As I put pen to paper, I am only one week into my official term as President, but the wheels of the HCBA have not stopped turning.  Committees have been formed, and Educational Seminars and Brown Bag Lunches have continued throughout the summer.
As I assume my position as President, I do so with tremendous pride and humility.  I am extremely grateful to have such an exceptional Board of Directors with a great mixture of seasoned attorneys and new and inspired younger attorneys to provide insight and guidance in my upcoming term as President.  

I also want to acknowledge the fact that we have done something completely different this year by inviting past Presidents who have served within the past ten years to serve in an Ex-Officio capacity on the Board of Directors.  Their experience, expertise and insight are invaluable.  I am proud to say that all of the past Presidents who qualify to serve have agreed to serve.In June of this year, the Board of Directors attended a Retreat in order to set up committees and to introduce ourselves and discuss our goals and agenda for the coming year.  The Board of Directors is made up of an enthusiastic and talented group of individuals, all of whom bring unique contributions to the Board.  I am truly fortunate to have such a diverse and dedicated group of individuals to serve with.  It is important to keep in mind that members of the Board of Directors serve voluntarily with no financial remuneration.  Board members would not be serving unless they truly wanted to serve you, its members, and to better our profession.  We realize that we have a commitment to our members, our profession, the judiciary, and the legal community where we practice and work.    

This year marks a milestone for our association. We will be celebrating our 150th anniversary.  We hope to make this celebration memorable and enjoyable for all.  I am thrilled by the interest in putting together a gala event and with those individuals, including members of the judiciary, who have volunteered to serve on the Anniversary Committee.  I also encourage all bar members to be part of the Bar Association pictorial composite, which will commemorate our anniversary.  We are presently contemplating pictorial sittings during the month of October and further information will be provided in future newsletters.

I also want to extend my thanks and praise to those Presidents and members of the Board of Directors with whom I have served, especially Tom Kenefick, Charlie Casartello, Paul Rothschild, Mary Jo Kennedy and Joe Pacella for their professionalism and the way they lead by example.  I also have to acknowledge four of my predecessors from Doherty Wallace Pillsbury and Murphy, P.C., two founding partners, Dudley Wallace and Frederick Pillsbury, as well as partners, Philip Callan and David Martel, for helping to lay the foundation and continue the integrity and commitment of this Association.  

During my term, I intend to maintain the integrity and professionalism of the Bar Association and to encourage member participation in bar events and functions, whether it be Bench Bar meetings, brown bag luncheons, Expert in Residence Seminars, How-To Series seminars, or attending our annual dinner and event celebrations throughout the year.

Finally, I want to acknowledge HCBA Executive Director, Noreen Nardi, for her dedication and commitment to the organization and to the members of her staff, Michelle LaPlante and Lynne McMillan, for their help in the upcoming year.   

I look forward to the upcoming year and working with the members of the Board of Directors as well as members of the Association to make the HCBA the best it can be.


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

Michael Angotti - WNEU School of Law
Amanda Casella - WNEU School of Law
Frank Chiara, IV - WNEU School of Law
Adam Cruz - WNEU School of Law
Ryan Director - WNEU School of Law
Richard Embden - WNEU School of Law
Janelle Gordon - WNEU School of Law
Brandon Granda - WNEU School of Law
Matthew Kelly - WNEU School of Law
Vilena Khazhimuratova - WNEU School of Law
William Kinley - WNEU School of Law
Rachel Lauder - WNEU School of Law
Jacqueline Miller - WNEU School of Law
Jennifer Obodo - WNEU School of Law
Katrina Popielarczyk - WNEU School of Law
Gabriella Ruggerio - WNEU School of Law
Tiffany E. Shapiro, Esq.
John D. Shea,  Esq. - Morrison Mahoney, LLP
Shaune Sousa - WNEU School of Law
Theo George Theocles, Esq. - City of Springfield Law Department
Kathryn Trogdon - WNEU School of Law
Nicholas Varvey - WNEU School of Law
Katie Wildgrube - WNEU School of Law


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 to obtain the password.

Exclusive Sponsors/Vendors

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20 % of Shredding Services ~ click here for prices before discount.
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Insurance Services thru Millbrook Benefits, Axia Group & LePage Financial Services ~

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.
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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
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In addition you can sign up for notifications to alert you when:
• Your inspection sticker is due
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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 ~

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
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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.

Pensions & Benefits Associates, Inc. ~

Reduce plan document fee
Reduce base in per participant rates

Elm's Cleaners ~

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
We are pleased to announce that the HCBA has formed an alliance with to provide member benefits to all of our members. 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

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

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 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

20 percent discount off Paychex payroll processing charges. For more information contact Jamie Scherban at (413) 731-8930 ext. 47954 or via email at (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 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 or Javad Darouian at

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;
• 10% off legal transcription;
• 10% off videoconferencing & videography services; and
• 10% off email encryption.

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

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


The 2013-2014 Membership Dues invoices have been mailed and were due September 1, 2013. The HCBA would like to thank all members who have already renewed their membership for the 2013-2014 Membership Year.

In addition, we also wish to convey our appreciation to all judges, attorneys and firms who have chosen to be sustaining members for the upcoming year. The 2013-2014 sustaining members will be published in the October Barrister Newsletter.

If you did not receive a renewal invoice please contact our office at (413) 732-4648 or via email at

The following are the 2013-2014 Sustaining Members to date: 

Alekman DiTusa, LLC*
Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP
Connor, Morneau & Olin, LLP*
Crear, Chadwell & Dos Santos, PC
DiSanti Law Offices*
Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, PC*
Gelinas & Lefebvre, PC
Law Office of Thomas A. Kenefick, III*
Moriarty, Neves & Dunn, LLP
Peskin, Courchesne & Allen, P.C.*
Resnic, Beauregard, Waite & Driscoll
Siddall & Siddall, PC*
Szlachetka Dubay, PC*
Welch & Barba, PC*
Nancy L. Altobelli, Esq.
Michael J. Ashe, Jr., Esq.*
Hon. George N. Beauregard
Jonathan D. Bennett, Esq.
Eugene B. Berman, Esq.*
George E. Bourguignon, Jr., Esq.*
Carol J. Kantany-Casartello, Esq.*
Hon. Philip A. Contant*
Jennifer Midura-D’Amour, Esq.*
Dianne M. Dillon, Esq.
William J. Doherty, Esq.*
Mark R. Draymore, Esq.
Hon. Patricia M. Dunbar*
Hon. John S. Ferrara
Jack Ferriter, Esq.*
Hon. Linda S. Fidnick*
William D. Fitzpatrick, Esq.*
Hon. Daniel A. Ford*
Hon. Anne M. Geoffrion*
Alfred J. Geoffrion, Jr., Esq.*
Claudette-Jean Girard, Esq.*
James R. Goodhines, Esq.
Efrem A. Gordon, Esq.*
Hon. John M. Greaney*
Hon. William P. Hadley
Bart Q. Hollander, Esq.*
Hon. Robert L. Howarth*
Hon. Mary E. Hurley*
Hon. Barbara M. Hyland*
Michael O. Jennings, Esq.*
Hon. Bertha D. Josephson*
Craig W. Kaylor, Esq.
Hon. George C. Keady, Jr.*
Hon. C. Jeffrey Kinder*
Hon. Catherine Watson-Koziol*
David A. Ladizki, Esq.*
Paul G. Lalonde, Esq.*
David J. Lemasa, Esq.
Peter D. Mazza, Esq.*
John McNally, Esq.*
John H. Mitchell, Jr., Esq.
Jeffrey S. Morneau, Esq.*
Richard C. Morrissey, Esq.
Christopher B. Myhrum, Esq.*
Elaine O'Donnell, Esq.
Joseph M. Pacella, Esq.*
John J. Pajak, Esq.*
Bruce J. Patryn, Esq.
Hon. Edward C. Peck, Jr.
Hon. Joseph A. Pellegrino*
Hon. Gail L. Perlman*
Hon. Michael A. Ponsor*
Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Esq.*
Hon. David S. Ross*
Catherine Z. Rossi, Esq.*
Timothy J. Ryan, Esq.
Hon. David G. Sacks*
Jeffrey B. Sagalyn, Esq.*
Hon. William T. Walsh*
James B. Winston, Esq.

*Sustaining Member for 2 consecutive years


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:

Honorable Anne M. Geoffrion - Probate & Family Court Hampden Division
Claudine T. Wyner, Esq. - Marien & Hodge, P.C.
Mr. John Johnson - Chief Probation Officer



Thursday, September 12, 2013 - Brown Bag:   The Civil Process Procedure

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Robert D. Hoffman - Hampden County Chief Deputy Sheriff
Joseph P. Pessolano, Esq. - Pessolano, Dusel, Murphy & Casartello, P.C.

Location: County Commissioner's Room, 50 State Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield.

Click here to register.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - Brown Bag:   Medicaid

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Albert Gordon, Esquire

Location: County Commissioner's Room, 50 State Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield.

Click here to register.


Friday, September 20, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag: You're Ineffective!  If you don't warn about immigration consequences.  The Results?  A new trial.  Really??  Really!!

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Shaun S. McLean, Esquire - Massachusetts Appeals Court

Location: Egan, Flanagan and Cohen, P.C., 67 Market Street, Springfield

Click here to register.

Friday, November 15, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag:  Are you Kidding Me?  More Melendez-Diaz? 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Shaun S. McLean, Esquire - Massachusetts Appeals Court

Location: Commissioner's Room, 50 State Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield

Click here to register.


10/18  Court Clinic
12/13  Superior Court View from the Bench


Monday, September 30, 2013 - Experts in Residence: Litigation Under Chapter 93A-Updates and Developments
Ann E. Lynch, Esquire - Office of the Attorney General
Jeffrey S. Morneau, Esquire - Connor, Morneau & Olin, LLP

Location: Egan, Flanagan and Cohen, P.C., 67 Market Street, Springfield

Click here to register.


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


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


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.

Moriarty Scholarship & Adoption Fund

We are happy to report that because of the success of the annual golf outing we have allocated $3,000.00 to the John F. Moriarty Scholarship, and $1,000.00 to the Hampden County Bar Association Adoption Fund. Thank you to all who sponsored and attended our golf outing and helped make this possible.

Event Photos

Photos of past and current events are always available on our website at  Including pictures from our 1st Annual Charity Poker Tournament,  the Judicial Dinner, Law Day and Golf Tournament!


New Lawyers Section Lunch

The next New Lawyers' Section  monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, September  27, 2013 at Spoleto Restaurant, 84 Center Square, East Longmeadow, MA at 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to Laura D. Mangini at so reservations can be made.

A special thank you to Ray Catuogno of Catuogno Court Reporting & Stentel Transcriptions for donating four (4) Patriots' tickets to be raffled off at the New Lawyers Section Lunch held on August 23, 2013.  Congratulations to Kimberly Kirkland who was the winner of the raffle.

Hampden County Bar Association Family Picnic

The New Lawyers Section is sponsoring the 5th annual Hampden County Bar Association picnic at Look Park, Florence, MA on Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:00 PM at the Willowbrook Shelter.  Why not stop by with your friends and/or family to join your colleagues for a fun afternoon?  If you plan on attending, please contact Laura D. Mangini at so that we can ensure we have enought food for everyone.

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.  Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Laura Mangini at


The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Red Rose Pizzeria at 12:00 p.m.  The presenter of this meeting will be Mr. Byron Aulick of NECS-New England Copy Services, whose topic for this meeting will be "Technology That Reduces Frustration and Saves Money". Any questions or topics of interest can be sent to Attorney Nyles Courchesne at 413-734-1002 or  For more information or to register for Wednesday's lunch click here.


The next meeting to be held later this month. The presenter of this meeting will be Jim Jurgens, title Counsel for CATIC, whose topic for this meeting will be "Homestead Issues".  Please contact Attorney Christina M. Turgeon at with any questions or topics of interest. 


Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting

The next Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting will be held later this month.  If you have any questions or would like to add a topic to the agenda, please contact the HCBA at 732-4660 or

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 August: 

Helena S. Friedman, Esq.
Thomas A. Kenefick, III, Esq.
Kelli Robbins, Esq.
Mary A. Samberg, Esq.
Stanley A. Szlachetka, Esq.

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

Lawyer for the Day-Probate Court:      September 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25, 27, 30

HCBA Limited Assistance RepresentationCourtroom 3September 17


Courtroom 1:    September 9, 16, 23, 30
Courtroom 2:    September 18
Courtroom 3:    September 10, 17   
Courtroom 4:    September 19

DOR Contempts

Courtroom 1:    September 26   
Courtroom 2:    September 12

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 or 413-733-6500.


Bench Bar Meeting:

The next District Court bench bar meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 9,  2013.  The agenda for this District Court Bench Bar Meeting will be:  1.  Introduction of new Bench Bar members  2.  Perspectives from Bench - areas of focus  3.  Perspectives from Bar - areas of focus  4.  Clerk's office back to full speed - Richard Morrissey  5.  Topics for next month's agenda  6.  Other  7.  Adjourn.  If there are specific topics of interest to be added to the agenda, please contact Attorney James Goodhines at

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 August: 

Alexis M. Alvarado, Esq.
Charles R. Casartello, Jr., Esq.
Geoffrey R. Farrington, Esq.
Sadie R. Gordon, Esq.
Lynn M. Higgins, Esq.
Melissa K. Long, Esq.
John O'Neill, Esq.

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

September 11   (9-1 and 1-4 session)
September 18   (9-1 and 1-4 session)
September 25   (9-1 and 1-4 session)
September 26   (9-1 session)

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


The next Juvenile Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Wednesday,  October 2, 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


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.  As of 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, as of 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 10, 2013 at 3:30 in the Springfield Housing Court.   For more information or to present agenda items please contact Jonathan Kane at, Toby Wilson at, or Archer B. Battista at

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 August: 

George E. Bourguignon, Esq.
Leslie M. Jordon, Esq.
Lauren M. Marcous, Esq.
Courtney J. Martin, Esq
Robert P. Shewchuk, Esq.
Thomas P. Zito, Esq.

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

 September 12, 19, 26

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Jennifer at the Hampden County legal clinic at 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 Within the last month, attorneys have submitted over $4,556.00 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $30,375.00 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 or 413-733-6500.

The Hampden County Bar Association is pleased to provide our members with Massachusetts Mutual's First Pro Bono Newsletter.  "Just the Beginning Foundation Partners with MassMutual:   During the week of July 8 – July 12, twenty-two high school students met with lawyers from MassMutual as well as area judges and other volunteers to explore the different professional opportunities in the legal community. The week included a networking reception here in the Springfield cafeteria, a mock trial, oral appellate arguments, a court house tour, and law firm here to read more.


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


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  The notice and proposed text can also be found on the Superior Court's website.  



Center for Human Development is holding a 5K Walk, Run, Roll on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Forest Park, Springfield to benefit CHD's MaryAnne's Kids, Health & Wellness, Cancer House of Hope, and Disability Resources.  To register please go to  For more here.

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 here.

Free Legal Training: Foreclosure and Eviction Defense

Community Legal Aid, One Monarch Place, Suite 400, Springfield MA is holding a FREE legal training to benefit families fighting foreclosure and eviction who need your legal skills.  Friday, September 13, 2013 10:30 am to 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP by calling Catherine Ady-Bell at 413-388-4719.  For more here.

The Saint Thomas More Society Annual Red Mass

The Twelfth Annual Red Mass is taking place on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Springfield. A brunch will follow at The Log Cabin, Holyoke, Massachusetts. This year we are honoring the Honorable John A. Agostini, John R. Fitzgerald, LSW, Honorable William P. Hadley, Attorney Richard C. Morrissey, Attorney Carla W. Newton, Attorney Maurice C. Powe, Attorney Paula C. Tredeau, and Honorable Paul M. Vrabel. For further information, contact Judy or Christina at 413-734-3119 by September 16, 2013.

Senior Partners for Justice West Luncheon

The next Senior Partners for Justice  luncheon will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 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  Peter Coulonde, Esq. of the Office of the Chief Legal Counsel for DOR/CSE, Claudine T. Wyner, Esq. of Marien & Hodge, PC, and John Johnson, Chief Probation Officer, Hampden County Family and Probate Court.  They will be speaking about the New Child Support Guidelines.  To RSVP contact Carmen Gonzalez, Tel. 413-322-7424 or

Massachusetts Bar Foundation - 2013 Grantee Reception

The Massachusetts Bar Foundation will hold its 2013 Grantee Reception honoring Honorable Robert G. Fields on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 4:40 - 6:30 pm at Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas LLP, 1500 Main Street, Springfield.  RSVP by September 24, 2013 at (617) 338-0648, online at, or by email at

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


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September 9, 2013 - District Court Bench Bar Meeting
September 10, 2013 - Senior Partners for Justice-West Lunch
September 11, 2013 - Real Estate Section Lunch
September 10, 2013 - Housing Court Bench Bar Meeting
September 12, 2013 - Brown Bag Lunch-Civil Process Procedure
September 20, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag Lunch-You're Ineffective! The Results?
September 28, 2013 - HCBA/New Lawyer's Section- Annual Family Picnic
September 30, 2013 - Experts in Residence-Consumer Law/AG's Office
October 1, 2013 - Brown Bag Lunch-Medicaid Update
October 2, 2013 - New Lawyers Section Homeless Dinner
November 15, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag Lunch-Melendez-Diaz
December 21, 2013 - New Lawyers Section Holiday Party - SAVE THE DATE
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   

9/03 - 9/06  Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, Page, McDonough, Rup, Sweeney
9/09 - 9/13  Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, Page, McDonough, Rup, Sweeney
9/16 - 9/20  Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, Page, McDonough, Rup, Sweeney
9/23 - 9/27  Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, Page, McDonough, Rup, Sweeney
9/30 -10/4   Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, Page, McDonough, Rup, Sweeney

Hampden County Probate Court 

9/3 Geoffrion, Rainaud, Sacks
9/4 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
9/5 Geoffrion, Hyland
9/6 Geoffrion, Hyland, Rainaud

9/9 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Rainaud
9/10 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Rainaud
9/11 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
9/12 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
9/13 Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks

9/16 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
9/17 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
9/18 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
9/19 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
9/20 Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks

9/23 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
9/24 Rainaud, Sacks
9/25 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland
9/26 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland
9/27 Judicial Conference

9/30 Hyland, Rainaud
10/1 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud
10/2 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland
10/3 Geoffrion, Hyland
10/4 Geoffrion, Hyland, Rainaud

Springfield District Court 

9/3 Boyle, Hadley, Lemire, Mason, Poehler
9/4 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Lemire, Murphy
9/5 Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Lemire, Mason, Payne, Poehler
9/6 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Lemire, Poehler

9/9 Boyle, Contant (AM), Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Lemire, Mason
9/10 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Mason, Payne
9/11 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Mason, Poehler, Non-Region 6 Judge
9/12 Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Mason, Payne
9/13 Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Mason

9/16 Beattie, Boyle, Connly (AM), Gordon, Hadley, Lemire, Mason
9/17 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Lemire, Murphy, Payne, Poehler
9/18 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hurley (AM), Koenigs, Mason
9/19 Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Lemire, Mason,Payne
9/20 Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Lemire, Mason, Murphy, Poehler

9/23 Boyle, Contant (AM), Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Lemire, Mason (AM)
9/24 Beattie (AM), Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Koenigs, Lemire, Mason (PM), Payne, Walsh
9/25 Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Mason, Murphy
9/26 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Koenigs, Lemire, Payne
9/27 Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Lemire, Mason

9/30 Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Lemire, Mason
10/1 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Koenigs, Lemire, Mason, Payne
10/2 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Murphy
10/3 Boyle, Contant (AM), Gordon, Hadley (AM), Lemire (AM), Mason, Payne
10/4 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Mason, Murphy

Palmer District Court

9/3 Murphy
9/4 Mulcahy
9/5 Mulcahy
9/6 Murphy

9/9 Mulcahy
9/10 Mulcahy
9/11 Mulcahy
9/12 Groce
9/13 Groce

9/16 Mulcahy
9/17 Groce
9/18 Mulcahy
9/19 Groce
9/20 Mulcahy

9/23 Mulcahy
9/24 Hadley
9/25 Groce
9/26 Mulcahy
9/27 Beattie

9/30 Mulcahy
10/1 Mulcahy
10/2 Lemire
10/3 Lemire (PM
10/4 Mulcahy

Westfield District Court

9/3 Koenigs
9/4 Koenigs
9/5 Koenigs
9/6 Contant, Koenigs (AM)

9/9 Contant (pm)
9/10 Contant
9/11 Contant
9/12 Contant
9/13 Contant

9/16 Contant, Koenigs
9/17 Contant, Koenigs
9/18 Contant
9/19 Contant, Koenigs
9/20 Koenigs

9/23 Contant (PM)
9/24 Contant
9/25 Contant
9/26 Contant
9/27 Contant

9/30 Contant (PM),
10/1 Contant
10/2 Contant
10/3 Koenigs
10/4 Contant Koenigs

Chicopee District Court

9/3 Sanabria-Vega
9/4 Sanabria-Vega
9/5 Non-Regional 6 Judge, Sanabria-Vega
9/6 Sanabria-Vega

9/9 Sanabria-Vega
9/10 Sanabria-Vega
9/11 Sanabria-Vega
9/12 Sanabria-Vega
9/13 Sanabria-Vega

9/16 Sanabria-Vega
9/17 Sanabria-Vega
9/18 Sanabria-Vega
9/19 Sanabria-Vega
9/20 Sanabria-Vega

9/23 Groce, Sanabria-Vega
9/24 Beattie (PM), Sanabria-Vega
9/25 Beattie
9/26 Beattie, Sanabria-Vega
9/27 Sanabria-Vega

9/30 Sanabria-Vega
10/1 Sanabria-Vega
10/2 Sanabria-Vega
10/3 Hurley
10/4 Sanabria-Vega

Holyoke District Court

9/3 MacLeod, Walsh
9/4 MacLeod, Walsh
9/5 MacLeod, Walsh
9/6 Connly, Murphy

9/9 Connly, Murphy
9/10 Connly, Murphy
9/11 Connly, Murphy
9/12 Connly, Murphy
9/13 Murphy, Poehler

9/16 Murphy, Walsh
9/17 Connly, Walsh
9/18 Mazanec (AM), Walsh
9/19 Beattie, Murphy
9/20 MacLeod, Walsh

9/23 Murphy, Walsh
9/24 Mason (AM), Murphy, Walsh (PM)
9/25 Hadley, Koenigs
9/26 Connly, Walsh
9/27 Murphy, Payne

9/30 Groce, Murphy
10/1 Groce Murphy
10/2 Connly MacLeod
10/3 Groce, Sanabria-Bega (AM)
10/4 Connly MacLeod

Springfield Juvenile Court

9/3 Dunbar, Phillips, Swords
9/4 Dunbar, Swords
9/5 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
9/6 Dunbar, Swords

9/9 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
9/10 Dunbar, Eaton, Phillips, Swords
9/11 Dunbar, Eaton
9/12 Eaton (AM), Swords (AM
9/13 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords

9/16 Phillips, Swords
9/17 Swords
9/18 Eaton, Swords
9/19 Eaton, Swords
9/20 Phillips

9/23 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
9/24 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
9/25 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
9/26 Dunbar, Eaton
9/27 Dunbar, Eaton

9/30 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/1 Dunbar, Eaton, Phillips, Swords
10/2 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/3 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/4 Dunbar, Swords

Holyoke Juvenile Court

9/3 No Session
9/4 No Session
9/5 Phillips
9/6 Locke

9/9 Locke
9/10 No Session
9/11 Locke
9/12 Dunbar
9/13 Locke

9/16 Locke
9/17 No Session
9/18 No Session
9/19 Phillips
9/20 Locke

9/23 Locke
9/24 No Session
9/25 Locke
9/26 Phillips
9/27 Locke

9/30 Locke
10/1 No Session
10/2 Locke
10/3 Phillips
10/4 Locke

Palmer Juvenile Court

9/20- Eaton

10/4 Eaton

Western Housing Court

9/9 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields in Northamton
9/10 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein
9/11 Fein in Pittsfield, Fields
9/12 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields
9/13 Crampton-Kamukala in Greenfield, Fein

9/16 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields in Northampton
9/17 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields
9/18 Fields in Pittsfield
9/19 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields
9/20 Crampton-Kamukala in Greenfield, Fein

9/23 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein in Northampton, Fields
9/24 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields
9/25 Fields in Pittsfield
9/26 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields
9/27 Crampton-Kamukala in Greenfield, Fein, Fields

9/30 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields in Northampton