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Education
• J.D., University of Iowa Law School, 1969
• M.A., in Industrial Relations. Thesis: An Empirical Evaluation of Management Rights in Iowa and Illinois, University of Iowa, 1966
• B.B.A., with double major in General Business and Labor Management. Graduated with distinction, University of Iowa, 1964

Bar Memberships
• Member Iowa Bar, admitted June 1969
• Member Massachusetts Bar, admitted April 1971
• Member Federal Bar, admitted December 1978
• Member American Bar Association, 1969-present

Legal Experience
• Of Counsel, SJ Spero & Associates, P.C. 2005-Present Of Counsel, Spero & Jorgenson, P.C. 2004-2005
• Partner, Spero & Jorgenson, P.C., 1980-2004
• Private Practice, 1977-80
• Staff Attorney, Boston Legal Aid Society, Boston, 1971-73
• Staff Attorney and Research Associate, Institute of Public Affairs, University of Iowa, 1969-70
• Research Assistant for Professor Richard Dole, University of Iowa Law School, 1967-69

Publications on Sexual Misconduct by Professionals
• Jorgenson L., Wahl K., Workplace Sexual Harassment: Incidence, Legal Analysis, and the Role of the Psychiatrist, 8 Harvard Review of Psychiatry 94 (2000).
• Jorgenson L., Wahl K., Psychiatrists as Expert Witnesses in Sexual Harassment Cases Under Daubert and Kumho, 30(6) Psychiatric Annals 390 (2000).
• Jorgenson L. Sexual Boundary Violations: The Role of Legal Prohibitions, 24(4) Journal of Sex Education and Therapy 226 (1999).
• Jorgenson L., "Commentary on Case Vignette: Placebos and Informed Consent?" The Forum, Ethics & Behavior (In Press, 1998).
• Wohlberg J., Rosen D., Jorgenson L., "New Developments in Response to Boundary Violations: Proceedings of the Harvard Residency Teaching Day," 5 Harvard Review of Psychiatry 28 (1997).
• Jorgenson L., Hirsch A., Wahl K., "Fiduciary Duty and Boundaries: Acting in the Client's Best Interest," Behavioral Sciences and the Law (1997).
• Haspel K., Jorgenson L., Wincze J., Parsons J., "Legislative Intervention Regarding Therapist Sexual Misconduct: An Overview," 28(1) Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 63 (1997).
• Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., Bisbing S., "Transference of Liability: Employer Liability for Sexual Misconduct by Therapists," 60(4) Brooklyn Law Review 1421 Winter (1995).
• Jorgenson L., "Countertransference and Special Concerns of Subsequent Treating Therapists of Patients Sexually Exploited by a Previous Therapist," 25(9) Psychiatric Annals 1 September (1995).
• Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., Bisbing S., "Evidence of Multiple Victims in Therapist Sexual Misconduct Cases," Trial Magazine May (1995).
• Gabbard G., Atkinson S., Jorgenson L., "Can Patients Sexually Harass Their Doctors?" 4 Archives of Family Medicine 261 March (1995).
• Jorgenson L., "Is It Safe To Treat Your Own Staff?, No It's A Needless Risk For You And For Them," OBG Management 24 February (1995).
• Jorgenson L., "Rehabilitating Sexually Exploitative Therapists: A Risk Management Perspective," 25(2) Psychiatric Annals (1995).
• Appelbaum P., Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., "Sexual Relationships Between Physicians and Patients," 154 Archives of Internal Medicine 2561 (1994).
• Jorgenson L., Hirsch A., "Sexual Contact Between Dentist and Patient: Is Dating Ethical?" CDS Review August (1994).
• Jorgenson L., "Institutional Liability for Sexual Misconduct by Therapists, Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals," Liability Issues for Health Care Providers in a Changing Environment A-195 Tort and Insurance Practice Section ed. (1994).
• Sutherland P., Jorgenson L., Bisbing S., "Litigating Sexual Abuse Cases by Health Care Professionals," MATA Journal, 44 April-May (1994).
• Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., "A Question of Ethics: Attorney-Client Sexual Contact," Trial Magazine September (1993).
• Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., "Psychotherapist Liability: What's Sex Got To Do With It?," Trial Magazine 22 May (1993).
• Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., "Liability of Physicians, Therapists and Other Health Professionals for Sexual Misconduct with Patients," Medical Liability Issues for Lawyers, Physicians, and Insurers: Current Trends and Future Directions A-117 Tort and Insurance Practice Section ed. (1993).
• Jorgenson L., "Should Alcohol Abuse Excuse Sexual Harassment, Misconduct?" 1(2) The Menninger Letter 6 (1993).
• Gutheil T., Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., "Prohibiting Lawyer-Client Sex," 20 (4) Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 365 (1992).
• Jorgenson L., Ask the Expert: "Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Hospital Staff from Unfair Discipline," 17(3) Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 92 (1992).
• Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., "Lawyers' Sex With Clients: A Proposal for a Uniform Standard," 12 (11) Fairshare 11 (1992).
• Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., "Fiduciary Theory Applied to Personal Dealings: Attorney-Client Sexual Contact," 45 Arkansas Law Review 458 (1992).
• Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., "Attorney-Client Sex: An Informal Survey," 14(41) National Law Journal 26 (1992).
• Jorgenson L., Bisbing S., Sutherland P., "Therapist-Patient Sexual Exploitation and Insurance Liability," 27(3) Tort and Insurance Law Journal 595 (1992).
• Strasburger L., Jorgenson L., Sutherland P., "The Prevention of Psychotherapist Sexual Misconduct: Avoiding the Slippery Slope," American Journal ofPsychotherapy October (1992).
• Appelbaum P., Jorgenson L., "Psychotherapist-Patient Sexual Contact After Termination of Treatment: An Analysis and a Proposal," 148(11) American Journal of Psychiatry 1466 (1991).
• Jorgenson L., Randles R., "Time Out: The Statute of Limitations and Fiduciary Theory in Psychotherapist Sexual Misconduct Cases," 44(2) Oklahoma Law Review 181 (1991).
• Jorgenson L., Randles R., "Solving Statute-of-Limitations Problems in Psychotherapist Misconduct Cases," 6(6) Professional Negligence Law Reporter 115 (1991).
• Jorgenson L., Appelbaum P., "For Whom the Statute Tolls: Extending The Time During Which Patients Can Sue," 42(7) Hospital and Community Psychiatry 683 (1991).
• Strasburger L., Jorgenson L., Randles R., "Criminalization of Psychotherapist-Patient Sex," 148(7) American Journal of Psychiatry 859 (1991).
• Jorgenson L., Randles R., Strasburger L., "The Furor Over Psychotherapist-Patient Sexual Misconduct: New Solutions To An Old Problem," 32(3) William and Mary Law Review 645 (1991).
• Jorgenson L., "Consultation Forum: Attorney's Response," The Psychodynamic Letter 7-8 October (1991).
• Jorgenson L., "New Developments In Professional Liability Insurance For Clinician-Patient Sexual Misconduct: Individual, Supervisor and Institutional Liability," 91-12.02, M.C.L.E. Health Law Update '91 143-81 (1991).
• Strasburger L., Jorgenson L., Randles R., "Mandatory Reporting of Sexually Exploitative Psychotherapists," 18 Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 379 (1990).

Book and Book Chapters
• Jorgenson L. Legal Issues In: Benjamin B., (Ed.) Creating healthy Boundaries in Health Care Settings. Thousand Oaks: CA: Sage Publications, Inc. (Forthcoming).
• Bisbing S., Jorgenson L., Sutherland P. Sexual Abuse by Professionals: A Legal Guide. Charlottesville, VA: The Michie Company (1995).
• Jorgenson L. Employer/Supervisor Liability and Risk Management: Legal Liability. In: Gonsiorek J., (Ed.) The Breach of Trust: Sexual Exploitation by Health Care Professionals and Clergy. Newbury, CA: Sage Publications (1994).
• Jorgenson L. Sexual Contact in Fiduciary Relationships: Legal Perspective. In: Gonsiorek J., (Ed,( The Breach of Trust: Sexual Exploitation by Health Care professionals and Clergy. Newbury, CA: Sage Publications (1994).
• Jorgenson L., Schoener G., Sexual Exploitation in Psychotherapy and Counseling: Regulation in the USA, in Patients as Victims: Sexual Abuse in Psychotherapy and Counseling 149 Derek Jehu ed. (1994).

2000
• Assessment of Psychological Injury: Sexual Misconduct and Harassment Cases, Supreme Court and Expert Testimony: Daubert, Kumho, and Beyond, American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Capital Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC August 7, 2000.
• Ethical and Legal Consultation Services: A State Asscoiation Model, Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, Washington, DC August 6, 2000.
• Clinical and Forensic Issues in Sexual Harassment, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meetings, McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, IL May 17, 2000.
• Management of Boundary Violations by Professionals, Legal Considerations, The Menninger Clinic, Seeley Conference Center, Topeka, KS February 25, 2000.
• Management of Boundary Violations by Professionals, Risk Management & Legal Liability for Re-entry, The Menninger Clinic, Seeley Conference Center, Topeka, KS February 26, 2000.
• Law and Psychiatry Seminar, "Civil Cases Involving Sexual Contact," Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA February 9, 2000.

1999
• Boundary Crossings and Violations in Psychoanalysis, Midwinter Meetings of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Waldorf-Astoria, New York, NY December 17, 1999.
• Providing Consultation to Colleagues: A View from States and Provinces, Consultation as a Way Through the Quicksand of Boundary Dilemmas, American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA August 21, 1999.
• Clinical and Forensic Aspects of Sexual Harassment, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Marriott Metro Center, Washington, DC May 19, 1999.
• Law and Psychiatry Seminar, "Civil Cases Involving Sexual Contact," Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA March 30, 1999.
• Non-Sexual Boundary Violations: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Portsmouth Family Institute, YokenÕs Conference Center, Portsmouth, NH March 19, 1999.
• Management of Boundary Violations by Professionals, Risk Management & Legal Liability for Re-entry, The Menninger Clinic, Seeley Conference Center, Topeka, KS February 12, 1999.
• Management of Boundary Violations by Professionals, Legal Considerations, The Menninger Clinic, Seeley Conference Center, Topeka, KS February 12, 1999.

1998
• Fourth International Conference on Sexual Misconduct by Psychotherapists, Other Health Care Professionals & Clergy, Options for Action: Can Law Give Victims What They Want?, BPSI, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA October 4, 1998.
• Fourth International Conference on Sexual Misconduct by Psychotherapists, Other Health Care Professionals & Clergy, Risk Management and The Legal Perspective, BPSI, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA October 4, 1998.
• Fourth International Conference on Sexual Misconduct by Psychotherapists, Other Health Care Professionals & Clergy, Ethics Committees: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, BPSI, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA October 3, 1998.
• "Ethics Committees: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco Marriott Hotel, San Francisco, CA August 17, 1998.
• Law and Psychiatry Seminar, "Civil Cases Involving Sexual Contact," Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA February 2, 1998.

1997
• Attorneys in Distress: Establishing State Level Connections with Attorneys: "Sexual Contact with Clients: A Problem Lawyers and Psychologists Share," American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, IL August 16, 1997.
• Helping Our Own: Consulting to and Treating Psychologists: "Some Legal Issues to Consider When Working with Other Psychologists," American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, IL August 15, 1997.
• Ethics Committees: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA May 20, 1997.
• Law and Psychiatry Seminar, "Sexual Contact in Fiduciary Relationships," Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA March 24, 1997.

1996
• Boundary Issues and Violations in the Clergy, "Legal Ramifications of Clergy Boundary Violations," The Menninger Clinic, Seeley Conference Center, Topeka, KS September 20, 1996.
• "Secondary Victims of Sexual Exploitation by Professionals," American Psychological AssociationAnnual Meeting, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada August 13, 1996.
• "Assisting Secondary Victims of Sexual Exploitation," American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada August 13, 1996.
• "Risk Management and Rehabilitation with Therapists Who Transgress Treatment Boundaries," American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada August 10, 1996.
• "The Role of Psychologists in Sexual Misconduct Cases," American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Sheraton Centre of Toronto, Toronto, Canada August 10, 1996.
• "Boundary Violations Resulting in Sex in Psychotherapy: Recognition, Treatment and Legal Consequences," American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada August 9, 1996.
• "Secondary Victims of Sexual Exploitation," American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Javits Center, New York, NY May 9, 1996.
• "Maintaining Boundaries: Clinical and Legal Approaches," American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Javits Center, New York, NY May 7, 1996.
• "Sexual Abuse: Vicarious Liability Issues," Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA April 9, 1996.
• Harvard Psychiatry Resident Day: "Psychotherapist Sexual Misconduct and the Legal System," Harvard Medical School, McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA March 27, 1996.
• Law and Psychiatry Seminar, "Sexual Contact in Fiduciary Relationships," Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA February 6, 1996.

1995
• "Physician Patient Boundary Violations" American Academy of Psychiatry & the Law, The Westin Hotel Seattle, WA October 20, 1995.
• Sexual Exploitation by Mental Health Professionals: "The Impact on Family and Friends" Therapy Exploitation Link Line (TELL), Newton Highlands Congregational Church, Newton Highlands, MA September 8, 1995.
• "Boundaries: What Are the Limits?" American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel, Miami, FL May 23, 1995.
• Law and Psychiatry Seminar, "Sexual Contact in Fiduciary Relationships," Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, MA May 5, 1995.
• Boundary Issues and Dilemmas in Psychoanalysis, "Legal Perspective on Boundary Issues and Violations," Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc., Gray Gardens, Cambridge, MA January 19, 1995.

1994
• Liability Prevention for Medical and Surgical Practitioners: Trends and Update, "Risk Prevention
• in the Examining Room," Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education, Swissotel, Boston, MA December 9, 1994.
• Third International Conference on Sexual Exploitation by Health Professionals, Psychotherapists, and Clergy, "Legal Issues Concerning Post-Termination Sexual Involvement," CHASTEN, Ramada Inn, Toronto, ON Canada October 15, 1994.
• Third International Conference on Sexual Exploitation by Health Professionals, Psychotherapists, and Clergy, "Legalities of Sex with Patients," CHASTEN, Ramada Inn, Toronto, ON Canada October 13, 1994.
• Canadian Ethical Standards Education Program of Toronto, "Problems That Arise in Pursuing Civil Remedies For Sexual Exploitation/Therapist Malpractice" Queen's University, Kingston, ON Canada September 26, 1994.
• "Evolution of Criminal Statutes Prohibiting Therapist-Client Sex," American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA August 15, 1994.
• "Malpractice and Ethical Implications," American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA August 14, 1994.
• "Liability and Risk Management in Hiring and Supervision," American Psychological Association
• Annual Meeting, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA August 13, 1994.
• "Legal Liability, Licensing and Malpractice Insurance Considerations," American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA August 13, 1994.
• "The Proposal for Attorney/Client Sex Rule," State Bar of Wisconsin Conference, The Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee, WI June 24, 1994.
• "Maintaining Boundaries in Psychotherapy," American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, The Double Tree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA May 26, 1994.
• Task Force on Health Professional-Client Sexual Exploitation Public Meeting, "Sexual Exploitation by Non-Mental Health Professionals," Annapolis, MD May 25, 1994.
• "Sexual Misconduct: Therapist Evaluation and Rehabilitation," American Psychiatric Association
• Annual Meeting, The Wyndham Hotel, Philadelphia, PA May 23, 1994.
• "Boundary Violations and Risk Management," Massachusetts Psychiatric Association, Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlboro, MA May 20, 1994.
• "Institutional Liability for Sexual Misconduct by Therapists, Physicians & Other Health Care Professionals," American Bar Association Conference, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC May 5 & 6, 1994.
• "Investigation of Complaints," The Menninger Clinic, Topeka, MO March 25, 1994.
• "Institutional Liability for Sexual Misconduct by Therapists, Physicians & Other Health Care
• Professionals," American Bar Association Conference, Doubletree Hotel, Palm Springs, CA March 18, 1994.
• "Issues Facing Therapists," Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Committee for Women Meeting, Cambridge, MA, March 17, 1994.
• Boundary Issues and Dilemmas in Psychoanalysis, "Legal Aspects of Boundary Violations," Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc., Gray Gardens, Cambridge, MA February 10, 1994.
• Blueprint for Quality, "Sexual Exploitation in the Health Professions," Nineteenth Annual Yankee Dental Congress, Hilton Hotel, Belvedere Room, Boston, MA January 20, 1994.

1993
• Ethical Concerns in Health Care Law, "Provider Sexual Misconduct with Patients," Widener University School of Law Continuing Legal Education, Union League, Philadelphia, PA December 6, 1993.
• Sexual Abuse and Violence, "How to be Adequate as a Subsequent Treating Therapist," Psychiatric Grand Rounds, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, MA November 23, 1993.
• Restoring the Integrity, "The Arnie Becker Syndrome: Does It Belong In The Legal Profession?," College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick, Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Fredericton, New Brunswick October 16, 1993.
• Restoring the Integrity, "The Legal Framework: It Affects Us All," College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick, Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Fredericton, New Brunswick October 16, 1993.
• Florida Bar Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney/Client Sexual Relations Conference, "Attorney/Client Privileges: Should They Include Sex?," Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Tampa Hyatt Westshore Hotel, Tampa, FL October 1, 1993.
• Preventing Sexual Abuse in Health Care: Preparing for the Impact of Bill 100, "Lessons From the U.S. Experience," The Canadian Institute, Hotel Intercontinental, Toronto, Canada September 30, 1993.
• Ethics Town Hall Meeting, "A Question of Ethics: Attorney-Client Sexual Contact," American Bar Association Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Crowne Plaza, New York, NY August 6, 1993.
• Patient Care for the 21st Century, "Psychiatrist Sexual Misconduct," American Psychiatric Association 146th Annual Meeting, Marriot Hotel, San Francisco, CA May 25, 1993.
• Patient Care for the 21st Century "Rehabilitation of Sexually Abusive Therapists," American Psychiatric Association 146th Annual Meeting, Marriot Hotel, San Francisco, CA May 25, 1993.
• Medical Liability Issues for Lawyers, Physicians, and Insurers: Current Trends and Future Directions, "Liability of Physicians, Therapists and Others Health Professionals for Sexual Misconduct With Patients," American Bar Association TIPS, Royal Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, LA May 21, 1993.
• Sexual Misconduct by Mental Health and Health Care Providers "Clinical and Pragmatic Issues of Legal Recourse," Rhode Island Psychological Association, Johnson and Wales Airport Hotel, Warwick, RI April 3, 1993.
• Sexual Misconduct by Mental Health and Health Care Providers "Legal Concerns for Subsequent Treating Therapists," Rhode Island Psychological Association, Johnson and Wales Airport Hotel, Warwick, RI April 3, 1993.
• New Perspectives on Women, Health and Law: A Symposium, "Access and Inequality," University of Texas School of Law, Charles I. Francis Auditorium, Austin, TX March 6, 1993.
• 1993 Southwest Conference on Law and Psychology: Emerging Issues, "Subsequent Treating Therapist: Clinical and Legal Issues," LaFonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM February 5, 1993.
• 1993 Southwest Conference on Law and Psychology: Emerging Issues, "Sexual Violation of the Fiduciary/ Trust Fiduciary," LaFonda Hotel, Santa Fe, NM February 4, 1993.
• PINE Ethics Program, "Issues of Confidentiality and Legal Testimony," Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East, Inc., Harvard Faculty Club, Cambridge, MA February 1, 1993.

1992
• "Criminal Law Update: Physician and Therapist Sexual Misconduct, "Coalition for the Legal Rights of the Disabled, Sawyer Building, Suffolk University, Boston, MA December 8, 1992.
• Making the Adversarial System More Just and Effective, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 23rd Annual Meeting, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston, MA October 17, 1992.
• Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Psychotherapists and Health Care Professionals, "Employer and Supervisor Liability: Legal and Risk Management Considerations," Campbell Meeting Management, Hotel Sofitel, Minneapolis, MN October 10, 1992.
• Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Psychotherapists and Health Care Professionals, "Legal and Legislative Issues of Physician/Therapist Sexual Exploitation," Campbell Meeting Management, Hotel Sofitel, Minneapolis, MN October 9, 1992.
• "The Subsequent Treating Therapist: Clinical and Legal Issues," Grand Rounds, Harvard University Health Service, Monk Library, Cambridge, MA October 1, 1992.
• Sexual Abuse Damages Actions: Evaluating and Prosecuting Conference, "The Discovery Rule," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, MCLE Conference Center, Boston, MA September 15, 1992.
• Sexual Abuse Damages Actions: Evaluating and Prosecuting Conference, "Evaluating the Case/Interviewing the Client," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, MCLE Conference Center, Boston, MA September 15, 1992.
• Sexual Abuse Damages Actions: Evaluating and Prosecuting Conference, "Determining Whether There Is Insurance Coverage," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, MCLE Conference Center, Boston, MA September 15, 1992.
• Sexual Misconduct Malpractice: Standard of Care, Proximate Cause and Damages, "Issues in Psychotherapist Sexual Misconduct Cases," Centennial Convention of the American Psychological Association, Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington, DC August 18, 1992.
• "Avoiding Revictimization: Is It Possible?," Centennial Convention of the American Psychological Association, Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington, DC August 18, 1992.
• Sexual Activity with Former Clients: Special Concerns & Considerations, "Legal Ramifications," Centennial Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC August 15, 1992.
• "Therapist-Client Sex: Understanding & Preventing a Serious Problem," Centennial Convention of the American Psychological Association, Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington, DC August 14, 1992.
• "Boundaries: The Example of the Richter Case," Grand Rounds, Tufts University, Sterns Auditorium, New England Medical Center, Boston, MA June 25, 1992.
• Training for Treatment: How Can It Help?, "Legal Issues: Overview, Records, Fiduciary Duty, Subsequent Treating Therapists and Expert Witness," Massachusetts House Committee on Sexual Misconduct by Physicians, Therapists and Other Health Professionals, University of Massachusetts, Harbor Campus, Boston, MA May 15, 1992.
• "Sexual Misconduct and the Subsequent Psychiatrist," American Psychiatric Association 145th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC May 7, 1992.
• Psychiatry and the Law, "Therapists Who Treat Victims of Psychotherapist-Patient Sex: Roles and Responsibilities," The Law & Psychiatry Service, Mass.General Hospital, Boston, MA April 15, 1992.
• New York Task Force Study Group and Press Conference on Sexual Misconduct by Therapeutic and Health Care Professionals, New York State Senate, Albany, NY March 23, 1992.

1991
• Therapist Misconduct: Prevention and Risk Management Strategies, "Risk Management and Insurance," American Psychological Association, Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, CA August 18, 1991.
• Sexual Abuse, Legislation and Civil Liberties "Therapist-Client Sexual Misconduct: A Survey Of The Law," American Psychiatric Association 144th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA May 16, 1991.
• Anatomy Of A Sexual Misconduct Case, "The Plaintiff's Attorney and Sexual Misconduct," American Psychiatric Association 144th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA May 13, 1991.
• "Sexual Misconduct: Civil and Criminal Statutes, Update on Reporting," Massachusetts PsychiatricSociety Annual Meeting, Newton Marriott, Newton, MA March 16, 1991.
• "Sex Between Patients and Clinicians," Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Health Law, Update '91, Tremont House, Boston, MA March 8, 1991.
• Sexual Ethics In Ministry "Legislative Action on Therapist Sexual Misconduct, Clinical, Legal andSocial Policy Issues: A Survey Of the Law," Espousal Center, Waltham, MA February 6, 1991.

1990
• After the Fire: Rebuilding Trust, "Legislative and Ethical Issues in Sexual Abuse," Keene State College, Keene, NH November 17, 1990.
• "The Psychotherapist as Fiduciary: The Prohibition of Sexual Contact Resulting in Civil and Criminal Legislation," The University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA November 5, 1990.
• "Sexual Abuse by Psychotherapists and Other Health Care Professionals," co-sponsored by Center for Counseling and Academic Development and University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Speaker and Panel Member, Amherst, MA October 19, 1990.
• The Offending Therapist: "The Psychotherapist as Fiduciary: The Prohibition of Sexual Contact Resulting in Civil and Criminal Legislation," The New Hampshire Psychological Organization, Inc., Portsmouth Pavilion, Portsmouth, NH October 12, 1990.
• Sex Between Clinicians and Patients: "New Developments in Professional Liability Insurance for Clinician- Patient Sexual Misconduct: Individual, Supervisor, and Institutional Liability," Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education, Waltham, MA September 15, 1990.
• Sex Between Clinicians and Patients: "Panel Discussion Prevention and Post Vention," Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education, Waltham, MA September 15, 1990.
• Sex Between Clinicians and Patients: "The Case for Criminalization of Patient-Clinician Sexual Contact," Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education, Waltham, MA September 15, 1990.
• "Psychotherapist-Client Sexual Contact: A Survey of the Law," American Psychological Association, Boston, MA August 13, 1990.
• "The Need for a New York Commission to Examine Physician/Therapist Sexual Misconduct," Governmental Operations Committee, Albany, NY May 31, 1990.
• From Outrage to Outreach to Opportunity, "Legal Issues," Interface, Watertown, MA May 18, 1990.
• "Helping Clients After Sexual Malpractice," Panel: Local Professional Services For Sexual Malpractice Victims with Ellen Luepker, Faulkner Hospital, Jamaica Plain, MA April 28, 1990.
• "Civil and Criminal Legislation of the Psychotherapist Patient Sexual Relationship," Massachusetts Women's Legislative Caucus, Boston, MA April 4, 1990.
• "The Issue of Consent in the Psychotherapist-Patient Sexual Relationship," Women's Bar Association, Executive Committee, Boston, MA January 16, 1990.
Committee Assignments
Member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Committee to Respond to Allegations of Clergy Sexual Harassment and Exploitation, 1993-96
• Member of the Massachusetts House Committee on Sexual Misconduct by Physicians, Therapists and Other Health and Mental Health Professionals, 1989-1993
• Co-Chair of the Civil/Criminal Statutes Subcommittee of the Massachusetts House Committee on Sexual Misconduct by Physicians, Therapists and Other Health and Mental Health Professionals, 1989-93
• Member of the Education Subcommittee of the Massachusetts House Committee on Sexual Misconduct by Physicians, Therapists and Other Health and Mental Health Professionals, 1989-93
• Chair, Ten Ten Memorial Drive Co-Op, 1990-present

 

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1971
  • Iowa, 1969
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1978

Education

  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1969
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • M.A., Master of Arts - 1966
    • Major: Industrial Relations
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
    • B.B.A., Bachelor of Business Administration - 1964
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: General Business
    • Major: Labor Management

Published Works

  • Evidence of Multiple Victims in Therapist Sexual Misconduct Cases (Sutherland P., Bisbing S.), Trial Magazine, May, 1995
  • Transference of Liability: Employer Liability for Sexual Misconduct by Therapists (Sutherland, P., Bisbing, S.), 60 (4) Brooklyn Law Review 1421, Winter, 1995
  • Can Patients Sexually Harass Their Doctors? (Gabbard G., Atkinson S.), 4 Archives of Family Medicine 261, March, 1995
  • Is It Safe To Treat Your Own Staff?, No It's A Needless Risk for you and for Them, OBG Management 24, February, 1995
  • Rehabilitating Sexually Exploitative Therapists: A Risk Management Perspective, 25 (2) Psychiatric Annals, 1995
  • Sexual Relationships Between Physicians and Patients (Appelbaum P., Sutherland P.), 154 Archives of Internal Medicine 2561, 1994
  • Employer/Supervisor Liability and Risk Management: Legal Liability. In: Gonsiorek J., (Ed) The Breach of Trust: Sexual Exploitation by Health Care Professionals and Clergy. Newbury, CA: Sage Publications, 1994
  • Sexual Contact in Fiduciary Relationships: Legal Perspective. In: Gonsiorek J., (Ed) The Breach of Trust: Sexual Exploitation by Health Care Professionals and Clergy. Newbury, CA: Sage Publications, 1994
  • Sexual Exploitation in Psychotherapy and Counseling: Regulation in the USA, in Patients as Victims: Sexual Abuse in Psychotherapy and Counselling (Schoener G.), 149 Derek Jehu ed., 1994
  • Sexual Contact Between Dentist and Patient: Is Dating Ethical? (Hirsch A.), CDS Review, August, 1994
  • Institutional Liability for Sexual Misconduct by Therapists, Physicians and Other Health Care Professionals Liability Issues for Health Care Providers in a Changing Environment A-195 Tort and Insurance Practice Section ed., 1994
  • Litigating Sexual Abuse Cases by Health Care Professionals (Sutherland P., Bisbing S.), MATA Journal, 44, April/May, 1994
  • A Question of Ethics: Attorney-Client Sexual Contact (Sutherland P.), Trial Magazine, September, 1993
  • Psychotherapist Liability: What's Sex Got To Do With It? (Sutherland P.), Trial Magazine 22, May, 1993
  • Liability of Physicians, Therapists and Other Health Professionals for Sexual Misconduct with Patients (Sutherland P.), Medical Liability Issues for Lawyers, Physicians, and Insurers: Current Trends and Future Directions A-117 Tort and Insurance Practice Section ed., 1993
  • Should Alcohol Abuse Excuse Sexual Harassment, Misconduct? 1 (2) The Menninger Letter 6, 1993
  • Prohibiting Lawyer-Client Sex (Gutheil T., Sutherland P.), 20 (4) Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 365, 1992
  • Ask the Expert: Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Hospital Staff from Unfair Discipline, 17 (3) Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 92, 1992
  • Lawyers' Sex With Clients: A Proposal for a Uniform Standard (Sutherland P.), 12 (11) Fairshare 11, 1992
  • Fiduciary Theory Applied to Personal Dealings: Attorney-Client Sexual Contact (Sutherland P.), 45 Arkansas Law Review 458, 1992
  • Attorney-Client Sex: An Informal Survey (Sutherland P.), 14 (41) National Law Journal 26, 1992
  • Therapist-Patient Sexual Exploitation and Insurance Liability (Bisbing S., Sutherland P.), 27 (3) Tort and Insurance Law Journal 595, 1992
  • The Prevention of Psychotherapist Sexual Misconduct: Avoiding the Slippery Slope (Strasburger L., Sutherland P.), American Journal of Psychotherapy, October, 1992
  • Psychotherapist-Patient Sexual Contact After Termination of Treatment: An Analysis and a Proposal (Appelbaum P.), 148 (11) American Journal of Psychiatry 1466, 1991
  • Time Out: The Statute of Limitations and Fiduciary Theory in Psychotherapist Sexual Misconduct Cases (Randles R.), 44 (2) Oklahoma Law Review 181, 1991
  • Solving Statute-of-Limitations Problems in Psychotherapist Misconduct Cases (Randles R.), 6 (6) Professional Negligence Law Reporter 115, 1991
  • For Whom the Statute Tolls: Extending the Time During Which Patients Can Sue (Appelbaum P.), 42 (7) Hospital and Community Psychiatry 683, 1991
  • Criminalization of Psychotherapist-Patient Sex (Strasburger L., Randles R.), 148 (7) American Journal of Psychiatry 859, 1991
  • The Furor Over Psychotherapist-Patient Sexual Misconduct: New Solutions to an Old Problem (Randles R., Strasburger L.), 32 (3) William and Mary Law Review 645, 1991
  • Consultation Forum: Attorney's Response, The Psychodynamic Letter 7-8, October, 1991
  • New Developments in Professional Liability Insurance for Clinician- Patient Sexual Misconduct: Individual, Supervisor and Institutional Liability, 91-12.02, M.C.L.E. Health Law Update '91 143-81, 1991
  • Mandatory Reporting of Sexually Exploitative Psychotherapists (Randles R., Strasburger L.), 18 Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 379, 1990

Classes/Seminars

  • Liability Prevention for Medical and Surgical Practitioners: Trends and Update, Risk Prevention in the Examining Room, Harvard Medical School, Department of Continuing Education, Swissotel, Boston, Massachusetts, December 9, 1994
  • Third International Conference on Sexual Exploitation by Health Professionals, Psychotherapists, and Clergy, Legal Issues Concerning Post-Termination Sexual Involvement, CHASTEN, Ramada Inn, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 15, 1994
  • Third International Conference on Sexual Exploitation by Health Professionals, Psychotherapists, and Clergy, Legalities of Sex with Patients, CHASTEN, Ramada Inn, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 13, 1994
  • Canadian Ethical Standards Education Program of Toronto, Problems That Arise in Pursuing Civil Remedies for Sexual Exploitation/Therapist Malpractice, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, September 26, 1994
  • Evolution of Criminal Statutes Prohibiting Therapist-Client Sex, American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, August 15, 1994
  • Malpractice and Ethical Implications, American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, August 14, 1994
  • Liability and Risk Management in Hiring and Supervision, American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, August 13, 1994
  • Legal Liability, Licensing and Malpractice Insurance Considerations, American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, August 13, 1994
  • The Proposal for Attorney/Client Sex Rule, State Bar of Wisconsin Conference, The Hyatt Regency, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 24, 1994
  • Maintaining Boundaries in Psychotherapy, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, The Double Tree Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 26, 1994
  • Sexual Exploitation by Non-Mental Health Professionals, Health Professional-Client Sexual Exploitation Public Meeting, Task Force, Annapolis, Maryland, May 25, 1994
  • Sexual Misconduct: Therapist Evaluation and Rehabilitation, American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, The Wyndham Hotel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 23, 1994
  • Boundary Violations and Risk Management, Massachusetts Psychiatric Association, Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlboro, Massachusetts, May 20, 1994
  • Institutional Liability for Sexual Misconduct by Therapists, Physicians & Other Health Care Professionals, American Bar Association Conference, Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC May 5 & 6, 1994
  • Investigation of Complaints, The Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Missouri, March 25, 1994
  • Institutional Liability for Sexual Misconduct by Therapists, Physicians & Other Health Care Professionals, American Bar Association Conference, Doubletree Hotel, Palm Springs, California, March 18, 1994
  • Issues Facing Therapists, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Committee for Women Meeting, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 17, 1994
  • Boundary Issues and Dilemmas in Psychoanalysis, Legal Aspects of Boundary Violations, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, Inc., Gray Gardens, Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 10, 1994
  • Blueprint for Quality, Sexual Exploitation in the Health Professions, Nineteenth Annual Yankee Dental Congress, Hilton Hotel, Belvedere Room Boston, Massachusetts, January 20, 1994
  • Ethical Concerns in Health Care Law, Provider Sexual Misconduct with Patients, Widener University School of Law Continuing Legal Education, Union League, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 6, 1993
  • Sexual Abuse and Violence, How to be Adequate as a Subsequent Treating Therapist, Psychiatric Grand Rounds, Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 23, 1993
  • Restoring the Integrity, The Arnie Becker Syndrome: Does It Belong In the Legal Profession?, College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick, Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Fredericton, New Brunswick, October 16, 1993
  • Restoring the Integrity, The Legal Framework: It Affects Us All, College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick, Lord Beaverbrook Hotel, Frederickton, New Brunswick, October 16, 1993
  • Attorney/Client Privileges: Should They Include Sex? Florida Bar Board of Governors Ad Hoc Committee on Attorney/Client Sexual Relations Conference, Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Tampa Hyatt Westshore Hotel, Tampa, Florida, October 1, 1993
  • Preventing Sexual Abuse in Health Care: Preparing for the Impact of Bill 100, Lessons From the U.S. Experience, The Canadian Institute, Hotel Intercontinental, Toronto, Canada, September 30, 1993
  • A Question of Ethics: Attorney-Client Sexual Contact, Ethics Town Hall Meeting, American Bar Association Family Law Section Annual Meeting, Crowne Plaza, New York, New York, August 6, 1993
  • Patient Care for the 21st Century, Psychiatrist Sexual Misconduct, American Psychiatric Association 146th Annual Meeting, Marriot Hotel, San Francisco, California, May 25, 1993
  • Patient Care for the 21st Century, Rehabilitation of Sexually Abusive Therapists, American Psychiatric Association 146th Annual Meeting, Marriot Hotel, San Francisco, California, May 25, 1993
  • Medical Liability Issues for Lawyers, Physicians, and Insurers: Current Trends and Future Directions, Liability of Physicians, Therapists and Others Health Professionals for Sexual Misconduct with, Patients ABA TIPS, Royal Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 21, 1993
  • Sexual Misconduct by Mental Health and Health Care Providers, Clinical and Pragmatic Issues of Legal Recourse, Rhode Island Psychological Association, Johnson and Wales Airport Hotel, Warwick, Rhode Island, April 3, 1993
  • Sexual Misconduct by Mental Health and Health Care Providers, Legal Concerns for Subsequent Treating Therapists, Rhode Island Psychological Association, Johnson and Wales Airport Hotel, Warwick, Rhode Island, April 3, 1993
  • New Perspectives on Women, Health and Law: A Symposium, Access and Inequality, University of Texas School of Law, Charles I. Francis Auditorium, Austin, Texas, March 6, 1993
  • Subsequent Treating Therapist: Clinical and Legal Issues, 1993 Southwest Conference on Law and Psychology: Emerging Issues, LaFonda Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico, February 5, 1993
  • Sexual Violation of the Fiduciary/Trust Fiduciary, 1993 Southwest Conference on Law and Psychology: Emerging Issues, LaFonda Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico, February 4, 1993
  • Issues of Confidentiality and Legal Testimony, PINE Ethics Program, Psychoanalytic Institute of New England, East, Inc., Harvard Faculty Club, Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 1, 1993
  • Criminal Law Update: Physician and Therapist Sexual Misconduct, Coalition for the Legal Rights of the Disabled, Sawyer Building, Suffolk University, Boston, Massachusetts, December 8, 1992
  • Making the Adversarial System More Just and Effective, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 23rd Annual Meeting, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers, Boston, Massachusetts, Oct. 17, 1992
  • Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Psychotherapists and Health Care Professionals, Employer and Supervisor Liability: Legal and Risk Management Considerations, Campbell Meeting Management, Hotel Sofitel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 10, 1992
  • Sexual Misconduct by Clergy, Psychotherapists and Health Care Professionals, Legal and Legislative Issues of Physician/Therapist Sexual Exploitation, Campbell Meeting Management, Hotel Sofitel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 9, 1992
  • The Subsequent Treating Therapist: Clinical and Legal Issues, Grand Rounds, Harvard University Health Service, Monk Library, Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 1, 1992
  • Sexual Abuse Damages Actions: Evaluating and Prosecuting Conference, The Discovery Rule, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, MCLE Conference Center, Boston, Massachusetts, September 15, 1992
  • Sexual Abuse Damages Actions: Evaluating and Prosecuting Conference, Determining Whether There is Insurance Coverage, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, MCLE Conference Center, Boston, Massachusetts, September 15, 1992
  • Sexual Misconduct Malpractice: Standard of Care, Proximate Cause and Damages, Issues in Psychotherapist Sexual Misconduct Cases, Centennial Convention of the American Psychological Association, Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington, DC. August 18, 1992
  • Avoiding Revictimization: Is It Possible?, Centennial Convention of the American Psychological Association, Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington, DC, August 18, 1992
  • Sexual Activity with Former Clients: Special Concerns & Considerations Legal Ramifications, Centennial Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, DC., August 15, 1992
  • Therapist-Client Sex: Understanding & Preventing a Serious Problem, Centennial Convention of the American Psychological Association, Sheraton Washington Hotel, Washington, DC., August 14, 1992
  • Boundaries: The Example of the Richter Case, Grand Rounds, Tufts University, Sterns Auditorium, New England Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, June 25, 1992
  • Training for Treatment: How Can It Help? Legal Issues: Overview, Records, Fiduciary Duty, Subsequent Treating Therapists and Expert Witness, MA House Committee on Sexual Misconduct by Physicians, Therapists, Other Health Professionals, Univ. of Mass., Boston, MA, May 15, 1992
  • Sexual Misconduct and the Subsequent Psychiatrist, American Psychiatric Association 145th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, May 7, 1992
  • Psychiatry and the Law, Therapists Who Treat Victims of Psychotherapist-Patient Sex: Roles and Responsibilities, The Law & Psychiatry Service, Massachusetts, General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 1992
  • New York Task Force Study Group and Press Conference on Sexual Misconduct by Therapeutic and Health Care Professionals, New York State Senate, Albany, New York, March 23, 1992
  • Patient-Therapist Sex - To Criminalize or Not: A Debate, Resolved: Patient-Therapist Sex Should be Criminalized, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Lake Buena Vista, Florida, October 18, 1991
  • Therapist Misconduct: Prevention and Risk Management Strategies, Risk Management and Insurance, American Psychological Association, Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, California, August 18, 1991
  • Sexual Abuse, Legislation and Civil Liberties, Therapist-Client Sexual Misconduct: A Survey of the Law, American Psychiatric Association 144th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 16, 1991
  • Anatomy of a Sexual Misconduct Case, The Plaintiff's Attorney and Sexual Misconduct, American Psychiatric Association 144th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 13, 1991
  • Sexual Misconduct: Civil and Criminal Statutes, Update on Reporting, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society Annual Meeting, Newton Marriott, Newton, Massachusetts, March 16, 1991
  • Sex Between Patients and Clinicians, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Health Law, Update '91, Tremont House, Boston, Massachusetts, March 8, 1991
  • Sexual Ethics in Ministry, Legislative Action on Therapist Sexual Misconduct, Clinical, Legal and Social Policy Issues: A Survey of the Law, Espousal Center, Waltham, Massachusetts, February 6, 1991
  • After the Fire: Rebuilding Trust, Legislative and Ethical Issues in Sexual Abuse, Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire, November 17, 1990
  • The Psychotherapist as Fiduciary: The Prohibition of Sexual Contact Resulting in Civil and Criminal Legislation, The University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, November 5, 1990
  • Sexual Abuse by Psychotherapists and Other Health Care Professionals, Co-Sponsored by Center for Counseling and Academic Development and Univ. of Mass., Amherst, Speaker and Panel Member, October 19, 1990
  • The Offending Therapist: The Psychotherapist as Fiduciary: The Prohibition of Sexual Contact Resulting in Civil and Criminal Legislation, The New Hampshire Psychological Organization, Inc., Portsmouth Pavilion, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, October 12, 1990
  • Sex Between Clinicians and Patients: New Developments in Professional Liability Insurance for Clinician-Patient Sexual Misconduct: Individual, Supervisor, and Institutional Liability, Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education, Waltham, Massachusetts, September 15, 1990
  • Sex Between Clinicians and Patients: Panel Discussion Prevention and Post Vention, Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education, Waltham, Massachusetts, September 15, 1990
  • Sex Between Clinicians and Patients: The Case for Criminalization of Patient-Clinician Sexual Contact, Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education, Waltham, Massachusetts, September 15, 1990
  • Psychotherapist-Client Sexual Contact: A Survey of the Law, American Psychological Association, Boston, Massachusetts, August 13, 1990
  • The Need for a New York Commission to Examine Physician/Therapist Sexual Misconduct, Governmental Operations Committee, Albany, New York, May 31, 1990
  • From Outrage to Outreach to Opportunity, Legal Issues, Interface, Watertown, Massachusetts, May 18, 1990
  • Helping Clients After Sexual Malpractice, Panel: Local Professional Services for Sexual Malpractice Victims with Ellen Luepker, Faulkner Hospital, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, April 28, 1990
  • Civil and Criminal Legislation of the Psychotherapist Patient Sexual Relationship, Massachusetts Women's Legislative Caucus, Boston, Massachusetts, April 4, 1990
  • The Issue of Consent in the Psychotherapist-Patient Sexual Relationship, Women's Bar Association, Executive Committee, Boston, Massachusetts, January 16, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member, 1969 - 1995
  • Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts Committee, Member, Allegations of Clergy Sexual Harassment and Exploitation, 1993
  • Massachusetts House Committee, Sexual Misconduct by Medical, Professionals, Member, 1989 - 1993
  • Massachusetts House Committee, Sexual Misconduct by Medical, Professionals, Co-Chair, Civil/Criminal Subcommittee, 1989 - 1993
  • Massachusetts House Committee, Sexual Misconduct by Medical, Professional, Member, Education Committee, 1989 - 1993
  • Ten Ten Memorial Drive Co-Op, Chair, 1990 - 1993

Past Employment Positions

  • Private Practice, 1977 - 1980
  • Boston Legal Aid Society, Boston, Staff Attorney, 1971 - 1973
  • University of Iowa, Institute of Public Affairs, Staff Attorney, Research Associate, 1969 - 1970
  • University of Iowa Law School, Professor Richard Dole, Research Assistant, 1967 - 1969

Pro Bono Activities

  • Cambridge Port Problem Center, 1978 - 1980

The Law Offices of SJ Spero & Associates represented victims of professional misconduct and clergy abuseĀ across the country, including Massachusetts, Missouri, Texas and New York. Based in Boston, our local service areas include Newton, Concord, Acton, Lowell, Cambridge, Quincy, Worcester, Springfield, Pittsfield, Middlesex County, Essex County, Suffolk County, Norfolk County and Worcester County.