Welcome to the Family Law Section of the BBA!
We had a very exciting year last year which included contributing insight into pending bills, such as a criminal law bill related to veterans, the proposal to expand the state’s CPCS program, as well as the Pro Hoc Vice proposal. The Steering Committee also promoted “Attorney for the Day” opportunities by encouraging members to volunteer their time in resource-strapped Probate Courts. All of our Sub-Committees continue to work very hard including our Communications Committee’s dedication to providing family law updates in the newsletter and website and the Pro-Bono Committee’s continued dedication to student outreach and veteran support.
We already have many exciting events planned for the fall.
The Section will be co-sponsoring an event with the Trust and Estates section on September 19, 2012 to discuss comments to proposed amendments to the elective share provisions of the MUPC.
The BBA is hosting a hearing for the Child Support Guidelines Task Force on September 27 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for members of the bar.
On October 1, 2012 the Section will hold a Welcoming Reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to honor the six (6) recently appointed justices to the Probate and Family Court.
On Friday, October 5, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. the Section will co-sponsor a Conciliation Training with the MBA to be held at the BBA for family Law Practitioners with five (5) or more years of domestic relations experience. At this program, attendees will become certified as a trained conciliator that will enable the attendee to be placed on the Probate and Family Courts’ list of trained conciliators. Attendance at the program is free, except for the fees associated with materials if you do not print them out yourself. In exchange for attendance, attendees will be asked to commit to volunteering for at least one day at the Probate and Family Court as a conciliator or for a “conciliation” project such as the pilot program at the Suffolk Probate and Family Court. Enrollment is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the BBA is hosting a BBA/Association of Family and Conciliation Courts roundtable event following our regular Steering Committee meeting.
We hope to continue the great work of the Family Law Section between the Steering Committee and Sub-Committees and hope to work toward facilitating more involvement in education, public policy, pro-bono and outreach from each of our members. We will also strive to coordinate programming both inside and outside of the BBA.
We look forward to seeing you soon at these events!
Lee M. Peterson & Jennifer Sevigney Durand
Family Law Section Co-Chairs 2012