As lawyers, we have ethical obligations to our clients, to each other, and to our profession.  Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:07 sets forth the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct that guides us as advocates.  The Preamble provides, in part, that we are “representative[s] of clients, officer[s] of the legal system, and…public citizen[s] having special responsibility for the quality of justice.”   The
Preamble further provides that ‘” [a] lawyer should demonstrate respect for the legal system and for those who serve it, including judges, other lawyers, and public officials.”  It also provides that “[t]he poor, and sometimes persons who are not poor, cannot afford adequate legal assistance, and [as such, we] should therefore devote professional time and civic influence in their behalf.”

            Substantive and procedural law, as well as the Rules of Professional Conduct, prescribe our professional responsibilities. Nevertheless, we are also guided by our sense of fairness, our conscience, and justice.  Sometimes we can forget that we are lawyers first and advocates second.  We sometimes get caught up in our representation of our client’s interests that can result in overzealous advocacy at the cost of forgetting our responsibilities and obligations as lawyers to each other and to the justice system.

            Recently, in keeping with our core values and in the hope of promoting and continuing civility and professionalism amongst our bar and those who practice law in Hampden County, the Hampden County Bar Association adopted the “Hampden County Bar Association Code of Professionalism.”   This Code of Professionalism is not mandated to be followed by our members and is designed to be aspirational and advisory and to remind us of our duties, responsibilities and objectives as lawyers.   The Code is intended to remind us to maintain civility in our zealous advocacy of our client’s interests and to reinforce some of the ethical and legal obligations that we are guided by in our profession.  The Code of Professionalism that we have adopted promotes and encourages professionalism, integrity, courtesy, candor, diligence, respect, cooperation and competence.  The Code is a reminder to ourselves in our daily practice of law of who we are, what we are trying to achieve and how we go about achieving our goals in a professional and considerate manner.

            At a recent MBA Board of Delegates meeting which I attended in Boston, Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph D. Gants was the featured guest speaker. Justice Gants commented on a variety of issues, including the fact that the Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct was seeking comments on proposed revisions to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Our formal Rules of Professional Conduct have been in existence for 15 years.  In light of some recent changes in the American Bar Associations Model Rules of Professional Conduct, the SJC requested the Standing Advisory Committee to examine our current rules. Justice Gants also urged the bar to take an active role when the SJC requests comments on proposed rules. The report of the Standing Committee recommends adoption of certain changes designed to clarify existing law, to improve format and style and to promote consistency with the rules of other jurisdictions that follow the Model Rules.  Although certain changes were recommended, the Standing Advisory Committee did not alter the core principles which are the same core principles we recently adopted as an association.

            We encourage you to be mindful of this aspirational Code of Professionalism in your daily interaction with each other, our clients, the judiciary and the legal community in conjunction with the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct.


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

Joseph D. Bernard, Esq. - Law Offices of Joseph Bernard, P.C.
Judy A. Cox, Esq.
Elizabeth A. Fanous, Esq.
Erin M. Field, Esq. - Field Law Office, LLC
Sarah H, Fila - WNEU School of Law
Megan A. Florez - WNEU School of Law
Tyler J. Kenefick - WNEU School of Law
Annie E. Lajoie, Esq. - Law Offices of Annie E. Lajoie
Amy L. Mottor, Esq.
Carolyne Pereira - WNEU School of Law
Lara A. Sandberg - WNEU School of Law
Shelley A. Sankar, Esq. - Hampden County District Attorney's Office
Tylar A. Covington Suckau - WNEU School of Law
Colleen A. Sullivan, Esq. - Marien & Hodge, P.C.
Shawn Willis, Esq. - Cooley Shrair, P.C.


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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 are now listed on the home page of our website and in the sidebar of this newsletter.

If you did not receive a renewal invoice please contact our office at (413) 732-4648 or via email at admin@hcbar.org.  If you have not renewed your membership by October 25, 2013, you will no longer receive emails, or have access to many member benefits your membership offers, including the copier.


Attorney Thomas A. Kenefick, III has been appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court to a four (4) year term on the Board of Bar Overseers Congratulations on this appointment!

Attorney Charles R. Casartello, Jr., of Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesly, P.C.,  has been named to the Western New England University board of trustees for a two-year term.  Congratulations!

We would like to acknowledge the following individuals who were honored at the St. Thomas More Society Red Mass which was held on September 29, 2013:  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

Cooley Shrair is please to announce that Attorney Shawn M. Willis joined the firm as associate legal counsel in their Commercial Litigation and Employemend and Labot Law departments.

Attorney Philip Clark has relocated his office to 61 South Westfield Street, Apt. 25, Feeding Hills, MA 01030.  His telephone is 413-455-3555 and email address is phil.c.clark@gmail.com.

Attorney Michael S. Gove has opened his own practice, Gove Law Office.  His contact information is 351 Pleasant Street, Suite B-188, Northampton, MA 01060.  Telephone number 413-570-3170, fax number  413-579-6863, websight is www.govelawoffice.com, and his email address is mgove@goveloawoffice.com.

Attorney Damien D. Berthiaume has relocated his office to Berthiaume & Berthiaume, 4 Elm Street, P.O. Box 190, North Brookfield, MA 01535.  His telephone number is 508-867-6885 and email address is  db@berthiaumelegal.com.

Attorney Claudette-Jean Girard has relocated her Springfield office to 1380 Main Street, Suite 302, Springfield, MA 01103.

Thank you Attorney Cristina Ianello for donating 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. Robert D. Hoffman - Hampden County chief Deputy Sheriff
Ann E. Lynch, Esq. - Office of the Attorney General
Shaun S. McLean, Esquire - Massachusetts Appeals Court
Jeffrey S. Morneau, Esq. - Connor, Morneau & Olin, LLP
Joseph P. Pessolano, Esq. - Pessolano,  Dusel, Murphy & Casartello, P.C.

A special thank you to Attorney Matthew L.  Donahue for his sponsorship of September's Education seminars.  For information on how you can sponsor an Education Seminar please click here.


Monday, October 28, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag:  Where Is The Evidence Hiding - Cell Phone Forensics

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Michael Verronneau, President of MWV Multi-Media Forensic Investigative Services, Inc.
Jeffrey S. Weisser, Esquire

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

Click here to register.

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - "How To" Series: - How to Draft an Estate Plan

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
John J. Torrone, Esquire, Jackson & Torrone, P.C.

Location:  Commissioner's Room, 50 State Street, 2nd Floor, 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  Superior Court View from the Bench
12/13  Court Clinic


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


The sixth installment of the Practice Development Series, "Traps for the Unwary" will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Commissioner's Room, 50 State Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield.   The presenters are Charles R. Casartello, Jr., Esquire of Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C. and Michele A. Rooke, Esquire of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.  This installment is being sponsored by Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.and offered free of charge.  Click here to register.

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 Evening Social

The Hampden County Bar Association will be holding an evening social on Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Villa Napoletana, 664 North Main Street, East Longmeadow, MA beginning at 5:30 pm.  Please join us for a fun evening of camaraderie, networking and socialization.  All are welcome!

150th Anniversary Composite Picture Sessions to begin shortly!

2014 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Hampden County Bar Association!  As part of the celebration, we are working on a composite picture of our 2013-2014 members.  This is the first composite picture created in over 25 years, so don't miss this unique opportunity!  You will be contacted shortly by RCL Portrait Design to schedule an appointment to have your picture taken between October 28 and November 15, 2013.  If you have not received your letter or if you have any questions regarding the composite picture, please contact our office at (413) 732-4660.

October is "Celebrate" Pro Bono Month

In honor of the pro bono legal services provided by private attorneys in conjunction with the Volunteer Lawyers Service of the Massachusetts Justice Project, Community Legal Aid, and the Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire and Franklin County Bar Associations.  A celebration has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2013 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at the U.S. District Court Atrium, 300 State Street, Springfield.  Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 23, 2013 to jmclellan@majp.org or 413-322-7402.  Click here for more information.

Toast the Season Holiday Meet & Greet

The Hampden County Bar Association will host a Meet & Greet Toast the Season celebration on Thursday, November 21, 2012 at Lattitude Restaurant, 1338 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield at  5:00 p.m.  Mark your calendars and Save the Date!

Hampden County Bar Association Family Picnic Follow Up

The Hampden County Bar Association and the New Lawyers Section held their 5th annual summer outing at Look Park, Florence, MA on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Willowbrook Shelter.  The weather was perfect and a good time was enjoyed by all. We would like to thank the New Lawyers Section for sponsoring the event.

Photos of past and current events are always available on our website at http://www.hcbar.org/category/5277/calendar-and-events.htm.  Including pictures from our 1st Annual Charity Poker Tournament,  the Judicial Dinner, Law Day and Golf Tournament!


New Lawyers Section Lunch

The next New Lawyers' Section  monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at  Lattitude Restaurant, 1338 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield at 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to Laura D. Mangini at laura@alekmanditusa.com so reservations can be made.

Homeless Lunch-Save the Date

On Saturday, January 18, 2014 the New Lawyers Section will be serving lunch to the homeless through the Open Pantry.  Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Laura Mangini at laura@alekmanditusa.com.


The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Red Rose Pizzeria at 12:00 p.m.  Any questions or topics of interest can be sent to Attorney Nyles Courchesne at 413-734-1002 or nlc@pcalaw.net


The next Bankruptcy Section lunch will be held on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Samuel's, 1000 W. Columbus Avenue, Springfield. The presenter of this meeting will be Attorney Jim Jurgens, title Counsel for CATIC, whose topic for this meeting will be "Homestead Issues Affecting Bankruptcy Practitioners"..  Please contact Attorney Christina M. Turgeon at attyturgeon@aol.com with any questions or topics of interest.  Click here to register.


Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting

The next Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting will be held in November.  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.

Volunteer Opportunities

There is a desperate need for volunteers during the month of October.  If you signed up at the Probate Bench Bar meeting on September 26, 2013, please confirm  with Jennifer Redfern at hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net.  We all have more than enough demands on our time already, but the volunteer programs we have in place in Hampden County are invaluable to the Probate Court and to the public it serves.  Please carve out a few hours one day this month to help out.

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 September:

Ann E. Dargie, Esq.
Claudette-Jean Girard, Esq.
Michael S. Gove, Esq.
Gina M. Letellier, Esq.
Kelli Robbins, Esq.

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

Lawyer for the Day-Probate Court:      October 11, 15, 16, 18, 23, 28, 30

HCBA Limited Assistance RepresentationCourtroom 3October 22, 29


Courtroom 1:    October  21
Courtroom 2:    October  23, 24, 30
Courtroom 3:    October  8, 22  
Courtroom 4:    October  10, 17, 24

DOR Contempts:

Courtroom 2:    October 31

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 Notes from September 9, 2013

The District Court Bench Bar held a meeting on September 9, 2013, which was attended by Judge Mark Mason, Judge William Hadley, as well as Ryan Alekman, Rob DiTusa  and Michael Gillingham.

Judge Mason

Agenda suggestions two weeks prior to meeting

  1.  2 judicial vacancies – 6 month out of Region
        a) Paul Dawley – new Chief Justice in District Court
        b) probation relationship
        c) case management

  • speed of cases with increase in number of judges in Springfield
  • post July 1, number of vacancies will occur
  • dearth of judges
  • Dr. Burke – moving on October 1 à replace by Dr. Yeh
  • Farewell party coming
  • Gerald Lemine – Uxbridge District Court
  • Be prompt in returning at the time allowed

Judge Gordon

Areas going well – on trial list where not brought forward
    Prior to the trial dates – no judges

Past practices – need to make sure witnesses are notified
    Civilian witnesses, police officers – wasted time, money

Civil Side

  • Number of cases filed causing concern??
  • PIP cases benefit from pilot program for ADR?
  • Can we make settlement process mandatory?

Gun Court

  •    Reinvigorate the gun court
  •     Is this really worth the use of resources

Judge Boyle

  •      New probation officers
  •     4 new and 2 more soon
  •     Hope to fill some supervisory positions
  •     Use of outside agencies (ROCA, other areas by Sherriff’s office)
  •     12K – 14K cases/year
  •     More serious cases than other courts
  •     Number of defense attorneys seems sufficient but seems numbers down on ADA’s
  •     Level of serious charges that remain in the district court
  •     Special assignments for some consistency of knowledge on motion by either party (Courtroom 2) Dwyer cases, indecent      assault and batteries
  •     Possible elimination of Friday civil motion sessions

Bench Bar Meeting:

There was another District Court bench bar meeting held on Monday, October 7, 2013.  Notes from that meeting will be included in the November 2013 Newsletter.  The next District Court bench bar meeting is tentatively scheduled for Monday, November 4,  2013.  If there are specific topics of interest to be added to the agenda, please contact Attorney James Goodhines at jgoodhines@hotmail.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. We’d like to thank the following individuals who volunteered for Wednesdays and Thursdays in September:

Sadie R. Gordon, Esq.
Lillian Gray
Lynn M. Higgins, Esq.
Melissa K. Long, Esq.
Vanessa Martinez, Esq.
Patricia A. Zak, Esq.

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

October   9   (9-1 and 1-4 session)
October 16   (1-4 session)
October 17   (9-1 session)
October 23   (9-1 and 1-4 session)
October 30   (9-1 session)
October 31   (9-1 session)

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


Bench Bar Meeting

There was a meeting held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 where Judge Daniel J. Swords announced that the Bench Bar meetings are now going to occur on a quarterly basis. Judge Swords also announced that, due to the shortage of attorneys for Care and Protection matters, there will be a training for new lawyers by CPCS in Springfield in January, 2014.

Finally, there was a speaker from Phoenix Academy, a public charter school with facilities in Chelsea and Lawrence.  They will be opening a school in Springfield sometime in the near future.  They accept students in grades 9 through 12 and children ranging in ages from 14 to 22, including many students who have had difficulty in a public school setting and/or have been involved with the juvenile justice system.  They have therapists on site, most of whom hold MSW degrees.  They have five enrollment periods throughout the year.  Tuition is paid by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The next Juvenile Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Wednesday,  December 4, 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 liaison, Attorney Debra A. Quinn at 285-3197 or debraquinnesq@gmail.com.


Bench Bar Meeting

The next Housing Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 3:30 in the Springfield Housing Court.   For more information or to present agenda items please contact Jonathan Kane at kane@fierstpucci.com., Toby Wilson at attywilson@comcast.net, or Archer B. Battista at abattista@lyonfitzpatrick.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 September:

Aaron Dulles, Esq.
Lillian Gray, Esq.
Lucy Longstreth, Esq.

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

 October 10, 17, 24, 31

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


The Arbitration and Mediation Service is proud to announce two additions to our panel: Attorney Bruce S. Melikian of Hurley, Melikian, P.C. and Attorney Lisa Brodeur-McGan of Brodeur-McGan, P.C..   Attorney Melikian and Attorney Brodeur-McGan will be impressive additions to our roaster.

The Hampden County Bar Association Arbitration & Mediation Service maintains a roster of highly qualified lawyers and retired judges for arbitration, mediation, or case evaluations. Our panel members, as an accommodation to the Bar Association, have agreed to serve at substantially reduced rates for arbitrations, mediations or case evaluations. Indeed, many of our panel members independently mediate and arbitrate cases at higher rates. Why not conserve resources by coordinating your arbitrations or mediations through the Hampden County Bar Association? We encourage you to support your bar association by keeping the Arbitration and Mediation Service in mind for alternative dispute resolution. For a complete list of arbitrators/mediators and the type of cases they handle, please click here.


The Hampden County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) meets American Bar Association standards for lawyer referral and has a Reduced Rate Panel. Anyone interested in participating in the lawyer referral program can contact our office at 413-732-4648 or via email at lawyerreferral@hcbar.org. Within the last month, attorneys have submitted over $2,162.00 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $14,500.00 in client fees.

If you receive a call from a potential client looking for assistance in an area of law that you do not practice, why not refer them to the Hampden County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral & Information Service? All members of the LRIS are your experienced colleagues. Support your LRIS in providing quality referrals in our community!

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


The Lawyer Referral & Information Service and Hampden County Legal Clinic, in conjunction with Springfield City Library, has rescheduled the October 19, 2013  public Question & Answer forum at the Central Library Community Room, 220 State Street, Springfield from 1:00 to 3:00 pm., to Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 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.


Superior Court Vacancies

The Judicial Nominating Committee has posted five (5) Superior Court vacancies, all of which will occur next year.   Click here for the complete list of vacancies open for application.  The Governor's Office encourages Superior Court applications from all regions of Massachusetts.  The application deadline is October 24, 2013.

Massachusetts Judicial Nomination Process

The Judicial Nomination Commission and The Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire County Bar Associations invite you to a panel discussion on the Massachusetts Judicial Nomination Process to be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the County Commissioners Room, 2nd Floor, 50 State Street, Springfield.  For more information please contact JNC staff at (617) 725-4031.  Click here for a list of panelists.

3rd Annual Courthouse Casino Trip

The 3rd Annual Courthouse Casino Trip will be on Saturday, October 26, 2013  4:45pm  to 12:00am.  Ticket prices are $30.00 and include: $10 food voucher, $10 play voucher, roundtrip transportation, and raffle prizes on the bus. BYOB.  For tickets, please see Joe Gomes, Carmen Lozada, or Alex Sierra in Springfield District Courtroom #1, or Christina Turgeon at attyturgeon@aol.com.  Limited to the first 40 people.  Deadline for payment is October 11, 2013.


Senior Partners for Justice West Luncheon

The next Senior Partners for Justice  West Luncheon will be held in November.  For more information please contact Carmen Gonzalez, Tel. 413-322-7424 or cgonzalez@majp.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.

Court Certified Conciliation Training - Meeting Rule 8's Training Requirements for Conciliators

MCLE is pleased to offer this eight-hour workshop for conciliators. This MCLE training will take place on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at the MCLE Conference Center, 10 Winter Place, via Winter Street, Boston.  Click here for more information.



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October 18, 2013-Criminal Brown Bag - Supreme Court View from the Bench
October 21, 2013 -Practice Development Series - Traps for the Unwary
October 24, 2013 - HCBA Evening Social
October 25, 2013 - New Lawyers Section Lunch
October 25, 2013 - Bankruptcy Section Lunch
October 26, 2013 - 3rd Annual Courthouse Casino Trip
October 28, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag Lunch - Cell Phone Forensics
October 28, 2013 - Photo session BEGIN
October 28, 2013 - Probate Process from Start to Finish
October 29, 2013 - Celebrate Pro Bono
November 14, 2013 - "How To" Draft an Estate Plan
November 15, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag Lunch-Melendez-Diaz
November 15, 2013 - Photo session END
November 21, 2013 - Toast to the Season Meet & Greet
November 23, 2013 - LRIS - Question & Answer
December 4, 2013 - Juvenile Court Bench Bar Meeting
December 21, 2013 - New Lawyers Section Holiday Party
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  

10/7 - 10/11  Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Rup, Sweeney
10/14  HOLIDAY
10/15 - 10/18 Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Rup, Sweeney
10/21 - 10/25 Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Rup, Sweeney
10/28 - 11/1 Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Rup, Sweeney

Hampden County Probate Court

10/7 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland
10/8 Fuller, Crawford, Geoffrion, Hyland
10/9 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland
10/10 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland
10/11 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland

10/15 Hyland
10/16 Hyland
10/17 Hyland, Sacks
10/18 Hyland, Sacks

10/21 Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
10/22 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
10/23 Fuller, Hyland, Sacks
10/24 Fuller, Crawford, Hyland, Sacks
10/25 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks

10/28 Fuller, Rainaud, Sacks
10/29 Fuller, Rainaud, Sacks
10/30 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
10/31 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
11/1 Hyland, Rainaud

Springfield District Court 

10/7 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hurley, Koenigs, Mason
10/8 Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Payne
10/9 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Mason
10/10 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Mulcahy (AM)
10/11 Beattie, Boyle, Hurley, Mason, Mulcahy

10/15 Beattie, Boyle, Hurley, Lemire, Mason, Poehler
10/16 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Mason, Poehler
10/17 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Lemire, Mason, Poehler
10/18 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hurley, Mason, Poehler

10/21 Beattie, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Murphy
10/22 Beattie (PM), Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs,MacLeod , Mulcahy
10/23 Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Poehler, Ross (AM)
10/24 Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Poehler
10/25 Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Poehler

10/28 Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Lemire, Poehler
10/29 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Murphy
10/30 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Lemire, Murphy, Poehler
10/31 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Lemire, Murphy, Poehler
11/1 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Koenigs, Murphy, Poehler

Palmer District Court

10/7 Mulcahy
10/8 Groce, Murphy
10/9 Mulcahy
10/10 Mulcahy (PM)
10/11 Murphy

10/15 Mulcahy
10/16 Mulcahy
10/17 Mulcahy (PM)
10/18 Mulcahy

10/21 Mulcahy
10/22 Lemire
10/23 Groce
10/24 Mulcahy (PM)
10/25 Groce

10/28 Mulcahy
10/29 Mulcahy
10/30 Mulcahy
10/31 Mulcahy (PM)
11/1  Mulcahy

Westfield District Court

10/7 Contant
10/8 Contant, Koenigs
10/9 Contant, Koenigs
10/10 Contant, Koenigs
10/11 Contant

10/15 Contant
10/16 Contant
10/17 Contant
10/18 Contant

10/21 Contant, Poehler
10/22 Contant, Murphy
10/23 Contant, Murphy
10/24 Contant, Murphy
10/25 Contant

10/28 Contant (PM)
10/29 Koenigs
10/30 Contant
10/31 Contant, Koenigs
11/1 Contant

Chicopee District Court

10/7 Sanabria-Vega
10/8 Sanabria-Vega, non-region 6 Judge
10/9 Sanabria-Vega
10/10 Sanabria-Vega
10/11 Sanabria-Vega

10/15 Sanabria-Vega
10/16 Sanabria-Vega
10/17 Sanabria-Vega
10/18 Sanabria-Vega

10/21 Sanabria-Vega
10/22 Beattie (AM), Sanabria-Vega
10/23 Beattie
10/24 Beattie
10/25 Beattie

10/28 Groce, Sanabria-Vega
10/29 Groce, Sanabria-Vega
10/30 Groce, Sanabria-Vega
10/31 Sanabria-Vega
11/1 Groce, Sanabria-Vega

Holyoke District Court

10/7 MacLeod (AM), Murphy
10/8 MacLeod, Walsh
10/9 Connly, Mazanec (AM)
10/10 Mazanec, Payne
10/11 Walsh

10/15 Murphy, Walsh
10/16 Connly, Murphy
10/17 Connly, Walsh
10/18 Connly, Walsh

10/21 Connly, Walsh
10/22 Poehler (AM), Walsh
10/23 Sanabria-Vega (AM), Walsh
10/24 Connly, Walsh
10/25 Murphy, Walsh

10/28 Murphy, Walsh
10/29 MacLeod, Walsh (PM)
10/30 MacLeod, Walsh
10/31 MacLeod, Walsh
11/1 MacLeod, Walsh

Springfield Juvenile Court

10/7 Dunbar, Eaton
10/8 Eaton, Swords
10/9 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/10 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/11 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords

10/15 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/16 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/17 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/18 Dunbar, Phillips, Swords

10/21 Dunbar, Swords
10/22 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/24 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/25 Dunbar, Phillips, Swords

10/28 Dunbar, Eaton, Phillips, Swords
10/29 Dunbar, Eaton, Phillips, Swords
10/30 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
10/31 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
11/1 Dunbar, Locke, Phillips

Holyoke Juvenile Court

10/7 Locke, Phillips
10/8 No Session
10/9 No Session
10/10 Phillips
10/11 Locke, Phillips

10/15 No Session
10/16 Locke
10/17 Phillips
10/18 Locke

10/21 Locke
10/22 No Session
10/24 Phillips
10/25 Locke

10/28 Locke
10/29 No Session
10/30 Locke
10/31 Phillips
11/1 Belsky

Palmer Juvenile Court

10/18  Eaton

11/1   Eaton

Western Housing Court

10/7 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein
10/8 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields
10/9  Fein, Fields
10/10 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields
10/11 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields

10/15 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields
10/16 Fein
10/17 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields
10/18 Crampton-Kamukala in Greenfield, Fein

10/21 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields in Northampton
10/22 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields
10/23 Fein in Pittsfield, Fields
10/24 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields
10/25 Crampton-Kamukala in Greenfield, Fein, Fields

10/28 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields in Northampton
10/29 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields
10/30 Fein in Pittsfield, Fields
10/31 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields