Duffly Tabashneck6.8.18 —  Professor Fernande (Nan) RV Duffly, retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and Stephanie Tabaschneck ’18 were invited to present at the 55th Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 8, 2018. Their presentation, “The Opioid Crises, Parental Addiction ad the Courts,” drew on latest research and the presenters’ experience with parents with opioid use disorders in family courts, to discuss the impact of opioid addiction on families and provide practical, evidence-based recommendations that address relapse and noncompliance with court orders.

Professor Duffly began her legal career in 1978 as an attorney in the litigation department of the Boston law firm then known as Warner and Stackpole (now K&L Gates). Just eight years later, she became the first female litigation partner and the first partner of color at the firm. She left private practice in 1992 after being appointed to the Probate and Family Court, where she served until 2000. She was then appointed to the Massachusetts Appeals Court and, after over a decade on the Appeals Court, she was appointed associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court in 2011 by Governor Deval Patrick. A native of Indonesia, she was the first Asian American member of that court. She retired in 2016 and is currently a visiting professor of the practice at Northeastern University School of law, where she teaches courses in civil procedure and family law.

Stephanie Tabashneck ’18 received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law last month. She also holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Tabashneck plans to combine her legal and psychological education to work as a consultant on psychological-legal issues, shape criminal justice policy and provide forensic evaluations.

About the Association of Family and Conciliation Court (AFCC)
AFCC is an interdisciplinary and international association of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict. AFCC brings together members of multiple disciplines to create a better understanding of different perspectives. Members value education, research, innovation and identifying the best practices to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and families.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.