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Jennifer Melia

Jennifer Melia

Sole Practitioner
Location:
Worcester, Massachusetts
Phone:
(508) 762-4641
Fax:
(508) 459-2506
Email:

TRAINING AND WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Eleven years working as a Family Service Officer of the Worcester Probate and Family Court. mediating and investigating contested issues for the court, evaluator of the mandatory class for divorcing parents.
  • Four years of experience working for the Department of Social Services as an investigator, assessment worker, ongoing worker, member of the Sexual Abuse Unit, and the SAIN interviewing team working with families involved in allegations of child neglect, physical abuse and sexual abuse.
  • Attorney Melia attended a thirty three hour mediation training at the Community Dispute Center in Cambridge. (May 2007).
  • Attorney Melia worked as an approved mediator by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee through the Family Service Department of the Worcester Probate and Family Court.
  • Trained in Guardian Ad Litem investigating through Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
  • Trained in drug and alcohol abuse and it's effects on the family through the Commissioner of Probation and the Department of Social Services.
  • Trained in Domestic Violence through the Commissioner of Probation and the Department of Social Services.
  • Trained in Mental Health issues for adults through the Commissioner of Probation.
  • Undergraduate Research at the University of Connecticut on Autistic Children and Symbolic Play.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Child Support
  • Custody & Visitation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2005

Education

  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 2004
  • Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts
    • M.A. - 1999
    • Major: Criminal Justice
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1992
    • Major: Psychology

Classes/Seminars

  • Guest Speaker, Pro Bono Seminar in 2005 on the Probate Process, 2005
  • Guest Speaker, Training for the Probation Officers Regarding the Dispute Intervention Process
  • Guest Speaker, Training for Employees of Safe Plan Advocates Who Assist Victims of Domestic Violence

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Worcester County Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Worcester Probate and Family Court, Lawyer for the Day Program
  • Participant in the Dial A Lawyer Program
  • The Divorce Center of Framingham, MA, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Worcester Probate and Family Court, Family Service Officer, 1996 - 2007
  • Department of Social Services, Social Worker, 1992 - 1996