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Mediation Clinic Recognized at Hampden County Hall of Justice

On Monday, October 16, 2017, a celebration of the Hampden Probate and Family Court Mandatory Mediation Pilot program was held at the Hampden County Hall of Justice in Springfield. The event, co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section, along with the Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire County Bar Associations and the Trial Court’s Dispute Resolution Standing Committee, was a kick-off event for Conflict Resolution Week in Massachusetts.

At the event, key personnel and organizations involved in the establishment of the Commonwealth’s first mandatory mediation pilot were recognized. The innovative program is the result of a unique collaboration among The Mediation and Training Collaborative (TMTC) and Western New England University’s Family Law Mediation Clinic. Betsey Williams, program coordinator at TMTC and Attorney Oran Kaufman, who runs the Western New England University School of Law Family Law Mediation Clinic, were recognized for their contributions. Court personnel, including Hon. David G. Sacks and Hampden ADR coordinators Kristina Bordieri and Jocelyn Axelson-Berry were also recognized for their integral role in the program.

L to R: Sen. Eric Lesser, Hon Barbara Hyland, Dean Eric Gouvin, Lea Occhialini, Esq. of TMTC, Jocelyn Axelson-Berry, Esq., Oran Kaufman, Esq., Kristina Bordieri, Esq., Hon. Mark Mason, Hon. David Sacks, Judge C.T. Wyner, Judge Ellen Randle.