Event Start:
10/27/2020 4:00 PM
Event End:
10/27/2020 6:00 PM

Date and Time: Tuesday, October, 27, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Program Fee: $50


Sponsored by the Social Law Library, the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court, the Greater Boston Family Law American Inn of Court and Senior Partners for Justice

This program has been approved by CPCS for 2.0 credit hours for the CAFL panel;, and 1.0 credit hours for the Mental Health Litigation panel (NOT trial skills). To receive credits attendees must be logged on during the program for a minimum of 80% of the conference time. Certificates will be emailed to all attendees who were logged onto the program for at least 80% of the program.


Chief Justice John D. Casey, Probate and Family Court – Opening Remarks
Hon. Jacqueline M. Burchill, Associate Justice, Norfolk Probate and Family Court
Hon. James V. Menno, (Ret.), Menno Conciliation Services
Hon. Maureen H. Monks, First Justice, Middlesex County, Probate and Family Court
Hon. Richard A. Simons, First Justice, Berkshire Probate and Family Court


Lisa Cukier, Esq., Burns & Levinson LLP
Rosemary Purtell, Esq., Law Office of Rosemary Purtell, LLC

The COVID-19 crisis on family conflicts in our Probate and Family Courts has impacted everyone from our judiciary, court professionals, attorneys, to the litigants struggling to access justice. While we as practitioners applaud our court’s leaders for the tremendous technological strides that have been made, COVID-19 has dragged the Probate and Family Court into the 21st Century. This program will explore what has worked and what hasn’t and identify the long-term solutions that will endure and enhance the access to justice for all. It will discuss the alternative dispute options available outside of the courtroom and why they may now be the best option for many cases. Join our distinguished panel of sitting and a retired judge and family law attorneys to learn how domestic relations cases and probate litigation can move forward in the ever-changing COVID-19 environment. The program will include an overview of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), the virtual courtroom, client management, COVID-19’s impact on Guardian Ad Litem, parenting plans and asset valuation, and so much more!

Topics that will be covered in the webinar include:

  • Why ADR is more important than ever
  • What form of ADR do you really need
  • Use of Special Masters or Arbitrators
  • The risks and benefits of virtual litigation
  • Using the virtual Registries
  • Filing in the 21st Century with technology from the 20th Century
  • Managing the client’s expectations
  • Preparing your client for virtual hearings
  • Maintaining attorney-client privilege during virtual hearings
  • Break-out rooms: how to use the new “conference room” to settle your case
  • Use of settlement conferences

Online registration is encouraged. For assistance, questions on group discounts, accommodations requests, special billing, program content, out-of-state CLE credits, and general CLE information contact Michael Saporito by email at Registrations accepted in order of receipt. Registration fees are non-refundable. Most Social Law Library CLE events are recorded. The recording is available by digital download, generally within a week after the program date. Most downloads include print material and are $19.95 each. This product purchase is separate from CLE registration and is not included in the price of a CLE registration. CLE credit, when applicable, is only granted when the live webinar is attended.
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