President | Kim M. LaDue, Esq.
Kim graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in 1993. Ms. LaDue received a BA from UMASS/Boston in 1990. After graduating from law school, Ms. LaDue was an attorney for the Department of Revenue/Child Support Enforcement Division for 8 years and then worked for the Department of Developmental Services, formerly the Department of Mental Retardation as an assistant general counsel. In 2013, Ms. LaDue began work as an Assistant Judicial Case Manager at Suffolk Probate and Family Court.
President-Elect | Julianne Fitzpatrick, Esq.
Julianne is an associate attorney at Cornell & Gollub where her practice focuses primarily on products liability defense. Prior to joining Cornell & Gollub, Julianne served as a term law clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Districts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York.
Julianne received her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and her J.D. from New England School of Law, graduating cum laude. While in law school, Julianne focused her studies and internships on civil litigation and bankruptcy law. Julianne received MAWL’s Carol DiMaiti Scholarship Award during her second year of law school and has been a member of MAWL ever since. Julianne joined the board of directors in 2013.
Vice-President | Jennifer Silva, Esq.
Jennifer is the Senior Associate Attorney at Mavrides Law. Her current practice focuses on divorce, paternity, child custody and support including the removal of children from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, modification, contempt, and appellate practice. She has represented clients in cases involving the valuation of business interests, commercial and residential real estate. In addition, she frequently works with expert witnesses including real estate appraisers, business appraisers, and mental health professionals.
Jennifer graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2008 (Cum Laude). While in law school, Jennifer worked as a judicial intern with the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office and was on the Editorial Board of the Suffolk University Transnational Law Review, where she received the Best Editor Award in 2008. In 2012, Jennifer received the Massachusetts Rising Star distinction. Jennifer is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association (Family Law Section) and the Boston Bar Association.
For more information regarding Jennifer and Mavrides Law, please visit their website at www.mavrideslaw.com
Secretary| Katie D. Cintolo, Esq.
Katie is an Associate at the law firm of Stone, Stone and Creem where she concentrates in the area of domestic relations including divorce, custody, child support and paternity matters. Prior to joining Stone, Stone & Creem, Ms. Cintolo served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court in the Administrative Office, as well as in Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties. During her two years as a law clerk, Ms. Cintolo assisted the Justices of the Probate and Family Court with a variety of domestic relations, probate and equity matters.
Ms. Cintolo has been an active MAWL member since 2010 and has been the Secretary of MAWL for the past two years. Ms. Cintolo is a member of the Greater Boston Family Law Inn of Court, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Cintolo is involved with the Attorneys Representing Children (ARC) Program in Middlesex County, which appoints attorneys to represent children in domestic relations matters on a pro bono basis. Ms. Cintolo was selected by her peers as a Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2012.
Ms. Cintolo graduated from Siena College magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish in 2005. She earned her law degree from New England School of Law in 2008 and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar the same year.
Treasurer | Mary F. Healey, Esq.
Mary has been a practicing attorney in the Boston area for over 30 years. After graduating magna cum laude from Boston College in 1975, Ms. Healey received her JD from the Georgetown Law Center and was admitted to the Massachusetts and Rhode Island bars in 1979. Upon first entering into practice, Ms. Healey became associated with the Law Offices of Richard L. Medverd and she later practiced with the Boston law firm of Rossman, Rossman and Eschelbacher. Ms. Healey opened her own practice in downtown Boston in 1995.
Throughout her career, Ms. Healey’s practice has included a full range of civil matters. She has extensive litigation experience at both the trial and appellate levels, and has provided representation to small businesses, and with respect to residential and commercial real estate transactions, guardianships and estate administrations.
An active member of MAWL for the past 14 years, Ms. Healey has held several positions in MAWL including as a member of the Board Of Directors, as Assistant Treasurer and Treasurer.
Board of Directors:
Maura Anderson, Esq.
Cate V. Blake, Esq. has been an associate with Atwood & Cherny, P.C. since 2007. Her practice focuses on all aspects of family law, including divorce, custody, pre and postnuptial agreements and post-divorce litigation such as actions for contempt and modification and appellate work. Ms. Blake is a graduate of Miami University (BA) and received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School. Prior to joining Atwood and Cherny, Ms. Blake served as a law clerk to the Justices of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court. During her two years as a law clerk, Ms. Blake worked on a variety of family law, probate law and equity matters. Ms. Blake is a member of the family law sections of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. In addition, Ms. Blake serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers and is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association. Ms. Blake was named as a Rising Star in Massachusetts and New England’s Super Lawyers Magazine/Boston Magazine in 2011 and 2012. Ms. Blake is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
Courtney Janes Brown, Esq. is the Government Contracts and Recruitment Manager at More Than Words. More than Words is a non-profit that works to empower youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless or out school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. Ms. Brown was an associate attorney at Solutions Law Group from 2012 until November 2015. She first worked for the firm 2007 through 2009 as a law clerk while attending New England School of Law. While in law school, Ms. Brown also successfully completed an internship at Children’s Legal Service, a non-profit entity specializing in family law with a focus on issues unique to children caught up in the legal system. Additionally, Ms. Brown was afforded the honor of working as an intern for the Justices of the Juvenile Court Department in Suffolk County through the Judicial Honors Internship Program. After graduating from law school, Attorney Brown moved to the Washington D.C. area where she worked for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, in the Trial Unit. Her work now focuses in the areas of Family Law, Child Welfare, Business Collections, Civil Litigation and Estate Planning. Courtney graduated from The George Washington University, with a Dual Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & History in 2004. She was a member of the Women’s Varsity Cross-Country Team and Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Mary Anne Chardo Johnson, Esq. is an experienced mediator, attorney, and teacher. A cum laude graduate of Boston College, Mary Anne holds a B.A. in education and a J.D. from Southern New England School of Law.
Mary Anne’s private practice focuses on non-adversarial family law in addition to divorce and family mediation. Mary Anne also provides counsel for a number of individual clients on a wide range of interpersonal and family matters. In her private practice and as a member of the Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI) Panel of Divorce and Marital Mediators, Mary Anne has successfully mediated hundreds of disputes associated with separation, divorce, and post-divorce modifications. Mary Anne has helped even high-conflict divorcing, divorced and never-married clients create workable, mutually satisfactory separation agreements, modifications and parenting plans.
Mary Anne is the former Program Coordinator of the Probate and Family Court’s Access and Visitation Project, a court-based parent education program for never-married parents. As Coordinator, Mary Anne presented the program weekly to the mostly unrepresented (pro se) litigants in the Suffolk and Middlesex divisions and contributed to the development of written educational materials and updates on court procedures and practices relating to custody, parenting, and child support.
Honors, Associations, and Memberships:President (2012-2013), Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers; Member, Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts; Member, Massachusetts Bar Association; Member, Women Attorneys Network of the South Shore; Member, Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation; Member, Mediation Works Incorporated Panel of Divorce and Family Mediators; Member, First District Eastern Middlesex Bar Association; Member, Middlesex County Probate Court Conciliation Program
Rosemary McAuliffe, Esq. is a graduate from the New England School of Law and Regis College. For a number of years, Ms. McAuliffe taught in the Boston public schools and obtained a Master’s Degree in Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Boston State College (now University of Massachusetts). She retired from teaching in 1993. Ms. McAuliffe continues to reside and work in the North End of Boston. Ms. McAuliffe has been a member of the bar for over 40 years and is a long-time, active member and former president of M.A.W.L (2001-2002).
Shweta received her B.A. from Boston College and her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. During law school, Shweta was a Corporate Governance intern at Fidelity International Limited in London. Shweta was also a judicial intern for the Honorable Mark L. Wolf, District Court for the District of Massachusetts and an intern at Kotin Crabtree & Strong, the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. She also counseled small businesses through the Community Business Clinic at Northeastern University School of Law. Shweta is a member of the Massachusetts and New York bars and joined the MAWL board of directors in 2014.
Judith McKinnon, Esq. has been with the firm of Stone, Stone & Creem since September 2000. Ms. McKinnon concentrates her practice in the area of domestic relations including divorce, custody agreements, modifications, appeals, child support and paternity matters. Ms. McKinnon received her Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in 1996 and her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1999. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December 1999. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. McKinnon worked as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Probate and Family court, where she had the opportunity to work closely with many of the States’ Probate Judges.
Ms. McKinnon has been an active participant and Board Member in MAWL for the past eight years. During this time, she has served as Vice-President, President-Elect, and President (2013-2014). Ms. McKinnon is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, the Middlesex County Bar Association, and the Essex County Bar Association. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Family and Probate Inns of Court and the Greater Boston Inns of Court. She was named as a “Rising Star” in the Massachusetts Rising Stars from 2007-2014.
Noreen Mullins, Esq.
Emily Sobiecki, Esq. is Legal Counsel in Partners HealthCare’s Office of the General Counsel. She is a member of the Research and Technology section of the office and her primary practice areas are research misconduct, institutional services, general research and research-related regulatory, and general corporate.
Emily received her Juris Doctor in 2013 from Northeastern University School of Law. During law school, she held full-time internships at Partners HealthCare’s Office for Interactions with Industry (OII), Health Care for All, the Health Care Fraud Unit in the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of MA, and the Office of Counsel to the Inspector General for the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.
Jocelynne Deborah Welsh, Esq. is an Administrative Attorney in the Administrative Office of the Probate and Family Court, currently working for and with her fifth Chief Justice of that Department! Ms. Welsh received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Northeastern University and then received her J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School while employed full-time as a lab supervisor in the Anaesthesia Department of Beth Israel Hospital.
An active member of MAWL since 1997, Ms. Welsh has held numerous positions in MAWL including member of the Board of Directors, Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, Corresponding Secretary, Vice President, and President. Ms. Welsh is also currently a member of the Boston Bar Association Family Law Section Steering Committee, the Boston Bar Association Education Committee, and the Massachusetts Family and Probate Inns of Court.