I sincerely hope to see all of you at the annual meeting and vendor show on June 13th.  For the two hundred or so who will attend, please come early and take advantage of the many member benefits showcased by the vendors who underwrite the cost of the dinner.  There are some real savings that will benefit any practice of any type or size. 

Congratulations again to our golf tournament winners: 1st place:  Mike Cimmino, Steve Reilly, James Csaerah, Sean Adams; 2nd place: Gary Laperle, Richard Kos, Judge William Meade, Julie McKenna; 3rd place: Jeff Morneau, John Connor, Deborah Bloom, Ken Askins.

I wanted to take some time to thank everyone who contributed and/or collected food for the Attorney General’s Legal Food Frenzy challenge this year.  We are waiting to hear how Hampden County placed.  I know that I speak for the Board and Noreen when I tell you how touched we were to see the tremendous amount of food that was brought to our office from almost every clerk’s, probation, registry, and the law library across the county.  This resulted in over 658 pounds of food and $2,266.00 in monetary donations which is equivalent to 9,722 pounds of food being collected in a very short period of time.  Your efforts will help to provide literally thousands of meals to those in need in our county during a time when funding  for these and other worthwhile causes is scarce. 

Lawyers, especially our members, are some of the most compassionate and giving members of our society.  Many of you have volunteered this year to provide assistance to pro se individuals across our many courts in HCBA projects alone, totaling many hundreds, if not thousands of hours of pro bono advice.  Moreover, many of you have contributed or helped to raise money to provide legal services to those in need through the Western Massachusetts Justice Campaign 2013 for Community Legal Aid and Massachusetts Justice Project.    In addition to addressing the funding crisis that Community Legal Aid and Massachusetts Justice Project have been facing, the long-term goal of the Campaign is to become the primary focus for charitable giving among attorneys and judges in central and western Massachusetts.  And, because the entire community has a stake in guaranteeing access to the justice system, another important goal is to involve the broader community in building and sustaining the Campaign.  This is a great and worthy cause, so if you have not already, please consider making a donation today.  To do so, you can contact Christina M. Turgeon, Esquire at attyturgeon@aol.com, Thomas  A. Kenefick, III at takenefick@takenefick.com or Charles R. Casartello, Jr. at ccasartello@pellegriniseeley.com


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

Leslie M. Jordon, Esq. - Jordon Law Firm
Bernard F. Travers, III, Esq. - Aaron Smith, P.C., CPA
Anthony D. Gulluni, Esq. - Hampden County District Attorney's Office


Benefits - Connect with the HCBA and Save!

What is an HCBA membership worth?
Here are just a few examples…
Save 15 percent on all HCBA CLE's and Brown Bag Lunch Seminars

Hall of Justice Member Conveniences:
Photocopier Benefits
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.

Exclusive Sponsors/Vendors

ProShred ~ http://www.proshred.com/

20 % of Shredding Services ~ click here for prices before discount.
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Insurance Services thru Millbrook Benefits, Axia Group & LePage Financial Services ~ http://www.millbrookbenefits.com/home.htm

Discounts on various insurance products including Professional Liability.
Waiver of annual fee of $125.00 to access group health insurance for small groups.
One stop shopping and personalized service.
Millbrook has custom designed insurance solutions to meet your specific needs.
Click here for more details

AXIA Insurance Benefits Reminder for Members

Are you sure that your Insurance coverage is correct? You need to know this before you need the coverage. AXiA offers a free coverage analysis for:
Personal Insurance
Auto, home umbrella
Business Insurance
Property and liability
Workers compensation
Life & Health
In addition you can sign up for notifications to alert you when:
• Your inspection sticker is due
• Your license is up for renewal
• Or your registration is due to renew
.......And it's free!
On certain polices we have an additional discount of 5% only for members of the Hampden Bar Association! For more information, contact the AXia Group at 413-205-AXia(2942).

Hampden Bank ~ https://www.hampdenbank.com/

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.

Professional Services: Line of Credit*
No application fee • No annual fee
Credit Score Line Amount APR
700-749 $ 7,500 Prime +2.00%
750+ $10,000 Prime +1.00%
*requires an IOLTA Checking account with Hampden Bank
Certificate of Deposit Specials
Add .10% to the Annual Percentage Yield on any CD with a new Bright Choice
Business Checking account.
Add .20% to the Annual Percentage Yield on any CD with a new Bright Choice
Business Checking account and IOLTA Checking account.
Please contact Hector Toledo, Vice President Retail Sales Director, 413.335.3483.
Offer valid thru June 1, 2013. May be rescinded at any time.

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Reduce plan document fee
Reduce base in per participant rates

Elm's Cleaners ~ http://www.manta.com/c/mm2zlsy/elms-cleaners-expert

Free pickup and delivery anywhere in Hampden County
Elm’s cleaners will go to your office or residence.
10% on dry cleaning & minor tailoring (excluding shirts)

Member Discount Programs

Save 25 percent on any website packages through ESQSites123.com
We are pleased to announce that the HCBA has formed an alliance with EsqSites123.com to provide member benefits to all of our members. EsqSites123.com provides attorneys with low cost website design and hosting packages. As a member of the HCBA, you are entitled to a 25% savings on any of their already low-priced website packages! For more information, please visit our member page at http://esqsites123.com/jumpPage/hcba/.

LexisNexis HCBA Discount Program
The Hampden County Bar Association has partnered with LexisNexis to offer:
20 percent discount on new subscriptions to LexisNexis Matthew Bender Publications and Annotate Laws of Massachusetts:

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.

Catuogno Court Reporting & StenTel Transcription Services is offering the Hampden County Bar Association members a special rate on their Legal Transcription service. They have five offices across Massachusetts and Rhode Island with spacious conference rooms available for all of your deposition, client meetings, arbitrations and videoconferencing needs. With locations in Springfield, Worcester, Boston, Chelmsford and Providence, Catougno Court Reporting & Stentel Transcriptions is the convenient solution for all of your legal support services. Take advantage of the following discounts using your Hampden County Bar Membership to reduce costs and increase your bottom line:

10% discount on depositions;
• 10% discount on transcription services;
• 10% discount on video conferencing services; and
• 10% discount on statements and interviews by phone with transcript.

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

Contact Sten-Tel Inc. website at http://www.stentel.com/ or call (888) 228-8646 to take advantage of your special Hampden County Bar Association Member Benefit. If you have limited staff or if you want to save money, you will want to hear about their transcription services!

Save 15 percent discount on automotive maintenance/repair at Silk’s Auto Service, Inc., 51 Dale Street, Springfield, MA, (413) 733-9157.

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

10 percent discount on computer repairs, data security, upgrades and installation of software for email encryption at Bob’s Computer Service, (413) 204-8339 or sysop@robertjgregory.com


Attorney Seunghee Cha has joined the Board of Directors of The United Arc.  Working with individuals and families, The United Arc provides advocacy and support services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in and around Hampshire and Franklin Counties.

Fitzgerald Attorneys at Law, announced the addition of Attorney Jane L. Mantolesky to the firm.  Congratulations!

Attorney Hyman G. Darling was recently appointed secretary of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) 2013-2014 board of directors.  Congratulations on this appointment.


The ballot for President-Elect and Board of Directors for the upcoming year has been mailed  to all eligible voting members of the Hampden County Bar Association. The office of the Hampden County Bar Association must receive this Ballot in the enclosed envelope no later than 4:00 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2013. Pursuant to HCBA bylaws, ballots received later than that date and time will not be counted. 

If you did not receive a ballot, please contact us at admin@hcbar.org

New Phone System

The Hampden County Bar Association office is switching over to a new phone system next week.  We will be transitioning our traditional phone number of 413-732-4648 to be exclusively for the Lawyer Referral & Information Service.  You will still be able to access member services through that number, but the more direct number for members is 413-732-4660.  If you have any problems getting through to our office over the next week, please send an email to admin@hcbar.org.


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:

Mr. Alex Vega, The Vega Firm
Mr. Richard P. Finkel, Blum Shapiro


Friday, June 28, 2013 -  Criminal Brown Bag:

Co-Defendant Confessions- 12:30 pm - 2pm

Presenter:  Stephen P. Maidman, Esquire
Location: County Commissioner's Room, 50 State Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield.

Click here to register.


Brown Bag Lunch:

The Paperless Office

Experts in Residence:

Medical Malpractice - Disclosure, Apology and Offer - Rescheduled date TBD

Consumer Law, Attorney General's Office


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.  If you have suggestions for future topics, please email them to Lynne@hcbar.org.com.


Annual Meeting & Vendor Show

The HCBA Annual meeting, membership dinner and vendor show will be held on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Springfield Sheraton, Springfield, MA beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Again this year we have invited various companies to display their services which can help you in your day-to-day needs. We are pleased to announce the following vendors and/or dinner sponsors who have already committed to participating:

Dinner Sponsors: 

Catuogno Court Reporting & Stentel Transcription*  

Hampden Bank*   

MA Lawyers Weekly
CATIC-Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company

Vendor Sponsors:
CRC Services, LLC

DataVault, Inc.  

MBA Insurance Agency 

Paratemps, Inc  

Proshred Security

(*Also participating in the vendor show)


There will be free raffles, give away items and informational handouts. For more information, please contact Noreen Nardi at 732-4648 or via email, admin@hcbar.org.   If you can't join us for dinner, please stop by the vendor show which will be taking place during the cocktail reception.

4th Annual Legal Food Frenzy-Follow Up

The Hampden County Bar Association collected 658 pounds of food and $2,266.00 in monetary donations towards the total of 3,754 pounds of food and $12,819.00 collectively donated to the Food Bank of Western Mass as a result of the Attorney General's 4th Annual Legal Food Frenzy:

Thank you to the following firms, organizations and individuals who donated through our team:

                Law Office of Frank E. Antonucci & Assoc.
                Robert H. Astor, Esquire
                The Honorable Henry J. Boroff
                Becky Bouchard, Esquire
                Christopher J. Brown, Esquire
                Senator Gale D. Candaras
                Carol & Charles R Casartello, Esquires
                Joseph B. Collins, Esquire
                CPCS, Springfield Office
                Elizabeth Dineen, Esquire
                Eaton & Rescia, LLP
                Hampden County Registry of Deeds Staff
                Hampden County Registry of Probate Staff
                HCBA Office Staff
                Hampden County Superior Court Staff
                Anthony, Maureen & Ryan Gallant
                Goldsmith, Katz & Argenio, P.C.
                Cristina M. Ianello, Esquire
Kelly A. Koch, Esquire
                Lori Landers-Carvalho, Esquire
                Michelle Laplante
                Lynne B. McMillan
                Andrea Momnie, Esquire
                Mark G. Morisi, Esquire
                Richard C. Morrissey, Esquire
                Mulberry Law Group
                Law Office of Muratore & Ford PC
                Noreen E. Nardi
                O'Connell, Plumb & MacKinnon, P.C.
                Jeffrey O'Connor, Esquire
                Jennifer Redfern
                Michele & Sara Rooke
                Paul H. Rothschild, Esquire    
                Barry M. Ryan, Esquire
                Robert C. Sacco, Esquire
                Susan Sachs, Esquire       
                Joseph N. Schneiderman, Esquire
                Stephen E. Spelman, Esquire
                Eileen Sullivan-Boss, Esquire
                Thompson & Thompson, P.C.
                Law Offices of Christina M. Turgeon
                Christine E. Webster, Esquire        
                Professor Arthur D. Wolf 

Golf Outing-Follow Up

This year’s Golf Outing took place on Thursday, May 17th, at the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick. We hope that everyone who participated enjoyed the beautiful day, and we would like to reiterate our thanks to this year’s sponsors:

Gold Sponsors:
Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, PC

Silver Sponsors:
United Bank
First Indemnity Insurance
Joseph M. Pacella, Esq.

Bronze Sponsors:
Alekman DiTusa, LLC
Jeffrey B. Sagalyn, Esq.
Michael O. Jennings, Esq.
Charles and Carol Casartello, Esq.
Robinson Donovan, PC
Thomas A. Kenefick, III, Esq.
Siddall & Siddall, P.C.
Valley Chiropractic & Rehab
Jennifer A. Thorn, Esq.

Tee Sponsors:

Allyn & Ball, P.C.
Bacon Wilson, PC
Brodeur McGan, P.C.
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP
CATIC/Conn. Atorneys Title Insurance Co.
Connor, Morneau & Olin, LLP
Dalsey & Albano
Phillip M. Duda, Esq.
Terrence M. Dunphy, Esq.
Elite Reporting Service
Ferriter Mediation Service
Fitzgerald Attorneys at Law, P.C.
HCBA Arbitration & Mediation Service
Keyes and Donnellan, P.C.
Lyon & Fitzpartick, LLP
Peskin, Courchesne & Allen, P.C.
Stephen J. Phillips, Esq.
Dennis and Mary Powers, Esq.
Ross & Ross, P.C.
Seeley Capitalo Management
Dr. Jeffrey Soley
Law Office of Christina M. Turgeon

Thank you to our golf committee, Attorneys Jeffrey S. Morneau and Joseph M. Pacella, for all of their dedicated efforts in making this year’s event such a success.

SAVE THE DATE!!  We are looking forward to next year's outing on May 22, 2014.

A special thank you to Catuogno Court Reporting & Stentil Transcriptions, Philbin & Associates, and Keyes and Donnellan, P.C. for donating Red Sox tickets for the raffle, and Michele Rooke for donating a portion of her 50/50 raffle win back to the Hampden County Bar Association.

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,  the Judicial Dinner, Law Day and Golf Tournament!


New Lawyers Section Lunch

The New Lawyers Section recently held their 2013-2014 election of officers for the upcoming year.  Congratulations to the following new board members: 

NLS Chair: Kathryn E. Muratore
NLS Chair-Elect: Christopher D. Pierson
Secretary: Laura D. Mangini
Treasurer: Christine A. Ford

The New Lawyers Section next monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 350 Grill, 350 Worthington Street, Springfield, MA at 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to Laura D. Mangini at laura@alekmanditusa.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.


The Real Estate Section recently held their 2013-2014 election of officers for the upcoming year.  Congratulations to the following new board members: 

NLS Chair: Nyles L. Courchesne
NLS Chair-Elect: Nancy Ramos
Secretary: Robert A. Gelinas
Treasurer: Toby Wilson

The next Real Estate Section lunch will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Red Rose Pizzeria at 12:00 p.m.   First American Title Insurance Company will talk about "changing the way mortgage loans will be made after January 2014".   Ruth Dillingham will speak about the CFPB's recent rule making, and how it affects closing attorneys and their clients.  While the CFPB has not yet made rules about RESPA and TILA forms, it has been busy at work changing the way mortgage loans will be made after January 2014.  This program will look at those rules as they affect residential mortgage loan conveyancers and their clients, both lender and borrower.

Click here for registration


The Bankruptcy Section held a lunch on  May 20, 2013, which was attended by over 30 attorneys.  The guest speaker was Richard P. Finkel, partner of Blum Shapiro, an accounting, tax and business consulting firm, who spoke about "Dealing with Tax Issues in Bankruptcy".  We appreciate him taking time out of his busy schedule to present this valuable information.  Watch for more details for the next Bankruptcy Section lunch.


The next Probate Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Thursday, July 18, 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.  We’d like to thank the following individuals who volunteered for Thursdays in May: 

Gary P. Shannon, Esq.
Stephanie A. Fitzgerald, Esq.
Thomas A. Kenefick, III, Esq.
Robert C. Sacco, Esq.
Linda M. Molta-Tetrault, Esq.
Michael J. Grilli, Esq.
Helena S. Friedman, Esq.

We are currently in need of volunteers for the following:

Lawyer for the Day-Probate Court:   June 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28.

HCBA Limited Assistance RepresentationCourtroom 3:   June 18, 25

Conciliation:  Courtroom 1:  June 10,17,24   Courtroom 2:  June 12,19,26   Courtroom 4: June 12,27

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.


The next District Court bench bar meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 24, 2013.   Discussion on potential Arraignment Session from 4:30 - 7:00pm, once or twice a month, starting next Fall.  Primarily targeting Chapter 90 criminal motor vehicle cases.   Civil Commitments-View from the Clerk’s Office.  District Court Updates-View from the DA’s office.  If anyone has any  additional topic areas or suggestions, please contact mrooke@dwpm.com or bryan@dwpm.com.

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 May: 

Charles R. Casartello, Jr., Esq.
Tyson R. Ence, Esq.
Lillian Gray
James F. Gregory, Esq.
Melissa K. Long, Esq.
Richard C. Morrissey, Esq.
Robert C. Sacco, Esq.
Eric Shinaman, Esq.
Patricia A. Zak, Esq.

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

June 12  (9-1)
June 19 (1-4)
June 26 (9-1 and 1-4)
June 27 (9-1 and1-4)

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer at 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, July 3, 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.


The next Housing Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 3:30 in 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 May: 

Aaron Dulles, Esq.
Suzanne Garrow, Esq.
Lillian Gray
Leslie M. Jordon, Esq.
Lauren M. Marcous, Esq.
Courtney Martin, Esq.
Eric Shinaman, Esq.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer at the Hampden County legal clinic at hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net or 413-733-6500.


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 click here.


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 $2,970.00 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $19,800.00 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 Saturday, October 19, 2013, the Lawyer Referral & Information Service and Hampden County Legal Clinic, in conjunction with Springfield City Library, will hold a public Question & Answer forum at the Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street, Springfield, from 100 to 3:00 pm.

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.


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.


Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey has been named as the Chief Justice for the Trial Court.  Her new position begins July 16, 2013.

Belchertown District Court Bench Bar Meeting

The Bench Bar Committee Meeting for Belchertown District Court has been scheduled for June 11, 1013 at 1pm in the jury pool room. All are welcome to discuss any concerns, comments, suggestions they may have with the policies and procedures of the court. Anyone who cannot attend but has a concern or question can email me at jpm@mckennapc.com and I will ask your question.    Judge John Payne, Presiding Justice, Robert Ryan, Chief Probation Officer, William Nagle, Clerk Magistrate, Robert Opsitnik, Attorney in Charge, District Attorney’s Office are expected to attend.

Notice of Intent to Destroy Papers and Records

Please take notice that the Clerk of the Springfield Division of the District Court Department will destroy papers and records as indicated on an Order pursuant to the provisions of Supreme Judicial Court Rule 1:11.

Responses to this order should be directed to John S. Gay, Clerk Magistrate, Springfield Division, District Court Department, 50 State Street, Springfield, MA 01103 no later than July 15, 2013Click here for copy of Order


Pro Bono-Domestic Relations Judicial Seminar

The Massachusetts Justice Project will be holding their annual Pro Bono-Domestic Relations Judicial Seminar  in conjunction with the Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin & Berkshire county bar associations.  This year's event will be held at the Summit View Restaurant, 555 Northampton Street (Route 5), Holyoke, on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in the afternoon.  The Western Massachusetts Probate and Family Court justices will be speaking. For more information click here.

4th Annual C.O.R.I. Independence Day

Arise for Social Justice is co-sponsoring the 4th Annual C.O.R.I. Independence Day event on June 28, 2013.  The event will be held at Blunt Park, 2460 Roosevelt Avenue, Springfield, MA from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.  The organizers have reached out to the Hampden County Bar Association seeking volunteer attorneys to explain the recent changes in the C.O.R.I. law, effective May 4, 2012, assist with the filing of the petitions to seal CORI records, requesting CORI records and help with filling out the Affidavit of Indigence for those you qualify.  Notary Publics will be needed. If you are available and willing to volunteer for any amount of time to this event, please contact Jennifer Redfern at the Hampden County Legal Clinic at (413) 733-6500 or hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net.

Senior Partners for Justice West Luncheon
The Senior Partners for Justice next luncheon will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Sovereign Bank Community Room, 3rd Floor, 1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA. To RSVP contact Pat Walsh-Ollari at (413) 322-7430 x513 or pwalsh@majp.org.


Norma Noone, with 25 years experience in the Hampden Division of the Probate & Family Court, is currently seeking two days a week as support to paralegal staff performing reception and clerical duties in a Springfield law office.  If interested, please call Norma at (413)782-9114.

LEGAL OFFICE SPACE located at 21 Stockbridge Street.  Waiting area and shared conference room.  Close to Courts and Post Office.  Call Diane at (413) 732-6050

Office Share Conveniently Located to Springfield, Holyoke, and Westfield

Fully furnished office available for an office share with a local attorney.

Four possible accommodations:

  1. Rental of Office Space and furniture  only   $350.00
  2. Rental of Office  Space, furniture, waiting area and coffee closet (file storage space)  $450.00
  3. Rental of Office Space, furniture, waiting area, coffee closet (file storage space) and shared use of conference room $500.00
  4. Rental of Office Space,  furniture, waiting area, coffee closet (file storage space), shared use of Conference

    room,  working space for an assistance (includes desk and file cabinets)  $600.00.  Rental does not include wireless access, phone/fax or copier.  Can discuss possibly splitting.

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Share Space with Henri Rigali at 78 Maple Street, Springfield.  Two private offices available.  Shared space includes multiple conference rooms, kitchen, client waiting area, copier, fax, etc.  Staff and client parking available.  Building is within walking distance of state and federal courts.  Contact Henry at Hrigali@aol.com.

“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.”


June 10, 2013 - Deadline for HCBA election ballots
June 11, 2013 - Real Estate Section Lunch - FATIC
June 11, 2013 - Belchertown District Court Bench Bar Meeting
June 12, 2013 - Pro Bono Domestic Relations Judicial Seminar
June 13, 2013 - HCBA Vendors' Show & Annual Meeting & Dinner
June 24, 2013 - District Court Bench Bar Meeting
June 28, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag Lunch:Co-Defendant Confessions
June 28, 2013 - New Lawyers Section Lunch
July 3, 2013 - Juvenile Bench Bar Meeting
July 15, 2013 - District Court Deadline of Intent to Destroy Papers and Records
July 18, 2013 - Probate Bench Bar Meeting
July 23, 2013 - Senior Partners for Justice Lunch
September 17, 2013 - Housing Court Bench Bar Meeting
September 28, 2013 - HCBA Annual Family Picnic
October 2, 2013 - New Lawyers Section Homeless Dinner
October 19, 2013 - Ask-a-Lawyer: Free Legal Advice
January 18, 2014 - New Lawyers Section Homeless Lunch
May 22, 2014  - Annual 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   

6/3 - 6/7      Agostini, Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
6/10 - 6/14  Agostini, Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney        
6/17 - 6/21  Agostini, Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
6/24 - 6/28  Agostini, Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney        

Hampden County Probate Court 

6/3  Crawford, Geoffrion, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
6/4  Geoffrion, Rainaud, Sacks
6/5  Crawford (am), Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
6/6  Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
6/7  Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks

6/10 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Rainaud
6/11 Crawford, Fuller, Rainaud
6/12 Fuller, Geoffrion (am), Sacks
6/13 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
6/14 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks

6/17 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
6/18 Crawford, Fuller, Rainaud, Sacks
6/19 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
6/20 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Rainaud, Sacks
6/21 Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks

6/24 Fuller, Geoffrion, Rainaud, Sacks
6/25 Fuller, Geoffrion (am), Rainaud, Sacks
6/26 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
6/27 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
6/28 Crawford, Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks

Springfield District Court 

6/3 Boyle, Contant (am), Groce, Hadley, Pellegrini, Poehler
6/4 Beattie, Boyle, Groce, Hurley, Joenigs, Murphy, Poehler
6/5 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, MacLeod (am), Mason, Poehler
6/6 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Koenigs, Murphy, Pellegrini, Poehler
6/7 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Koehnigs, Pellegrini, Sanabria-Vega

6/10 Beattie, Gordon, Groce, Mason (am), Mulcahy, Murphy, Poehler
6/11 Beattie, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Mulcahy, Murphy, Poehler
6/12 Beattie, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Poehler
6/13 Beattie, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Pellegrini, Poehler, Sanabria-Vega
6/14 Beattie, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Koehnigs, Pellegrini, Poehler

6/17 Boyle , Connly, Hadley ,Hurley, Sanabria-Vega
6/18 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley, Koenigs, MsacLeod (AM)
6/19 Beattie, Boyle, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Payne
6/20 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley, Koenigs, MacLeod, Pellegrini (AM), Sanabria-Vega
6/21 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley, Koenigs

6/24 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Pellegrini
6/25 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Payne
6/26 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Koenigs, Murphy
6/27 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason, Murphy (AM)
6/28 Beatie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Vrabel

Palmer District Court

6/3 Mulcahy
6/4 Mulcahy
6/5 MuMulcahy
6/6 Mulcahy (pm)
6/7 Mulcahy

6/10 Pellegrini
6/11 Pelllegrini
6/12 Mulcahy
6/13 Mulcahy
6/14 Mulcahy

6/17 Murphy
6/18 Mulcahy
6/19 Pellegrini
6/20 Murphy (pm)
6/21 Hurley

6/24 Mulcahy
6/25 Murphy
6/26 Mulcahy
6/27 Murphy (pm)
6/28 Mulcahy

Westfield District Court

6/3 Contant (pm)
6/4 Contant
6/5 Contant
6/6 Contant, Groce
6/7 Contant

6/10 Contant
6/11 Contant
6/12 Contant
6/13 Contant
6/14 Contant

6/17 Contant, Pellegrini
6/18 Contant
6/19 Contant, Vrabel
6/20 Contant
6/21 Contant

6/24 Contant
6/25 Contant
6/26 Contant
6/27 Contant
6/29 Contant

Chicopee District Court

6/3 Mason
6/4 Pellegrini
6/5 Pellegrini
6/6 Hadley (am), Madson
6/7 Mason

6/10 Sanabria-Vega
6/11 Mason
6/12 Murphy
6/13 Mason
6/14 Hurley, Mason

6/17 Mason
6/18 Mason
6/19 Sanabria-Vega
6/20 Mason
6/21 Mason

6/24 Sanabria-Vega
6/25 Hurley
6/26 Groce
6/27 Sanabria-Vega
6/28 Mason

Holyoke District Court

6/3 MacLeod, Sanabria-Vega
6/4 MacLeod, Walsh
6/5 Connly, Sanabria-Vega
6/6 MacLeod, Walsh
6/7 MacLeod, Walsh

6/10 Connly, Walsh
6/11 Sanabria-Vega, Walsh
6/12 Connly, MacLeod
6/13 MacLeod, Murphy
6/14 Murphy, Sanabria-Vegan

6/17 Mulcahy, Walsh
6/18 Groce,  Murphy
6/19 McLeod, Walsh
6/20 Groce, Walsh
6/21 MacLeod

6/24 Murphy, Walsh
6/25 Sanabria-Vega, Walsh
6/26 Connly (AM), Walsh
6/27 Groce, Pellegrini
6/28 Groce, Sanabria-Vega

Springfield Juvenile Court

6/3 Belsky, Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
6/4 Belsky, Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
6/5 Dunbar, Eaton, Phillips, Swords
6/6 Belsky, Dunbar, Eaton
6/7 Belsky, Dunbar, Eaton, Swords

6/10 Belsky, Dunbar
6/11 Belsky, Dunbar
6/12 Dunbar, Swords
6/13 Dunbar Swords
6/14 Belsky, Dunbar

6/17 Belsky, Eaton
6/18 Eaton, McMenemy
6/19 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
5/20 Belsky, Dunbar, Eaton
6/21 Belsky, Dunbar, Eaton

6/24 Belsky, Dunbar, Eaton
6/25 Belsky, Dunbar, Eaton
6/26 Dunbar, Eaton, McMenemy, Swords
6/27 Belsky, Dunbar, Eaton
6/28 Belsky, Dunbar, Swords

Holyoke Juvenile Court

6/3 Locke
6/4 No Assignment
6/5 Locke
6/6 Swords
6/7 Locke

6/10 Locke
6/11 No Assignment
6/12 McMenemy
6/13 Belsky
6/14 Locke

6/17 Locke
6/18 No Assignment
6/19 Locke
6/20 McMenemy
6/21 Locke

6/24 Locke
6/25 No Assignment
6/26 Locke
6/27 Swords
6/28 Locke

Palmer Juvenile Court

6/14 Swords

6/28 Eaton

Western Housing Court 

6/3  Fields
6/4  Fields
6/5  Fields
6/6  Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
6/7  Fields

6/10 Fein, Fields (Northampton)
6/11 Fields, Fein
6/12 Fields, Fein (Pittsfield)
6/13 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
6/14 Fein, Fields (Greenfield)

6/17 Fields, Fein (Northampton)
6/18 Fields, Fein
6/19 Fields, Fein (Northampton)
6/20 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala

6/24 Fein, Fields (Northampton)
6/25 Fields, Fein
6/26 Fein, Fields (Pittsfield)
6/27 Fields, Crampton-Kamukala
6/28 Fein, Fields (Greenfield)