NOVEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT BARRY M. RYAN

Borrowing a lyric from Bob Dylan, “The times they are a-changin'” or at least they soon will be “changin'.” Beginning next year, there is an expectation that several  judgeships will open up across the state in most courts.  This expectation is due to two factors – the mandatory judicial retirement age of 70, and more particularly, the recent legislative increase in judicial pay that will be phased in starting in 2014.  Supreme Judicial Court Justice Roderick Ireland is just one of those who will reach the mandatory retirement age in late 2014. 

       I don’t think anyone will dispute that a judicial pay raise was long overdue.  Although the state legislature has taken steps in the past to increase the salaries of judges in this state, judges remained undercompensated when comparisons were made with judicial salaries from other states, salaries of judges in the federal system, and even salaries of lawyers a few years out of law school practicing before them.  The state legislature has finally righted the ship, but unfortunately, it appears that many state judges are expected to take an early retirement.  The last pay raise was in 2006.  

       Recently five (5) Superior Court Judgeships were posted that will be opening in February, 2014.  Additional vacancies are expected to be posted in the very near future for the District, Juvenile, Land, and Appeals courts.  In anticipation of this impending Commission change, the Judicial Nominating Commission (J.N.C.) recently held an “Outreach Event” at the Hampden County Hall of Justice that was co-sponsored by the Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire County Bar Associations.  Attorneys Dorothy Varon and Katy Robertson, two members of the J.N.C., who hail from Western Massachusetts, were in attendance along with Attorney Kate Cook, the Governor’s Chief Legal Counsel, J.N.C. Executive Director, Marilyn Lyng O’Connell, Michael Albano of the Governor’s Council, and four judges: the Honorable Beth A. Crawford (Probate & Family Court), the Honorable Edward J. McDonough (Superior Court), the Honorable Robert S. Murphy, Jr. (District Court), and the Honorable Judith J. Phillips (Juvenile Court). The various panelists offered advice on the judicial application process, the confirmation process and additional comments about personal experiences in the application process.  This is the first time I recall a recruiting effort by the J.N.C. in my twenty-eight years of practice.  With the expectation of the increased judicial vacancies, Governor Deval Patrick wants to be prepared to fill the vacancies in a timely manner.  The intent of reaching out with such an event was to educate and encourage prospective applications.  I think it is commendable that Governor Patrick and the J.N.C. have taken a pro active approach in this regard.  The “Outreach Event” cleared the air on certain issues and espoused transparency in the application and confirmation processes.    

        I view this expected change as a bittersweet process.   We will be losing a very talented group of sage, seasoned and experienced jurists, but at the same time, the door opens for a new and different perspective to the judiciary with increased diversity.  A recent Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly article noted that Governor Patrick has let his intentions be known that he plans to fill all open seats before he leaves office.

        Over the past several years, there has been an increase in the diversity of practicing lawyers in this state.  Female and minority practitioners have increased in number and it is a welcoming transition.  With the expected judicial vacancies, there is also an expectation that a broader and more diverse application pool will follow.

        In a recent tribute to “Top Women of Law 2013” published by the Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly, one of the honorees commented on promoting diversity in the judiciary, focusing on increasing the number of women and minorities in the judiciary.  She commented on the process opining that women and minorities need to be asked to apply for judgeships and that different practices need to be represented on the bench as they all bring value. Although diversity is important, I think the primary focus should always be to ensure that we attract qualified candidates who have the intellectual ability and dedication to public service. As I enter the Hampden County Hall of Justice my attention is constantly directed to the engraved words of former English judge, author and playwright, Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd which reads: “Fill the seats of justice with good men, not so absolute in goodness as to forget what is human frailty….” The only change I would make today is to fill the seats with good “people" selected from qualified candidates who hail from every walk of life . (On a side note, in that same publication honoring the top women lawyers, one of our own, Elizabeth Dineen, a member of the Hampden County Bar Association Board of Directors and an Associate Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Bay Path College was also appropriately recognized – Congratulations Liz!) 

        Based upon the comments of the panelists at the recent J.N.C. “Outreach Event,” I am confident that Governor Patrick, the J.N.C. and the Governor’s Council will thoroughly vet the judicial applicants to secure the most qualified and fitting candidates for the positions to be filled.  I would encourage those with judicial aspirations to apply as there appears to be no better time for doing so than the present.  For those interested in applying, the Governor’s website (www.mass.gov) has the necessary information on the application process.

        In closing, since I will not be addressing you again until December, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.  I hope to see many of you at the Toast to the Season on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at The Fort's new Biergarten.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS

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

Victor Ascolillo, Esq. – Law Office  of Victor Ascolillo
Alison M. Bartlett-O'Donald, Esq. - O'Donald Law Offices
David A. Berndt – Berndt & Larsen, P.C.
Richard A. Brooslin, Esq.
Ann Chernick, Esq. - Michael J. Chernick, Attorney at Law, P.C.
Sean, Curran, Esq.
Joshua T. Freeman - Student
David J. Gagne, Esq. - Hampden County DFistrict Attorney's Office
Nora Grais-Clements, Esq. - Committee for Public Counsel Services
Honorable Cheryl A. Jacques - Department of Industrial Accidents
Michael N. Kallock, Esq.
Lan T. Kantany - Student
Philip H. Lauro, Esq.
Patricia M. O'Connell, Esq.
Bernard O’Connor, Esq.- O’Connor  Martinelli
John A. Odierna, Esq. - Law Offices of John AS. Odierna
Joseph Poulsen - Student
Aliki Recklitis, Esq. – Committee for Public Counsel Services
Ashley Moran Reed - Student
Mara Shulman, Esq. – Dinsmore Stark
George A. Tetreault, Esq.
Walter S. Topor, Esq.
Irwin I. Weitz, Esq. - Denner Pellegrino LLC
Joseph R. White, Esq. – White Law Offices
Shana M. Wilson, Esq. - Moriarty & Wilson, P.C.


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MEMBER INFO

Attorney Elizabeth G. Dineen, has recently been selected as a Massachusetts delegate for Vision 2020, a national coalition of organizations promoting social and economic equality for women.  Congratulations on this achievement!

Attorney Jeffrey I. Fialky has  been named the chairman of the Springfield Chamber of CommerceCongratulations on this appointment!

Attorney Joseph P. Pessolano has moved his office, his new contact information is 10 Sylvan Drive, Wilbraham, MA 01095, Telephone/Fax number (413) 279-1122 and  email address is jpessolanolaw@gmail.com.

Attorney Shawn M. Willis has joined Cooley Shrair in Springfield as associate legal counsel in commercial litigation and employment and labor law. 

Egan, Flanagan and Cohen, P.C., is pleased to announce that Attorney Lauren F. Olanoff has become an Associate in the litigation department of the Firm.  She will be concentrating on personal injury, commercial and insurance litigation, insurance defense and criminal law.

Hockey season is here again! Congratulations to the following Hampden County Bar Association member who won tickets to the Falcons hockey team home games for the month of October: Attorney Jessica Woodman-Hardy. Go Falcons!


HAMPDEN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION EDUCATION COMMITTEE

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:

Charles R. Casartello, Jr., Esquire - Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C.
Elizabeth G. Dineen, Esq. - Bay Path College
Honorable John S. Ferrara, Hampden County Superior Court
Honorable Daniel A. Ford, Hampden County Superior Court
Albert Gordon, Esquire
Honorable Edward J. McDonough, Jr., Hampden County Superior Court
Michele A. Rooke, Esquire - Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.
Michael Verronneau, MWV Multi-Media Forensic Investigative Services, Inc.
Jeffrey S. Weisser, Esquire

UPCOMING SEMINARS

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

Sonsored by:   PROSHRED SECURITY / SMART SCAN

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter:
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? 

Sonsored by:  ELM'S CLEANERS

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

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

Click here to register.

UPCOMING CRIMINAL BROWN BAG SEMINARS…Watch for Details

November - Interviewing Witnesses of Trauma
December 13, 2013 - Court Clinic
December 20, 2013 - Supreme Court Review
January - Immigration Consequences of Conviction
February - Collateral Damage

UPCOMING BROWN BAG SEMINARS...Watch for Details

December - CRC Vocational Expert: SS, WC, PI
January - Appeals Court: Lawyer Mistakes

UPCOMING "HOW TO: SERIES...Watch for Details

February - Auto Accident Litigation: Preparing a Case for Trial
February - Proof of Damages

UPCOMING EXPERTS IN RESIDENCE…Watch for Details

1/6   Immigration: Consequences of Conviction (Snow date 1.27.13)
TBD Medical Malpractice - Disclosure, Apology and Offer

PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT SERIES

The seventh installment of the Practice Development Series, "Obtaining Medical Records in Compliance with Privacy Laws" will be held on Monday, November 25, 2013 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the Training Room of Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP, 1500 Main Street, 26th Floor, Springfield.   The presenters are Mary J. Kennedy, Esquire of Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP and J. Michael Scully, Esquire of Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, LLP.  This installment is being sponsored by Jack Ferriter, Esquire of Ferriter & Ferriter, LLC and offered free of charge.  Click here to register.

UPCOMING PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT SERIES...Watch for Details

January - Surviving and Thriving as a New Practitioner

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.


EVENT AND FOLLOW UPS

Toast to the Season 

The Hampden County Bar Association will host a Meet & Greet Toast the Season celebration on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at The Fort'sw new Biergarten, 1600 Main Street, Springfield, MA at 5:00 p.m. (across the street from The Fort).  All are welcome.  Spread the word!  Click here for more information.

Hampden County Bar Association Evening Social

The Hampden County Bar Association held an evening social at Villa Napoletana on Thursday, October 24, 2013.  Thank you to all who came out, it was an enjoyable evening for everyone.
 

Portrait Session

A reminder that RCL Portrait will be taking pictures for the 150th Anniversary picture composite and 4 County pictorial directory, the deadline is Friday, November 15, 2013.  If you have not made an appointment or need to reschedule, please contact RCL Portraits directly at 1-800-580-5562.

"Celebrate" Pro Bono-Follow Up

Celebrate Pro Bono was held at the U.S. District Court Atrium on October 29, 2013.  This year, the following attorneys from Hampden County received the 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award for their outstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal assistance to low income individuals in Western Massachusetts:

Ellen M. Randle, Esquire
Gary M. Weiner, Esquire
Lauren M. Marcous, Esquire

Melissa K. Long, Esquire also received the 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award for her dedication and commitment to the  Springfield District Court Lawyer for the Day program by volunteering every month.

This event was co-sponsored by the Volunteer Lawyers Service of the Massachusetts Justice Project, Community Legal Aid, Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire County Bar Associations.

In recognition of October being designated by the ABA as the month to celebrate and recognize the contributions of pro-bono lawyers, the Hampden County Bar Association would like to thank the many attorneys who have volunteered for one or more of the following programs in 2013: Children’s Law Project, District Court Lawyer for the Day, Guardianship Mediation Program, Housing Court Lawyer for the Day, Probate Court Limited Assistance-Pretrial Conferences, Probate Court Conciliation and Question & Answer ForumsClick here for the full list of volunteers.

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

New Lawyers Section Lunch

The next New Lawyers' Section  monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.at  Latitudes Restaurant, 1338 Main Street, West Springfield, MA   Please RSVP to Laura D. Mangini at laura@alekmanditusa.com so reservations can be made.

Annual Toy Drive

The New Lawyers Section is holding its 6th annual Toy Drive. The NLS is asking local attorneys to consider donating unopened, unwrapped, new toys or making a cash donation (via check made payable to Toys for Tots).  Donations can be dropped off at The Law Offices of Christina M. Turgeon, 101 State Street, Ste. 401, Springfield, MA, Catuogno Court Reporting, 1414 Main Street, One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA or the Hampden County Bar Association office, 50 State Street, Room 137, Springfield, MA, and The Law Office of Cristina Ianello, 51 Park Avenue, Suite 5, West Springfield, MA. The deadline for donations being dropped off is Wednesday, December 18, 2013. (Donations will also be accepted at the NLS Holiday Party being held on December 21, 2013). With your help, we can exceed last year's donations!

Food Drive

The New Lawyers' Section is organizing a food drive to benefit the Open Pantry. The following are some suggested non-perishable food items: rice, canned fruit, canned vegetables (especially green beans and corn), children's snacks and peanut butter. Any contribution is welcome and greatly appreciated. Donations can be brought to the following locations from now until December 18, 2013: Hampden County Bar Association office at 50 State Street, Room 137, Springfield, MA, Jackson & Torrone, P.C. , 573 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA or The Law Office of Christina M. Turgeon, 101 State Street, Suite 401, Springfield, MA and The Law Office of Cristina Ianello, 51 Park Avenue, Suite 5, West Springfield, MA.

Holiday Party

The New Lawyers Section holiday party will be held on Saturday December 21, 2013 at Attorney Jeffrey Morneau's home from 6:00 to ?.  In the tradition of last year we would ask you to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to a local charity.  Save-The Date!

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.


REAL ESTATE SECTION

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at Red Rose Pizzeria at 12:00 p.m.  The presenter of this meeting will be Richard A. Hogan, Esquire, Legislative and Regulatory Counsel for Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company, whose topic will be "ALTA Best Practices for Real Estate Attorneys".  The lunch is being sponsored by CATIC (Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company).   Click here for more information or to register for Wednesday's lunch.

BANKRUPTCY SECTION

The Bankruptcy Section will hosting its 2nd Annual Holiday Party on Monday, December 9, 2013 at A Touch of Garlic, 427 White Street, Springfield, MA.  More details to follow.   Mark your calendars and Save-The-Date! 

Thank you to Attorney Jim Jurgens, title Counsel for CATIC, whose discussion at the October 25, 2013 meeting on "Homestead Issues Affecting Bankruptcy Practitioners" was very informative. 

Please contact Attorney Christina M. Turgeon at attyturgeon@aol.com with any questions or topics of interest for future meetings. 


PROBATE & FAMILY COURT

Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting

The next Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting will be held on Thursday, November 14 , 2013 at 4:00 pm.   If you have any questions or would like to add a topic to the agenda, please contact Ellen Randle at erandle@bulkley.com or Gary Shannon at gshannon@dwpm.com.

Volunteer Opportunities

There is an urgent need for volunteers during the month of November.   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 October:

Melissa L. Campana, Esq.
Ann E. Dargie, Esq.
Helena S. Friedman, Esq.
Thomas A. Kenefick, Esq.
Gina M. Letellier, Esq.
Kelli Robbins, Esq.
Patrick M. Toney, Esq.

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

Lawyer for the Day-Probate Court:      November 8, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27

HCBA Limited Assistance Representation:  Courtroom 3:  November 19, 26

Conciliation:

Courtroom 1:    November  18
Courtroom 2:    November  13, 20, 27
Courtroom 3:    November  12, 19, 25, 26
Courtroom 4:    November  14, 21, 22

DOR Contempts:

Courtroom 1:    November 14
Courtroom 3:    November 25

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.

DISTRICT COURT

Bench Bar Meeting:

The next District Court bench bar meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 9,  2013.  If there are specific topics of interest to be added to the agenda, please contact Attorney James Goodhines at jgoodhines@hotmail.com.

District Court Posted Vacancies Open for Application

The Judicial Nominating Commission has posted vacancies open for application for Associate Justice.  The Deadline for applications is December 19, 2013.  In contrast to past practice, applicants responding to this posting will be considered for all available District Court vacancies, without reference to any specific location that become available during the remainder of Governor Patrick’s tenure. The Governor may nominate applicants recommended by the JNC to any District Court vacancies available under the statutory cap of 158 judges, including:

  • circuit positions;
  • named statutory positions currently vacant and listed on this website under Current Vacancies;
  • positions created by mandatory retirements in December 2013, May 2014, June 2014 and August 2014, listed on this website under Future Mandatory Retirements; and
  • positions created by additional vacancies that may occur in 2014. 

NOTE: Applications filed in response to this posting should answer Question 28 on Part II of the JNC application: “District Court, December 19, 2013.” Geographic limitations, if any, should be included in response to Question 29. 

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 October:

Lillian Gray
Geoffrey R. Farrington, Esq.
Nicole L. Lefevre, Esq.
Melissa K. Long, Esq.
Amy L. Mottor, Esq.
Patrick A. Zak, Esq.

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

November  13 (9-1 and 1-4 session)
November  14 (9-1 session)
November   20 (1-4 session)
November   27 (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 hampdencountylegalclinic@verizon.net.

JUVENILE COURT

Bench Bar Meeting

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 quarterly, 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.

National Adoption Day

Hampden County Juvenile Court will be the featured site for the National Adoption Day on Friday, November 22, 2013 with the Opening Ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m.   As we've done in the past, the Hampden County Bar Association is donating $800.00 to the local Committee for National Adoption Day in order to purchase items for the 20-25 children that are scheduled for adoption on this date. We would like to thank all of our members for allowing us to participate in such a special and important day.

HOUSING COURT

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 October:

Joel H. Feldman, Esq.
Suzanne Garrow, Esq.
Lillian Gray
Rachel Rothman, Esq.

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

November 14, 21

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

HCBA ARBITRATION/MEDIATION SERVICE

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.

LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE

"Ask-A-Lawyer" Program Volunteers Needed

The Hampden County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral & Information Service, in conjunction with WGGB, Channel 40, will be holding an Ask-A-Lawyer program on Monday, November 11, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm during the news broadcast.

Thank you to the following individuals who have volunteered to help out: Cristina Ianello, David Lemasa, Daniel Rothschild, Barry Ryan, Carol Cioe Klyman, Thomas Kenefick, Jeffrey Weisser, Steve Phillips, Jack Ferriter, John Stewart, and Michael Katz

LRIS Panel

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 $1,109.00 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $7,400.00 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.

HAMPDEN COUNTY LEGAL CLINIC

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

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.

CHILDREN'S LAW PROJECT

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.


OTHER COURTHOUSE NEWS

District Court Posted Vacancies Open for Application

The Judicial Nominating Commission has posted vacancies open for application for Associate Justice.  The Deadline for applications is December 19, 2013.  In contrast to past practice, applicants responding to this posting will be considered for all available District Court vacancies, without reference to any specific location that become available during the remainder of Governor Patrick’s tenure. The Governor may nominate applicants recommended by the JNC to any District Court vacancies available under the statutory cap of 158 judges, including:

  • circuit positions;
  • named statutory positions currently vacant and listed on this website under Current Vacancies;
  • positions created by mandatory retirements in December 2013, May 2014, June 2014 and August 2014, listed on this website under Future Mandatory Retirements; and
  • positions created by additional vacancies that may occur in 2014. 

NOTE: Applications filed in response to this posting should answer Question 28 on Part II of the JNC application: “District Court, December 19, 2013.” Geographic limitations, if any, should be included in response to Question 29. 


OTHER LEGAL COMMUNITY NEWS

Senior Partners for Justice West Luncheon

The next Senior Partners for Justice Luncheon is scheduled for Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Sovereign Bank Community Room, 1350 Main St., 3rd Fl., in Springfield.  The speaker is Attorney Anita Robboy who wrote a great article on the new alimony statute for MA Lawyers Weekly.  She will speak about the alimony statute as it relates to child support.  For more information please contact Carmen Gonzalez, Tel. 413-322-7424 or cgonzalez@majp.org.

Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association

The Western Massachusetts Paralegal Association (WMPA) is having a fall dinner on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at The Student Prince in Springfield.  Ingrid Bredenberg, M.A. of Bredenberg Associates will be speaking on "The Magic of Rapport: Enhancing Your Communication Skills".  An RSVP is required.  For more information please contact Brina Calvanese at bcalvanese@morrisonmahoney.com.   Click here for more details.

PAID ADVERTISEMENTS

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“All paid advertising published in this newsletter in no way constitutes approval or endorsement by the Hampden County Bar Association or by any of its members of the products and/or services advertised.”

IMPORTANT DATES

November 13, 2013 - Real Estate Section Lunch
November 14, 2013 - "How To" Seminar
November 15, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag Lunch
November 11, 2013 – Ask-A-Lawyer
November 21, 2013 - Toast to the Season
November 22, 2013 - National Adoption Day
November 22, 2013 - New Lawyers Section Lunch
November 23, 2013 - LRIS Community Question & Answer Forum
November 25, 2013 - Practice Development Series Program
November 26, 2013 - Sr. Partners for Justice West Lunch
December 4, 2013 - Juvenile Court Bench Bar Meeting
December 9, 2013 - Bankruptcy Section 2nd Annual Holiday Party
December 13, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag Lunch
December 17, 2913 - Housing Court Bench Bar
December 20, 2013 - Criminal Brown Bag Lunch
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
November 7, 2014 - 150th Anniversary Gala - SAVE THE DATE!


JUDGES' SCHEDULES

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

11/11 VETERANS DAY
11/12 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
11/13 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
11/14 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
11/15 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney

11/18 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
11/19 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
11/20 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
11/21 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
11/22 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney

11/25 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
11/26 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
11/27 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
11/28 THANKSGIVING
11/29 Carey, Ferrara, Ford, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney

Hampden County Probate Court

11/4 Geoffrion, Hyland,Rainaud, Sacks
11/5 Geoffrion, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
11/6 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
11/7 Rainaud, Sacks, Wilson
11/8 Sacks

11/11 VETERANS DAY
11/12 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Rainaud
11/13 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
11/14 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland
11/15 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks

11/18 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
11/19 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
11/20 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
11/21 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
11/22 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks

11/25 Fuller, Geoffrion, Rainaud
11/26 Fuller, Geoffrion, Rainaud, Sacks
11/27 Sacks
11/28 THANKSGIVING
11/29 Fuller

Springfield District Court 

11/4 Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Mason, Murphy
11/5 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Lemire, Mason, Murphy
11/6 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Murphy
11/7 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire (AM)
11/8 Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason

11/11 VETERANS DAY
11/12 Beattie, Hurley,Koenigs, Lemire, Mason
11/13 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hurley, Lemire, Mason, Ross
11/14 Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Lemire, MacLeod, Mason, Mulcahy (AM), Murphy
11/15 Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Mason, Poehler

11/18 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Poehler
11/19 Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs
11/20 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hurley, Lemire, Poehler
11/21 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Poehler
11/22 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Lemire, Mason, Murphy

11/25 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Mason
11/26 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Murphy
11/27 Boyle, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Lemire, Mason
11/28 THANKSGIVING
11/29  Beattie, Mason, Murphy (AM), Poehler

Palmer District Court

11/4 Lemire
11/5 Mulcahy
11/6 Mulcahy
11/7 Lemire (PM)
11/8 Poehler

11/11 VETERANS DAY
11/12 Mulcahy
11/13 Mulcahy
11/14 Mulcahy (PM)
11/15 Beattie

11/18 Mulcahy
11/19 Poehler
11/20 Groce
11/21 Lemire
11/22 Mulcahy

11/25 Murphy
11/26 Lemire
11/27 Mulcahy
11/28 THANKSGIVING
11/29 Mulcahy (PM)

Westfield District Court

11/4 Connly (PM)
11/5 Connly
11/6 Koenigs
11/7 Koenigs
11/8 Contant

11/11 VETERANS DAY
11/12 Contant
11/13 Contant
11/14 Contant
11/15 Contant

11/18 Contant, Koenigs
11/19 Contant
11/20 Contant
11/21 Contant, Ross
11/22 Contant

11/25 Contant
11/26 Contant
11/27 Contant
11/28 THANKSGIVING
11/29 Murphy (PM)

Chicopee District Court

11/4 Beattie, Sanabria-Vega
11/5 Beattie, Sanabria-Vega
11/6 Beattie, Sanabria-Vega
11/7 Sanabria-Vega
11/8 Sanabria-Vega

11/11 VETERANS DAY
11/12 Sanabria-Vega
11/13 Sanabria-Vega
11/14 Sanabria-Vega
11/15 Sanabria-Vega

11/18 Sanabria-Vega
11/19 Beattie
11/20 Sanabria-Vega
11/21 Sanabria-Vega
11/22 Sanabria-Vega

11/25 Non-Region 6 Judge (AM), Sanabria-Vega
11/26 Beattie, Sanabria-Vega
11/27 Beattie
11/28 THANKSGIVING
11/29 Sanabria-Vega

Holyoke District Court

11/4 MacLeod (AM), Murphy
11/5 MacLeod, Walsh
11/6 Connly, Mazanec (AM)
11/7 Mazanec, Payne
11/8 Walsh

11/11 VETERANS DAY
11/12 Murphy
11/13 Beattie, Murphy
11/14 Groce, Poehler
11/15 Connly

11/18 Murphy, Walsh
11/19 MacLeod
11/20 Connly, Vrabel
11/21 Murphy, Walsh
11/22 Connly, MacLeod

11/25 MacLeod, Walsh
11/26 MacLeod, Walsh
11/27 Murphy, Ross
11/28 THANKSGIVING
11/29 Walsh

Springfield Juvenile Court

11/4 Dunbar, Locke, Phillips
11/5 Dunbar, Eaton
11/6 Dunbar, Eaton
11/7 Dunbar, Eaton, Phillips
11/8 Dunbar, Eaton, Locke, Phillips

11/11 VETERANS DAY
11/12 Eaton, Phillips
11/13 Dunbar, Eaton, Locke
11/14 Dunbar, Eaton
11/15 Eaton, Locke

11/18 Dunbar, Easton, Locke, Phillips
11/19 Dunbar, Eaton
11/20 Dunbar, Eaton
11/21 Dunbar, Eaton, Swords
11/22 Collins, Dunbar, Eaton, Swords

11/25 Dunbar, Eaton, Locke, Phillips
11/26 Dunbar, Eaton
11/27 Dunbar, Locke
11/28 THANKSGIVING
11/29 Dunbar

Holyoke Juvenile Court

11/4 Belsky
11/5 Belsky
11/6 Belsky
11/7 Belsky
11/8 Belsky

11/11 VETERANS DAY
11/12 Belsky
11/13 Belsky
11/14 Belsky
11/15 Belsky

11/18 Belsky
11/19 Belsky
11/20 Belsky
11/21 Belsky
11/22 No Session

11/25 Belsky
11/26 Belsky
11/27 Belsky
11/28 THANKSGIVING
11/29 Belsky

Palmer Juvenile Court

No Assignments

Western Housing Court

Not available