Attorney Martha R. Bagley will moderate the discussion.

Attend & Learn:

  • What are the critical elements of an agreement

  • What do you look for as opposing counsel

  • What are some of the wording/punctuation pitfalls you should watch for

  • When does a dispute over language call for an expert

  • When will a judge allow an expert

  • What is a judge looking for when reviewing an agreement

Expert Faculty

Attorney Martha R. Bagley, Brigantine, Topsfield

Honorable Melanie J. Gargas, Probate & Family Court

Attorney David H. Lee, Lee and Rivers, Boston

Attorney Gary O. Todd, Todd & Weld, Boston

To Register:

The Art and Science of Negotiation

Thursday, March 7, 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:

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

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