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Western New England University School of Law to Host Attorney Bernadette Stark

Published: September 30, 2021 | Categories: Law, All News
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Western New England University School of Law will host Career Path: Family Law and Student Legal Services by Attorney Bernadette Stark. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 13, at 12:00 noon in the Blake Law Center Room A as part of the School of Law's Color of Law Roundtable Discussion Series. This event is free and open to the public and a boxed lunch will be served.

Attorney Stark is the Director of the Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) at UMass Amherst, providing advice, assistance, and representation to students in the areas of family law, estate planning, and immigration. Previously, Attorney Stark was a founding partner of the law firm of Dinsmore Stark, and a Staff Attorney at Western Massachusetts Legal Services (now, Community Legal Aid), where she represented low-income survivors of domestic violence. She has over 17 years of experience representing clients in all aspects of dispute resolution and litigation.

Attorney Stark earned her Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School and her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Binghamton University. She received the Sarah Betsy Fuller Social Justice Award, a distinguished alumni award granted by Cornell Law School. She has been honored as a “Diversity Hero,” as well as a "Woman of Justice" by Massachusetts' Lawyers Weekly. Attorney Stark was also named a "Super Lawyers Rising Star" for New England four years in a row and was recognized in "Top Attorneys: Massachusetts' Outstanding Young Women Lawyers" by Boston Magazine.

The Color of Law series is designed to engage Western New England University law students with attorneys, professionals, and judges of color. The series provides students an opportunity to network with people of color from the legal community and learn about various career paths.

Seating is limited. Reservation is required by contacting Professor Bridgette Baldwin at