missy boyd family law attorney high swartz appointed to family justice advisory board montgomery county pennsylvania

Melissa M. Boyd appointed Chair of Montgomery County Family Justice Advisory Board

The Family Justice Advisory Board of Montgomery County has appointed High Swartz Family Law attorney Melissa M. Boyd as its next Chairperson. The FJAB works to examine and recommend ways the courts and its partners can effectively improve Montgomery County’s overall Family Court system.

Norristown, PA - Referred to as FJAB by its bylaws, the Family Justice Advisory Board of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania was established by the County’s Court of Common Pleas in October of 2018. The mission of FJAB is to examine and address Family Court issues from a systemic and policy perspective and recommend ways in which the Court, public agencies and private organizations can efficiently, effectively, and collaboratively improve the process, programs and institutions.* In turn, the Board makes recommendations to the Court, public policy boards and agencies that affect family law in Montgomery County.

Melissa Boyd is the Board's second chairman and will be taking the place of the retiring Chairman Gary Kline. Her appointment to her seat was determined by the President Judge of Montgomery County, the Honorable Thomas DelRicci in consultation with the Administrative Judge of the Family Court, the Honorable Carolyn Tornetta Carluccio. The Family Justice Advisory Board of Montco is the second board of its kind in Pennsylvania, along with a similar board in Butler County, PA. Joining Ms. Boyd and President Judge DelRicci and Administrative Judge Carluccio as a Board Member is Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, Dr. Valerie Arkoosh.

Ms. Boyd is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, and serves on the board of governors for the Pennsylvania Chapter. She also is a member of the family law sections of the American Bar Association and previously served as chair of the FLS of the Montgomery Bar Association. Missy also holds membership in the Pennsylvania Bar Association, where she recently was nominated to become Treasurer of the Family Law Section. She is now on the leadership 5-year track to ascend to chair.

A graduate of Washington College and the University of Baltimore School of Law, Melissa has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo. She has been nominated to her 5th consecutive Pennsylvania Super lawyer list preceded by 6 Rising Star distinctions. On top of her streak, Missy has been nominated to 3 Super Lawyers Top Lists in Pennsylvania. Those distinctions include Top 100 Lawyers in Pennsylvania, Top 100 Lawyers in Philadelphia and Top 50 Female Attorneys in Pennsylvania. She has been included on the Best Lawyer List in America since 2016 and has been named among the TEN LEADERS of Matrimonial Law in Philadelphia.

“I am thrilled to be a part of what I know will be a transformative initiative,” says Attorney Boyd. “Commissioner Arkoosh, President Judge DelRicci, and Judge Carluccio represent the trifecta of superb leaders looking for ways to improve our Family Court system which will have positive and lasting impact on Montgomery County and its residents.”

Per its bylaws, the FJAB is a Board that will bring together all the various stakeholders from within the county that deal with family court and family matters to facilitate an observation of a systematic policy approach to all issues relating to children and families in our county.

*Montgomery County Family Justice Advisory Board Bylaws

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