Consulting & Mediation

Drawing on her experience over twenty years as a trial judge, the Honorable Dina E. Fein (ret.) offers consulting and mediation services to help individuals and organizations find just solutions. As a consultant, Fein works to help organizations animate their mission, and develop good ideas that are well-received.

A certified mediator since 1997, while practicing law Fein provided pro bono mediation services through community-based programs.  After her appointment to the bench, Fein developed a judicial mediation program at the Western Division Housing Court, where she successfully resolved scores of cases including summary process, zoning, personal injury, consumer class action, and other complex civil litigation.

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For more information about her consulting and mediation services, contact Judge Fein

Judicial Career

In 1999, Fein was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Housing Court, Western Division by Governor Paul Cellucci.  She was elevated to First Justice in 2008, serving in that position until her retirement from the bench in 2020.  As First Justice, Fein was the administrative leader of the court, supervising a staff of twenty-five and overseeing  sessions across all four western Massachusetts counties.

Over the course of her judicial career Fein sat on numerous Trial Court committees, including the Strategic Leadership Team, the Tenancy Preservation Program Statewide Steering Committee (chair) the Grants Committee (chair), the Court Service Center Committee (chair), the Language Access Advisory Committee, and the Summary Process Committee (chair).

Massachusetts Judges Conferene Excellence in Judicial AwardFein was awarded the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the Judiciary Award in 2010, and a Massachusetts Judges Conference Judicial Excellence Award in 2014.

Access to Justice

Judge Fein has served on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission since its inception in 2005, and on the Commission’s Executive Committee from 2017-2021.  A member of the Project Management Team for the Massachusetts Justice for All project, Fein assisted in writing the Massachusetts JFA strategic action plan.

In 2009, Fein was appointed as the Special Advisor for Access to Justice Initiatives across the Massachusetts Trial Court. 

In that role Fein was instrumental in developing the state’s Court Service Centers; simplifying, standardizing, and translating court forms; expanding limited assistance representation and lawyer-for-the-day programs; and embedding access to justice in the court system’s strategic planning efforts.

A frequent panelist at national conferences including the Equal Justice Conference and the National Access to Justice Chairs annual meetings, Fein also serves on the Advisory Committee for the American Bar Foundation’s Access to Justice Scholars program.

Teaching and Mentoring

Judge Fein Speaking at Receivership Training for City of Springfield

Teaching and Mentoring

Fein developed a course curriculum on Access to Justice, which she taught at Western New England University School of Law for a number of years.  She has also lectured at Harvard University Law School, Suffolk University School of Law, and New England School of Law.

For ten years, Fein served as a trustee at the Flaschner Judicial Institute, developing and speaking at numerous Flaschner programs involving self-represented litigants.  Fein was a frequent instructor at educational programs run by the Trial Court’s Judicial Institute, and was tapped to serve in the Trial Court’s inaugural class of judicial mentors in the Judicial Resource Project.   Fein has served formally and informally as a mentor for law students, lawyers, and applicants for the bench.

Publications

Law-Review-feinIn addition to articles in the Western New England Law Review, the Business Journal of Western Massachusetts, and other publications, Judge Fein has authored hundred of decisions in the areas of landlord-tenant law, foreclosre, zoning, consumer class actions, and right to counsel, which are archived at the Social Law Library,  and the Western Division Housing Court Reporter.  Fein served on the Editorial Committee for Flaschner Judicial Institute’s Residential Landlord-Tenant Benchbook, Third Edition,Bench Book has authored or co-authored a number of grants, including to the State Justice Institute; the National Center for State Courts; and the Public Welfare Foundation; and has written numerous Trial Court reports including Access to Justice Initiative reports, the Lawyer-For-A-Day Program Manual and the Summary Process Committee report. www.mass.gov.

Professional Associations

Judge Fein served on the Board of Director of the Massachusetts Judges Conference for 12 years, including two years as a Vice President of the Board.  Fein is a Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar foundation, and a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, where she served on the Judicial Evaluation Committee, the Hampden County Bar Association, where she serves on the Pro Bono Advisory Committee, and the Hampshire County Bar Association.

Judge Fein at MA Bar Foundation 2012 Grantees Reception
Chief Justice Gants
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Judge Fein Speaking About Court Service Centers

Dina E. Fein
413-341-9212
dinaefein@gmail.com

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