Selected Biographical Information:
B.S., University of Michigan(1972); J.D., Suffolk Law School(1975); MPA, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (1999);admitted to Massachusetts Bar in 1975.
Taught family law at Suffolk Law School and the Boston University, UMass Lowell paralegal programs; author of many continuing legal education manuals.
Handled cases in all of the practice areas governed by the Probate and Family Court – from trials to appeals to court appointments as a Guardian Ad Litem and attorney for indigent clients in DSS cases and right to treatment /mental health cases.
Co-author of the Abuse Prevention Act (Chapter 209A, domestic violence statute) and former counsel to Transition House, a shelter for battered women; worked closely with administrative divisions of trial court to implement and amend law.
My self-help book, Do Your Own No Fault Divorce, was frequently used by court clerks before the advent of self-help instruction booklets.
Lead attorney in Adoption of Tammy which established the right to co-parent adoption.
Former three term Cambridge City Councilor (oversaw 300 million dollar budget, helped institute performance based budgeting, citizen complaint system and goal based council agendas).
Member Mass. Bar Association Family Law Section Council, former member Boston Bar Association Family Law Fee Dispute Committee.
Former member of Democratic State Committee; current member Board of Directors, MassEquality.
Named by Boston Magazine as one of the 20 top lawyers in Boston (1994) and listed in Feminists Who Changed America (2007); recipient of NAACP 2000 Diversity Award, Patriots’ Trail Girl Scout Council Leading Women 2000 Award, Cambridge Veterans’ Organization Veterans’ Salute (1999).