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GAL (Guardian ad litem)

Tuesday, April 15, 2003
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
10 Winter Place, Boston, MA


CPF/The Fatherood Coalition is holding a public protest outside the MCLE (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education) office where GAL training on domestic violence is to be given to the state's GALs. This is the first of several training sessions that will be held across the state. GALs are required to attend the training.


Our first GAL DV Training Protest will be at the first session: Tuesday, April 15, from 12:30 - 2:30 pm, at 10 Winter Place, Boston.

MCLEmap.gif (12358 bytes) DIRECTIONS TO 10 WINTER PLACE

It is very near the The Park St. T-stop. The Park St. T-stop is at the intersection of Tremont St. and Winter Street. You  will see Finagle-a-Bagel and a Fleet ATM at the beginning of Winter Street. Winter Street is a narrow, one-way street heading away from Tremont. Walk down Winter Street for about one minute and Winter Place will be on the right.

Winter Place is an indention off of Winter Street, which is across from the Park Street MBTA Station on Tremont Street. It runs between Tremont Street -- major major busy busy wide thoroughfare -- and Washington Street -- also a major major but much muchnarrower thoroughfare.



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MCLE Announcement

The Probate & Family Court Administrative Office in conjunction with the Administrative Office of the Trial Court, Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, will present a series of mandatory six-hour domestic violence training programs.

Among the topics that will be covered are the impact of domestic violence on children; the role of the guardian ad litem in cases involving allegations of domestic abuse; the impact of domestic violence on parenting; report writing; and parental alienation.

All guardians ad litem certified in either Category E (guardians ad litem/evaluators) or under Category F (guardians ad litem/ investigators, guardians ad litem/next friend) must attend one of the training sessions in order to receive further appointments under Categories E and F. The trainings are offered free of charge.

"We believe a uniform training concerning domestic violence for guardians ad litem involved in child welfare cases will be beneficial to all [GALs] and better enable them to assist the judges in making decisions in the best interests of the children," Probate & Family Court Chief Justice Sean M. Dunphy said.

For those on the Category E or F lists prior to Jan. 1, the training will satisfy the six-hour continuing professional education requirement for 2003. Anyone who has applied and been accepted to either the Category E or F lists after Jan. 1 must also take another six-hour professional education course during 2003 in either the child custody/visitation field for Category E, or the domestic relations/custody, adoption fields for Category F.

The first training will be held at MCLE headquarters, 10 Winter Place, Boston, on Tuesday, April 15, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, April 29, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Attendance at both sessions is mandatory in order to satisfy the six-hour continuing professional education requirement. There will be subsequent trainings held in the Worcester, Plymouth/Bristol and Springfield areas.

To sign up for the training in Boston, contact Jamie Ann Sabino at the Administrative Office of the Trial Court via e-mail at by April 8.

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