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The First Justice of the Middlesex County Juvenile Court, Hon. Jay Bliztman, has for decades been a leader in the efforts to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. As a public defender, he started the Youth Advocacy Project, which began with the goal of protecting and advancing the legal and human rights of children and promoting their healthy development, through active partnerships in Boston’s communities. In 1994, he co-founded the Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ), a statewide non-profit organization that conducts research and advocates on important juvenile justice issues. Judge Blitzman dedicated himself to these initiatives because he believed that if he and other lawyers worked to improve access for juveniles and their families outside the courtroom these efforts would have a positive impact on the atmosphere within the courtroom.
A strong proponent for restorative justice, Judge Blitzman was initially “drawn to RJ at the urging of students” while teaching a course at Northeastern University. Concerned about national trends in the arrest and prosecution rates in Massachusetts and across the United States, Judge Blitzman learned that restorative justice, can be a cost effective tool to curb recidivism in the juvenile justice system by changing the behavior of youth.
Judge Blitzman will be a speaker in the Public Interest Leadership Program will host the Juvenile Restorative Justice Symposium at the Boston Bar Association on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The Symposium free event is open to the public and will bring together restorative justice practitioners for the purpose of educating the bar and raising awareness about restorative justice principles and efforts to implement these principles in the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts.
We have been telling you all about the benefits of our Law Day in the Schools program for Boston Public Schools students, but now you can hear for yourself! A team from WBUR, Boston’s National Public Radio station, spent some time at Law Day in the Schools sessions in Dorchester to put together a comprehensive piece on what the program is all about.
The segment was featured on Morning Edition earlier this week, but if you missed it, listen now!
For a program we have been running for 30 years, Law Day in the Schools remains as exciting as ever. We were honored to have the program featured prominently in The Boston Globe and on WBUR’s Morning Edition (thanks to this year’s timely topic of Miranda Rights.
But we also love hearing the stories attorneys bring back to us about their experiences, from children who dressed up as judges and attorneys to participate in a mock trial, to students that ended up in a “hung jury” because of a lively debate that took place, to Boston Public Schools students that left their sessions feeling more empowered by the knowledge of their rights under the law.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our Law Day in the Schools volunteers. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Amara Anosike Boston Children’s Hospital
Paula Bagger Cooke Clancy & Gruenthal LLP
Mia Batista Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
Tanya Beroukhim Locke Lord LLP
Joseph Blute Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Christine Bonardi Law Office of Christine M. Bonardi
David Bowman Morgan Lewis
Jordan Bowne Burns & Levinson LLP
Stephen Brake Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Heidi Brewster Biogen
Kait Brown Locke Lord LLP
Ann Hether Cahill Burns & Levinson LLP
Kimberly Calvi Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Arthur Carter The Law Offices of Arthur J. Carter IV
Brendan Carter Navigant Consulting
Kate Carter Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Neema Chaiban Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Meghan Cosgrove Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C.
Emma Days Ropes & Gray LLP
Meredith DeJesus Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Elizabeth Duffy State Street Corporation
Ty Edmondson Biogen
Rachel Eisenhaure White and Williams LLP
Bruce Falby DLA Piper LLP
John Fiske Healy, Fiske, Richmond & Matthew, LLP
Joseph Molina Flynn Molina Flynn Law Offices/Latino Law Center
Lisa Gallagher CVS Caremark, Inc.
Heather Gamache Prince Lobel Tye LLP
Ezra Geggel Ropes & Gray LLP
Thomas Gorman Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Richard Goulding Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Lorie Graham Suffolk University Law School
Cynthia Guizzetti Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Richard Harper U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Kelly Haynes Boston Children’s Hospital
Deirdre Heatwole University of Massachusetts Boston – Office of General Counsel
Dustin Hecker Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Bryce Helfer Burns & Levinson LLP
Jennifer Henricks Arrowood Peters LLP
Rachel Hershfang U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
Emily Hodge Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Alison Holdway Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Saqib Hossain Burns & Levinson LLP
Hannah Joseph Beck Reed Riden LLP
Kimberly Joyce Lee & Rivers LLP
Jean Kampas Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Sarah Kelly Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Dara Kesselheim Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
Judith Kim Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Nathaniel Koslof Sullivan & Worcester LLP
Brian Lee Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Laury Lucien Holland & Knight LLP
Stephanie Macholtz Biogen
Robyn Maguire Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Jacqueline Mantica Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
Carolyn Marcotte Barclay Damon, LLP
Sa’adiyah Masoud Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Andrew McArdell Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Michael McDermott Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.
Elizabeth McEvoy Donoghue Barrett & Singal, P.C.
Michael McGurk DLA Piper LLP
Jesse Medina Duane Morris LLP
David Michel Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Laura Mittelman Burns & Levinson LLP
Sean Nehill Boston Redevelopment Authority
Gwen Nolan King Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.
Asbel Nunez Avalon Law Offices, P.C.
Wadner Oge Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners
Mara O’Malley Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Sean O’Neill Ropes & Gray LLP
Michael Parran Biogen
Lizette Perez-Deisboeck Battery Ventures
Michael Pesa-Fallon Goulston & Storrs PC
Nancy Puleo Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP
Teresita Ramos Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Carla Reeves Burns & Levinson LLP
Lucy Reyes National Labor Relations Board
Stephen Riden Beck Reed Riden LLP
Adriana Rojas Garzon Bain Capital, LLC
Eneida Roman Eneida Roman Law Office
Christopher Schmitt Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
Nora Schmitt Verrill Dana LLP
Eugenia Schraa Huh Anderson & Krieger LLP
Jessalyn Schwartz Law Office of Christine M. Bonardi
Anthony Scibelli Barclay Damon, LLP
Catherine Scott Peabody & Arnold LLP
Leanne Scott John Hancock Financial Services
Emily Shanahan Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, PC
Mary Snyder Biogen – Weston Operations
Debra Squires-Lee Sherin and Lodgen LLP
Carol Starkey Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP
Kristen Stone Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General
Meghan Stubblebine Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Alex Sugerman-Brozan Segal Roitman LLP
Erika Todd Arrowood Peters LLP
Susan Tvrdy Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Al Uluatam State Street Corporation
Mian Wang Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Harvey Weiner Peabody & Arnold LLP
Allison Williard Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
We would also like to thank the following law firms for adopting a classroom this year:
Anderson & Kreiger LLP; Arrowood Peters LLP; Barclay Damon, LLP; Beck Reed Riden LLP; Burns & Levinson LLP; Choate Hall & Stewart LLP; Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP; Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.; DLA Piper LLP; Donoghue Barrett & Singal; Duane Morris LLP; Goulston & Storrs PC; Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Holland & Knight LLP; Krokidas & Bluestein LLP; Locke Lord LLP; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.; Morgan Lewis; Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP; Peabody & Arnold LLP; Posternak Blankstein & Lund LLP; Prince Lobel Tye LLP; Schwartz Hannum PC; Sherin and Lodgen LLP; State Street Corporation; Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C.; Sullivan & Worcester LLP; Ropes & Gray LLP; Verrill Dana LLP; Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP; and White and Williams LLP