Megan Christopher


The hearing will be Wednesday March 14

Governor's Council Questionnaire

Cases:

KELLY MCISAAC vs. TIMOTHY PORTER Abuse prevention order

Contributions:

4/15/2004   CHRISTOPHER, MEGAN
18 WILSON STREET NATICK, MA 01760

Resor, Pamela P. $50.00
4/15/2004   CHRISTOPHER, MEGAN
18 WILSON STREET NATICK, MA 01760

Resor, Pamela P. $50.00
6/14/2004   Christopher, Megan
18 Wilson Street Natick, MA 01760
Attorney
So. Middlesex Lgl. Svcs
Spilka, Karen $100.00
6/28/2004   Christopher, Megan
18 Wilson Street Natick, MA 01760
Attorney
So. Middlesex Lgl. Svcs
Spilka, Karen $25.00
8/16/2004   Christopher, Megan
18 Wilson Street Natick, MA 01760
Attorney
So. Middlesex Lgl. Svcs
Spilka, Karen $100.00
10/18/2004   Christopher, Megan
18 Wilson Street Natick, MA 01760
Attorney
So. Middlesex Lg. Svcs
Spilka, Karen $100.00
3/20/2006   CHRISTOPHER, MEGAN
18 WILSON ST NATICK, MA 01760
ATTORNEY
Democratic State Committee, MA $75.00

Cases:

Andrew P. Genninger vs. Helen I. Genninger
Alan Tarin vs. Commissioner of the Division of Medical Assistance
Ariana Caplan vs. David R.J. Donovan

EDUCATION
Northeastern University School of Law J.D., May 1989
Wellesley College B.A. in Greek, June 1977

LEGAL EXPERIENCE
MetroWest Legal Services March 1989 - Present
Framingham, Massachusetts
Supervising Attorney, November 2000 — present
StaffAttorney, August 1989 - April 1992, December 1992 - November 2000
Law Clerk, March 1989 - June 1989.
Represent low income and elder clients in administrative and court hearings. Manage the Family Law Unit. Train, supervise and evaluate attorneys and paralegals in domestic violence, pro bono, immigration and special education projects. Present caseload focuses on assisting victims ofdomestic abuse with their family law cases.
Represent MWLS at community events. Provide outreach presentations to community, client and provider groups. Organize conferences and trainings for pro bono attorneys, lay advocates, mental health professionals. Draft community education materials.
Undertook two comprehensive priority setting processes. Assist with hiring. Write grants and reports; support fundraising activities.
Framingham State College Spring 1997
Milford, Massachusetts

Adjunct Faculty, planned and taught class on Health Care Law for graduate students in health care administration. Selected texts, drafted materials and wrote syllabus.
Candidate for State Representative April - November 1992 Fifth Middlesex District, Natick and Sherborn
Organized campaign. Raised funds and undertook extensive voter contact. Drafted informational literature and orchestrated grassroots campaign effort.

PUBLICATIONS
Contributed section to the Massachusetts Bar Associations Legal Handbook for
Massachusetts Elders and chapter to Massachusetts Continuing Legal Educations Family
Law Advocacy for Low and Moderate Income Clients.
BAR ADMISSIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
Admitted to practice in Massachusetts and in the Federal District Court of Massachusetts.
MetroWest Bar Association, formerly South Middlesex Bar Association
Member of Executive Committee for several years, Treasurer 2007-2009, President
2011-present.
Massachusetts Bar Association, Member 1989-present, Family Law Section Council Member 2008-2011.
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member 2010-present.
Probate and Family Court Bench/Bar Committee on Rules, 2009-present.
Advocacy Coordination Committee, a statewide coalition of legal aid advocacy directors. Member 2001-present; Co-Chair 2009-present.
References and writing sample available upon request.

Hearing:

Councilors Present were:

Charles Oliver Cipollini - District 1
Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney - District 3
Jen Caissie - District 7Charlie objected, there is no such a law

Councilor Devaney presided

Speaking for the nominee were

The Honorable Theodore Donnelly
The Honorable Edward Ginsburg
Nailze Lima
Elizabeth Soule
Daniel Daley
Jeremiah Dickenson


Attorney Christopher's witnesses pointed out that she is uniquely experienced to work with the poor coming into our court systems.

A complaint was made that too many litigants are coming into our court system expecting the televised version of Divorce Court, not what the our courts actually are.

Attorney Christopher was discribed as someone who can take complex issues and make them understandable.


Speaking in opposition:

Peter Hill

Concerned was raised about individuals due process rights with regards to 209a proceedings.

Furthermore concern was expressed about 209a's being used to take one parent away from children.


Addressing the issue of tracking custody decisions Attorney Christopher stated that it was an issue that was too difficult to attempt.

Attorney Christopher acknowledged that she represented more women than men.
 
Attorney Christopher stated that shared legal custody is the presumption.

As to shared legal custody Attorney Christopher said parents at lease need to be able to share basic information.

Attorney Christopher observed that fathers are becoming more involved in their children's lives.

Attorney Christopher stated that she did not believe it was a crime to be an undocumented immigrant.

When asked why should a parent have joint legal taken away from them Attorney Christopher stated it would depend on the facts of the case and she would decided based on the best interest standard.

When asked about the standard used when deciding if a parent may move away with children, Attorney Christopher stated that there is a primary parent standard.  

Attorney Christopher opined that interacting with your children through a computer is not all that bad.  


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