The Social Law Library and Massachusetts Guardianship Association


A Fresh Look at Guardianships, Conservatorships, Commitments and End of Life Care

DAY 1 WEBINAR - Thursday, September 22, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
DAY 2 WEBINAR  - Thursday, September 29, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

PROGRAM FEE:  $155 to attend both sessions. $95 to attend one day.

REGISTER FOR BOTH SESSIONS (September 22 and September 29)



Massachusetts Guardianship ConferenceMGA members will receive a coupon code to get a $25 discount off either of these prices. For information on joining MGA visit:

CPCS has approved 2.0 CLE credit hours for the CAFL panel for each day – and the MHLD panel  has approved 2.0 credits for Day One, and 3.0 credits for Day Two.


Day 1 Webinar: Thursday, September 22, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

  • Opening Remarks by Chief Justice John Casey, Probate and Family Court Division
  • DCF involvement in Guardianships of Minor cases – How, When, Why and Which Court?
    • Hon. Kathleen A. Sandman, First Justice, Franklin Probate and Family Court
    • Hon. Kelli R. DiLisio, Justice, Juvenile Court 
    • Karen Eaton, Esq., Department of Children and Families
    • Frances Weiner, Esq., CAFL
  • Conservatorships: Hot Topics
    • Hon. Edward Donnelly, Fiduciary Litigation Session
    • Christina T. Vidoli, Esq., Vidoli Couture, LLP
    • Melissa A. Howitt, Esq., Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil, P.C.
    • Rebecca Amaral, Professional Conservator, Amaral Associates
    • Marlee Cowan, Esq. , Rubin and Rudman, LLP (moderator)
    • Lisa Judkins, LMHC, NCG, Connections Guardianship Services, LLC (moderator)

Day 2 Webinar: Thursday, September 29, 2022, 9:00 a.m.  –  Noon

  • Keynote Address by Evelyn Patsos, Esq., Office of Adult Guardianship & Conservatorship Oversight
  • Commitments and Discharge – Where do we go now?
    • Gregory P. Teran, Esq., CPCS
    • Jane Crosby, Esq., Legal Counsel, Vibra Hospital of Western Massachusetts
    • Arieh Blowers, LICSW, Clinical Service Authorization Specialist, Department of Mental Health

  • Navigating End of Life Care for Persons Under Guardianship
    • Hon. Richard Simons, Probate and Family Court
    • Ellen M. DiPaola, JD, President & CEO, Honoring Choices Massachusetts
    • Karen Talley, Director of Appeals, CPCS Mental Health Litigation
    • Lisa Killips, Nurse Practitioner, APRN, FNP-BC
    • Seth Urbanowski, Esq., Hachey Urbanoski, LLC
    • Meredith Havard, Esq., Wilchins Cosentino & Novins


Online registration is encouraged. For assistance, questions on group discounts, accommodations requests, special billing, program content, out-of-state CLE credits, and general CLE information contact Michael Saporito by email at Registrations accepted in order of receipt. Registration fees are non-refundable. Most Social Law Library CLE events are recorded. The recording is available by digital download, generally within a week after the program date. Most downloads include print material and are $19.95 each. This product purchase is separate from CLE registration and is not included in the price of a CLE registration. CLE credit, when applicable, is only granted when the live webinar is attended.