Region – Fred Misilo, an attorney with Fletcher Tilton, in his role as the current president of The Arc of the United States (“The Arc”), recently met United States Attorney General William Barr in Washington, D.C., to discuss The Arc’s concerns with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ memo “Principles and Procedures for Civil Consent Decrees and Settlement Agreements” (“Sessions Memo”).
Misilo’s meeting with Barr focused on the fundamental importance of consent decrees and court-enforceable settlement agreements in achieving systemic change for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (“I/DD”) over the past several decades. In this context, Misilo explained the ways in which the Sessions Memo will undermine this progress by significantly curtailing the use of these tools.
The Arc—the largest national community-based organization working to promote and protect the civil and human rights of people with I/DD—was founded in 1950 and has more than 600 chapters advocating for more than 1 million people throughout the United States.
Misilo is chair of the Trusts & Estates department at Fletcher Tilton, with a particular focus on special needs planning. He works primarily from the firm’s Worcester, Framingham, and Cape Cod offices.
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