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We are pleased to announce that seven of our attorneys have been selected to the 2020 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. We would also like to congratulate four of our attorneys for being selected to the 2020 Massachusetts Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Only up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to the Super Lawyers list, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Please join us in congratulating the following attorneys who have been selected as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” this year.

Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP is proud to announce that Naomi Shatz has joined the firm’s partnership effective January 1, 2020.  Naomi will continue her litigation practice in employment, students’ rights, and Title IX matters.  For more information about Naomi’s background and experience, find her biography here.

NS-ScreenshotZalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP is proud to announce that Attorney Naomi Shatz has been selected by the Women’s Bar Association to participate in its 2020 Women’s Leadership Initiative class. Established in 2009, the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) is a program that brings together senior women attorneys and up and coming stars of the legal profession for leadership development and mentoring. WLI alumni include Attorney General Maura Healey and other high-ranking government attorneys, law firm partners, and accomplished in-house attorneys. Congratulations, Naomi!

ShatzAttorney Naomi Shatz argued today before the Massachusetts Appeals Court in a case that again addresses a question the Massachusetts courts have grappled with for years: what types of speech can form the basis of a harassment prevention order? In the firm’s case, the plaintiff sought a harassment prevention order on the basis of anonymous letters sent to her clients that contained unfavorable information about her. Shatz argued on behalf of her client that the extraordinary remedy of a harassment prevention order is meant only to reach two narrow types of constitutionally unprotected speech: fighting words and true threats, and is not meant to be used to address purely economic harms that can be remedied through normal civil legal processes.

We are pleased to announce that five of our attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Massachusetts Super Lawyers List. We would also like to congratulate six of our attorneys for being selected to the 2018 Massachusetts Rising Stars list.

Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Only up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to the Super Lawyers list, and no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Please join us in congratulating the following attorneys who have been selected as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” this year.

Zalkind Law’s Naomi Shatz filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers’ Association (MELA) and other civil rights groups in Yee v. Massachusetts State Police, which was heard by the Supreme Judicial Court on Monday. The SJC is considering whether denial of a purportedly “lateral” job transfer can be considered an adverse action that violates anti-discrimination laws if done for discriminatory reasons. Attorney Shatz argued that the broad remedial purpose of Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination laws require employers to equally provide employment opportunities of all kinds to employees. In addition to MELA the coalition of groups submitting the brief included: Fair Employment Project, Inc., GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders, Greater Boston Legal Services, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, and the Union of Minority Neighborhoods.

Read the brief here: http://ma-appellatecourts.org/?pdf=SJC-12485_10_Amicus_Fair_Employment_Projection_Brief.pdf

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has chosen Naomi Shatz as an Up and Coming Lawyer honoree as part of its 2018 Excellence in the Law event. The award celebrates rising stars in the legal community who have practiced for 10 years or less, but who have already distinguished themselves in their firm and practice. On May 10, 2018, Shatz and her fellow honorees will be recognized at the 2018 Excellence in the Law event in Boston.

At Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, Shatz focuses on students’ rights, university discipline, and employee rights. She represents high school, college, and graduate students involved in disciplinary proceedings regarding claims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, and academic misconduct, and represents clients in criminal cases and employment matters. In 2016 and 2017 Shatz was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

Prior to joining Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, Naomi was first a Skadden Fellow and then a staff attorney with Legal Momentum and New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), where she litigated civil rights cases on behalf of middle and high school students.

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