Greater Newburyport Bar Association

2021 Schedule


“Town Hall” with Family Law Colleagues

 Tuesday, June 15, 4:00-6:00, Newburyport Screening Room, 82 State Street, Newburyport

 (Zoom option but no recording)



Town Hall with Family Law Colleagues is a unique format that invites you to ask the panel questions and discuss possible solutions as a group on challenging issues re: Valuation; Support; Litigation/ADR 


Potential Discussion Topics:

  • The Intersection of Alimony and Child Support

  • How Does Imputed Normalized Compensation Impact Support

  • What Is the Impact of Valuation Date—What Are the Circumstances That Justify Revising Valuation Date

  • How to Decide When to Do a Business Valuation

  • How to Decide What Type of ADR to Choose

  • What Is the Extent & Limits of Authority for Parenting Coordinators


Come with your questions and join the conversation as we talk about practice issues, substantive legal points, and what is going on in the Family Law Bar; for all in attendance to discuss. This interactive approach will allow you to not only get answers to your questions, but also contribute to the answers for others. Please send your questions in advance to Donald Pitman,



Don Pitman, Moderator, The Pitman Law Offices

Marc Bello, CPA/ABV, CVA, MAFF, MST, Edelstein CPA

Judith Cowan, Natola Associates

Gary Todd, Todd & Weld


To register:

Note: Opinions are expressed for educational purposes only

Social Media Evidence: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Thursday, July 15, 4-6:00 p.m. , The Screening Room, 82 State Street, Newburyport 


Social media plays a key role in many family law, civil and criminal cases. Although social media is now ubiquitous in society and the law, the evolving nature of operating systems and apps creates challenges for your clients and cases. And the ugly? The potential criminal consequences.  


It is critical for all lawyers to know:

  • How to find social media platforms

  • How to conduct discovery to find social media evidence

  • How to establish a chain of custody

  • What evidence is admissible and what is exclusionary and how to properly authenticate evidence in court

  • What are the potential civil and criminal consequences of using social media evidence

  • What should you do if your client has unlawfully recorded a conversation

  • How do you avoid ethical traps


This program brings together litigation experts to discuss the ways these discovery issues play out in different courts and different states. Attend and learn about the latest developments and decisions.


The Faculty

Gary Todd, Todd & Weld, Boston, Moderator

Daniel K. Gelb, Gelb & Gelb, Beverly 

Richard Novitch, Todd & Weld, Boston

Nicole Reilly, Reilly & Rosnov, Danvers

To Register:

4th Annual CLE by the Sea: NE Solo and Small Law Firm Conference, Blue Ocean Event Center, Salisbury

Thursday, August 12

Greater Newburyport Bar Association with

The Maine State Bar Association; New Hampshire Bar Association; Massachusetts Bar Association; Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys; MA Woman’s Bar Association; Starting Out Solo; LOMAP-MA

Maine CLE Credits: 7.0 with potential to earn 2.5 Ethics Credits and 1.0 H&D Credit.

New Hampshire credits indicated on agenda



7:30-8:30    Continental Breakfast


8:30-9:30    How Cybersecurity Can Impact Your Business 

    (1 Maine ethics credit, NH 60 minutes general)

Corey Tapper, President, Techevolution Sponsored by Techevolution

  • Types of Cybersecurity (Cloud Security, Network Security and Application Security)

  • The Rise of Cyber Crime

  • Targeted Cyber Attacks

    • Identity Theft, Hacking and Other Cybersecurity Attacks

  • How to Avoid a Security Breach at your Company

  • The Biggest Risk to a Business

  • Processes the Best Practices

    • How to protect your network devices and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access


Concurrent Sessions

9:30-10:30    A.    Practicing Family Law on the Borders (NH 60 minutes general)

Demetra Pontsiakos, MA, Catherine Shanelaris, NH & Dana Prescott, ME

  • Substantive differences in child support/parenting/alimony

  • Enforcement and modification standards in three states.

  • UIFSA basics.

    •    UCCJEA basics vs. UCCJA basics (MA only).

  • How to record a foreign judgment and what does it mean?


9:30-10:30    B.    Marketing with Limited Resources

Susan Letterman White, Letterman White Consulting LLC

  • What does the most recent research data say about how prospective clients choose lawyers today

  • What should you do to get noticed with limited resources?

  • What can you do to improve your chances of being selected?


10:30-10:50    Networking Break


Concurrent Sessions


10:50-11:50 C.    COVID and Employer Liability Claims (NH 60 minutes general)

Maureen Pomeroy, MA, Debra Dyleski-Najjar NH & Laura H. White, ME, Don Pitman, Moderator

  • COVID Vaccinations and Accommodations

  • Leaves of Absence/ADA Rules

  • Working from Home Now and in Future


10:50-11:50 D.    State of the Legal Market and Profession (NH 60 minutes             general)

Damian Turco, TurcoLegal

  • Case and attorney trends through COVID pandemic;

  • Closer look at Eviction, Debt Collection, and Family Law Cases;

  • The Justice Gap and how the industry has addressed it;

  • Established and emerging legal tech and what lawyers will need to do to remain competitive.


Marc Moccia, Kazarosian Law

  • Lawyer WellBeing

  • Diversity

  • Civility


11:50-1:00 Lunch (included)



1:00-2:00    How to Build a Virtual Law Practice (NH 60 minutes general)

Rio Peterson, CLIO Sponsored by CLIO

  • What a virtual law firm is, and how it works

  • Why you should consider starting a virtual practice

  • How to get started on your firm’s virtual path


Concurrent Sessions

2:00-3:00    E.    Practicing Elder Law on the Borders: Different Approaches and     Current Topics (NH 60 minutes general)

Margot Birke, MA, Jennifer Frank, ME and Joy Riddell, NH Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts; Annuities/Name on Check; Pooled Trusts; Elective Share; Testamentary Trusts; Transfer on Death Deeds


2:00-3:00    F.    Encryption (1 Maine ethics credit, NH 60 minutes general)

Laura Keeler, LOMAP

  • Gain a basic understanding of encrypted communications

  • Learn how to protect confidential client information.

  • Learn about some best practices and examples of encryption tools that are applicable for use in a small law office.


3:00-3:15    Networking Break


Concurrent Sessions

3:15-4:15    G.    Inside Out: How to Manage Lead and Client Communications in a Brave New World (.5 Maine ethics credit, NH 60 minutes general)

Jared D. Correia, Red Cave Consulting Co.

  • What are the technology applications that can assist client communications

  • How to modernize your lead management and client communications to convert more clients

  • How to improve your relationships with the clients you already have

    •    What are the practical applications and ethical considerations that enable you to stay on top of, and paper, every transaction across the client lifecycle


3:15-4:15    H.    Business Ownership: Is It an Asset or Is It a Job? 

        (NH 60 minutes general)

Marc Bello, Edelstein & Co. and Don Pitman, Pitman Law Office Sponsored by Edelstein & Co.

  • Identify attributes which create value to a business

  • Identify attributes correlated to a business owners efforts

  • How to distinguish when a business goes from a job to an asset

  • Why does it matter for valuation purposes

  • If you can’t sell it, can it still be an asset?


4:15-5:15    Unconscious Bias (1 Maine H & D credit, NH 60 minutes general)

Susan Letterman White, Letterman White Consulting

  • How do systemic “isms” lead to inadvertent harassment and discriminatory communication and conduct in the practice of law?

  • What’s the role of feelings in all of this?

  • What can we do to recognize and repair the problem?



Reception    All Invited—Sponsored by the GNBA



Tuition: $175.00 | After July 12, $200.00

Tuition includes, continental breakfast, lunch, and reception. Also included are course materials. Parking is free in Blue Ocean lot.

To Register: firm-conference


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We thank our sponsors for their generosity and support!


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Table Sponsors


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The Institution for Savings. Since 1820, the Institution for Savings has played an integral role in supporting the communities we serve. With 15 retail locations throughout the North Shore, we offer a full menu of uncomplicated personal and business products and services to help our customers build financial security. As a mutual savings bank, our true commitment to our communities extends far beyond profits. From our trustees and officers to our employees, we are all committed to constantly do what we can to improve the lives of those around us every day. 


Gretchen Maguire, Realty One Group

At Realty ONE Group - NEST, we believe in Community, Family and building a life by design and not by default. We pride ourselves on our thriving, forward-thinking environment & unique COOLture! As a Residential Real Estate Salesperson since 1989 you will find that Gretchen Maguire's focus on customer satisfaction, communication, and passion for this business exceeds industry standards. When you’re ready to buy or sell a home, Gretchen Maguire can provide you with results you can count on.

Business Sponsors


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Don Pitman, The Pitman Law Offices, LLC, Newburyport,


Thomas J. Taranto, Law Office of Thomas J. Taranto, Salem                         


Gary Todd, Todd & Weld, Boston,


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


Rescheduled, Thursday, September 9, 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 Theresa Bisenius

Honorable Teixiera

Honorable Jennifer Rivera Ulwick


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

This is a great place to tell your story and give people more insight into who you are, what you do, and why it’s all about you.