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ACS Fall Event Honors Edward J. Dolan and Stephen L. Allsopp - October 27, 2016
ACS honored Edward J. Dolan, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Probation Service, and Stephen L. Allsopp, Chief Probation Officer of Middlesex County Juvenile Court, at the ACS Fall Event held at the Union Club in Boston. Commissioner Dolan was appointed Commissioner of the Massachusetts Probation Service in June of 2013.Stephen L. Allsopp was also honored for his long time support of ACS. Chief Allsopp began his 35 year career in Probation as an intern at the Cambridge District Court. Commissioner Dolan and Chief Allsopp are indispensable friends of ACS, and it was an honor to recognize their commitment and longstanding service.
ACS Fall Event Honors Judge Blitzman and Nancy Donahue - November 18, 2015
ACS honored The Hon. Jay D. Blitzman, First Justice of the Middlesex Division of the Juvenile Court at the Union Club in Boston. Judge Blitzman was appointed to the Juvenile Court in 1996 and was appointed First Justice of the Middlesex Division in 2008.Judge Blitzman also co-founded Citizen’s for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ). ACS also honored long-time supporter and former ACS board of directors member Nancy Donahue, calling her an "Indispensable Friend." Nancy assistance in establishing an ACS presence in Lowell was key to the early success of the Lowell clinic.
ACS Fall Event Honors Jack Shonkoff, M.D. - November 19, 2014
ACS honored Jack Shonkoff, M.D., for his extraordinary research into childhood brain development and the effects of long-term, complex trauma on the brain. His work has been highly influential in helping ACS understand the challenges faced by court-involved youth and their families. In accepting his award, Dr. Shonkoff said, "In order to rescue those who have been victimized, we need to allow for understanding." He emphasized his view that adolescence represents a second window of opportunity to set a young person back on a positive trajectory.
ACS Forward at Forty - November 13, 2013
Friends and supporters of ACS joined together at the Union Club of Boston to celebrate ACS’s 40 years of support for court-involved youth and their families. ACS honored Dr. Bessel van der Kolk for his extraordinary research into the effective treatment of complex trauma in children. His work has been highly influential in helping ACS understand the challenges faced by court-involved youth and their families. ACS also honored Dr. Dan Jacobs and Mr. Pete Caron. Dr. Daniel H. Jacobs is a psychiatrist and analyst with a broad interest in the problems of youth, particularly development of low self-esteem in adolescents. Mr. Pete Caron is Founder of Consultierge Professional Services, a technology coaching, support and services organization. Since 2005 Pete has provided ACS with vital IT support. "Surely what we all collectively contribute to the mission of ACS is an investment in our shared vision for the society we all want to live in…a society that values each of these kids and advocates for their needs.” - Pete Caron, ACS’ “Indispensable Friend."
Kids and Judges Day at Lynn Juvenile Court - June 6, 2013
Associate Justice Amy Nechtem broke new ground with Kids and Judges Day 2013. Judge Nechtem entered the courtroom wearing her black robe. She explained to the young women - all peer leaders from Girls Inc. - that the robe reminds the public that the judge is "neutral - a blank slate." Judge Nechtem described her path from Chelsea, where she grew up, to becoming Associate Justice. She told the girls, "You can do anything you want." She encouraged them to "find a mentor. Find somebody you can look up to - somebody whom you can respect."
ACS Fall Event Honors Lia G. Poorvu - November 12, 2012
ACS honored Lia G. Poorvu for her 10 years of service as Board President at the Historic Union Club of Boston. Friends, donors, and colleagues joined together to celebrate Lia for her vision and passionate advocacy on behalf of court-involved children and families. Fran Miller, current ACS Board President, said only one quote could adequately describe Lia, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” ACS clinician Dr. Elizabeth Shepherd illustrated some of ACS’s work through a client story and Children’s Hospital neurologist Dr. David Urion spoke on the adolescent brain.
Kids and Judges Day at Cambridge Juvenile Court - April 26, 2012
On April 26th, kids got to sit in comfortable chairs and ask First Justice Jay Blitzman questions like:
Why did you want to become a Juvenile Judge? Do you enjoy it?
What makes you determine whether or not you want to lock up a kid?
Why do some judges talk down to you, while others talk to you in a nice tone?
Kids and Judges Day surpassed our expectations--it transcended a traditional Q&A and became more of an engaging back-and-forth conversation. Honest exchanges like these help reshape perspectives on both sides of the bench.