January 2013 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.

Jeffrey S. Morneau, 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


Happy New Year!  I want to start by thanking Mass Mutual Financial Group for its continued support of the Hampden County Bar Association.  Since taking the position, Mass Mutual’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Mark Roellig has been an active member of the HCBA, and he has been instrumental in the renewed local pro bono initiatives that they support.  This support has not only been financial through a recent $17,000 award in support of the Hampden County Legal Clinic, but an increased number of Mass Mutual attorneys and paralegals have helped to provide advice, assistance with forms, aid in locating self-help resources and general legal guidance through the Lawyer for the Day in District Court.  This support has been in addition to and not in place of several other programs that Mass Mutual attorneys like Dorothy Varon, Assistant Vice President in the Law Division, have already been the backbone for such as the Hampden County Pro Bono Housing Court Project.  MassMutual’s law division now serves as a preeminent pro bono program in Western Massachusetts and as a lasting model for pro bono activity by corporate counsel across the Commonwealth and all of us at the HCBA applaud them for it.

Next, I want to talk to you about something that truly moved me recently.  Anyone who practices regularly in the criminal sessions of the District Court in Hampden County knows that there is literally a sea of humanity that envelopes you on a day-to-day basis.  While at times it is very interesting and rewarding, it is hard not to sometimes feel like you are just a piece of drift wood floating in the giant typhoon of justice.  I appeared on a plea recently in Chicopee and was moved almost to tears by the manner and substance of what Judge Groce had to say to my 21 year old client, who was there to plea to a drug distribution offense and had no record.  It was clear from my presentation that I have known this young man and his family for some time and that I was highly invested in the outcome.  Judge Groce ceased on the moment and took the time to make what I believe will be a life changing statement to my client by discussing his own thought process in open Court.  “What am I to do…”, he began.  Judge Groce reiterated the arguments made by the defense and then the prosecution on the unagreed plea, noting as a conclusion that the Commonwealth’s argument for a guilty finding was completely appropriate and warranted by the facts of the case.  He looked down and paused to let it appear that this would be his decision.  After checking my own heart rate for a second, I realized what he was doing and carefully studied my client’s reaction to everything that was said.  Judge Groce then explained that his decision would determine whether or not my client would live the rest of his life as a convicted felon.  Without asking for an answer, he put the young man on the spot and asked him to contemplate whether or not he was one the few who are really up for the challenges faced by such a life changing event, reiterating all of the consequences of a felony conviction on employment, voting, citizenship, subsidized housing and other life events.  In deciding to grant the continuation without a finding, Judge Groce told my client to first and foremost thank the District Attorney’s Office, because the Commonwealth’s decision to both drop the school zone and to allow the defendant to go unagreed in some ways tipped their hand, saying that they too might even believe that it would be worth giving him a second chance.  Judge Groce told him in no uncertain terms that he needed to be accountable and that in receiving such an outcome he had “cashed in all his chips” as a return to Court would likely result in a conviction or even incarceration.  Judge Groce told him that it was great that he moved in with his Grandmother and that she was in Court and was providing the type of traditional structure and support that was typical of the prior generations that made the country great, but that she could not complete his probation or live his life for him.  The future was completely up to him.  As this unfolded, I suddenly realized that I was literally overcome by emotion and pride for our system of justice, which in my mind had really worked well on all sides of this case.  I have never seen someone want to get out of a courthouse faster that my client did that day, being both shaken to his core at what could have been and ready to take on his future.  I tell this story not to single out Judge Groce or even the District Court for that matter.  Just last week, I saw Judge Murphy in my case and Judge Gordon in another case asking the tough questions in order to try to make a young person understand what clearly they hoped would be a life changing event.  As a general practitioner, I have had the privilege of seeing judges in almost every session in Hampden County stop and make a similar investment in a person’s life or in the outcome of a dispute that was before them where in the Juvenile, Probate, Housing or Superior Courts.  My point is that when a judge does something like this, they are not only impacting the lives of the young man or woman and/or the family members before them, but I believe that it truly fuels the souls of all of the people working in the courtroom.  There is truly justice in the halls of the Courts of Hampden County, and we are privileged to participate and/or to bear witness to it.  We should try whenever possible to stop for a second to take as much of it in as we can.  

Lastly, please take note that the Supreme Judicial Court’s amendment is now in effect to Mass. R. Prof. C. 1.5(b) to require in paragraph (b)(1) that, in most circumstances, the scope of the representation and basis or rate of the fee and expenses be communicated to the client in writing. The amendment is a major change from the prior version of Rule 1.5, which required (and will still require) that contingent fee agreements be written but only that other types of fee arrangements “preferably” be communicated in writing. For more information on this change and for exceptions to the rule, please see http://www.mass.gov/obcbbo/highlit.htm#sjcamendsmassrpc


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

Jennifer Butler, Esq.-Weiner & Lange, P.C.
Henry J. Drapalski, III, Esq.-Bulkley, Richardson, Gelinas, LLP
Michael C. Gillingham, Esq.-Committee for Public Counsel Services
Alex Grant, Esq.-US Attorney's Office
Daniel M. McKellick-Student
Joseph N. Schnelderman, Esq.-Crumble Law Group
Eric C. Shinaman, Esq.
Anastasia Simmons, Esq.
Tsvetelina P. Gerora-Wilson, Esq.-Morrison Mahoney, LLP


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The Hampden County Bar Association is pleased to announce the revitalization of the HCBA attorney's lounge.  All members are invited and welcome to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee/tea with our new Keurig or utilize our microwave for quick warmups.  The Officers, Board of Directors and Staff of the Hampden County Bar Association would also like to extend Holiday Greetings and wish you the best in the coming year.

Many thanks to Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, P.C. for the use of their conference room on December 13, 2012 for a Brown Bag Lunch and December 20, 2012 for a Criminal Law Seminar.

Thank you to Attorney Janet E. Glenn for donating a ream of paper to the HCBA lobby copier.  Donations are always welcome.

We would also like to thank Attorney Stuart D. Weissman for donating Massachusetts Decision law books to be displayed in the hutch in our lobby.

Congratulations to the following Hampden County Bar Association members who won tickets to the Falcons hockey team home games for the month of December: Attorney Christopher S. Todd, Attorney Lauren F. Olanoff, Attorney Joseph P. Dusel, Attorney Gerald Glasser and Attorney Christina M. Turgeon. Go Falcons!


During the week of December 17, 2012 an individual stopped in at the  HCBA office for assistance with a legal matter on a day we did not have a volunteer.  It was determined that this individual would benefit from the Lawyer for the Day Program and he was asked to return.  The volunteer scheduled on the day he was to return had to cancel so an email was sent asking for a volunteer to assist the individual.  Many thanks to Attorney John Gannon for making time in his schedule on short notice to meet with this individual and 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:

Thomas A. Kenefick, III, Esquire
Kyle R. Guelcher, Esquire
Honorable Catherine Watson Koziol of the Department of Industrical Accidents
Stephen P. Maidman, Esquire
Nancy Frankel Pelletier, Esquire of Robinson Donovan, P.C.
Jeffrey J. Trapani, Esquire of Robinson Donovan, P.C.
Joseph F. Stanton, Clerk of the Massachusetts Appeals Court


January 10, 2013 - Brown Bag Lunch Seminar:

Social Media 1pm - 2pm
Moderator: Jack Ferriter, Esq of Ferriter & Ferriter, LLC
Presenter:  Mr. Brian Farrell, Regional Director LexisNexis Marketing
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

February: Real Estate/Business Law
March: Tort Law Update

Criminal Law Education Series

February: Superior Court View from the Bench
March:  Police Complaints



The second installment of the Practice Development Series, "Setting Up an Office on A Budget" will be held on Monday, January 14, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the HCBA lobby.  Presenters are Attorney Christina M. Turgeon and Attorney Kathleen A. Cavanaugh-Whitley.  The second series is sponsored by the Hampden County Bar Association Arbitration & Mediation Service. Click here for registration form.

The Practice Development Series 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.

We would also like to thank Attorney Charles R. Casartello, Jr. for sponsoring the first Practice Development Series on December 10, 2012.

Upcoming Session Dates and Topics:

February 11, 2013 – Getting Help Preparing for Your First Trial
March 11, 2013 – Dealing with Difficult Adversaries
April 8, 2013 - Business Development, Networking & Marketing


Judges Night

The Hampden County Bar Association will hold its Annual Judicial Dinner on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Delaney House, Holyoke, with a cocktail hour starting at 5:30 pm.  The keynote speaker will be the Honorable William G. Young of the U.S. District Court.  Watch for further details and registration form.

1st Annual Charity Poker Tournament

The Hampden County Bar Association would like to invite you to our 1st Annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on January 24, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm at The Glass Room at Elegant Affairs, 1380 Main Street, Springfield, MA. There will be a $75.00 buy-in to benefit the programs of the HCBA.
1st Place - $1,000
2nd Place - $250
3rd Place - $100
Click here for more details...

Event Photos

Photos of past and current events are always available on our website at http://www.hcbar.org/category/5277/calendar-and-events.htm



New Lawyers Section Lunch

The New Lawyers’ Section next monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, January 25, 2012 at 350 Grill, 350 Worthington Street, Springfield, MA at 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to Andrea Momnie at amomnie@hendelcollins.com so reservations can be made. 

Holiday Party-Follow Up

The New Lawyers Section annual holiday party was held on Saturday December 15, 2012 at Attorney Jeffrey Morneau's home.  Many thanks to Jeff and Kate for hosting the holiday party.  It was a wonderful evening with great food, drink and socializing.

Annual Toy Drive & Food Drive-Follow Up

The New Lawyers Section 5th annual toy drive and food drive was a huge success!  In addition to cash and Toys R Us gift cards an abundance of toys were donated to the Toys for Tots foundation.  The food drive collected numerous non-perishable items which were donated to the Open Pantry. Thank you to all who donated to make this holiday special for others.


The next Real Estate Section lunch will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Red Rose Pizzeria at 12:00 p.m.   The guest speaker will be Mr. Ben Scranton, Executive Vice President REALTOR Association of Pioneer Valley who will discuss, " Conveyance Statistics Hampden/Hampshire/Franklin Counties".  Please RSVP to Nyles L. Courchesne at nlc@pcalaw.net or 413-734-1002. 


Holiday Party

The Bankruptcy Section held a holiday party at A Touch of Garlic on Monday, December 10,  2012.   Over 35 attorneys, paralegals, staff and families enjoyed appetizers, (courtesy of the HCBA), cocktails and dinner.   Many thanks to Attorney Kara S. Rescia and her husband Joseph Resia for hosting the party at their restaurant. A good time was had by all and kicked off the holiday season.

Bankruptcy Section Lunch

The Bankruptcy Section will be holding a lunch on Thursday, February 28, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at Samuels, 1000 West Columbus Avenue, Springfield. Attorney Steven Weiss will lead an informal discussion on avoiding morgages.  Please RSVP to Kara S. Rescia at 413-526-9529 or krescia@eatonandrescia.com if you would like to attend.


Bench Bar Meeting

The next Probate Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.  The Agenda for the meeting will be sent to all members prior to the meeting.  If you have any questions or would like to add a topic to the Agenda, please contact the HCBA at 732-4648 or admin@hcbar.org.

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. 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 hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net


The next District Court Bench Bar meeting is scheduled for February 4, 2013 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 admin@hcbar.org.

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 December:      

Jamie-Lynn Bucci, Esq.
Joseph A. Franco, Esq.
John Gannon, Esq.
Melissa K. Long, Esq.
Richard C. Morrissey, Esq.
Patricia A. Zak, Esq.  

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

January 16th & 17th; and 23rd & 24th
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 hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net.


The next Juvenile Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 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 kane@fierstpucci.com

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 December:    

Michelle Smith-Cotto
Joel H. Feldman, Esq.
Suzanne Garrow, Esq.
Michael J. Gortakowski, Esq.
Rachel Rothman, Esq.
Deborah M. St. Jacques, 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 hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net.


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 http://www.hcbar.org/category/5292/arbitration-and-mediation.htm.

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


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 lawyerreferral@hcbar.org. Within the last thirty days, attorneys have submitted over $8,197.00 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $54,500.00 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 in conjunction with the HCBA Community Outreach Committee recently held a Question and Answer forum at the Springfield Public Library.  This series of public events is held throughout the year in and around Springfield at places such as senior centers and public libraries.  The purpose of this event is to offer the public an opportunity to ask answers and get answers to legal questions.  Volunteers are matched up with an appropriate venue based on their particular areas of practice.  We would like to thank the following attorneys who recently volunteered their time:  Attorney Joseph M. Pacella, Attorney Barry M. Ryan and Attorney Robert C. Sacco

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 hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net.


Children's Law Project Training

The Children's Law Project held it's bi-annual training on Thursday, December 6, 2012.  We would like to extend a special thank you to Attorney Bonnie Karas who stepped up to speak on one of the training sessions on short notice.  We would also like to thank the following who participated in our training as well:

Tahirah Amatul-Wadud, Esq.
Lori A. Landers-Carvalho, Esq.
Jane E. Crosby, Esq.
Honorable Anne M. Geoffrion

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 www.MassBarFoundation.org


Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly to Retire

Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly of the District Court will retire from the Judiciary in March, 2013.  Judge Connolly has served as Justice of the District Court for the last 15 years, 8 1/2 as Chief Justice.  She has accepted an appointment at Simmons College to oversee the pre-law advising program.  We wish her luck in her new venture!

John C. Stuckenbruck to Retire

John C. Stuckenbruck, division manager of the US District Court clerk's office announced his retirement on December 28, 2012 after 34 years.  Congratulations and enjoy your retirement!.

Berkshire County Bar Association Ski Day

The Berkshire County Bar Association would like to invite members of the Hampden County Bar Association to their 20th annual Ski Day on Friday, February 1, 2013 at Jiminy Peak.  For more information, click here.

St. Thomas More Society Fundraiser

The St. Thomas More Society is holding its 4th Annual Fundraiser on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at the Majestic Theater.  The performance of "Skin Deep" will be held at 7:30 p.m.  The cafe opens at 6:30 p.m. serving beer, wine and light fare.  For reservations or more information contact (413) 747-7797 or www.majestictheater.com.


No Paid Advertisements this month.

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January 10, 2013 - Brown Bag Seminar-Social Media
January 14, 2013 - Practice Development Series-Setting Up an Office
January 15, 2013 - Real Estate Section Lunch
January 17, 2013 - Probate Court Bench Bar
January 22, 2013- Housing Court Bench Bar
January 25, 2013- New Lawyers Section Lunch
February 4, 2013- District Court Bench Bar
February 6, 2013- Juvenile Court Bench Bar
February 7, 2013 - How To Series-Estate Gift Income
February 11, 2013 - Practice Development Series
  Getting Help Preparing for your First Trial
February 12, 2013 - Real Estate Section Lunch
March 11, 2013 - Practice Development Series
  Dealing with Difficult Adversaries
April 4, 2013-Judges Night
April 8, 2013 - Practice Development Series
  Business Development, Networking & Marketing
May 16, 2013-HCBA Golf Outing-SAVE THE DATE!
June 13, 2013-HCBA Annual Meeting-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      

1/7-1/12 Sweeney, Josephson, Page, Kinder, Ferrara, Carey,
1/14-1/18 Sweeney, Josephson, Page, Kinder, Ferrara, Carey
1/21-1/25 Sweeney, Josephson, Page, Kinder, Ferrara, Carey
1/28-1/31 Sweeney, Josephson, Page, Kinder, Ferrara, Carey

Hampden County Probate Court   

1/7 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion (am), Sacks
1/8 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
1/9 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks (am)
1/10 Crawford, Fuller, Sacks
1/11 Fuller

1/14 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
1/15 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
1/16 Crawford (am), Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
1/17 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
1/18 Crawford, Fuller, Sacks

1/21 No Assignment
1/22 Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
1/23 Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
1/24 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion
1/25 Fuller, Geoffrion (am), Sacks

1/28 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion
1/29 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
1/30 Crawford (am), Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
1/31 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion

Springfield District Court  

1/7 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason, Region 5 Judge
1/8 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Mason (am), Murphy, Region 5 Judge
1/9 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon (am), Hadley, Koenigs, Mason, Region 5 Judge
1/10 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Koenigs, Mason, Region 5 Judge
1/11 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Region 5 Judge

1/14 Beattie, Contant (am), Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley
1/15 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Mason (am), Murphy
1/16 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Ross
1/17 Beattie, Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason (am), Murphy, Ross
1/18 Beattie, Gordon (am), Groce, Hurley, Koenigs, Murphy

1/21 No Assignment
1/22 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon (am), Hadley, Mulcahy, Region 5 Judge
1/23 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Mason, Region 5 Judge, Ross
1/24 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley, Mulcahy, Murphy
1/25 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Koenigs, Mulcahy

1/28 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Region 5 Judge
1/29 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Region 5 Judge
1/30 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Region 5 Judge
1/31 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Koenigs, Region 5 Judge
2/1 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Payne, Region 5 Judge

Palmer District Court  

1/7 Poehler
1/8 Poehler
1/9 Poehler
1/10 Poehler
1/11 Mulcahy, Poehler

1/14 Mason (am), Region 5 Judge
1/15 Region 5 Judge
1/16 Region 5 Judge
1/17 Region 5 Judge (pm)
1/18 Region 5 Judge

1/21 No Assignment
1/22 Poehler
1/23 Poehler
1/24 Poehler (pm)
1/25 Poehler

1/28 Poehler
1/29 Poehler
1/30 Poehler
1/31 Poehler (pm)
2/1 Poehler

Westfield District Court  

1/7 Contant
1/8 Contant
1/9 Contant
1/10 Contant
1/11 Contant, Koenigs

1/14 Contant (pm)
1/15 Contant
1/16 Contant
1/17 Contant
1/18 Contant

1/21 No Assignment
1/22 Contant, Koenigs
1/23 Contant, Koenigs
1/24 Contant
1/25 Contant

1/28 Contant
1/29 Contant
1/30 Contant
1/31 Contant
2/1 Contant

Chicopee District Court  

1/7 Groce
1/8 Koenigs (pm)
1/9 Walsh
1/10 Mulcahy, Murphy
1/11 Murphy

1/14 MacLeod
1/15 Mulcahy
1/16 Groce
1/17 Mulcahy
1/18 Mason

1/21 No Assignment
1/22 Mason
1/23 Mulcahy
1/24 Mason
1/25 Mason

1/28 Mason
1/29 Groce, Mason
1/30 Groce, Koenigs
1/31 Groce, Mason
2/1 Mason

Holyoke District Court 

1/7 Connly, Mulcahy
1/8 Connly, Groce
1/9 Connly, Mulcahy
1/10 MacLeod, Walsh
1/11 Connly, Walsh

1/14 Connly, Walsh
1/15 Connly, Walsh
1/16 Connly, Murphy, Walsh
1/17 Connly, Walsh
1/18 Mulcahy, Walsh

1/21 No Assignment
1/22 Murphy, Walsh
1/23 Murphy, Walsh
1/24 MacLeod, Poehler (am)
1/25 Murphy, Walsh

1/28 MacLeod, Walsh
1/29 MacLeod, Murphy, Walsh
1/30 MacLeod, Murphy
1/31 MacLeod, Murphy
2/1 MacLeod, Murphy

Springfield Juvenile Court 

1/7 Dunbar, Belsky,Eaton, Phillips
1/8 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton, Phillips
1/9 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton
1/10 Dunbar, Eaton
1/11 Belsky, Phillips

1/14 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton, Phillips
1/15 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton, Phillips
1/16 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton
1/17 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton
1/18 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton, Phillips

1/21 No Assignment
1/22 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton, Phillips
1/23 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton
1/24 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton
1/25 Dunbar, Belsky

1/28 Belsky, Eaton, Phillips
1/29 Belsky, Eaton, McMenemy, Phillips
1/30 Belsky, Eaton
1/31 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton
2/1 Dunbar, Belsky, Eaton,Phillips

Holyoke Juvenile Court 

1/7 Locke
1/8 No Assignment
1/9 Locke
1/10 Phillips
1/11 Locke

1/14 Locke
1/15 No Assignment
1/16 Locke
1/17 Phillips
1/18 Locke

1/21 No Assignment
1/22 No Assignment
1/23 Locke
1/24 Phillips
1/25 Locke

1/28 Locke
1/29 No Assignment
1/30 Locke
1/31 Phillips
2/1 Locke

Western Housing Court   

1/7 Fein, Fields
1/8 Fein, Fields
1/9 Fein, Fields
1/10 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
1/11 Fields

1/14 Fields in Northampton
1/15 Fields
1/16 Fields, Fein in Pittsfield
1/17 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
1/18 Fields, Fein in Greefield

1/21 No Assignment
1/22 Fein, Fields
1/23 Fields, Fein in Pittsfield
1/24 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
1/25 Fein in Greenfield (am), in Spfld. (pm)

1/28 Fein in Northampton (am), Spfld. (pm)
1/29 Fein, Fields
1/30 Fields, Fein in Pittsfield
1/31 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala