MCEC mediators work as a team. They bring to each situation the combined knowledge, skills and perspectives of a lawyer and a social worker.
Mary Healey is a lawyer who has completed professional
and is experienced in family court and family law in Connecticut. She is
graduate of Western New England College School of Law and a member of the
Connecticut Bar Association and the Association for Conflict Resolution.
Mary has been in private practice since 1999. She has served as a court-appointed
attorney for minor children in many custody
and visitation cases. Having worked with children and
families in the traditional, adversarial system, Mary
believes that mediation represents a better way for
marriages to end. Mediation encourages direct
communication and allows parents to make the crucial
Laura Lassow is a social worker who helps clients
examine their beliefs,
thoughts, and feelings; reduce tension; and work through the emotional
divorce that accompanies a legal divorce. Laura has experience counseling
both parents and children.
She helps clients develop parenting plans to meet their children’s needs,
resolve their financial issues, and explore their resources and options.
also guides clients in negotiating and decision-making.
Laura holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut.
She has completed
professional mediation training.