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Elane currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library where she provides support to state legislators, legislative staff, state agencies, the judiciary, private attorneys, and the general public. Previous to this post, she was the law librarian at Mirick, O'Connell, Worcester's largest law firm. Elaine has taught legal research and writing, including legal research on the Internet to paralegal students since 1996.
Fred Chase, Jr.
Fred has worked as a corporate paralegal since 1985 at some of Boston's largest law firms, including Choate, Hall & Stewart, Mintz Levin, and Davis, Malm & D'Agostine. He is currently a senior paralegal at Liberty Mutual Group in its Investments and Finance Group. Fred has taught the practical application of corporate law to paralegal students since 1989. He has also been a panelist and chaired numerous Massachusetts Continuing Legal Educations (MCLE) seminars for paralegals.
Pat is an attorney in the law firm of Adams & Blinn with offices in Cambridge and Sterling, MA. In addition to his general practice at Adams & Blinn, Pat has an ownership interest in Cambridge Trustee Advisors, a Registered Investment Advisory Firm in Wellesley where he acts as Legal Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Pat is a graduate of Boston College Law School. He has been teaching civil litigation to paralegal students for nearly 25 years and has earned several teaching excellence awards.
Joyce Fiocca Bold
Joyce is a principal in JFB Consulting Services where she provides paralegal services and support to law firms in the areas of residential and commercial real estate conveyancing, mortgage foreclosures, and litigation services. Formerly, for nine years, Joyce held the position of Assistant Vice President at First American Title Insurance Company. As a curriculum advisor and panelist at MCLE, Joyce is responsible for the development and implementation of seminars for paralegals. Joyce has taught students how to perform the job requirements of a real estate paralegal since 1985.
Michelle has more than sixteen years experience as a paralegal. During her career she has held many senior level paralegal positions, including manager of litigation paralegals at Ropes & Gray in Boston and Legal Technology Manager at Skadden, Arps in Wilmington, DE, one of the highest revenue grossing law firms in the world. Michelle has ten years experience teaching students to work in litigation. Other teaching experience includes the code of professional responsibility for paralegals and legal research and writing.
Monica K. Rutkovskis
Monica has nearly 30 years of law experience. She began her career as a paralegal and later earned a law degree from New England School of Law. Monica is an attorney with Adams & Blinn in Cambridge where she concentrates in the areas of probate, estate planning and real estate. Monica is also a graduate of Boston College.
Tina serves as Legal Counsel at East Hill Management Company, LLC in Providence, RI where she oversees all legal affairs for this investment advisory firm and manages the legal matters for the principals of the company. Other positions have included general counsel for a start-up telecommunications company, program manager at the Center for Women & Enterprise where she provided legal and venture capital consulting services, and corporate law associate at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP. Tina is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Haverford College. She has over ten years experience teaching paralegal students business law.
John teaches the Legal Research and Writing section of the Curry College Paralegal Certificate Program. He has been a practicing attorney for 29 years. John has his law degree from the University of Toledo School of Law, his M.Ed. from Northeastern University, and in 2006 obtained his Ed.D. from Boston University. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts and Florida. John previously taught Legal Research and Writing for over 20 years in the Northeastern University paralegal program, and has taught a course during the last several years at the graduate schools of Boston University (teaching School Law) and Simmons College (teaching Special Education Law).