Boston Bar Association
Family Law Section Newsletter
Summer 2015

In this issue...

I once came across an opposing lawyer on a family law case who didn't use email. Every communication had to be done by phone (and we all know how responsive attorneys are), or mailing or by fax. Working on that case made me feel as if I was transported back in time and practicing in the 1970s. We live in a gilded age of technology and we don't have to accept that how it was done in the past is how it should always be done. We can do it better and faster.
While there are many contenders for the title of "most complicated legal scheme," health insurance might be near the top. But knowing about a few basic health insurance protections and pitfalls could make life a bit easier for you and your clients.
Every year, large numbers of unaccompanied minors flee their homes in other counties to come to the United States. In the last fiscal year alone, 53,500 unaccompanied minors entered the United States. Many of these children come from high crime, poverty stricken cities in countries such as El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Once in the United States, these children have the option of obtaining special immigrant juvenile status (SIJ). SIJ status is a mechanism for children who have suffered abandonment, abuse, or neglect to obtain legal citizenship. Uniquely, the granting of this status requires the authority of state family or juvenile courts as well as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), thereby lending itself to cooperative work between an attorney practicing family law and an attorney practicing immigration law.
Case Summaries
Reported Case Summaries
By Elizabeth Silvestri, Jordana Kershner, and Wendy Hickey
Decisions of the MA Appeals Court Pursuant to Rule 1:28
By Ethan Rittershaus and Wendy Hickey

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2014-2015 Family Law Section Leadership

Peter G. Coulombe
Section Co-Chair
Massachusetts Department of Revenue

Theresa Ramos
Section Co-Chair
Goldstein, Egloff, Ramos & Wood, LLP

Mindy Markvan
Markvan Law LLC

Brian McLaughlin Jr.

Brian McLaughlin, Jr.
Brian McLaughlin LLP

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