MCLE Seminar: Navigation of the Culture of the Immigrant Experience in the Family Courts

June 26, 2019

The clash of culture and court intervention

This program educates attorneys practicing in Massachusetts Family Courts about immigrants, the culture they import, their unfamiliarity with Rule of Law, and the protections available and unknown to most. Issues of domestic violence, child custody, parenting plans and support are discussed in the context of immigrant cultures.

In this course, participants hear from presenters working with families from different cultures, their commonality, and challenges. Each presenter shares how the clash of culture and court intervention shapes the work they do with families and issues confronted navigating through the family courts. The expert panelists include foreign-born practitioners who have personally navigated the immigration experience, as well as one of New England’s most respected immigration experts.

Immigration has been a visceral issue, hotly debated by all sides of the political spectrum, not only by elected officials but by people of all walks, citizens and not. Immigrants bring with them various and profoundly different cultures and customs alien to Americans, including overt government oppression and institutionalized violence based on gender. These differences have spilled into our Family Courts. Domestic relations attorneys, judges, mental health, probation officers and investigators, and court personnel must be prepared to acknowledge and confront these differences to achieve best results.


  • Impact of Cultural Issues on Domestic Violence, Child Custody, Parenting Plans, and Support
  • How Do Homelessness and Abandonment Impact Domestic Violence Issues and Divorce?
  • Immigration Numbers, Trends, and Legislative Efforts Both in Massachusetts and Nationally
  • What Resources Are Available?
  • “Ask the Experts” Q&A Session


Donald G. Tye, Esq., MSW, Prince Lobel Tye LLP, Boston, Chair

Eva A. Millona, Esq., Executive Director, Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Boston

Hon. George F. Phelan, Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Tannaz N. Saponaro, Esq., Saponaro, Bingham LLP, Wellesley


Dates & Locations


Monday, December 2, 2019 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

MCLE Conference Center,

10 Winter Place, via Winter Street Program Number: 2200028P01


Monday, December 2, 2019 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

Register at Program Number: 2200028WBC


Monday, December 16, 2019 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

Register at Program Number: 2200028RBC


Tuition (includes written materials)

  • $225
  • $202.50 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $168.75 New Lawyers admitted to law practice after 2016, Pending Admittees, Law Students, and Paralegals



The materials for this program are available online only and can be viewed or downloaded via the link emailed to you.

Also, there is no need to take extensive notes. Two weeks after the live seminar, all registrants receive a link to a written verbatim transcript of this program.


Can’t Attend?

View the webcast—live or later, or download the mp3 recording at

Listen to the Audio CD

Available after Monday, December 16

  • $165
  • $148.50 MCLE Sponsor Members
  • $123.75 New Lawyers admitted after 2016

Earn up to 3 CLE credits

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