Mental Health Litigation Division Administration & Private Counsel Services
75 Federal Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 988-8341
Fax: (617) 988-8488

The Mental Health Litigation Division provides attorneys for civil commitment proceedings in the District Courts and the Boston Municipal Court as well as attorneys in the Probate and Family Courts for guardianships, substituted judgment proceedings, and cases involving the validation of health care proxies. Civil commitments are handled by both panel attorneys and staff attorneys, while all of the cases in Probate Court are handled by private panel attorneys.


Deputy Chief Counsel

Laura A. Sanford
(617) 910-5719
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Managing Director

Michelle S. Yee
(617) 910-5054
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Director of Mental Health Appeals

Karen Owen Talley
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Training Director

Beau Kealy
(617) 910-5714
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Trial Panel Director

Joseph Robinson
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Social Service Advocacy Director

Olivia Dubois
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Staff Attorneys

Paulette Marie
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Support Staff

Nick Twohig
Supervising Administrative Assistant IV
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Jannet Stevens
Administrative Assistant III
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Cassandra Deane
Administrative Assistant II
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Andria Grossman
Administrative Assistant II
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