Happy Fourth of July!  I want to thank U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Kenneth P. Neiman for his timely and eloquent remarks at the Annual Meeting and to congratulate Barry Ryan and Christina Turgeon, who will take over in September as our newest President and President-Elect, respectively.  As is the custom, Barry is already hard at work having conducted an excellent orientation retreat on June 25th for the newly elected Board of Directors, where there were a lot of great ideas for the coming year.  I would like to touch on one thing that resurfaced at the retreat this year which is long overdue.  We are looking for our members to initiate one or more new sections of the HCBA.  Presently, the Real Estate, Bankruptcy and New Lawyers Sections all hold regular luncheons and informational and social meetings.  They are almost uniformly very well attended, and these sections provide a tremendous benefit to the participants on so many levels.  That is why the HCBA is looking to branch out to add a number of additional sections and/or ad hoc committees in various specialty areas this coming year.   For example, the Worcester County Bar Association is of a similar size and their members participate in the following additional sections just to name a few:  Criminal Law, Family Law, ADR, Labor & Employment, Municipal Law, Senior Lawyers, Trial Practice and Tax, Trusts & Estates.  We need your help to let us know which sections would be of the greatest interest.  Even more importantly, we will need our members who are the leaders in their specialty to team up and step forward to help the HCBA organize and establish the section.  During the summer months, but preferably in the near future, please talk with your peers and give this some serious thought to taking a leadership role in this area.  If you have done so and are interested in starting a section, please contact any Board member or Noreen at 413.732.4660 or via email admin@hcbar.org to share your thoughts.   


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

Crystal Blair Barnes, Esq. - Lyon & Fitzpatrick, LLP
Nathan A. Byrnes, Esq.
Vanessa Ann Fede - Student
Suzanne Garrow, Esq. - Heister, Feldman, McCormick & Garrow
Katrina L. Popielarczyk - Student
John D. Shea, Esq. - Morrison Mahoney, LLP


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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.

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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:
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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!

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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 pleased to offer Hampden County Bar Association members a 10% discount on their legal support services. They have four offices across Massachusetts and Rhode Island that are available for your depositions, client meetings, arbitrations, and videoconferencing. Membership to the Lawyers Conference Centers is also available and provides you with meeting and work space in their 4 offices for one low monthly rate (membership also entitled you to additional discounts!)  Use you Hampden County Bar Association membership to receive discounts on the following services:

10% off depositions;
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$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


Western New England University  recently announced that Eric J. Gouvin was named Dean of the University's School of Law.  Congratulations on this prestigious accomplishment!

Attorney Susan A. Mielnikowski was recently named Secretary on the Board of Trustees for Mason-Wright Foundation.   Congratulations Susan!

The law firm of Bacon Wilson recently announced the hiring of three associate attorneys: Thomas R. Reidy, Esquire, Spencer A. Stone, Esquire, and Kathryn S. Crouss, Esquire.  Congratulations!


The 2013-2014 HCBA Board of Directors were announced at this year's Annual Meeting.  The members of the 2013-2014 Board are as follows:

President:  Barry M. Ryan
President-Elect: Christina M. Turgeon
Secretary:  David J. Lemasa
Treasurer:  Jeffrey S. Morneau
Immediate Past-President:  Joseph M. Pacella

William Travaun Bailey
Elizabeth G. Dineen
Jack Ferriter
James R. Goodhines
Cristina M. Ianello
Kevin V. Maltby
Amy J. Megliola
Jeffrey S. Morneau
Richard C. Morrissey
Michele A. Rooke
Matthew J. Shea
Toby Wilson
Anne K. Yereniuk

Ex-Officio Past President Board Members:

Mark J. Albano
Archer B. Battista
Charles R. Casartello, Jr.
Thomas A. Kenefick, III
Mary Jo Kennedy
David J. Martel
Dennis P. Powers
Paul H. Rothschild

Bankruptcy Chairperson:  Christina M. Turgeon
New Lawyers' Section Chairperson:  Kathryn M. Muratore
Real Estate Section Chairperson:  Nyles L. Courchesne

Congratulations to our Board Members on your election or re-election!    


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 of the Criminal Justice Dept, Bay Path College
Mr. Steve O'Neil, Grant & Community Affairs Coordinator, Hampden County Sheriff's Dept
Stephen P. Maidman, Esq.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013 -  Brown Bag: The Paperless Office

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Presenter:  Mr. Byron Aulick of DataVault
Location: County Commissioner's Room, 50 State Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield.

Click here to register.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - Brown Bag:   Child Support Guidelines 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Presenters: Honorable Anne M. Geoffrion, Probate & Family Court Hampden Division
                   Claudine T. Wyner, Esquire - Marien & Hodge. P.C.
                   Mr. John Johnson, Chief Probation Officer
Location: County Commissioner's Room, 50 State Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield.

Click here to register.


Brown Bag Lunches:

Medicaid Update
Civil Process Procedure

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.


Annual Meeting & Vendor Show Follow Up

The HCBA Annual Meeting, Membership Dinner and Vendor Show was held on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at the Springfield Sheraton, Springfield, MA.  Various companies participated and displayed their services.  Honorable Kenneth P. Neiman was the guest speaker.  During the evening, Attorney Dianne M. Dillon was presented with the Kent B. Smith award and Attorney Kevin V. Maltby received the Massachusetts Bar Association Community Service Award.  We would like to recognize our 50 year members:

Donald R. Dupre, Esq.
Richard M. Gaberman, Esq.
Jerome S. Gold, Esq.
Honorable John M. Greaney
George M. Nassar, Esq.
Gordon H. Wentworth, Esq.

Dinner Sponsors:

Catuogno Court Reporting & Stentel Transcription*
Hampden Bank*
MA Lawyers Weekly
CATIC-Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company

(*Dinner and Vendor Sponsors)

Vendor Sponsors:

CRC Services, LLC
DataVault, Inc.
MBA Insurance Agency
Paratemps, Inc.
Proshred Security

The 2014 Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

John F. Moriarty Scholarship Recipients & Donors


During the HCBA Annual Meeting, the John F. Moriarty Law School Scholarship was awarded to Kelsey A. Baran a law student at  New England Law-Boston, Patrick M. Kelley, a law student at  Western New England University, Daniel McKellick, a law student at  Western New England University and Ines M. Ventura, a law student at Suffolk University.   Thank you to the following individuals who have made contributions to this scholarship since our last Annual Meeting:


Mark J. Albano

Frank E. Antonucci

Frederick R. Baran, Jr.

Philip J. Callan, Jr.

Senator Gale D. Candaras

Honorable Patricia M. Dunbar

Jack Ferriter

Honorable Daniel A. Ford

Honorable John M. Greaney

Edward J. Greenspan

Michael A. Kelly

David A. Ladizki

Mark G. Mastroianni

Honorable William B. McDonough

Katherine E. McMahon

John F. Moriarty, Jr.

James & Sarah Moriarty

Richard C. Morrissey

Christopher B. Myhrum

Bruce J. Patryn

Honorable Edward C. Peck, Jr.

Honorable Patricia T. Poehler

Honorable Michael A. Ponsor

Burton S. Resnic

Honorable David S. Ross

Catherine Z. Rossi

Honorable Mary-Lou Rup

Honorable David G. Sacks

Jeffrey B. Sagalyn

Philip J. Shine

Honorable Kent B. Smith


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!

Hampden County Bar Association Family Picnic

The Hampden County Bar Association and the New Lawyers Section are planning the 5th annual summer outing at Look Park, Florence, MA on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Willowbrook Shelter.   The New Lawyer's Section intends to host the May, 2013 Western NewEngland College School of Law graduating class to introduce them to the Hampden County Bar Association and all it has to offer.   Save the date!  More details to follow.


New Lawyers Section Lunch

The New Lawyers' Section next monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, July  26, 2013 at Lattitude Restaurant, 1338 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA at 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to Laura D. Mangini at laura@alekmanditusa.com so reservations can be made.

Hampden County Bar Association Family Picnic

The Hampden County Bar Association and the New Lawyers Section are planning the 5th annual summer outing at Look Park, Florence, MA on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Willowbrook Shelter.  

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 luncheons are held monthly at Red Rose Pizzeria at 12:00 p.m.  Further details for the next meeting to be held in September, will be announced at a later date.  Any questions or topics of interest can be sent to Attorney Nyles Courchesne at 413-734-1002 or nlc@pcalaw.net or Michael Siddall at msiddall@siddalllaw.com.


Congratulations to Attorney Christina M. Turgeon on her election as Chairperson of the Bankruptcy Section for 2013-2014.  Attorney Turgeon would like to thank Attorney Kara Rescia for leading the Bankruptcy Section this past year, and organizing some fantastic luncheons.  Informative, knowledgeable speakers were secured to present a variety of timely topics at our well attended meetings.  Please contact Attorney Christina M. Turgeon at attyturgeon@aol.com with any comments or ideas for the upcoming year.  We wish all section members a happy summer and to look for events starting again in September.


Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting

The Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting tentatively scheduled for July 18, 2013 will be held ast a later date in September.  If you have any questions or would like to add a topic to the agenda, please contact the HCBA at 732-4660 or admin@hcbar.org.

Trial Court Issues New Child Support Guidelines Effective August 1st

Chief Justice of the Trial Court Robert A. Mulligan announced the promulgation of revised Child Support Guidelines to be effective on August 1, 2013, based on a comprehensive review by the Child Support Guidelines Task Force he appointed in 2012.  The Task Force that conducted the review, which is required every four years, was chaired by Probate and Family Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey.   Click here for more information.

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 June: 

Kelli A. Robbins, Esq., Claudine T. Wyner, Esq., Diana S. Velez Harris, Esq. and Ann E. Dargie, Esq.

We are currently in need of volunteers for the following:

Lawyer for the Day-Probate CourtJuly  10th, 12th, 17th, 19th, 24th, 26th, 29th, 31st

HCBA Limited Assistance RepresentationCourtroom 3: July 23rd, 30th

Conciliation:  Courtroom 1July 22nd, 29th  Courtroom 2: July 10th, 17th, 31st   Courtroom 4: July 19th, 25th

DOR ContemptsCourtroom 1: July 25th        Courtroom 3July 11th

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.


Bench Bar Meeting Follow-Up:

On June 24, 2013 a District Court Bench Bar Meeting was held in the former County Commissioner's Office.  The initial topic of discussion involved a possible arraignment session being established in the Hampden County Courthouse from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm for District Court matters primarily targeting Chapter 90 motor vehicle cases.  Clerk John Gay and Assistant Clerk Barbara Burton were in attendance and provided input on the issue.  The goal would be to have the DA's office identify certain cases that could be decriminalized, which cases could then be heard by a magistrate in concurrent session.  A pilot program began earlier this year in the Boston Municipal Court, Housing Court and Probate and Family Court Departments of the Brooke Courthouse in Boston.  The pilot program is designed to make certain courts more convenient for certain segments of the public who have difficulty getting to court during the normal business hours.  A formal report will be published shortly on how the pilot program has been running.  We expect further discussions on this issue at our next meeting.  The next topic involved assignments in Civil Commitments matters.  The District Court Clerk's Office pointed out that there are only a limited number of attorneys available/volunteering for appointments on these cases.  Members of CPCS in attendance indicated that the issue would be looked into.  The meeting concluded with Assistant DA, Ed Kavari giving his perspective on how things have been handled in the District Court since he has taken over supervision of the District Court DA's office.  Judge Hadley and Judge Boyle also gave their perspective on how things have been going in the criminal sessions.  Overall, the comments were positive with some noted areas where improvement was needed primarily relating to the trial session.                 

The next District Court bench bar meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2013.  If there are specific topics of interest to be added to the agenda, please contact mrooke@dwpm.com or bryan@dwpm.com.

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

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 June: 

Lillian Gray, Nicole E. Lefevre, Esq., John A. O'Neil, Esq., Alexis Alvarado (paralegal), Vanessa Martinez, Esq., Michelle Kunitz, Esq., Vanessa Worthington (paralegal), Laura Bergantino (paralegal), Theresa S. Finnegan, Esq., Melissa K. Long, Esq.

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

July 10th    (1-4 session)
July 11th    ( 9-1 session)
July 17th    (1-4 session)
July 18th    (9-1 session)
July 24th    (9-1 and 1-4 sessions)
July 25th    (9-1 session)
July 31st    (9-1 and 1-4 sessions)

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, August 7, 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.  If you have any questions or would like to add a topic to the agenda, please contact the HCBA Juvenile Court liason, Attorney Debra A. Quinn at 285-3197 or debraquinnesq@gmail.com.


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 June: 

Rachel Rothman, Esq., Courtney J. Martin, Esq., Joel Feldman, Esq., Theresa S. Finnegan, Esq., Aaron M. Dulles, Esq., Leslie M. Jordan, Esq., Dominic Blue, Esq., Tom O'Grady, Esq., Margaret R. Solis, Esq., and Suzanne Garrow, 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) recently received a single referral percentage payment of $8,400.00 from a member, on a workman's comp case. 

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 $13,393.00 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $89,280.00 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 $50,000 for funding of the Hampden County Bar Association's Children's Law Project for the 2013-2014 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.


Community Legal Aid Job Announcement

Community Legal Aid (CLA), a non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly clients in central and western Massachusetts, seeks an AmeriCorps attorney to work in its Northampton office from September 9, 2013 through July 25, 2014.   For more information about the AmeriCorps Program, qualifications, benefits and to apply...click here.

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.  The speaker will be Attorney Laura Arbeitman, who will discuss the ramifications for gays and lesbians regarding the  Supreme Court decisions. To RSVP contact Carmen Gonzalez, Tel. 413-322-7424 or cgonzalez@majp.org.


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“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.”


July 15, 2013 - District Court Deadline of Intent to Destroy Papers and Records
July 16, 2013 - Brown Bag Lunch-The Paperless Office
July 23, 2013 - Senior Partners for Justice Lunch
July 26, 2013 - New Lawyer's Section Lunch
August 1, 2013 - Revised Child Support Guidelines Effective
August 5, 2013 - District Court Bench Bar Meeting
August 7, 2013 - Juvenile Court Bench Bar Meeting
August 13, 2013 - Brown Bag Lunch-Child Support Guidelines
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 - Q & A Forum-Community Event
January 18, 2014 - New Lawyers Section Homeless Lunch
May 22, 2014  - Annual Golf Outing - SAVE THE DATE!
June 12, 2014 - Annual Meeting & Vendor Show - 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   

7/8 - 7/12   Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, Page, Rup, Sweeney
7/15 - 7/19  Ferrara, Josephson, McDonough,  Page, Rup, Sweeney        
7/22 - 7/26  Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Rup, Sweeney
7/29 - 7/31  Ferrara, Josephson, McDonough, Page, Rup, Sweeney      

Hampden County Probate Court 

7/8 Fuller, Sacks
7/9 Fuller, Hyland, Sacks
7/10 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
7/11 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
7/12 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks

7/15 Fuller, Hyland
7/16 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
7/17 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
7/18 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
7/19 Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks

7/22 Fuller, Rainaud
7/23 Fuller, Rainaud
7/24 Fuller
7/25 Fuller, Geoffrion
7/26 Fuller, Geoffrion

7/29 Fuller, Hyland, Sacks
7/30 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
7/31 Crawford, Fuller, Sacks

Springfield District Court 

7/8 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Koenigs (AM), Mason, Poehler
7/9 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Mason, Poehler
7/10 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Mason, Pellegrini, Vrabel
7/11 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Mason (AM)
7/12 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Murphy, Payne, Poehler

7/15 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Mason
7/16 Beattie, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Mason
7/17 Beattie, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Mason
7/18 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason, Poehler
7/19 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon (AM), Hadley, Mason, Poehler

7/22 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Mason
7/23 Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Mason
7/24 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hurley, Mason
7/25 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Mulcahy
7/26  Beatie, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley

7/29  Contant (AM), Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Poehler
7/30  Beattie, Gordon, Hadley, Mason
7/31  Beattie, Gordon, Hadley, Mason

Palmer District Court

7/8 Mulcahy
7/9 Mulcahy
7/10 Mulcahy
7/11 Mason (PM)
7/12 Mulcahy

7/15 Mulcahy
7/16 Groce
7/17 Mulcahy
7/18 Mulcahy
7/19 Mulcahy

7/22 Mulcahy
7/23 Mulcahy
7/24 Mulcahy
7/25 Mason (PM)
7/26 Groce

7/29  Mulcahy
7/30  Groce
7/31  Groce

Westfield District Court

7/8 Koenigs (PM)
7/9 Groce
7/10 Connly
7/11 Connly
7/12 Vrabel

7/15 Contant
7/16 Contant
7/17 Contant
7/18 Contant
7/19 Contant

7/22 Contant (PM)
7/23 Contant
7/24 Contant
7/25 Contant
7/26 Contant

7/29  Contant (PM)
7/30  Contant
7/31  Contant

Chicopee District Court

7/8 Sanabria-Vega
7/9 Sanabria-Vega
7/10 Sanabria-Vega
7/11 Groce
7/12 Hadley

7/15 Sanabria-Vega
7/16 Sanabria-Vega
7/17 Sanabria-Vega
7/18 Groce
7/19 Groce

7/22 Murphy
7/23 Sanabria-Vega
7/24 Sanabria-Vega
7/25 Koenigs
7/26 Sanabria-Vega

7/29  Sanabria-Vega
7/30  Sanabria-Vega
7/31  Sanabria-Vega

Holyoke District Court

7/8 Hadley, Payne
7/9 Murphy, Walsh
7/10 MacLeod, Murphy
7/11 Murphy, Walsh
7/12 Connly, Walsh

7/15 Murphy, Walsh
7/16 Murphy, Walsh
7/17 MacLeod, Vrabel
7/18 MacLeod, Murphy (AM)
7/19 Ripps, Vrabel

7/22 Contant (AM), Walsh
7/23 Beattie, Walsh
7/24 Murphy
7/25 Ross, Walsh
7/26 MacLeod

7/29  Mason, Walsh (AM)
7/30  Koenigs, Murphy
7/31  Koenigs, Walsh

Springfield Juvenile Court

7/8 Locke, Swords
7/9 Swords
7/10 Locke, Swords
7/11 Belsky, Swords
7/12 Belsky, Phillips

7/15 Dunbar, Locke, Phillips
7/16 Dunbar, Phillips, Swords (PM)
7/17 Dunbar, Eaton, Locke
7/18 Belsky, Dunbar
7/19 Locke, Phillips

7/22 Dunbar
7/23 Dunbar, Swords
7/24 Dunbar
7/25 Dunbar
7/26 Phillips

7/29 Swords
7/30 Dunbar, Swords
7/31 Dunbar, Swords

Holyoke Juvenile Court

7/8 Belsky
7/9 Belsky
7/10 Belsky
7/11 Phillips
7/12 Locke (AM)

7/15 Belsky
7/16 Belsky
7/17 Belsky
7/18 Phillips
7/19 Belsky

7/22 Locke
7/23 no session
7/24 Locke
7/25 Phillips
7/26 Locke

7/29 Phillips
7/30 no session
7/31 Locke

Palmer Juvenile Court

7/12 Eaton
7/26 Dunbar

Western Housing Court 

7/8  Fien (Northampton)
7/9  Fien
7/10  Fien (Pittsfield)
7/11  Crampton-Kamukala
7/12  Fien (Greenfield)

7/15 Fields (Northampton)
7/16 2 judges Springfield
7/17 Fields, Fein (Pittsfield)
7/18 2 judges Springfield
7/19 Fields (Greenfield),  Fein

7/22 Fields, Fein (Northampton)
7/23 2 judges Springfield
7/24 Fields
7/25 2 judges Springfield
7/26 Fields, Fein (Greenfield)

7/29 Fields (Northampton), Fein
7/30 2 judges Springfield
7/31Fields,  Fein (Pittsfield)