April 2013 Newsletter

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JOSEPH M. PACELLA

I want to start by saying that Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Congressmen Richard Neal deserve a lot of credit for working hard to get us what we need with respect to filling the judicial vacancy here in Springfield.  A few months ago, our own Nate Olin spearheaded a campaign by the local chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Western Mass. Bar Association Presidents and other leaders to meet, discuss and, then, co-author a request of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Neal and others to move swiftly to push forward the nomination for the position in the U.S. District Court in Springfield.  It was very well received and we had high hopes.  I had repeatedly expressed my belief (and that of countless members of our association with whom I have spoken) to Sen. Warren’s office, Congressman Neal’s office (and frankly anyone who would listen) that there is no one better suited to attempt to fill the enormous shoes of Judge Michael Ponsor than the prior applicant Judge Jeffrey Kinder, who has distinguished himself on and off the Superior Court bench in so many ways.  I was again very pleased that Sen. Warren’s office called our association for direct input on making appointments to a new panel.  However, in mid-March, we simultaneously learned that Judge Kinder was regrettably withdrawing his application, and Sen. Warren had appointed a distinguished panel of Western Massachusetts’ attorneys consisting of Mike Jennings, Tom Lesser, Jennifer Levi, John Pucci, and Katherine Robertson to review new applications for the Springfield vacancy.  Although very pleased that the panel is comprised of a number of our members, I could not help but be reminded of the Rolling Stones’ lyrics:

You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes well you might find
You get what you need

The bottom line is that we need to have the vacancy filled as soon as possible by an exceptional candidate from Western Massachusetts, and the April 15th deadline for new applicants is almost here.  We know that Richie Neal was always committed to doing everything he can to get this done.  Now after seeing her quick response, the solid panel that she has assembled and after a lengthy meeting with her State Director and local surrogate last week, I really trust that Sen. Warren is as deeply committed to getting us what we need, which is a unique and exceptional person with deep roots in our community sitting in Springfield who is as warm, eloquent, innovative and active on the bench as they will be off of it.  As such, we have circulated the application and hope that as many of the former applicants and new applicants apply to fill this extremely important vacancy. 

*Applications can be accessed electronically from Sen. Warren’s web site at: http://www.warren.senate.gov/constituent_services.cfm

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS

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

Damien D. Berthiaume, Esq. -Berthiaume & Berthiaume
Karen T. Betournay, Esq
Kristan Marie Jakiela, Esq.
Marissa A. Komack - Student
Gary B. Mantolesky, Esq. - Department of Revenue-Child Support Enforcement

MEMBER BENEFITS

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Hall of Justice Member Conveniences:
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We have a copier in our lobby for use by our members while at the Hampden County Hall of Justice. Many of our members have already taken advantage of this useful benefit. All you need to get started is your user code. If you would like to have your code emailed to you, please click here to send us an email.

Computer Terminal w/Internet Access & Wireless Internet
Members have access to the computer terminal in our lobby that is equipped with Internet service, Microsoft Office and a printer. For those members with laptops, we also have the wireless router that we installed for our members who would like to access the Internet. Both of these services are available exclusively to our members. Please stop in or e-mail us at admin@hcbar.org to obtain the password.

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Click here for a brochure on Hampden Bank.
Hampden Bank would like to extend the following special offer to all members of the Hampden County Bar Association.

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10% on dry cleaning & minor tailoring (excluding shirts)

Member Discount Programs

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LexisNexis HCBA Discount Program
The Hampden County Bar Association has partnered with LexisNexis to offer:
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20 percent discount on new LexisNexis Online Research Subscriptions
30 percent discount on LexisNexis Total Practice Advantage Subscriptions
HCBA members receive a free practice profile listing in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

For more information contact Suzanne Supina at (860) 604-8633 or via email at suzanne.supina@lexisnexis.com.

Save 20% on UPS Shipping through Unishippers. Hampden County Bar Association is pleased to announce a new Member Benefit Program offered by Unishippers/UPS! This member benefit allows members of the Hampden County Bar Association, currently spending $10,000 or less per year on their shipping needs, to receive a 20% discount through the Unishippers/UPS program. Click here for a brochure.

Before any pricing can be offered, each account must be approved by UPS to receive the discounted rate. Signing up is easy. To see if you are eligible, please send an e-mail inquiry to marketing.support@unishippers.info providing your name, address, phone and e-mail address, or call 1.800.713.2111. Make sure to indicate that you are a member of the Hampden County Bar Association. If you qualify, an account number will be assigned and you'll receive a Welcome Packet via e-mail. Simply follow the instructions for use and start saving 20% on each and every package you send!

Save 15 percent on American Bar Association web store purchases including books, CLE course materials and other products - enter code PAB6EHCB upon checkout For further information on what is available, click here to visit the ABA WebStore.

Reduced rates on credit card processing fees through First National Merchant Solutions. For more information contact Richard Rheault at (413) 527-1304 or via email at rrheault@fnni.com.

20 percent discount off Paychex payroll processing charges. For more information contact Jamie Scherban at (413) 731-8930 ext. 47954 or via email at jscherban@paychex.com. (Mention National Account Code 5712.)

20 percent discount off the purchase of new subscriptions to Westlaw Forms and on any print volume from West’s Massachusetts Practice Series.

15 percent discount on new subscriptions to West Case Notebook with LiveNote technology. Free trial for WestlawNext. Contact Karen Katz, Esq. at Karen.katz@thomsonreuters.com or 617-935-9331.

10 percent discount on Disability insurance with Standard Insurance Company - the Hampden County Bar Association is pleased to present an opportunity to its members to apply for a quality individual disability insurance policy from Standard Insurance Company at a 10% discount. The Protector+ SM3 individual disability income insurance is guaranteed renewable and includes many excellent benefits. It can be customized with optional riders and benefit periods to meet your needs. For more information contact Financial Management Systems at 413-736-5550 or email Mickey Savoy at msavoy2001@msn.com or Javad Darouian at jdarouian@gmail.com.

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10% discount on depositions;
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• 10% discount on statements and interviews by phone with transcript.

Additional 10% discount when you become a member of the "Lawyers Conference Center"

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$10.00 discount on Massage Therapy at Maleckas Therapeutic Massage, 501 Belmont Avenue, Springfield, MA, (413) 627-1410.

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MEMBER INFO

Many thanks to Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, P.C., for the use of their conference room on March 21, 2013 for a Brown Bag Lunch Seminar.

Thank you Attorney Joseph M. Pacella for donating a ream of copy paper to the HCBA lobby.  Donations are always welcome!

The Law Consortium of Western Massachusetts has moved from Suite 118 to Suite 6, 425 Union Street, West Springfield, MA.

Congratulations to the following Hampden County Bar Association members who won tickets to the Falcons hockey team home games for the month of March: Attorney Jasmin Rojas, Attorney Nancy Ramos, Ms. Lillian Gray, Attorney Joseph J. Lange, Attorney Jane L. Mantolesky, and Attorney Marissa A. Komack.   Go Falcons!


  HCBA ELECTIONS

The ballot for President-Elect and Board of Directors for the upcoming year will soon be sent to all members of the Hampden County Bar Association. Pursuant to the by-laws of the HCBA, a member interested in running for President-Elect and/or the Board of Directors can request that the ballot indicate his or her willingness to serve. A member may run for both the President-Elect position and the Board of Directors at the same time.

Members who would like to be designated on the ballot as having an interest in serving on the Board of Directors, including any incumbent Board of Directors members wishing to serve another term, please notify us by May 1, 2013. The names of members submitting their names and any other members chosen by the Nominating Committee will appear on the election ballot.

1. Promote the mission & goals of the Hampden County Bar Association;
2. Regularly attend Board of Director meetings (1st Wednesday of each month, Sept thru May at 4:00 p.m.);
3. Attend major functions: Judges’ Night, Medical Legal Dinner, Law Day Events, Golf Outing and/or dinner and Annual Meeting;
4. Attend 3 – 4 Evening Socials, which are held on a monthly basis;
5. Actively participate in membership recruitment;
6. Assume a Leadership role in putting on a CLE or Experts In Residence or Chair a project.


JOHN F. MORIARTY SCHOLARSHIP

Applications for the John F. Moriarty Scholarship are now available to any Hampden County resident who has been admitted to or is attending a certified law school for the 2013-2014 academic year.  Applicants must have been residents of Hampden County for at least five years.  The scholarship is based on merit and financial need.  Applications are available at the HCBA office, 50 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103, by calling 732-4648, or by emailing admin @hcba.org.  Please include the applicant's mailing addess with any requests.  All applications must be completed and filed with the HCBA by May 24, 2013.


HAMPDEN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION EDUCATION COMMITTEE

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:

Elizabeth G. Dineen, Esq. - Chair-Criminal Justice Department/Bay Path College
Ms. Patricia Murphy - Asst. Superintendent of the WM Regional Women's Correctional Center in Chicopee
Alfred J. Geoffrion, Esq. 
Ms. Maureen Lemke  - Hampden County Registry of Probate
Charles R. Casartello, Jr., Esq. - Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C.
Thomas A. Kenefick, III, Esq.
Robert T. Santaniello, Esq. - Santaniello & Santaniello, LLC
Ms. Julianne Bartley - Executive Director of the Hampden County Regional Retirement Board
John F. Burke, Esq. - Morrison, Mahoney, LLP
John J. McCarthy, Esq. - Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.


UPCOMING SEMINARS 

April 11, 2013 -  Brown Bag Lunch:

Preparing for the Upcoming Boom in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy - 1pm - 2pm
Presenters: Joseph B. Collins, Esquire, Hendel & Collins, P.C.
                   Andrea M. Momnie,  Esquire, Hendel & Collins, P.C.
Location: Hampden County Hall of Justice, Commissioner's Room,  50 State Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield.

Click here to register.

MORE UPCOMING SEMINARS…Watch for Details

Superior Court View from the Bench
Ludlow Jail Policies and Procedures
Medical/Malpractice - Disclosure, Apology & Offer


PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT SERIES - Real Life Lawyering

The Practice Development Series discusses "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 and are being offered free of charge.  Lunch will be provided.

Upcoming Session Dates and Topics:

May 13, 2013 - Business Development, Networking & Marketing


UPCOMING EVENTS/EVENT FOLLOW UP

Law Day-Follow Up

The HCBA hosted Law Day on May 1, 2013 in Springfield District Court.  We would like to thank the Honorable Mark D Mason and Attorney Lee Hettinger our featured speakers.  For those of you unable to attend, click here for Judge Mason's remarks. Each year, when Law Day is observed, two individuals, one attorney and one non-attorney will be recognized for their contributions to the Hampden County law community and their efforts to improve the practice of law, the administration of justice and service to the public and the law community. This year’s recipients were Attorney Kevin J. Claffey and our very own, Executive Director Noreen E. Nardi. Congratulations to you both!  Thank you to Judge Greaney for presenting these awards as well as for talking to the students.

2013 Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference

The Massachusetts Fair Housing Center will be hosting this year's Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm and Friday, April 12, 2013 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm at the Springfield Marriott, 2 Boland Way, Springfield, MA.  Please join in celebrating 45 years of the federal Fair Housing Act.  For more information and to register, please visit the Mass Fair Housing website.

4th Annual Food Frenzy
 
The Hampden County Bar Association, Hampshire County Bar Association and Franklin County Bar Association are participating in the 4th Annual Food Frenzy, sponsored by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office in partnership with the legal community. The Tri-County Competition is to see which local county bar association can collect the most food and/or money to benefit the Food Bank of Western MA.  Join the Hampden County Bar Association Team today! Drop off your donations at the HCBA office between April 29, 2013 and May 10, 2013. A link to make online donations will be provided on April 29, 2013.
 

Law Day

The Hampden County Bar Association and the local courts will be hosting the 2013 Law Day, "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All" on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:00 am, in Springfield District Court.  There will be a mock trial presentation by students from PVPA.  Judge Michael Ponsor, along with various District Court judges will be participating in this event. 

HCBA Day at the Melha Shrine Circus

Come join the HCBA for an afternoon of fun at the Shriner's Circus! Once again this year, the Hampden County Bar Association is sponsoring the circus, and has been invited to the performance on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm at a reduced rate.  There will be a limited number of tickets available for HCBA members and their families for this performance.  If you are unable to attend this performance time, discount coupons to purchase tickets for any other performance will be available to our members and their families and guests.  The circus is running from May 2nd through May 5th at the Big E Coliseum.  For more information about our outing or to purchase tickets, please email admin@hcbar.org or call our office at 413-732-4648.

Again this year, the Hampden County Bar Association will also be donating some of our tickets to local organizations to give some children the opportunity to attend the circus that would not otherwise be able to see this great show!  Last year we donated close to 75 tickets to the following organizations: Center for Human Development, Springfield Boys & Girls Club, Square One and Web Dubois.

Golf Outing

Don’t miss your chance to sign up for a Golf Sponsorship! The Hampden County Bar Association is holding its Annual Golf Outing at the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, MA on Thursday, May 16, 2013. In an effort to reduce the cost of this event, we are inviting sponsorships for this event: Gold Sponsor $1,000.00 (includes 50% off one foursome): Silver Sponsor - $500.00 (includes one free round of golf): Bronze Sponsor - $250.00 and Tee Sponsor - $125.00. Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors will be recognized at the registration table, on the course and during dinner. Tee Sponsors will be recognized on the course. We would appreciate it if you would consider becoming a sponsor this year to defray the cost of the Golf Outing.  Contact the HCBA at 413-732-4648 or admin@hcbar.org.   Click here to register and/or sponsor.

Annual Meeting & Vendor Show - SAVE THE DATE!

The HCBA Annual meeting and vendor show will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Springfield Sheraton, Springfield, MA.  Mark your calendars and save the date!

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.  Including pictures from our 1st Annual Charity Poker Tournament and the Judicial Dinner!

NEW LAWYERS SECTION

New Lawyers Section Lunch

The New Lawyers’ Section next monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Samuel's Sports Bar & Quincy's Restaurant, 1000 W Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA at 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to Andrea Momnie at amomnie@hendelcollins.com so reservations can be made.

Annual Family Picnic

The New Lawyers Section will sponsor the Hampden County Bar Association's Annual Family Picnic at Look Park's Willowbrook Shelter on September 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM.  Save the date!  More details to follow.

Homeless Lunch-Save the Date

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013 the New Lawyers Section will be serving dinner to the homeless through the Open Pantry, and again on Saturday, January 18, 2014 they will be preparing and serving lunch.  Save these dates!  More details to follow.

REAL ESTATE SECTION

Real Estate Section Lunch

The next Real Estate Section lunch will be held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Red Rose Pizzeria at 12:00 p.m.   Please save the date and watch for additional information.

We would like to thank New England Land Survey, Inc. for sponsoring the March 12, 2013 Real Estate Section lunch, as well as speakers: Mr. Paul J. Briganti, Vice President and Mr. James Smith, Chief Surveyor.

BANKRUPTCY SECTION

The next Bankruptcy Section lunch will be held on May 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm,  at the 3rd floor Community Room, One Financial Plaza (aka Sovereign Bank Building), 1350 Main Street, Springfield.  The guest speaker will be Richard P. Finkel, CPA/CFF, CFE, CIRA, partner of Blum Shapiro, an accounting, tax and business consulting firm in West Hartford, CT.  The topic will be "Dealing with Tax Issues in Bankruptcy". 

Click here to register.

PROBATE & FAMILY COURT

The next Probate Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Thursday, May 23, 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.

Conciliation Guidelines
 

The Trial Court Chief Justice, Robert A. Mulligan, has approved a modification to the training requirement guidelines for Court-Connected Conciliators in Probate Court.  Attorneys who have completed an approved mediation training program will now be permitted to serve as conciliators in a court-approved program. Anyone who has mediation training and is interested in learning more about the Conciliation Program in the Hampden County Probate & Family Court are asked to contact Gina M. Barry, Esq., Bacon Wilson, P.C. via email at gbarry@baconwilson.com.

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 March:  Attorney Michelle M. Begley, Attorney Claudine T. Wyner, Attorney Melissa R. Gillis, Attorney James F. Gregory, Attorney Helena S. Friedman, and Attorney Stanley A. Szlachetka.

We are currently in need of volunteers for the following:

Lawyer for the Day:  April 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, and 26th

HCBA Limited Assistance Representation:

Courtroom 3:  April 16th, 23rd, and 30th

Conciliation:  Courtroom 2:  April 10th       Courtroom 3: April 9th, 16th, and 30th     

Courtroom 4:  April 11th and 18th

DOR Contempt's:

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

DISTRICT COURT

Bench Bar Notes of March 18, 2013:

ADA Jane Montori, Chief Appellate ADA gave an update on the proposed changes to Rule 12.  Terry Nagle spoke about the drug lab issued resulting from the actions of Anne Dookhan and more recently, Sonja Farak and how they are affecting Hampden County, with more technical issues arising from post-trial or post plea cases.

About 20-25 people attended, along with Judge William Hadley and Judge Robert Gordon.

The next District Court bench bar meeting will be held on Monday, May 6, 2013. 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

Lawyer for the Day-District Court

The Lawyer for the Day program continues to be a success due to the many volunteers who have offered their services in District Court on Wednesdays and 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 Wednesdays and Thursdays in March:  Attorney Eric C. Shinaman, Attorney Kevin Murphy, Attorney Vanessa Martinez, Lillian Gray, Attorney Melissa K. Long, and Attorney Adam J. Basch.  We are currently in need of volunteers for the following dates: April 18th.   If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer at the Hampden County legal clinic at 413-733-6500 or hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net.

JUVENILE COURT

The next Juvenile Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 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.

HOUSING COURT

Bench Bar

The next Western Division Housing Court bench bar meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 3:30 at the Springfield Housing Court.   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 March:  Attorney Lauren M. Marcous, Attorney Suzanne Garrow, Attorney Eric C. Shinaman, Attorney Margaret R. Solis, Attorney Dominic Blue, Attorney Felicity Hardee, Attorney Marie T. Jablonski, Attorney Courtney Martin, Attorney Doug Morin, and Attorney Jacqueline Rosner.

We are currently in need of volunteers for  the following dates: April 10th (1-4 pm), 11th (9-1pm/1-4 pm), 17th (9-1 pm/1-4 pm), 24th (1-4pm), and 25th 9-1 pm/1-4pm)- If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer at the Hampden County legal clinic at hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net or 413-733-6500.

HCBA ARBITRATION & MEDIATION SERVICE

The Hampden County Bar Association Arbitration & Mediation Service is pleased to announce that our service has been approved as a qualified ADR Program for the Hampden County Superior Court, approved by Superior Court Chief Justice Barbara J. Rouse, as well as a qualified ADR provider for the Western Division Housing Court Department, approved by Housing Court Chief Justice Steven D. Pierce.  As a provider of court connected dispute resolution services, the Hampden County Bar Association Arbitration & Mediation Service will be listed on the Superior and Housing Courts' list of approved programs from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2015.

The Hampden County Bar Association Arbitration & 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.

LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE

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 month, attorneys have submitted over $2,611.02 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $17,500.00 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!

Currently the LRIS is in need of attorneys on our Panel that handle immigration, ERISA and Civil Rights cases.

On April 25, 2013, the Hampden County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service and Hampden County Legal Clinic, in conjunction with Springfield City Library, will hold a public Question & Answer forum at the Brightwood Branch Library, 359 Plainfield Street, Springfield, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

HAMPDEN COUNTY LEGAL CLINIC

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 Jennifer at the Hampden County legal clinic at hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net. or 413-733-6500.

CHILDREN'S LAW PROJECT

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 http://www.massbarfoundation.org.


  COURT HOUSE NEWS

Induction Ceremony for Edward J. McDonough, Jr.

The Hampden County Bar Association would like to inform our members that the Hampden County Superior Court will be holding an induction ceremony for Edward J. McDonough, Jr. on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm in Courtroom 2, 3rd Floor, Hampden County Hall of Justice.  More information to follow.  Judges who plan on attending are asked to where your robes and to rsvp to the Hampden County Bar Association at (413) 732-4684 or via email at admin@hcbar.org.
 

Supreme Judicial Court Pro Bono Honor Roll 

The Supreme Judicial Court wishes to recognize law firms, solo practitioners, in-house corporate counsel, government attorneys' offices, non-profit organizations and law schools for their commitment to pro bono legal work through the Pro Bono Honor Roll.  Participation is voluntary.
 
The organizations which certify that they have met specific criteria will receive a letter of acknowledgement and appreciation for their pro bono work, will be listed on the Pro Bono Honor Roll on the SJC website and, if certification is submitted by September 27, 2013, will be invited to send a representative to the October 2013 recognition event at the John Adams Courthouse.

Please contact Carol Lev, Esq., Coordinator of Program and Policy Development for the SJC at (617) 557-1074 or via email at carol.lev@sjc.state.ma.us. For more information, including the certification form and program materials for Calendar Year 2013, please visit the Court's website.
 

Reception for U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris

The Judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts invite you to attend a Welcoming Reception for Chief Justice Patti B. Saris, Monday, April 22, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the United States Courthouse, 300 State Street, Springfield, MA.

Click here for the invitation.

U.S. District Court Judicial Application

The Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren, (D-MA) has informed the Hampden County Bar Association that applications are now being accepted for an open judiciary appointment.  Interested candidates should submit a completed application to former District Court Judge Nancy Gertner via email to gertnercommittee@gmail.com no later than April 15, 2013.

OTHER LEGAL COMMUNITY NEWS

InPractice Connecticut

The Hampden County Bar Association is pleased to announce that we will be an event partner for InPractice Connecticut which will be held at The Hilton Hartford, 315 Trumbull St, Hartford on Thursday, May 2, 2013.  Join the hundreds of attendees expected for the InPractice Conference.  You'll learn about emerging technologies and new opportunities for law firms at the largest practice management event in southern New England. 

The regular cost to attend InPractice is $95. But Hampden County Bar Association members are invited to attend for free, as our guest. You can see the entire agenda at www.inpracticect.com/agenda.

Click here to register as our guest...https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=5va7fngab&oeidk=a07e7ad38xc3e2c8caf

AND ENTER PROMO CODE:  HCBDISC

Don’t wait, though. This complimentary link will expire on April 24. Sign up now, and we’ll look forward to seeing you at InPractice on Thursday, May 2nd at The Hartford Hilton.

Northwestern District Attorney - Job Posting

The NW District Attorney's office has a position open for an ADA-Child Abuse Unit, A Child Abuse Unit Assistant District Attorney's (CAU ADA) primary function is to be the principal CAU litigator responsible for handling the majority of the CAU litigation.  For more information and application requirements, log onto http://www.northwesternda.org/employment-opportunities.

Notice of Vacancies on the Board of Bar Overseers

The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court invite applications for appointment to the Board of Bar Overseers.  Several vacancies will occur in July, 2013, due to the expiration of terms of incumbent members.  Appointments are made for a term of four years.  Resumes with cover letters should be submitted by Friday, April 19, 2013, to Pamela B. Lyons, Administrative Attorney, Supreme Judicial Court, Suite 2500, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, Massachusetts 02108. 6217.557.1071. Pamela.Lyons@sjc.state.ma.us.

Elms College Forum

Elms College is hosting a forum with U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, the first female and first Hispanic U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts, on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. at the Elms College Alumnae Library Theater.  Attendance is FREEClick here for the details.

Pro Bono Domestic Relations Judicial Seminar-SAVE THE DATE!

The Massachusetts Justice Project will have their annual Pro Bono Domestic Relations Judicial Seminar on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  All of the sitting Justices in Western Massachusetts will be participating.


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IMPORTANT DATES   

April 11, 2013 - Brown Bag Lunch - "Preparing for the Upcoming Boom in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy"
April 11, 2013 - U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz forum at Elms College
April 11/12, 2013 - 2013 Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference
April 19, 2013 - Induction Ceremony for Edward J. McDonough, Jr.
April 22, 2013 - Reception for Judge Patti B. Saris
April 25, 2013 - "Ask A Lawyer" Question and Answer Forum
April 26, 2013 - New Lawyers' Section Lunch
April 29, 2013 - 4th Annual Food Frenzy Begins
April 30, 2013 - Housing Court Bench Bar
May 1, 2013 - Law Day
May 1, 2013 - Juvenile Court Bench Bar
May 2, 2013 - InPractice Connecticut Conference
May 4, 2013 - HCBA Day at the Melha Shrine Circus
May 6, 2013 - District Court Bench Bar Meeting
May 10, 2013 - Food Frenzy Ends
May 13, 2013 - Practice Development Series - "Business Development, Networking & Marketing"
May 14, 2013 - Real Estate Section Lunch
May 16, 2013 - HCBA Golf Outing at the Ranch
May 20, 2013 - Bankruptcy Section lunch
May 23, 2013 - Probate Court Bench Bar
June 12, 2013 - Pro Bono Domestic Relations Judicial Seminar - SAVE THE DATE!
June 13, 2013 - HCBA Annual Meeting & Vendor's Show
September 28, 2013 - HCBA Annual Family Picnic
October 2, 2013 - New Lawyers Section Homeless Dinner
January 18, 2014 - New Lawyers Section Homeless Lunch


JUDGES' SCHEDULES

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    

4/1 - 4/5      Carey, Sweeney, Page, Ferrara, Agostini, Josephson
4/8 - 4/12    Carey, Sweeney, Page, Ferrara, Agostini, Josephson
4/15             HOLIDAY
4/16 - 4/19   Carey, Sweeney, Page, Ferrara, Agostini, Josephson
4/22 - 4/26   Carey, Sweeney, Page, Ferrara, Agostini, Josephson
4/29 - 4/30   Carey, Sweeney, Page, Ferrara, Agostini, Josephson

Hampden County Probate Court 

4/1  Sacks, Rainaud
4/2  Crawford, Geoffrion, Rainaud
4/3  Geoffrion
4/4  Sacks, Geoffrion, Crawford
4/5  Sacks, Geoffrion, Crawford, Hyland

4/8  Sacks, Geoffrion, Crawford, Hyland, Rainaud
4/9  Sacks, Geoffrion, Crawford, Rainaud
4/10 Sacks, Geoffrion, Crawford
4/11 Fuller, Sacks, Geoffrion, Crawford
4/12 Fuller, Sacks, Hyland

4/15 HOLIDAY
4/16 Fuller (1/2), Rainaud, Sacks, Crawford
4/17 Geoffrion, Sacks
4/18 Geoffrion, Crawford, Sacks
4/19 Geoffrion, Crawford, Hyland, Sacks

4/22 Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
4/23 Geoffrion, Rainaud, Sacks
4/24 Fuller, Sacks, Geoffrion
4/25 No Assignments
4/26 No Assignments

4/29 Fuller, Geoffrion, Crawford, Sacks
4/30 Fuller, Sacks, Crawford, Geoffrion

Springfield District Court

4/1   Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Poehler
4/2   Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Poehler
4/3   Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Mason, Poehler
4/4   Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Koenigs, MacLeod, Poehler
4/5   Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Poehler, Vrabel

4/8   Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Murphy, Pellegrini
4/9   Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hurley, Pellegrini, Sanabria-Vega
4/10 Beattie, Boyle, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Murphy
4/11 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley, Hurley, Murphy, Pellegrini, Sanabria-Vega
4/12 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley (AM), Pellegrini, Sanabria-Vega, Vrabel

4/15 HOLIDAY
4/16 Beattie, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs (AM), Poehler
4/17 Beattie, Gordon, Hurley, Mason, Payne, Poehler
4/18 Beattie, Gordon, Groce (AM), Hadley, Hurley, Poehler
4/19 Beattie, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Poehler

4/22 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Pellegrini, Poehler
4/23 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Pellegrini, Poehler
4/24 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Poehler
4/25 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason, Poehler
4/26 Beattie, Boyle, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Poehler

4/29 Beattie, Boyle, Contant (AM), Hadley, Hurley, Poehler, Sanabria-Vega
4/30 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Payne, Poehler

Palmer District Court

4/1   Mulcahy
4/2   Mulcahy
4/3   Mulcahy
4/4   Mulcahy (PM)
4/5   Mulcahy

4/8   Mulcahy
4/9   Mulcahy
4/10 Mulcahy
4/11 Mulcahy (PM)
4/12 Mulcahy

4/15 HOLIDAY
4/16 Groce
4/17 Groce
4/18 Groce (PM)
4/19 Groce

4/22 Mulcahy
4/23 Mulcahy
4/24 Mulcahy
4/25 Mulcahy (PM)
4/26 Mulcahy

4/29 Mulcahy
4/30 Murphy

Westfield District Court

4/1   Contant (PM)
4/2   Contant
4/3   Contant
4/4   Contant
4/5   Contant (AM)

4/8   Contant (PM)
4 9   Vrabel
4/10 Contant
4/11 Contant
4/12 Contant

4/15 HOLIDAY
4/16 Koenigs (PM)
4/17 Koenigs
4/18 Koenigs
4/19 Vrabel

4/22 Contant, Murphy
4/23 Contant, Murphy
4/24 Contant, Murphy
4/25 Contant, Murphy
4/26 Murphy

4/29 Contant (PM)
4/30 Contant

Chicopee District Court

4/1   Mason
4/2   Mason
4/3   Groce
4/4   Groce
4/5   Mason

4/8   Mason
4/9   Mason (PM)
4/10 Murphy
4/11 Mason
4/12 Mason

4/15 HOLIDAY
4/16 Mason
4/17 Vrabel
4/18 Mason
4/19 Mason

4/22 Mason (AM)
4/23 Mason
4/24 Sanabria-Vega
4/25 Sanabria-Vega
4/26 Mason

4/29 Mason
4/30 Mason

Holyoke District Court

4/1   Contant (AM), Sanabria-Vega
4/2   Connly, Sanabria-Vega
4/3   McLeod, Pellegrini
4/4   Pellegrini, Sanabria-Vega
4/5   Sanabria-Vega

4/8   Connly, Walsh
4/9   Connly, Walsh
4/10 Connly, Walsh
4/11 Connly, Walsh
4/12 Connly, MacLeod

4/15 HOLIDAY
4/16 Pellegrini
4/17 Pellegrini
4/18 Pellegrini, Vrabel
4/19 Connly

4/22 MacLeod, Sanabria-Vega
4/23 MacLeod, Sanabria-Vega
4/24 Groce, MacLeod
4/25 MacLeod, Mulcahy (AM)
4/26 Sanabria-Vega

4/29 Pellegrini, Walsh
4/30 Pellegrini, Walsh

Springfield Juvenile Court

4/1   Dunbar, Belsky, Phillips
4/2   Swords, Belsky, Eaton
4/3   Swords, Belsky
4/4   Swords, Phillips
4/5   Belsky

4/8   Swords, Belsky, Phillips
4/9   Belsky, Eaton, Phillips
4/10 Judges Conference
4/11 Judges Conference
4/12 Belsky, Phillips

4/15 HOLIDAY
4/16 Swords, Eaton, Phillips
4/17 Swords, Eaton
4/18 Swords (AM), Phillips
4/19 Belsky, Phillips

4/22 Swords, Belsky, Eaton, Phillips
4/23 Dunbar (PM), Belsky, Eaton, Phillips
4/24 Swords, Belsky
4/25 Belsky, Eaton, Phillips
4/26 Swords, Belsky, Eaton

4/29 Swords, Belsky, Phillips
4/30 Swords, Belsky, Eaton, Phillips

Holyoke Juvenile Court

4/1   Eaton
4/2   No Assignment
4/3   Eaton
4/4   Belsky, Eaton
4/5   Locke

4/8   Locke
4/9   No Assignment
4/10 Judges Conference
4/11 Judges Conference
4/12 Locke

4/15 HOLIDAY
4/16 No Assignment
4/17 Belsky
4/18 Eaton
4/19 Swords

4/22 Locke
4/23 No Assignment
4/24 Eaton
4/25 Swords
4/26 Phillips

4/29 Eaton
4/30 No Assignment

Western Housing Court

4/1    Fields
4/2    Fields
4/3    Fields
4/4    Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
4/5    Fields

4/8    Fein
4/9    Fein, Fields
4/ 10 Fields
4/ 11 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
4/ 12 Fein

4/ 15 HOLIDAY
4/ 16 Fein
4/ 17
4/ 18 Crampton-Kamukala
4/ 19 Fields

4/ 22 Fein
4/ 23 Fein, Fields
4/ 24 Fein
4/ 25 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
4/ 26 Fein

4/ 29 Fein
4/ 30 Fein, Fields