• Conflict Resolution Week - FREE EVENTS AROUND MA!

    Your DR Section Council has been working hard organizing multiple events to occur during Conflict Resolution Week, 10/16-20/17.  Each event will be held in a different location around Massachusetts, and has it's own focus.  Please join us at one or more of these FREE events to celebrate the many benefits that dispute resolution (DR) processes bring to the legal community and the people of Massachusetts.

    There's unequivocally something for everyone - you can even make Friday night's film screening a "date night"!  Please mark your calendars and invite anyone who might be interested.  Hope to see you there.

  • Program on New Child Support Guidelines

    On July 18, 2017, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey announced new Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines, effective September 15, 2017, offer substantial and substantive changes based on recommendations from the 2016-17 Child Support Guidelines Task Force.

    Join the Massachusetts Bar Association for a panel discussion on Tuesday, July 25, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the MBA in Boston. Expert panelists, including Child Support Task Force members and the Child Support Task Force project manager, will provide an overview of the major changes to the guidelines including:

    • Parenting time

    • Child care costs

    • Child support for children between ages of 18 and 23

    • Contribution to post-secondary educational expenses

    • Health care coverage

    • Minimum and maximum levels of child support

    • Modification & deviation

    • And more

    The MBA will offer additional substantive programs throughout the commonwealth on the 2017 Child Support Guidelines. Do not miss this opportunity to receive an overview of these changes from the task force members who recommended them.

    Additional faculty to be announced.

    Kimberley J. Joyce, Esq., moderator
    Law Office of Kimberley J. Joyce, Newton

    Jennifer R. Clapp, Esq.
    Grindle Robinson LLP, Wellesley

    Denise M. Fitzgerald, Esq.
    Manager of Legal Research Services, Massachusetts Trial Court

    Sponsoring Sections: Family Law Section

  • New Child Support Guidelines - Effective September 15, 2017

    Chief Justice Carey has approved new child support guidelines which will take effect on September 15, 2017.

    The new guidelines and information about the 2016-2017 Child Support Guidelines Task Force review can be found below:

    Link to New Guidelines

  • DR Symposium recap

    The DR Section's debut Symposium was held on 5/19/17 and we're pleased to report a resounding success!  Nearly 100 attendees enjoyed valuable presentations, had opportunities to learn about trending business challenges and technology from engaging and knowledgeable speakers, new relationships were established, and enduring connections were revitalized.

    Evaluations are still coming in, and the information received thus far has not only been overwhelmingly positive, but will also help us bring you an even better experience next year.  What have we learned?

    * 100% of the respondents rated the DR Symposium as good or better (with 47% indicating 'Very Good', and 35% indicating 'Excellent').  The survey is blind, and 0% have rated the Symposium as fair or poor.

    *  47% of the respondents indicated their level as Highly Skilled/Experienced, and 35% more indicated they were at Intermediate Skill/Experience level, which means we attracted a tremendous amount of talent and knowledge in those rooms, but also that we need to keep talking to our newer colleagues and to students, and to focus on stimulating synergy along this spectrum.

    * A HUGE percentage of attendees practice mediation - 88% indicated so.  But a solid third of our attendees also indicated that they practice in the areas of arbitration, collaborative law, and other critical industry operations.  We'll continue educational focus on the wide scope of existing DR solutions.

    * Over 95% of the attendees found the networking opportunities valuable in terms of their career development.  Networking is hard.  We made it easier.

    Cheers go to everyone who helped make the DR Symposium a success!  We are already looking forward to the 2nd Annual!

  • Mediation & Arbitration Essentials, Part III

    Dear All,

    Mark your calendars for a CLE next Tuesday (3/14/17) on the Essentials of Mediation & Arbitration. This is part 3 of a series covering the essentials of successful mediations and arbitrations.

    The focus of this program will be on arbitration, with a fantastic panel of arbitrators, coordinators, and advocates ready to discuss how to get your claim, litigation, or dispute resolved successfully through arbitration.

    This will be a lunchtime program from 12-1:30 p.m. at the MBA and lunch will be provided to all attendees, so sign up today!

  • Essentials of Mediation & Arbitration III

    Dear All,

        Mark your calendars for our CLE next Tuesday (3/14/17) on the Essentials of Mediation & Arbitration III.  The focus will be on arbitration, and we have a fantastic panel of arbitrators, coordinators, and advocates ready to discuss how to get your claim, litigation, or dispute resolved successfully through arbitration.  This will be a lunchtime program from 12-1:30 p.m. at the MBA and lunch will be provided to all attendees, so sign up today!

  • Trump's Proposal calls for elimination of LSC

    Trump budget eliminates Legal Services Corp. funding
    POSTED MAR 16, 2017 08:45 AM CDT


    President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget eliminates funding for the Legal Services Corp. In his first budget proposal released Thursday, Trump is cutting discretionary spending to pay for an increase in defense spending and the wall on the Mexican border, the Washington Post reports.

    The LSC is among 19 agencies in line for total elimination of funding. Others agencies to be cut include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, according to the Post and USA Today.

    The American Bar Association is “outraged” that the Trump administration is calling to eliminate funding for the LSC and is calling upon members of Congress to restore it, ABA President Linda Klein said in a statement Thursday. Klein noted that LSC offices are in every congressional district and help 1.9 million people annually.

    “Some of the worthy services the LSC provides include securing housing for veterans, protecting seniors from scams, delivering legal services to rural areas, protecting victims of domestic abuse and helping disaster survivors,” Klein wrote. “More than 30 cost-benefit studies all show that legal aid delivers far more in benefits than it costs,” Klein wrote. “If veterans become homeless, or disaster victims cannot rebuild, their costs to society are significantly more.”

    Also supporting the LSC are the heads of more than 150 U.S. law firms, who told Trump in a letter that eliminating funding would hamper their ability to provide pro bono representation because they partner with legal aid groups receiving LSC funding.

    “Eliminating the Legal Services Corp. will not only imperil the ability of civil legal aid organizations to serve Americans in need, it will also vastly diminish the private bar’s capacity to help these individuals,” the letter stated. “The pro bono activity facilitated by LSC funding is exactly the kind of public-private partnership the government should encourage, not eliminate.”

    The LSC requested $502 million for fiscal year 2017 and received $385 million in appropriations for fiscal year 2016.


  • DIA Seeking Volunteers

    All the websites will be moving to a new platform with the goal of being more user-friendly. Right now the DIA is looking to put together a control group of 25 – 30 people that represent attorneys, insurers, employers and some claimants, if possible.

    If interested, please contact Lisa Gilgan directly at:

    Tel: 857-321-7482
    (E-mail is the preferred contact method.)

    She will be sending out a survey link that has put out and then will send out a separate survey that is specific for the DIA at a later date.

    Thank you very much for your assistance.