November 2012 Newsletter



Alekman DiTusa, LLC*

Annino, Draper & Moore, P.C.*

Bacon Wilson, P.C.*

Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP*

Connor, Morneau & Olin, LLP*

Cooley Shrair, P.C.*

Crear, Chadwell & Dos Santos, P.C.

Dalsey & Albano*

DiSanti Law Offices*

Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.*

Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, P.C.*

Gelinas & Lefebvre, P.C.

Goldsmith, Katz & Argenio, P.C.*

Hare, Stamm & Harriss, P.C.*

Hendel & Collins, P.C.

Law Office of Thomas A. Kenefick, III*

Law Offices of Thomas M. Libbos*

Lyon & Fitzpatrick, LLP*

Law Offices of Stephen R. Manning

McCormick, Paulding & Huber, LLP

Morrison Mahoney, LLP

Pellegini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C.*

Peskin, Courchesne & Alle, P.C.*

Robinson Donovan, P.C.*

Siddall & Siddall, P.C.*

Skoler, Abbott & Presser, P.C.

Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn, LLC

Szlachetka Dubay, P.C.*

Welch & Barba, P.C.*

Nancy L. Altobelli, Esq.

Michael J. Ashe, Jr.*

Robert H. Astor, Esq.*

John G. Bagley, Esq.

Wm. Travaun Bailey, Esq.

Steven L. Baumohl, Esq.*

Eugene B. Berman, Esq.*

Hon. Henry J. Boroff*

George E. Bourguignon, Jr., Esq.

Peter M. Burns, Esq.

Carol J. Kantany-Casartello, Esq.*

Charles R. Casartello, Jr., Esq.*

Raymond F. Catuogno*

Lance S. Chavin, Esq.*

Michael J. Chernick, Esq.*

David K. Chivers, Esq.*

Hon. Philip A. Contant*

Hon. Rebekah J. Crampton-Kamukala*

Hon. Beth A. Crawford

Jane E. Crosby, Esq.*

Jennifer Midura-D’Amour, Esq.*

Theodore E. Dimauro, Esq.*

William J. Doherty, Esq.*

Henry M. Downey, Esq.*

Mark R. Draymore, Esq.

Philip M. Duda, Esq.*

Hon. Patricia M. Dunbar*

Hon. Nancy Dusek-Gomez*

Margaret E. Eckert, Esq.*

Hal Etkin, Esq.*

Jack Ferriter, Esq.*

Hon. Linda S. Fidnick*

William M. Fitzgerald, Esq.

William D. Fitzpatrick, Esq.*

Chester E. Flavin, Esq.*

Hon. Daniel A. Ford*

Anthony Gallant, Esq.*

John E. Garber, Esq.

Hon. Anne M. Geoffrion*

Alfred J. Geoffrion, Jr., Esq.*

Hon. Ann M. Gibbons*

Claudette-Jean Girard, Esq.*

Efrem A. Gordon, Esq.*

Hon. John M. Greaney*

Kyle R. Guelcher, Esq.*

Hon. Robert L. Howarth*

Hon. Mary E. Hurley*

Hon. Barbara M. Hyland*

Michael O. Jennings, Esq.*

Hon. Bertha D. Josephson*

Julia Wilkins-Kay, Esq.

Craig W. Kaylor, Esq.

Hon. George C. Keady, Jr.*

Hon. C. Jeffrey Kinder*

Hon. Catherine Watson-Koziol*

Hon. Robert F. Kumor, Jr. *

David A. Ladizki, Esq.*

Paul G. Lalonde, Esq.*

Steven M. Leecock, Esq.

David L. Lorenzi, Esq.*

Hon. Mark D Mason*

Peter D. Mazza, Esq.*

Carolyn L. McCaffrey, Esq.

Hon. C. Brian McDonald*

John P. McKenna, Esq.*

John McNally, Esq.*

John E. Miller, Esq.

Randy J. Milou, Esq.*

Keith A. Minoff, Esq.

Hon. Robert S. Murphy, Jr.

Christopher B. Myhrum, Esq.*

Donna D. Nardi, Esq.*

Hon. Kenneth P. Neiman*

Jeffrey K. O'Connor, Esq.

Joseph M. Pacella, Esq.*

Hon. Tina S. Page*

John J. Pajak, Esq.*

Bruce J. Patryn, Esq.

Hon. John M. Payne, Jr.*

Jill M. McCarthy Payne, Esq.*

Hon. Joseph A. Pellegrino*

Hon. Gail L. Perlman*

Hon. Judith J. Phillips*

Hon. Patricia T. Poehner*

Hon. Michael A. Ponsor*

Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Esq.*

John L. Roberts, Esq., CELA

Hon. David S. Ross*

Catherine Z. Rossi, Esq.*

Hon. Mary Lou Rup*

Hon. David G. Sacks*

Jeffrey B. Sagalyn, Esq.*

David W. Sanborn, Esq.

Robert T. Santaniello, Esq.*

Hon. Kent B. Smith*

Hon. Daniel J. Swords*

Jennifer A. Thorn, Esq.*

Karl W. Topor, Esq.*

Christina M. Turgeon, Esq.*

Hon. Ariane D. Vuono*

Hon. William T. Walsh*

William Welch, Esq.

James B. Winston, Esq.

Raymond W. Zenkert, Jr., Esq.

*Sustaining Members over two consecutive years


First, I would again urge all of you to contact Michelle at the Hampden County Legal Clinic to sign up to volunteer for the District Court Lawyer for the Day program. It has been very well received by the community and a good use of one’s time. You staff the lobby of the bar association and answer questions and help pro se litigants fill out forms. You will not have to file an appearance in any case. If District Court is not your area of expertise talk to Michelle about other volunteer opportunities in Housing Court and Probate & Family Court. Although the next two months are part of the busy holiday season, please consider making this an easy way to give something back to those in need.

This past month has been marked by the loss of two well known and well respected members of our bar association. In too quick a succession, we have bid fair well to Judge Daniel M. Keyes, Jr. and Judge Kent B. Smith. I have been proud to stand with a great number of you who have helped to reinvigorate our long standing tradition of providing an Honor Guard procession which also flanks the entrance before and after the funeral ceremony. I want to take some time to thank all of you for attending and to ask those of you to consider doing so in the future.

Many people were raised to avoid funerals, so attending a funeral - even of a close family member - does not come easy.   In speaking with others of my vintage, it also appears that many of us were brought up to believe that it was somehow irreverent to attend the funeral of a person who was not a close family member or friend. In such circumstances, I still feel very uncomfortable and half expect someone to say who are you and what are you doing here.  Last year, President Thomas Kenefick taught me a valuable lesson that has changed my understanding of the importance of the Honor Guard and of the attendance of funerals in general. Tom expressed great displeasure to many on our Board over an embarrassingly abysmal showing for an Honor Guard procession which he attended with less than a handful of our members at the funeral of a less visible, member of our association. Tom was clearly very upset. Although he carefully couched his words, the message was clear. . . this member had simply been forgotten by all of us and it was a disgrace. Although directed to all of us generally, his words struck out and hit me very personally. Taking part in the Honor Guard is not just for close colleagues but rather it is one of the most important ways the members of our association can pay respect to a passing member. Most importantly, I continue to find that there are intangible benefits to be learned from the storied lives of our passing members. For instance, I never would have learned that Judge Keyes was part of a team from Boston College that walked out of a championship event (foreclosing their season) because a southern host would not allow African-American teammates to play; that he made sure to cast his absentee ballot for President Obama before dying, or that he believed that you had to continue to evolve in life in order to maintain the closeness that he clearly had with each generation of his beloved family. We also would not have heard how large a role Judge Smith played in mentoring and continuing to consult with now Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, who spoke about how, although he had to hire a driver some time ago, the Judge was still getting up on weekdays at 4:00 am to make the trip to Boston to produce over 100 decisions a year while screening numerous cases for the Appeals Court.
I could not help to be reminded of how Judge Smith ended his comments about the Appeals Court at last year’s annual dinner by abruptly saying at about nine o’clock that well I guess that I’ll end here as “its past my bedtime”. My young boys still bring this story up laughing out loud at how the much older Judge had to go to bed before him and, in fact, clearly did leave the room to go to bed after getting down from the podium. Well, I can now finish the story by letting Matt and Timmy know that - after all it was a weekday.

With that said, I truly hope that our commitment to participate in the Honor Guard remains invigorated and consistent without regard to the position or length of retirement of the member or the usual difficulties in attending on short notice. I truly look forward to standing with you in the future.


The Hampden County Bar Association would like to welcome the following attorneys and students as new members:        

Steven Dzubak-Committee for Public Counsel Services
Christopher M. Erchull - Student
Richard A. Facchini, Esq. - Facchini & Facchini, P.C.
Stephen L. Holstrom, Esq.-Alekman DiTusa, LLC
Nicholas P. Lata, Jr., Esq.-Robinson Donovan, P.C.
Terrence Marsh-Student
Erin M. O'Connor, Esq.-Committee for Public Counsel Services
Jaime M. Rogers, Esq.-Committee for Public Counsel Services
Michael R. Stackhouse, II-Student
Uri Strauss, Esq.-Community Legal Aid
Alan Verson, Esq.
Robert Zywno-Student


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Thank you to Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, P.C. for the use of their conference room on October 24,2012 for a Bankruptcy Section lunch.

Cooley Shrair attorneys, staff and friends recently participated in the 19th annual Rays of Hope – A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer held on Sunday, October 28, 2012 in Springfield, MA. They proudly joined 21,000 participants helping to raise awareness, support and hope for breast cancer research and care.

Attorney Seunghee Cha has opened a second office in Greenfield, MA.  The address is 393 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301.  Telephone number is 413-475-3559.

Got Coffee?  The HCBA does!  We now have a Keurig for our members to enjoy! A cup of coffee/tea is only $.75 and can be purchased in our office.  Don't forget, your  "cup of joe" has to be consumed in our lobby and can't be taken into the courtrooms.  Members can also take advantage of use of a microwave oven also located in our lobby for quick warm-ups.

Need documents served? The HCBA lobby has a Drop Box for attorneys who require documents to be served through the Hampden County Sheriff. The sheriff's office picks up documents daily.

Need documents notarized? The HCBA office can help. Our office has notary publics on staff to assist attorneys and clients who may need a last minute document witnessed.

Hockey season is here again! Congratulations to the following Hampden County Bar Association members who won tickets to the Falcons hockey team home games for the month of October: Attorney Amy B. Royal, Attorney Thomas G. Griffin, Attorney Fredi Ann Goldman, Attorney Amelia J. Holstrom, Attorney Eric D. Kornblum and Attorney Peter J. Dejnak. Go Falcons!


On October 11, 2012 the volunteer scheduled for the District Court Lawyer for the Day Program had to cancel and we were not able to find a volunteer replacement to assist individuals with District Court matters. During the course of the afternoon, several individuals were looking for legal advice, but were informed there was no volunteer attorney. An attorney who stopped by our office to pick up documents took the time to to help an individual with questions. He remained in our lobby and assisted several other individuals who were also looking for legal advice. Many thanks to Attorney Richard C. Morrissey for stepping up and helping with our program.


The Hampden County Bar Association Education Committee would like to thank the following individuals who took time out of their busy schedule to present an educational training during the past month:

Honorable William P. Hadley of Springfield District Court
Honorable Mark D Mason of Springfield District Court and
Shaun S. McLean, Esquire of the Appeals Court


November 14, 2012 – Experts in Residence Seminar:
Permitting in Businesses - 2pm - 4pm
Jack Ferriter, Esquire of Ferriter & Ferriter, LLP
Ellen Freyman, Esquire of Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, PC and
David S. Lawless, Esquire of Robinson Donovan, PC
Location: Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, PC, 67 Market Street, Springfield, Spfld.

December 7, 2012 – Brown Bag Lunch Seminar:
Social Media - 1pm - 2pm
Presenters: Mr. Brian Farrell, Regional Director of LexisNexis Marketing
Location: Hampden County Hall of Justice, Commissioner’s Room, 50 State Street, Spfld.

December 14, 2012 – Criminal Law Education Series:
U.S. Supreme Court Update - 1pm - 2pm
Presenters: TBA
Location: Hampden County Hall of Justice, Commissioner’s Room, 50 State Street, Spfld.

December 19, 2012 – How To Series Seminar:
How to do a Civil Trial- 12pm - 2pm
Nancy Frankel Pelletier, Esquire of Robinson Donovan, PC and
Jeffrey J. Trapani, Esquire of Robinson Donovan, PC
Location: Hampden County Hall of Justice, Commissioner’s Room, 50 State Street, Spfld.

February 7, 2013 – How To Series Seminar:
Estate Gift Income Tax - 3pm - 5pm
Presenters: Hyman G. Darling, Esquire of Bacon Wilson PC
Location: Hampden County Hall of Justice, Commissioner’s Room, 50 State Street, Spfld.


Brown Bag Lunch Seminars
December: Board of Bar Overseers Issues and Developments

Criminal Law Education Series
January: Evidence of Social Media


Toast to the Season 

The Hampden County Bar Association will host a Meet & Greet Toast the Season celebration on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at the Hofbrauhaus, 1105 Main Street, West Springfield, MA at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome.  Spread the word!

Practice Development Series - Real Life Lawyering

The Hampden County Bar Association has instituted a Practice Development Series that will discuss "Real Life Lawyering". The series objective is to support lawyers, particularly new practitioners, solo practitioners and members of small firms, to improve professional skills, increase collegiality and decrease the business, liability ethical and health risks of practice. These sessions will traditionally be held on the 2nd Monday of the month, 1pm – 2pm. Lunch will be provided. In lieu of the cost of the first session, participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item.

The first session, “Are YOU Making Money?” will be held on Monday, December 10, 2012, 1pm to 2pm in the HCBA lobby.

Upcoming Session Dates and Topics:
January 14, 2013 – How To Setup an Office.
February 11, 2013 – Getting Help Preparing for Your First Trial
March 11, 2013 – Dealing with Difficult Adversaries

More information on the 1st session will be sent to you shortly.

"Celebrate" Pro Bono-Follow Up

Celebrate Pro Bono was held at the U.S. District Pavilion on October 23, 2012.  Several Hampden County Bar Association members were the recipients of a pro bono award.  We would like to congratulate Attorney Theodore E. Cooledge and Attorney Susan J. McFarlin who received this award for their outstanding committment to providing pro bono services to low income individuals and Attorney Kevin V. Maltby who received this award for his vision and implementation of the Springfield District Court Lawyer for the Day Program.

The St. Thomas More Society Red Mass-Follow Up

This year's annual St. Thomas More Society Red Mass was held on September 30, 2012.  We would like to acknowledge the following individuals who were this year's honorees:  Attorney Philip J. Callan, Jr., Attorney Robert F. Connelly, Attorney Thomas G. Griffin, Attorney Charles M. Healy, III, Attorney John J. McQuade, Jr. and Attorney Edward M. Pikula.

Event Photos

Photos of past and current events are always available on our website at



New Lawyers Section Lunch

The New Lawyers’ Section next monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 at Plan B, 1000 West Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA at 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to Andrea Momnie at so reservations can be made.

Homeless Dinner Follow Up

The New Lawyers Section recently prepared and served dinner to the homeless at the First Christ Cathedral Church on October 18, 2012. Many thanks to the following attorneys for helping others in need: Attorney Amelia J. Holstrom, Attorney Steven L. Holstrom, Attorney Mary C. Clark, Attorney Kathryn E. Muratore, Attorney Christine A. Ford and Attorney Cristina M. Ianello

Holiday Party

The New Lawyers Section holiday party will be held on Saturday December 15, 2012 at Attorney Jeffrey Morneau's home from 6:00 to ?.  In the tradition of last year we would ask you to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to a local charity.  Save-The Date!


The next Real Estate Section lunch will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Red Rose Pizzeria at 12:00 p.m.   The guest speaker will be Attorney Michael R. Siddall of Siddall & Siddall who will discuss, " Tax Title Foreclosures and Disposition of Municipal Property".  Please RSVP to Nyles L. Courchesne at or 413-734-1002.


Holiday Party

The Bankruptcy Section will be hosting a holiday party at  A Touch of Garlic, 427 White Street, Springfield, MA on Monday, December 10,  2012.   More details to follow. Mark your calendars and Save-The Date!


Bench Bar Meeting

The next Probate Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. The Agenda for the meeting is as follows:

1. Volunteer Calendars

2. Mr. Moriarty is retiring as of November 30, 2012. We would all like to thank him for his years of service and wish him all the best in the future. It is up to either Judge Geoffrion or the Governor to appoint an interim acting Register.

3. Motions – There is a new system for scheduling Motions on the domestic side. All Motions will be marked in a book. With the exception of those who mail their filings, you will know at the time of filing whether your Motion can be heard on your desired date.

4. Rogers Motions – the new system for Roger’s Motions will be in place soon. Rogers cases will be generally heard on the first four (4) Fridays of the month. Each Friday will correspond to the individual calendar Judge’s courtroom. Due to scheduling conflicts, each Friday will not be guaranteed, but it is hoped this schedule could be followed.

Informal Request – to be filed AT LEAST THREE (3) BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE.

4. Other scheduling issues.

5. Department of Revenue

6. Change to law regarding 209A and domesticated animals

7. Al Gordon – “How to Draft a Trust that Works” – brief discussion about upcoming seminar that the Mass Bar is offering.

8. Bar concerns / Open Dialogue

9. Next Meetings: January 17, 2013, March 14, 2013, May 16, 2013 and July 18, 2013.

If you have any questions or would like to add a topic to the Agenda, please contact the HCBA at 732-4648 or

Volunteer Opportunities

The Probate Court Bench Bar Sub-Committee on Volunteer Opportunities has developed a calendar that gives a brief description of the various volunteer programs, along with the dates that volunteers are needed in the Probate & Family Court. The programs include Conciliation and LAR/Lawyer for the Day opportunities.

Pre-Trial Conference Program

The Probate Pre-Trial Conference Program is a great pro bono opportunity for attorneys to offer their services in the Probate Court. Sessions are held every other Tuesday with an occasional Thursday.  We’d like to thank the following individuals who volunteered for Thursdays in October:  

Claudette-Jean Girard, Esq.

If you would like more information regarding the programs requirements or a complete list of the available dates, please contact Michelle at the Hampden County Legal Clinic at 413-733-6500 or


The next District Court Bench Bar meeting is scheduled for November 19, 2012 from 1:00 -2:00 p.m. in the County Commissioners Room, 50 State Street, Springfield, MA.  The District Court Bench Bar meetings are open to all attorneys who practice in District Court and court personnel as well.   If you have any questions or would like to add a topic to the agenda, please contact the HCBA at 732-4648 or

District Court Lawyer for the Day

The District Court Lawyer for the Day program continues to grow!  With the assistance from the clerks office more and more individuals are directed to our office for help with Civil District Court matters. This is a great opportunity for attorneys to offer assistance to individuals who require legal advice or help with forms.  We would like to thank the following individuals who volunteered for the month of October:    

David K. Bartley, Esq.
George E. Bourguignon, Esq.
James Bucci, Esq.
Charles R. Casartello, Jr., Esq.
Christine A. Ford, Esq.
Lillian Green, Gray, JD
Nicole Emonds-Lefevre, Esq.
Vanessa Martinez, Esq.
Richard C. Morrissey, Esq.
Steven R. Weiner, Esq.  

We are currently in need of volunteers for  the following dates:    

November 15, 2012 - 9:00 -1:00  & 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
November 29, 2012 - 9:00 - 1:00- & 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these dates or a future date, please contact the Hampden County Legal Clinic at 413-733-6500 or


Juvenile Court Bench Bar Notes from October 3, 2012

The Juvenile Court Bench/Bar meeting of October 3, 2012  centered around the DDAP program (a/k/a the “Detention Diversion Advocacy Project’). As reported earlier, the Robert Kennedy Foundation has been awarded a grant to replicate this program in the Holyoke and Springfield juvenile courts. DDAP largely involves hiring youth counselors to work with certain youths who are facing possible juvenile detention, with the goal of diverting them from such a path. It was reported that training for this program has begun and that referrals have been received in both Springfield and Holyoke. DDAP will soon be opening an office on State Street in Springfield. It was also reported that the defense Bar has concerns about DDAP revolving around the sharing of information between the youth counselors and the Probation Office. There were questions surrounding the manner in which compliance or non-compliance of youths enrolled in the DDAP program would be shared with the Probation Office. It was agreed that this is an issue that will need to be worked out as the program proceeds.

Judge Swords reported that a Case Specialist has been hired by the Juvenile Court to work in the Clerk’s Office and a position for an Assistant Clerk Magistrate will be posted.

The next Juvenile Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.  The Bench Bar meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month and are open to all attorneys who practice in Juvenile Court.


Bench Bar

The next Western Division Housing Court bench bar meeting will be held Tuesday,   January 22,  2013 in Springfield, MA at 3:30 p.m. For more information or to present agenda items contact Jonathan Kane or

Lawyer for the Day-Housing Court

The Lawyer for the Day program continues to be a success due to the many volunteers who have offered their services in Western Division Housing Court on Thursdays. This is a great pro bono opportunity for area attorneys. This program benefits landlords and tenants who are income eligible. We’d like to thank the following individuals who volunteered for Thursdays in October:  

Aaron M. Dulles, Esq.
Cristina M. Ianello, Esq.
Michele I. Kunitz, Esq.
Rachel Rothman, Esq.
Christina M. Turgeon, Esq.
Thomas P. Zito, Esq. 

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Michelle at the Hampden County legal clinic at 413-733-6500 or


The Hampden County Bar Association Arbitration and Mediation Service maintains a roster of highly qualified lawyers and retired judges for arbitration, mediation, or case evaluations. Our panel members, as an accommodation to the Bar Association, have agreed to serve at substantially reduced rates for arbitrations, mediations or case evaluations. Indeed, many of our panel members independently mediate and arbitrate cases at higher rates. Why not conserve resources by coordinating your arbitrations or mediations through the Hampden County Bar Association? We encourage you to support your bar association by keeping the Arbitration and Mediation Service in mind for alternative dispute resolution. For a complete list of arbitrators/mediators and the type of cases they handle, please visit our website at

For information about the service or becoming a member of the panel, please contact our office via email at or by calling (413) 748-7951. This information may also be obtained by visiting our website at


The Hampden County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) meets American Bar Association standards for lawyer referral and has a Reduced Rate Panel. Anyone interested in participating in the lawyer referral program can contact our office at 413-732-4648 or via email at Within the last thirty days, attorneys have submitted over $9,780.00 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $65,200.00 in client fees.

If you receive a call from a potential client looking for assistance in an area of law that you do not practice, why not refer them to the Hampden County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral & Information Service? All members of the LRIS are your experienced colleagues. Support your LRIS in providing quality referrals in our community!


The Hampden County Legal Clinic has been busy coordinating volunteers for programs in District, Housing and Probate Courts as well as handling foreclosure intake calls.  This would not be possible without the financial support from Massachusetts Mutual. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these programs, please contact Michelle at the Hampden County legal clinic at 413-733-6500 or


Children's Law Project Training

The next Children's Law Project training seminar will be held on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, 67 Market Street, Springfield, MA.  Watch for further details and Save the Date!

The Hampden County Bar Association received an IOLTA Grant from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation in the amount of $59,000 for funding of the Hampden County Bar Association's Children's Law Project for the 2012-2013 Grant year. We are very grateful to the Massachusetts Bar Foundation for their continued support of this program. Through this program, children receive legal representation in the Hampden County Family and Probate Court for an array of matters. For more information about the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and the good work they do, check out their website at


MBA 11th Annual Western MA Bankruptcy Conference

The 11th Annual Western Mass Bankruptcy Conference scheduled for Thursday, November 8, 2012 has been postponed due to inclimate weather.

Western New England University Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The WNEU Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship will be hosting an information session on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the School of Law on Employment Law Basics.  Presenters are Rebecca Bouchard, Esq., Charles R. Casartello, Jr., Esq. and Arnold Lizana, Esq.  The session is free and open to the public.

Western New England University Mentor Program

WNEU will be holding an opening reception mentor program co-sponsored by the Hampden County Bar Association to welcome law students to the legal profession on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the School of Law at 5:00 p.m.  This program is in its 11th year and will offer brief remarks from the deans followed by a networking reception with students. If you are interested in attending please contact Susan Dentzau at or Paula Zimmer at

Western New England University School of Law Student Mixer

You are cordially invited to the Western New England University School of Law Student Mixer hosted by the Multicultural Law Student's Association (MCLSA) and the Black Law Student’s Association (BLSA) to be held on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Mama’s Iguana’s Springfield location. This event will be an opportunity for our law students to connect with alums and local attorneys to network and learn about opportunities to work towards their new pro bono requirement. If you feel that you or your firm may be interested in receiving student support, please join us to find out more about this opportunity.

Food and refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to all attorneys. Please rsvp to AnnaMaria Kiaresh at or 413-246-6476.

Elms College Presents Jan Schlichtmann

The Elms Center for Law and Justice is presenting trial attorney Jan Schlichtmann on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the Alumnae Library Theater.  Attorney Schlichtmann represented Woburn families in their pursuit of justice against W.R.Grace and Beatrice Foods for contamination of the city's water supply.  The Woburn Case was a national bestseller and also made into a major motion picture.  For more information contact Jane Miliotis at

Massachusetts Bar Association Educational Training

Hampden County Bar Association members are invited to attend the Massachusetts Bar Association seminars at a discounted rate. Upcoming seminars are listed below. For registration, contact the Member Service Center toll free at 1-877-676-6500 or use the website:

Thursday, November 15th – “How to Draft a Trust that Works". Join the Massachusetts Bar Association for a trust update and learn how to avoid common problems.  Faculty includes Attorney Albert Gordon, program chair. This seminar will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from noon - 4:00 p.m. at the MBA, 20 West Street, Boston, MA  with a real-time Webcast at WNEU, 1215 Wibraham Road, Springfield, MA.


No Paid Advertisements this month.

“All paid advertising published in this newsletter in no way constitutes approval or endorsement by the Hampden County Bar Association or by any of its members of the products and/or services advertised.”


November 8, 2012 - Probate Court Bench Bar
November 13, 2012 - Real Estate Section Lunch
November 14, 2012 - Experts In Residence-Permitting in Business
November 14, 2012- WNEU Mentor Program
November 15, 2012-"Toast the Season" Holiday Party at
November 19, 2012-District Court Bench Bar
November 30, 2012 - New Lawyers Section Lunch
December 6, 2012 - Children's Law Project Training
December 7, 2012- Brown Bag Lunch-Social Media
December 10, 2012 - Practice Development Series
December 10, 2012 - Bankruptcy Section Holiday Party
December 14, 2012 - Criminal Law Brown Bag-US Supreme Court Update
December 15, 2012-New Lawyers Section Holiday Party
December 19, 2012-How to do a Civil Trial
January 22, 2013- Housing Court Bench Bar
February 7, 2013 - How To Series-Estate Gift Income
May 16, 2013-HCBA Golf Outing-SAVE THE DATE!


The following is a list of Hampden County Judges' assignments through the end of the month. Please note that these assignments are subject to change without notice.

Hampden County Superior Court    

11/5-11/9 Sweeney, Josephson, Page, Kinder, Ferrara, Carey, Moriarty, Ford
11/12-11/16 Sweeney, Josephson, Page, Kinder, Ferrara, Carey, Moriarty, Ford
11/19-11/23 Sweeney, Josephson, Page, Kinder, Ferrara, Carey, Moriarty, Ford
11/26-11/30 Sweeney, Josephson, Page, Kinder, Ferrara, Carey, Moriarty, Ford

Hampden County Probate Court 

11/5 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
11/6 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
11/7 Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
11/8 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
11/9 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks

11/12 No Assignment
11/13 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
11/14 Crawford, Fuller, Sacks
11/15 Crawford, Fuller, Sacks
11/16 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks

11/19 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
11/20 Crawford, Fuller, Sacks
11/21 Fuller, Sacks
11/22 No Assignment
11/23 Crawford

11/26 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
11/27 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
11/28 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
11/29 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
11/30 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks

Springfield District Court

11/5 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Mason, Mulcahy (am)
11/6 Beattie, Boyle, Ginsburg, Gordon, Hadley, McCarthy, Sanabria-Vega (am)
11/7 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Mason, McCarthy (am), Payne (am)
11/8 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley, Mason, Poehler (am), Sanabria-Vega
11/9 Beattie, Boyle, Ginsburg, Hadley, Mason

11/12 No Assignment
11/13 Beattie, Boyle, Ginsburg, Mason, McCarthy
11/14 Beattie, Boyle, Ginsburg,Gordon, Mason (am), McCarthy
11/15 Beattie, Boyle, Ginsburg, Gordon, Mason, Payne, Poehler (am)
11/16 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Mason, Mulcahy

11/19 Boyle (am), Groce (am), Hadley (am), Mason (am)
11/20 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley
11/21 Beattie, Hadley, Mason, Murphy
11/22 No Assignment
11/23 Beattie, Hadley

11/26 Beattie, Boyle, Contant (am), Ginsburg, Gordon, Hadley, Mason
11/27 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason, Payne
11/28 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason, McCarthy
11/29 Beattie, Boyle, Ginsburg, Gordon, Hadley, Mason, McCarthy
11/30 Beattie, Boyle, Ginsburg, Gordon, Hadley, Mason, McCarthy

Palmer District Court

11/5 Poehler
11/6 Poehler
11/7 Poehler
11/8 Poehler (pm)
11/9 Poehler

11/12 No Assignment
11/13 Poehler
11/14 Poehler
11/15 Poehler(pm)
11/16 Poehler

11/19 Mulcahy (am)
11/20 Poehler
11/21 Poehler
11/22 No Assignment
11/23 No Assignment

11/26 Poehler
11/27 Poehler
11/28 Poehler
11/29 Poehler (pm)
11/30 Poehler

Westfield District Court

11/5 Mulcahy (pm)
11/6 Connly
11/7 Contant
11/8 Contant
11/9 Payne

11/12 No Assignment
11/13 Contant
11/14 Contant
11/15 Contant
11/16 Contant

11/19 Contant (am), Koenigs (am)
11/20 Contant
11/21 Contant
11/22 No Assignment
11/23 No Assignment

11/26 Contant (pm)
11/27 Contant
11/28 Contant
11/29 Contant, Koenigs
11/30 Contant, MacLeod

Chicopee District Court

11/5 Sanabria-Vega
11/6 Sanabria-Vega (pm)
11/7 MacLeod
11/8 Mulcahy
11/9 Mulcahy

11/12 No Assignment
11/13 Sanabria-Vega (pm)
11/14 Sanabria-Vega
11/15 Connly
11/16 Connly

11/19 Connly (am)
11/20 Connly (pm)
11/21 Hurley
11/22 No Assignment
11/23 No Assignment

11/26 MacLeod
11/27 MacLeod
11/28 Sanabria-Vega
11/29 Mulcahy
11/30 Mulcahy

Holyoke District Court 

11/5 MacLeod, Walsh
11/6 MacLeod, Walsh
11/7 Sanabria-Vega, Walsh
11/8 Goggins, Walsh
11/9 Connly, McCarthy

11/12 No Assignment
11/13 Mulcahy, Sanabria-Vega (am)
11/14 Connly, Goggins
11/15 MacLeod, Sanabria-Vega
11/16 MacLeod

11/19 Walsh (am)
11/20 Connly (am), Walsh
11/21 Walsh
11/22 No Assignment
11/23 Walsh

11/26 Koenigs, Walsh
11/27 Sanabria-Vega, Walsh
11/28 MacLeod, Walsh
11/29 MacLeod, Walsh
11/30 Connly, Walsh

Springfield Juvenile Court

11/5 Dunbar, Eaton, Phillips
11/6 Swords, Dunbar, Eaton (am), Phillips
11/7 Swords, Locke, Eaton
11/8 Swords, Eaton
11/9 Swords, Eaton, Phillips

11/12 No Assignment
11/13 Swords, Dunbar, Phillips
11/14 Swords, Dunbar, Eaton
11/15 Dunbar, Eaton
11/16 Swords, Dunbar, Eaton, Phillips

11/19 Swords, Dunbar, Eaton
11/20 Swords, Dunbar, Eaton
11/21 Dunbar, Eaton
11/22 No Assignment
11/23 Swords, Eaton

11/26 Swords, Dunbar
11/27 Swords, Dunbar, Eaton, Phillips
11/28 Swords, Dunbar, Eaton
11/29 Swords, Dunbar, Eaton
11/30 Swords, Dunbar, Phillips

Holyoke Juvenile Court

11/5 Locke
11/6 No Assignment
11/7 No Session
11/8 Phillips
11/9 Locke

11/12 No Assignment
11/13 No Assignment
11/14 Locke
11/15 Phillips
11/16 Locke

11/19 Locke
11/20 No Assignment
11/21 Swords
11/22 No Assignment
11/23 No Session

11/26 Phillips
11/27 No Assignment
11/28 Locke
11/29 Phillips
11/30 Locke

Western Housing Court 

11/5 Fein, Fields
11/6 Fein, Fields
11/7 Fein, Fields
11/8 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
11/9 Fein, Fields

11/12 No Assignment
11/13 Fein, Fields
11/14 Fein, Fields in Pittsfield
11/15 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
11/16 Fields, Fein in Greefield

11/19 Fields in Northampton
11/20 Fields
11/21 Fields
11/22 No Assignment
11/23 No Assignment

11/26 Fields, Fein in Northampton
11/27 Fein, Fields
11/28 Fein, Fields in Pittsfield
11/29 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
11/30 Fields, Fien in Greenfield