LONGMEADOW, Mass.—With a reputation in western Massachusetts of not just treating the problem, but treating the person, Justin H. Dion, JD, assistant professor of law, has built a name for himself as a bankruptcy lawyer. Earlier this year, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Atty. Dion as one of the 2010 Up & Coming Lawyers for his dedication to serving western Massachusetts residents facing bankruptcy.
Prior to enrolling in law school, Dion was pursuing graduate studies in psychology. He credits his training in psychology for his success in assisting clients who are coping with bankruptcy. “I believe I’ve distinguished myself as a practitioner by having the psychology background and being able to counsel,” Dion said. “I try to understand where people are coming from and to get at the heart of their issues and problems, and I do a little hand-holding to help them through the process.”
Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Dion’s efforts to assist underserved populations in western Massachusetts during the current economic downturn as well as his pro bono and leadership contributions to the Alliance Providers of Legal Services to Individuals Facing Foreclosure, which offers dozens of homeowners free legal advice. An associate with Springfield’s Bacon Wilson prior to his appointment at Bay Path, Dion continues to work with the law firm on a pro bono basis on bankruptcy law cases. Today, under Dion’s instruction and as part of the College’s upper, legal studies course, Bay Path students provide legal assistance to Bacon Wilson’s clients who are filing for bankruptcy. (Read The Republican’s recent article on Atty. Dion and Bay Path legal studies students.)
Dion is a member of the Hampden County Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Hartford County Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association, and American Bar Association. He received his juris doctorate degree, magna cum laude, from Western New England College School of Law, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.