AUGUST 2013 NEWSLETTER
Law Offices of Stephen R. Manning
Morrison Mahoney, LLP
John G. Bagley, Esq.
Hon. Henry J. Boroff*
Peter M. Burns, Esq.
Hon. Philip A. Contant*
Hon. Rebekah J. Crampton-Kamukala*
Hon. Beth A. Crawford
Jennifer Midura-D’Amour, Esq.*
Henry M. Downey, Esq.*
Hon. Patricia M. Dunbar*
Hon. Nancy Dusek-Gomez*
Margaret E. Eckert, Esq.*
Hon. Linda S. Fidnick*
William M. Fitzgerald, Esq.
Hon. Daniel A. Ford*
Hon. Anne M. Geoffrion*
Hon. Ann M. Gibbons*
Hon. John M. Greaney*
Hon. Robert L. Howarth*
Hon. Mary E. Hurley*
Hon. Barbara M. Hyland*
Hon. Bertha D. Josephson*
Hon. George C. Keady, Jr.*
Hon. C. Jeffrey Kinder*
Hon. Catherine Watson-Koziol*
Hon. Robert F. Kumor, Jr. *
Steven M. Leecock, Esq.
Hon. Mark D Mason*
Hon. C. Brian McDonald*
John McNally, Esq.*
John E. Miller, Esq.
Jeffrey S. Morneau, Esq.*
Hon. Robert S. Murphy, Jr.
Hon. Kenneth P. Neiman*
Jeffrey K. O'Connor, Esq.
Joseph M. Pacella, Esq.*
Hon. Tina S. Page*
John J. Pajak, Esq.*
Hon. John M. Payne, Jr.*
Hon. Joseph A. Pellegrino*
Hon. Gail L. Perlman*
Hon. Judith J. Phillips*
Hon. Patricia T. Poehler*
Hon. Michael A. Ponsor*
Hon. David S. Ross*
Hon. Mary Lou Rup*
Hon. David G. Sacks*
Hon. Kent B. Smith*
Hon. Daniel J. Swords*
Hon. Ariane D. Vuono*
Hon. William T. Walsh*
William Welch, Esq.
*Sustaining Members over two consecutive years
On behalf of the HCBA, I want to thank the more than 40 members who participated in the Honor Guard for retired Judge Robert F. Kumor, Jr. despite the inclement weather last week. It was hard not to walk away from the mass with an ever deeper regard for both Judge Kumor and the lawyers within our profession. Retired Judge James McElroy now Deacon McElroy presided over the funeral mass and explained that, by doing so, he was fulfilling a promise that he made to Judge Kumor several years ago. At the time, Deacon McElroy recounted how Judge Kumor revealed to him at his retirement that he had been diagnosed with the terminal condition of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and then almost immediately asked Judge McElroy to preside over his funeral mass. Deacon McElroy explained how he had told Judge Kumor that unfortunately it would take as few years for him to complete his studies to be ordained as a Deacon but that if Judge Kumor would battle ALS long enough for him to do so then he would gladly reside over his funeral. It was hard not to imagine how this spontaneous yet solemn vow helped both Judge McElroy swiftly complete his studies and Judge Kumor to courageously battle the disease for so many years. Judge Kumor’s nephew, Attorney James Channing, gave his remembrance remarks about his uncle’s strong traits and how he had best counseled him to practice law in Western Massachusetts where his roots were firmly planted. It was good advice. At our request, Jim has made his remarks available to all of us...click here to read Jim's eulogy. In short, I was struck by how much we lean on each other in our profession for help and advice and how important this is to our own personal well-being and growth to be able to do so.
This is my last President’s message to you. The year is so quickly over and Barry will take over the pen next month, which I look forward to with both regret and admittedly a bit of relief. Seriously though, I would like to thank all of you for making this a very memorable and productive year for the bar association, especially our dedicated Board members, staff and, of course, Noreen. Lastly, I would like to thank the many members of the HCBA who I will always hold as the dearest of friends who have kept me afloat above the challenges presented by this past year. I will truly never forget it.
The Hampden County Bar Association would like to welcome the following attorneys and students as new members:
Patrick Nicoletti, Esq. - Moriarty Law Firm
What is an HCBA membership worth?
Hall of Justice Member Conveniences:
Computer Terminal w/Internet Access & Wireless Internet
ProShred ~ http://www.proshred.com/
Insurance Services thru Millbrook Benefits, Axia Group & LePage Financial Services ~ http://www.millbrookbenefits.com/home.htm
Discounts on various insurance products including Professional Liability.
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:
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Professional Services: Line of Credit*
Pensions & Benefits Associates, Inc. ~ http://www.manta.com/c/mm27bp8/pension-benefits-assoc-inc
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Free pickup and delivery anywhere in Hampden County
Member Discount Programs
Save 25 percent on any website packages through ESQSites123.com
LexisNexis HCBA Discount Program
20 percent discount on new LexisNexis Online Research Subscriptions
For more information contact Suzanne Supina at (860) 604-8633 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
20 percent discount off Paychex payroll processing charges. For more information contact Jamie Scherban at (413) 731-8930 ext. 47954 or via email at email@example.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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or Javad Darouian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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;
Lawyer Conference Center members receive an additional 10% discount on all of the above services!
Office locations in Springfield, Worcester, Boston, and Providence, R.I.
To take advantage of these benefits contact Catuogno Court Reporting & Sten Tel Transcription at (413) 746-8100 or visit their website at www.catuogno.us.
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 email@example.com
Attorney Elizabeth G. Dineen, Bay Path College has been named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Top-Women-Of-Law. Congratulations!
Western New England University recently announced that Attorney Eric J. Gouvin was named Dean of the University's School of Law. Congratulations on this prestigious accomplishment!
Attorney Susan A. Mielnikowski of Cooley Shrair in Springfield has been elected to serve a three year term on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Pioneer Valley, Inc. Congratulations!
Thank you Attorney Stephanie Woods for donating a case of copy paper to the HCBA. Contributions are much needed and greatly appreciated.
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. Byron Aulick, DataVault
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - Brown Bag: Child Support Guidelines
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Click here to register.
MORE UPCOMING SEMINARS…Watch for Details
Brown Bag Lunches:
9.12.13 Civil Process Procedure
Experts in Residence:
9.30.13 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.
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 New England 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.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
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next New Lawyers' Section monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, August 23, 2013 at Samuels, 1000 W. Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA at 1:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Laura D. Mangini at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or Michael Siddall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Informative, knowledgeable speakers were secured to present a variety of timely topics at our well attended meetings. Further details for the next meeting to be held in September, will be announced at a later date. Please contact Attorney Christina M. Turgeon at email@example.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.
Meet & Greet
Chief Justice Angela Maria Ordonez will be in Springfield on Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Please join us in meeting her at 12:45 p.m. in Judge Geoffrion's courtroom.
This is a 12-week program for Court-involved fathers, whose goal is to teach them basic parenting skills in an effort to become better fathers. The Fall session begins Thursday, September 5, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 30 Madison Avenue, Springfield, MA. For more information, please contact John Johnson, Chief Probation Officer of the Hampden Probate and Family Court (413) 748-7797.
Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting
The next Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting will be held 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trial Court Issues New Child Support Guidelines Effective August 1st
Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey announced the promulgation of revised Child Support Guidelines to be effective on August 1, 2013. Click here for more information.
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 July:
Claudette-Jean Girard, Esq.
We are currently in need of volunteers for the following:
Lawyer for the Day-Probate Court: August 2, 5, 7, 9, 14, 19, 21, 23, 28, 30
HCBA Limited Assistance Representation: Courtroom 3: August 6, 20, 27
Courtroom 1: August 5, 12, 19, 26
Courtroom 2: August 15
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 email@example.com or 413-733-6500.
Bench Bar Meeting:
The District Court bench bar meeting tentatively scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2013 has been rescheduled to Monday, September 9, 2013. If there are specific topics of interest to be added to the agenda, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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 July:
We are currently in need of volunteers for the following dates:
August 7 (9-1 and 1-4 session)
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer at the Hampden County legal clinic at 413-733-6500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Western Division Housing Court Resume Hours
The Western Division Housing Court is pleased to announce that the court services curtailed since September, 2011 are being restored. Beginning September 1, 2013, the Clerk's Office of the Housing Court at 37 Elm Street in Springfield will be open all day Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telephone service at the Clerk's Office, which has been unavailable from noon to 2:00 p.m. will also be restored during those hours of operation. In addition, beginning on September 1, 2013, the Housing Court is restoring its service during the first full week of each month in its satellite court sessions in Northampton, Pittsfield, and Greenfield.
Bench Bar Meeting
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 July:
Steven R. Weiner, Esq.
We are currently in need of volunteers for the following dates in August:
If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer at the Hampden County legal clinic at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Within the last month, attorneys have submitted over $5,577.00 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $37,200.00 in client fees.
If you receive a call from a potential client looking for assistance in an area of law that you do not practice, why not refer them to the Hampden County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral & Information Service? All members of the LRIS are your experienced colleagues. Support your LRIS in providing quality referrals in our community!
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 1:00 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 email@example.com. 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.
The Children's Law Project Committee would like to thank the following individuals who participated in their training on July 30, 2013:
Michael A. Frazee, Esq.
Federal Court News
Attorney Nate Olin, the HCBA federal court liason, reports that the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (FBA) held a Western Division organizational meeting on July 17, 2013, at Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas. The participants were joined by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Neiman, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Henry Boroff, Divisional Chief Bethaney Healy and FBA Massachusetts Chapter President Matthew Moschella. In the coming year, the new Western Division subchapter of the FBA plans to hold several local federal court events and, hopefully, partner with the HCBA. If you are interested in becoming involved in this initiative, please contact Attorney Nate Olin at (413) 455-1730, ext. 204, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Superior Court Rule 9A(e)(2)
The Superior Court is inviting comments on the attached proposed amendment to Superior Court Rule 9A(e)(2) relating to the filing of motions involving incarcerated parties. The proposed amendment would relieve all parties to litigation involving a self-represented incarcerated party from the motion-packing requirements of Superior Court Rule 9A. The deadline for comments is September 20, 2013. Comments should be directed to Masria I. Pena, Suffolk County Courthouse, Superior Court Administrative Office, Three Pemberton Square, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 or email@example.com. The notice and proposed text can also be found on the Superior Court's website.
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 next Senior Partners for Justice luncheon will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Sovereign Bank Community Room, 3rd Floor, 1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA. The speakers are the Hon. Anne Geoffrion, First Justice of the Hampden Probate & Family Court and the Hon. Patricia M. Dunbar, Circuit Justice of the Hampden Juvenile court. They will be speaking about the Interplay Between the Probate & Family Court and the Juvenile Court. To RSVP contact Carmen Gonzalez, Tel. 413-322-7424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Probate Process from Start to Finish
The National Business Institute will have a one day live seminar held on Monday, October 28, 2013 from 8:00 am to 4:40 pm at the Sheraton Springfield, One Monarch Place, Springfield. Take all the steps necessary to successfully probate your client's estate. Faculty for this seminar will be Gina M. Barry, Esq., Bacon Wilson, P.C., Julie A. Dialessi-Lafley, Esq., Bacon Wilson, P.C., and Maureen C. Tobin, Esq. For more information please call 1.800.930.6182 or go to www.nbi-sems.com.
Northwestern District Attorney's Office
District Attorney David Sullivan wishes to announce the retirement of Mr. David Rist, Superior Court Trial List Manager of the Northwestern District Attorney's Office, effective July 12, 2013. Effective July 15, 2013, Ms. Ann Metzger, District Court Administrator for more than 30 years, will assume the responsibilities of the new Senior Case Administrator, also relative to the Hampshire County Superior Court.
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August 7, 2013 - Meet and Greet-Probate Chief Justice Angela Maria Ordonez
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
8/12 - 8/16 Ferrara, Kinder, Josephson, McDonough, Rup, Sweeney
Hampden County Probate Court
8/5 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
8/12 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
8/19 Fidnick, Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks
8/26 Fuller, Geoffrion, Rainaud, Sacks
Springfield District Court
8/5 Boyle, Contant (AM), Gordon, Koenigs
8/12 Boyle, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Poehler
8/19 Beattie, Boyle, Hurley, Mason, Mulcahy (AM)
8/26 Boyle, Contant (AM), Groce, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason
Palmer District Court
8/12 Mulcahy (PM)
8/19 Mulcahy (PM)
Westfield District Court
8/5 Contant (PM)
8/12 Connly (PM)
8/26 Contant (PM)
Chicopee District Court
Holyoke District Court
8/12 Connly (AM), Walsh
8/26 MacLeod, Walsh
Springfield Juvenile Court
8/12 Dunbar, Phillips
8/19 Dunbar, Phillips
8/26 Dunbar, Phillips
Holyoke Juvenile Court
Palmer Juvenile Court
Western Housing Court
8/5 Fien, Fields
8/12 Fiend, Fields (Northampton)
8/19 Fein, Fields (Northampton)
8/26 Fields (Northampton)