Case Conclusion Date:July 5, 2011
Description:A Juvenile Court judge issued decrees terminating a mother's parental rights. On appeal, in this appeal in which the children were my clients, the mother claimed that the judge erred in going forward with the last day of trial in the absence of the mother, in failing to consider whether her efforts at improvement showed that her unfitness was temporary, and in concluding that termination of her parental rights was in the best interests of her children. The Appeals Court decided in our favor and affirmed the trial court's decision. Link to case information: http://www.ma-appellatecourts.org/display_docket.php?dno=2011-P-0177.