BBA and MBA Join Forces to Hold Free Conciliation Training

Conciliation training participants tested out their new skills during role plays.

Conciliation training participants tested out their new skills during role plays.

Last Friday, family law practitioners filled the BBA’s Claflin Center for the second annual BBA/MBA Conciliation Training. The training was open to attorneys with at least five years of domestic relations experience and offered them the opportunity to become certified as a conciliator. Attorneys learned how to mediate and successfully intervene early on in family law cases in order to obtain a quick and fair resolution.

Beyond the Billable reached out to Timothy Linnehan, an ADR Coordinator for the Trial Court and a trainer for the session, to hear why this training was so important. Here’s what he had to say:

“The training benefits the SERV program in Suffolk Probate Court by providing a training program for volunteers to assist the Court in serving unrepresented parties in resolving their case.  The program also benefits the use and expansion of conciliation services to help parties resolve cases.  This training program complies with the SJC 8-hour training requirement to be a conciliator for court-connected programs.   Currently, nine local bar associations have conciliation programs in the Probate and Family Court Department.”

In exchange for a free training, attendees will volunteer as a conciliator at the Probate and Family Court.