NEWS & UPCOMING PROGRAMS
Greater Newburyport Bar Association
Handling Mental Health Issues in
Probate & Family Court
Thursday, November 5, 4-6:30
It is a given that the COVID pandemic has changed the practice of law. To what extent have those changes impacted the representation of those with mental health issues? What are the concerns about navigating the court process now? How do you proceed when one party to a divorce suffers from a mental health impairment? This program brings together divorce and mental health law experts to provide you with tools for addressing these issues now and in the future.
Attend and Learn:
What Does Adjudication of Incapacity Mean
How to Establish Incapacity/Disability
What Is Your Obligation to a Client Who Has Mental Health Issues
Why Use a Single Transaction Conservatorship and How to Use it When a Divorce Litigant Suffers from a Lack of Capacity
What to Do When a Mental Health Issue Arises in the Midst of a Divorce?
What is the Role of a GAL in a Divorce Case When There Is a Mental Health Issue
Honorable Brian Dunn, Probate & Family Court
M. David Blake, Blake & Associates, Boston
Clare P. Culhane, Blake & Associates, Boston
Katelyn Lynch, Lynch & Ledoux, Salem
Donald Pitman, Newburyport
Margot G. Birke, Esq., Elder Law Solutions, Newburyport, Moderator
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.
Honorable Joan P. Armstrong
Honorable Thomas J. Barbar
Honorable Mary R. Black
Honorable Brian J. Dunn
Honorable Abbe L. Ross
Attorneys Judith Cowan &
Donald Pitman, Moderators
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
To register: https://www.onlineregistrationcenter.com/benchedII
Lawyers for Affordable Justice
What is the access to justice gap? According to a recent study by Clio, 77% of the people with legal problems can not afford legal assistance. In other words, only 23% of the people with legal problems are receiving legal help. Thus the access to justice gap. And for those needing legal help, it can seem as if there is an insurmountable mountain that they cannot climb. They don't meet the legal services guidelines and yet they have serious legal problems. COVID has exacerbated the number of legal issues for lower income people and that situation is likely to expand. From the other side of the gap, 80% of practicing lawyers say they want more clients. Lawyers can choose to see the access gap as an opportunity to serve more clients, contribute to the profession and expand their market.
So, what can you do as a lawyer perhaps looking for more clients? Consider joining Lawyers for Affordable Justice, LAJ. LAJ is a group of lawyers who practice independently in different specialty areas. LAJ was founded in 2016 through the collaboration of Boston College Law School, Boston University School of Law, and Northeastern University School of Law. The objective was to help each school’s graduates start successful solo practices that include serving low to moderate income clients in the Boston area. In January 2018, Lawyers for Affordable Justice, Inc., LAJ launched as a nonprofit organization, independent of the founding law schools.
LAJ lawyers offer discounted fees to people in need who have a budget for their legal matter but can’t afford the full price lawyers typically charge. Lawyers who join receive a number of valuable benefits, including:
Law Practice Management Software from Clio;
Access to Lexis Nexis;
Massachusetts Bar Association Membership;
Boston Bar Association Membership;
Substantive Law and Practice (Business) Mentors.
Please consider joining to help others while potentially also growing your own practice. With many individuals hurting more than ever under COVID, the need for legal help is great. For more information you can contact Carole Wagan, Executive Director, at email@example.com. Discover more about LAJ at http://lawyers4aj.org