Calendar 2022

Thursday, February 10: UnderstandingManaging High Conflict People in Family Law Disputes, High Conflict Institute,

Zoom; 4:15-4:30, Happy Hour; 4:30-6:30, Program


Thursday, March 10, Stand Out! How to Improve Your Branding & Increase Your Competitive Advantage, 5:00-6:15, The Screening Room, 82 State Street, Newburyport


Tuesday, April 5, Ethics Update: What’s New and Hot in Legal Ethics, 5:00-6:00, Zoom


Thursday, May 5, The Wandering Lawyer, 5-6:30, The Screening Room, 82 State Street, Newburyport


June, Practicing Family Law on the Borders, date TBA


July 14, Fifth Annual CLE by the Sea: NE Solo and Small Law Firm Practice


Thursday, February 10, 4:15-4:30, Happy Hour; 4:30-6:30

Understanding & Managing High Conflict People in Family Law Disputes        



This program presented by the High Conflict Institute will be led by experts Megan Hunter, MBA and Bill Eddy, LCSW, Esq.. You will learn basic information about five high-conflict personality disorders (narcissistic, borderline, antisocial, paranoid and histrionic), and some brain science behind their behavior. Common conflict dynamics are addressed, including their preoccupation with blaming others (their Targets of Blame), their drive to acquire Negative Advocates, and their ability to mislead and confuse legal professionals and decision-makers.


We focus on managing high-conflict clients, individually and in joint dispute resolution. Four key skills will be presented as the CARS Method® including: Connecting with Empathy, Attention and Respect (EAR Statements®); Analyzing Alternatives and Proposals; Responding to Hostility and Misinformation (including writing emails that are Brief, Informative, Friendly and Firm – BIFF); and Setting Limits with Empathy, Attention and Respect – and Consequences. 


This interactive program addresses your issues and will be useful to litigators, mediators and judges.



1.     Identify the interpersonal conflict dynamics of five “high conflict”  personality disorders.

2.    Apply brain research to calming high-conflict emotions and behavior with EAR Statements.

3.    Apply four skills for calming litigants and focusing on problem-solving.

4.    Set limits on difficult behavior while maintaining calm and cooperation. 

5.    Manage negative advocates and professional splitting.

6.    Learn to lower expectations; focus litigants on choices for the future regarding their own decisions, behavior and goals.

7.    Consider all three theories of the high-conflict case.




Megan Hunter, MBA, Co-Founder & CEO, High Conflict Institute, San Diego, California. Author of numerous publications including High Conflict Co-Parenting Survival Guide. Previously Family Law & Child Support Specialist,1999–2006, Arizona Supreme Court, Administrative Office of the Courts, Phoenix, Arizona; Child Support Case Manager, 1995–1999, Dawes County Attorney’s Office, Chadron, Nebraska.

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William A. Eddy, LCSW, Esq., CFLS, High Conflict Institute, SanDiego, CA, Chief Innovation Officer: Develop conflict resolution methods, manuals, and books for high conflict situations, including family, workplace and legal disputes. Provide training and consultation to judges, attorneys, mediators, and others for disputes involving high conflict personalities. Previously, National Conflict Resolution Center, San Diego, CA, Senior Family Mediator; National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada, Adjunct Faculty

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Thursday, March 10

Stand Out! How to Improve Your Branding & Increase Your Competitive Advantage,

5:00-6:15, The Screening Room, 82 State Street, Newburyport

There are a lot of family lawyers in Massachusetts, for sure.  Throw a rock from any 

corner, and you hit 8 of them.  And, most family law firms market their practices in 

pretty much the same way.  So, it’s hard to differentiate yourself from the crowd.  But, even a little twist on the common marketing tactics that family attorneys rely on, can become a massive competitive advantage.


In this session, we’ll cover new school marketing tactics for family law firms.  Most law firms rely on traditional legal marketing, tactics like networking . . . and, that’s about it.  So, there’s a lot of ground to cover!


Then, that’s where you come in: we’ll address each attendees’ current marketing tactics, and assign everybody in attendance specific marketing goals for the next quarter.


Attend & Learn:


What are the indices of effective logo & website design/redesign

How to enhance your engagement strategies

How do you implement a content marketing program

Why you should consider paid advertising tactics

How can you adjust to current marketing trends




Jared D. Correia, Esq.

CEO | Red Cave Law Firm Consulting

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Ethics Update: What’s New and Hot in Legal Ethics,

5:00-6:00, Zoom

What ethical questions arise from operating a virtual law office and otherwise working remotely now and in the future, as well as client expectations related to these issues. Topics will include:

  1. May I work from a location outside my licensed jurisdiction as long as my clients are in my licensed jurisdiction?

  2. What technological safeguards must (should) I employ to protect client information and our communication?

  3. Will I be able to ethically and adequately supervise other lawyers and staff?

  4. Must I have some form of a physical office address?



Mark C. Palmer, Chief Counsel, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Jared D. Correia, CEO, Red Cave Law Firm Consulting

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Thursday, May 5, 2022

The Wandering Lawyer

4:30-6:30, The Screening Room, Newburyport

Ever have the experience of walking into a different courthouse from where you typically practice and had that horrible feeling of wondering where to go, what to do, is there a call of the list, and can I touch the judge’s bench when called up for a sidebar? This seminar brings together judges from different counties to talk about their experiences, their rules and procedures, and how their courtrooms and courthouses run. Interested in cases outside your county but not sure of the protocols? This program features 4 judges sharing their tips about what you need to know in practicing in front of them. Attend and learn:

  • The ins-and outs of the courts (literally) and what cases are heard where? 

  • Which judges are where? 

  • The role of the professionals in the court’s operations

  • Probation’s involvement in the court

  • Submission deadlines to the Court

  • What to do when things break down (the lost file, not on the list scenario)

  • Pretrial expectations 

  • Need to know dates and deadlines 

  • Special procedures for each court 

  • Trial procedures and orders

  • How has the pandemic changed your operations


Panel  (More TBA)

  • Hon. Michael D. Anderson, Middlesex County, Lowell

  • Hon. Frances Giordano, Suffolk County, Boston

  • Kathleen Brown, Judicial Case Manager, Worcester

Moderators, Donald L. Pitman, III, Pitman Law Offices, Newburyport &

Gary Todd, Todd & Weld, Boston