I have been practicing law since graduating from Boston University School of Law in 1972. After working first for a large Boston firm and then in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, I began my own practice in family law. I began practicing mediation in the early 1990’s and gradually became convinced that I could serve my clients better through mediation than I could through litigation. I saw first-hand that mediation could resolve many differences more successfully and with less stress and expense than litigation could. Mediation also allowed people to maintain civil relationships after the dispute was resolved—something that is very important in matters involving families or where the parties want to continue having a friendly relationship. I decided that I could save my clients money, time, and stress by mediating their disputes so they could avoid the adversarial process of litigation. As a result, I now provide mediation services only.
I am a member of the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association, the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, and the New England Association for Conflict Resolution.
Because I believe strongly that educating people about the benefits of mediation can help to reduce conflict everywhere, I am a member of the Board of Directors of the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution http://www.inadr.org/ , whose mission is to spread understanding of mediation as a means of peaceful resolution throughout the world. INADR provides mediation trainings for students and practitioners and conducts mediation tournaments for students all around the globe.
Locally, I have coached the Mock Mediation Teams from Boston University and Northeastern University School of Law. I am also a member of the Mediator’s Panel at the Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where I volunteer my time to mediate disputes for low-income residents.
“One of the best ways to persuade others is with your ears — by listening to them.”
~ Dean Rusk