Elizabeth G. Dineen, of Longmeadow, MA, served for more than 25 years as a Supervising Assistant District Attorney, prosecuting crimes involving sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.
Now, as Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Bay Path College (a women's college), her focus is on developing students to serve as strong women leaders in the Criminal Justice field. Throughout the Department's curriculum, students are encouraged to engage in an in-depth analysis of women's issues related to the international Rule of Law and global Criminal Justice practices.
During the course of her legal and academic career she has received numerous professional and community awards, including:
- Top Women of Law, 2013
- Massachusetts State Police: Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation, 2009
- Governor’s Award: Service to the Commonwealth: State House Honoree, 2008
- U.S. Postal Service: Women's History Award, 2003
- YWCA: Woman of Achievement Award, 2003
- Massachusetts Bar Association: Prosecutor of the Year Award, 2003 (first female recipient of this award)
Elizabeth Dineen's Community Service activities include:
- Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, Board of Directors
- Square One Day Care, Board of Directors
- Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Fellow
- Hampden County Bar Association, Board of Directors
- Appropriations Committee, Town of East Longmeadow, MA (1998 - 2005, including service as Chair)
Elizabeth Dineen's professional activities include:
- The Women's Campaign School at Yale University
- United States Army War College, Strategy Implementation Seminar
- American Inn of Court - Master of the Bench
- National Institute of Trial Advocacy Instructor
- American Criminal Justice Association
- Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Instructor and Author
Dineen lives in East Longmeadow, MA, with her husband, attorney Stephen Spelman, their three children, and their rescue dog, "J.R."