Board of Directors

Gerard T. LydonPresident
Attorney Lydon is President of the MJBA and practices Juvenile Law in Charlestown, Massachusetts. As a Supervising Attorney with CPCS and Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, Inc., Attorney Lydon both advocates for clients in delinquency matters, and mentors new practitioners.

Eve M. Gates – Treasurer
Attorney Eve M. Gates practices law in the Juvenile and Family Courts of Bristol, Barnstable and Dukes County.  In addition, Attorney Gates is an experienced Guardian ad litem.  She has served as a Board member of the Juvenile Bar Association for the last three years.  Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2006, Attorney Gates is a graduate of the New England School of Law and Northeastern University.   Eve is a mentor for the CPCS private counsel Children and Family Law division. She has an office in New Bedford and on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard.

Jillian G. Ellis – Clerk
A lifelong Massachusetts resident and graduate of New England Law Boston, Attorney Ellis practices Juvenile Law in Fall River and New Bedford and Family Law throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Formerly a Judicial Law Clerk for the Massachusetts Juvenile Court Department Attorney Ellis gained valuable experience in the practice of law and in working with families in crisis. Attorney Ellis is also a court investigator in Bristol County for care and protection matters, and a mentor for the CPCS private counsel Children and Family Law division.

Emily CurtisBoard of Directors
Attorney Curtis has been practicing in the Suffolk Juvenile Court and Suffolk Probate Court for eight years. She represents children and parents in emergency child welfare proceedings, high stakes child custody disputes, adoption cases, challenges to mental health capacity, guardianships, and mental health litigation. In addition to the MJBA Board, she is serving on the Lesbian Gay Transgender and Questioning Task Force on Youth in the Court System. Previously she has served on the Boston Bar Association’s Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Steering Committee and on the LGBTQ Bar Association Executive Board.

Christopher J. CurtinBoard of Directors
Attorney Curtin is a general practitioner from Medford, MA. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1990. He has handled Juvenile Law matters in the Suffolk Juvenile Court and Suffolk Probate Court since 2009. Attorney Curtin has also served as a Guardian Ad Litem and as a mentor for CPCS private counsel in the Children and Family Law division. He received his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1990 and a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in 1986.

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