Robinson Donovan, P.C., a full-service law firm trusted by generations to represent individual and business clients throughout Massachusetts and New England, today announced Partner Carla W. Newton and Attorney Katherine M. Amato will speak at Cutting Edge Issues in Western Massachusetts Family Law Practice 2020, this year’s Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Regional Conference, on March 5.

This year’s symposium will be held at the Hotel Northampton, 36 King Street, event, and is expected to gather distinguished family lawyers and judges with substantive knowledge and regional expertise. Content will include emerging regional trends and in-depth focus on western Massachusetts family law.

Attorney Newton will join Judge Ellen M. Randle, Judge David Dacyczyn and other local attorneys in presenting “You Be the Judge: The Parent Trap,” an interactive session focusing on temporary orders and/or contempt. Attorney Newton, who has co-chaired and presented at several symposiums in conjunction with MCLE family law conferences in past years, has designed this presentation to include experienced attorneys arguing complex fact patterns before local judges who provide input and insight into their decision-making.

In a separate session she has prepared and presented for the past four years entitled “It’s Complicated: Case Law and Legislative Update,” Attorney Amato will join Attorney Elaine O’Donnell in a fast-paced, faculty review of the most significant court decisions of the past year, explaining how they impact local practices and discussing emerging issues in the practice of family law.

In addition, the full-day event will feature:

  • Discussions about the current state of the Probate and Family Court, led by Chief Justice John Casey
  • Pro tips for cases involving high conflict and parental alienation, including sample orders
  • Presentations around child and family trauma, and parenting plans and issues for atypical families and children
  • An information exchange with members of the judiciary
  • Lunch and networking opportunities

Attorney Newton earned her Master of Laws degree from Boston University, a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University and a Bachelor of Arts from Lesley College. She is a skilled divorce and family law practitioner, with additional practice areas in corporate and business counseling, commercial real estate law and litigation.

Attorney Amato earned her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Springfield College. She is experienced in divorce and family law, litigation and nonprofit business counseling, and is part of the Hampden County Legal Clinic’s Probate and Family Court Conciliation program.

The MCLE conference gives qualified attendees the opportunity to earn up to six Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. For more information or to register, visit mcle.org.