A WBF Publication
Jessica M. Dubin is a partner at the domestic relations firm of Lee & Rivers LLP in Boston, MA. She has been recognized as a Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine’s and Law & Politics’s Super Lawyer publication (2013 and 2014) and was previously recognized by that publication as a “Rising Star” (2007-2012).
While attending college at Brown University, Attorney Dubin volunteered as a rape crisis counselor and served as a research assistant for a professor who was writing a book on daycare child sexual abuse cases. As a law student at Harvard Law School, she provided legal services to low-income women as a student in the Family Law clinic at the Hale & Dorr Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain. After graduating from law school, Attorney Dubin provided pro bono representation through the Volunteer Lawyers Project for a woman going through a divorce whose child had been sexually abused.
Attorney Dubin worked with her first Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project client in 2008 and began mentoring for the program in 2010. One of her most challenging cases involved a woman who had been granted asylum in the United States due to the physical abuse she suffered in her home country from her father and her husband. After an extended period of the husband remaining in their home country, he moved to Massachusetts, hired a divorce attorney at an expensive Boston firm, filed for divorce and sought joint physical custody of the parties’ special needs child. After filing a comprehensive affidavit that detailed the extensive abuse suffered by the wife, Attorney Dubin was able to negotiate a temporary parenting plan that gave the husband only limited parenting time with the child. The case also involved complex property division issues due to a potential debt that the husband alleged that he owed to his employer in the parties’ home country. With the input of the trial court judge at the Pre-trial Conference, the parties and their attorneys were able to negotiate a final Separation Agreement that provided the wife with a substantial lump sum payment and kept in place the limited parenting schedule.
“I have found the pro bono work that I have done through the Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project to be extremely rewarding and a natural extension of the volunteer, research and clinical work I did in college and law school. I enjoy representing FLP clients myself, but have also found the mentoring I have done through the FLP to be a fulfilling experience. I am always impressed when I mentor someone such as a patent lawyer who has no family law experience but is still willing to volunteer for the FLP and is enthusiastic about learning the ins and outs of the Probate & Family Court and our family laws.”