Robinson Donovan, P.C., a full-service law firm trusted by generations to represent individual and business clients throughout Massachusetts and New England, is proud to announce that Partner Attorney Carla Newton, along with Attorney Thomas A. Kenefick III, of the Law Offices of Thomas A. Kenefick, III has been chosen to co-chair an educational conference through the Massachusetts Continued Legal Education (MCLE) on March 6. The conference is titled, “Cutting Edge Issues in Western Massachusetts Family Law Practices 2018,” and is intended to provide lawyers with an in-depth focus on Western Massachusetts family law and new developments that impact cases.

“We are honored to have Carla serve as co-chair for this MCLE opportunity,” said Partner James F. Martin. “The MCLE seeks to keep raising the caliber of lawyers’ professional and ethical service by providing comprehensive and practical continuing legal education of the highest quality, and that mission continues under Carla’s guidance.” Newton, a resident of South Hadley with over 35 years of experience, practices family law at Springfield-based Robinson Donovan, P.C. Her business and commercial law background provides an important component to her work as a family law practitioner in Springfield and throughout Massachusetts. In addition to family law, Newton also practices corporate and business counseling, commercial real estate law and litigation. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Hampden County Bar Association, International Association of Collaborative Professionals and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.

Newton earned her Master of Laws degree from Boston University (1990), a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University (1980) and a Bachelor of Arts from Lesley College (1972). As a distinguished legal leader, she has regularly been awarded and recognized for outstanding achievements, including selection to the Best Lawyers in America® list (2013-present) and the Super Lawyers list (2013–present). Additionally, Newton was recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2015 family law “Lawyer of the Year” in Springfield.

Newton will also be participating on a panel titled “You Be the Judge: Alimony/Child Support/College” along with three other attorneys and Judge Linda Fidnick and Judge Richard Simons. Joining Newton at the MCLE symposium will be Robinson Donovan associate lawyer Katherine Amato, who, along with two other practitioners, will present a Case Law and Legislative Update. Amato practices in the areas of divorce and family law, litigation and non-profit business counseling with Robinson Donovan and was named to the 2016 Excellence in The Law “Up & Coming Lawyers” list and is a 2016 Springfield College 40 Under Forty award recipient.