Kate Nemens graduated from Cornell University in 1997 with a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations and went on to receive her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in 2001. Attorney Nemens is presently the Supervising Attorney for the Clubhouse Family Legal Support Project, which is co-funded by the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. The Project represents low-income parents with psychiatric disabilities in their custody and parenting time cases, primarily in Probate and Family Court in Massachusetts, and provides technical assistance to attorneys representing parents with psychiatric disabilities in child welfare cases in the Juvenile Court as well. Before coming to the project, Attorney Nemens worked with low income clients as a staff attorney in the family law unit of the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts (now Community Legal Aid in Worcester), primarily representing victims of domestic violence.
Attorney Nemens was a 2005-2006 Boston Bar Association Public Interest Leader, and a 2008 Women’s Bar Foundation, Family Law Project for Battered Women Volunteer Attorney Award recipient. She has visited and presented about her work at the Project to numerous clubhouses, mental health centers and recovery learning communities across the state. Attorney Nemens is also a regular presenter and trainer of attorneys, clinicians, advocates, peers and parents regarding representing parents with psychiatric disabilities, and has participated in over 30 local, regional, national and international panels and conferences. She is a volunteer mentor attorney for the Women’s Bar Foundation Family Law Project for Battered Women, a member of the Strengthening Families Coalition, an advisory committee member for Boston Medical Center’s Project RESPECT PLUS, and an advisor to Child and Family Connections, Inc. out of Philadelphia, PA.