Board of Directors

Emilie CurtisCo-President
Attorney Curtis practices in the Suffolk Juvenile Court and the Suffolk Probate Court. 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.

Jillian G. EllisCo-President
A lifelong Massachusetts resident and graduate of New England Law Boston, Attorney Ellis practices Juvenile Law, including care and protections and delinquency matters, in Bristol County 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 mentor for the CPCS private counsel Children and Family Law division.

Gerard T. Lydon Board of Directors
Attorney Lydon 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.  Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2006, Attorney Gates is a graduate of the New England School of Law and Northeastern University.   Attorney Gates 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

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.


We are looking to expand our board.

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