Daily Archives: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Meet the PILP Symposium Faculty: Hon. Jay Bliztman, First Justice of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court

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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.

Law Day in the Schools Program Featured on Public Radio


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!

Thank You to Our Law Day in the Schools Volunteers!

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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

Kait Brown
Locke Lord LLP

Ann Hether Cahill
Burns & Levinson LLP

Kimberly Calvi
Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C.

Ida Candreva

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.

Joan Densberger

Elizabeth Duffy
State Street Corporation

Ty Edmondson

Rachel Eisenhaure
White and Williams LLP

Bruce Falby

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

  1. Alex Hammershaimb
    White and Williams LLP

Richard Harper
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission

Kelly Haynes
Boston Children’s Hospital

Sukanya Hazarika

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

  1. Paul Koch, Jr.
    Finard Properties LLC

Nathaniel Koslof
Sullivan & Worcester LLP

Brian Lee
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Jose Lopez

Laury Lucien
Holland & Knight LLP

Stephanie Macholtz

Robyn Maguire
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP

Jacqueline Mantica
Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Carolyn Marcotte
Barclay Damon, LLP

Jamie Marshall

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

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

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