JANUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT BARRY M. RYAN

As we bring in the New Year, resolutions come to mind, as do memories and reflections of times passed. We can look back to 2013 and the Red Sox winning another memorable World Series, the Bruins fall to the Chicago Black Hawks in an exciting Stanley Cup playoff, and “Whitey” Bulger finally being brought to justice. MGM also passes the scrutiny of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Boston paving the way, like it or not, for a casino in our backyard.  Tragedies also come to mind with the horrific bombing at the Boston Marathon and at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi as well as the passing of respected fellow members of the Bar, including Michael Frankel, Judge Robert F. Kumor, Thomas J. Donoghue, Eugene Mulcahy, Theodore DiMauro, and Gerry Katz, and an international hero of human rights, Nelson Mandela.

          As we move forward in 2014, there is a new legal entity in our midst resulting from the merger of the Massachusetts Justice Project (MJP) and Community Legal Aid (CLA). Both entities’ core goal and purpose was pro bono legal work and access to justice for the indigent and downtrodden.   Historically, Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts (LACCM) provided civil pro bono legal services in Worcester County, while Western Massachusetts Legal Services (WMLS) provided similar services in the four western counties.  Back on July 1, 2011, LACCM and WMLS joined forces to create Community Legal Aid (CLA), which provided free legal services in the five- county region.

          The former MJP was a federally funded civil legal services program that functioned as part of an integrated legal services delivery system for Central and Western Massachusetts.  It was supported almost entirely by a Legal Services Corporation Grant.

          Over the years, it became readily apparent that there was significant duplication of effort by MJP and CLA from intake and screening, to ultimate assignment, which created confusion.  The need for a fully integrated, effective and efficient legal aid organization became clear.   With the consolidation of funding and staff, the CLA will be able to enhance its ability to provide quality, free legal services.  Also, those in need of such effective advocacy will be properly represented in a variety of legal services to afford stable and safe housing, appropriate medical care for children, protection from domestic violence, as well as other legal service areas.  With the combined resources now under one roof, CLA will continue to provide high quality, free civil legal services to low income and elderly residents of the five western counties.

          Effective January 1, 2014, CLA formally took over the MJP legal service contract for the five western counties.  The central focus is to establish an effective pro bono service delivery system with screening and intake of cases being streamlined with a centralized governing body and administrative management team.  This will ensure that necessary resources are now allocated in a unified, practical and strategic way so as to ensure that qualified clients have ready access to a broad range of pro bono legal services of the highest caliber.  I am proud to have served with other members of the Bar in past years on the Access to Justice Campaign on behalf of CLA and the MJP and to have volunteered for pro bono representation.  With the recent unification of these two entities, and CLA being the sole provider of civil legal aid in the five western counties, the legal services offered will be second to none.

          A key component of CLA is the Volunteer Lawyers Service, which provides a conduit for thousands of low-income client referrals to lawyers in the private bar, including Limited Assistance Representation and Lawyer of the Day Projects in Housing Court and the Probate and Family Court.   This past October, the four western counties, the HCBA and Senior Partners for Justice, in conjunction with CLA and the MJP, paid tribute to local attorneys who have given freely of their time and expertise to provide pro bono service. Hopefully, this tradition of honoring those distinguished individuals who give so freely of their time and expertise in a pro bono capacity will continue to occur.     Pro Bono service is an honor and a privilege and I encourage all to participate when called upon.  There is a sense of personal fulfillment, but more importantly, a feeling of moral and professional responsibility.   As Winston Churchill so aptly stated, “You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.” 

WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS

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

James Taylor Brown, Esq. - Nicoletti & Brown, LLP
Emily Amara Gordon, Esq. -Amara Immigration Law, LLC
Joshua T. Gutierrez, Esq. - Community Legal Aid
A. Hazel Mugo, Esq. - Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP
Corrine Patricia Ryan, Esq. - Community Legal Aid


MEMBER BENEFITS

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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 admin@hcbar.org to obtain the password.

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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).

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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.

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10% on dry cleaning & minor tailoring (excluding shirts)

Member Discount Programs

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LexisNexis HCBA Discount Program
The Hampden County Bar Association has partnered with LexisNexis to offer:
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20 percent discount on new LexisNexis Online Research Subscriptions
30 percent discount on LexisNexis Total Practice Advantage Subscriptions
HCBA members receive a free practice profile listing in Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

For more information contact Ryan Cayer at (860) 655-4128 or via email at ryan.cayer@lexisnexis.com.

Save 20% on UPS Shipping through Unishippers. Hampden County Bar Association is pleased to announce a new Member Benefit Program offered by Unishippers/UPS! This member benefit allows members of the Hampden County Bar Association, currently spending $10,000 or less per year on their shipping needs, to receive a 20% discount through the Unishippers/UPS program. Click here for a brochure.

Before any pricing can be offered, each account must be approved by UPS to receive the discounted rate. Signing up is easy. To see if you are eligible, please send an e-mail inquiry to marketing.support@unishippers.info providing your name, address, phone and e-mail address, or call 1.800.713.2111. Make sure to indicate that you are a member of the Hampden County Bar Association. If you qualify, an account number will be assigned and you'll receive a Welcome Packet via e-mail. Simply follow the instructions for use and start saving 20% on each and every package you send!

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 rrheault@fnni.com.

20 percent discount off Paychex payroll processing charges. For more information contact Jamie Scherban at (413) 731-8930 ext. 47954 or via email at jscherban@paychex.com. (Mention National Account Code 5712.)

20 percent discount off the purchase of new subscriptions to Westlaw Forms and on any print volume from West’s Massachusetts Practice Series.

15 percent discount on new subscriptions to West Case Notebook with LiveNote technology. Free trial for WestlawNext. Contact Karen Katz, Esq. at Karen.katz@thomsonreuters.com or 617-935-9331.

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

10% off depositions;
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$10.00 discount on Massage Therapy at Maleckas Therapeutic Massage, 501 Belmont Avenue, Springfield, MA, (413) 627-1410.

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MEMBER INFO

Laura S. Gentile, Esquire, Hampden County Superior Court Clerk of Courts has been named 2013 Person of the Year by UNICO National.   Attorney Gentile is the first woman to receive the organization's award which will be presented at the UNICO National award dinner at the Storrowtown Tavern in West Springfield on March 8, 2014.  Congratulations on this prestigious award!

Jonathan R. Goldsmith, Esquire of Goldsmith, Katz & Argenio was presented the Western Division Pro Bono Publico Award by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts on October 23, 2013 at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston.  Congratulations!

The Law firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C. is pleased to announce that Adam J. Basch and Benjamin M. Coyle have been named as partners of the firm.  Congratulations!

The Law Firm of Alekman & DiTusa has announced their new office located at 1550 Main Street, Suite 401, Springfield, MA 01103.  Telephone 413-781-0000, Fax 413-827-0266.

Marjorie M. Dunlap, Esquire has announced her new office located at 1669 Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA 01040.  Telephone 413-427-4857 and her email address is mdunlapesq@yahoo.com.

Joanna Cobleigh, Esquire has announced her new office located at 296 N. Main Street, Suite 16, East Longmeadow, MA 01028.  Telephone 413-224-2090, Fax 413-244-2092 and her email address is Info@Joanna Cobleigh.com.

Elizabeth D. Katz, Esquire has announced her new office located at 355 Bridge Street, Suite 4B, Northampton, MA 01060.  Telephone 413-538-1785, Fax 855-325-1009 and her email address is ekatzlaw@gmail.com.

Felicity Hardee, Esquire has announced her new office of Felicity Hardee Law Practice located at 1500 Main Street, Suite 2010, Springfield, MA 01115.  Telephone 413-301-7338, website: www.fhardee.com and her email address is felicity@fhardee.com.

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 December: Attorney Thomas E. Day, Attorney Mary H. Patryn, and Attorney Betsy Macmillan Stevens.  Go Falcons!


GOOD DEEDS

The Hampden County Bar Association would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Pellegrini, Seeley, Ryan & Blakesley, P.C. for donating their projector and screen to the Hampden County Bar Association for our Education series seminar presentations.  Thank you for these most valuable tools used in the continuing legal education of our members.


HAMPDEN COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Education Sponsors

The Hampden County Bar Association Education Committee would like to thank Sports World for its sponsorship of the December 17, 2013  Brown Bag Lunch entitled  "Stress Management in the Workplace", the December 20, 2013 Criminal Brown Bag Lunch entitled  "Constitutional Procedure - 2013 United States Supreme Court Review", and the January 27, 2014  Criminal Brown Bag Lunch entitled  "Immigration Consequences of Conviction".  Their support of our organization is appreciated and we encourage our members to utilize their services.

Presenters

The Hampden County Bar Association Education Committee would also like to thank the following individuals who took time out of their busy schedule to present an educational training during the past month:

Mr. Trevor Smith
Stephen P. Maidman, Esquire

UPCOMING SEMINARS

Friday, January 17, 2014 - Criminal Brown Bag: Mental Health Diagnosis

Part 1 of a 3 Part Series: Overview of the Mental Health Clinic

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenters:
Honorable Mark D. Mason, Associate Justice, Springfield District Court
Welli Yeh PH.D., Program Director, BHN Adult Court Clinics
John Barber, DMH Area Forensic Director

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

Click here to register

Friday, January 24, 2014 - Criminal Brown Bag: Mental Health Diagnosis

Part 2 of a 3 Part Series: Co-Occurring Disorders

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenters:
Richard Mc Keown,  BHN Sloan Clinic
Welli Yeh, PH.D., Program Director, BHN Adult Court Clinics

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

Click here to register

Friday, January 31, 2014 - Criminal Brown Bag: Mental Health Diagnosis

Part 3 of a 3 Part Series: Anxiety Disorders

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenter:
Anne C. Pratt, Ph.D., Designated Forensic Psychologist, BHN Adult Court Clinics

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

Click here to register

Monday, January 27, 2014 - Criminal Brown Bag:  Immigration Consequences of Conviction

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm (Extended)

Sponsored by Sports World

Presenters:
Jennifer Klein, Esquire, Immigration Impact Unit, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Emma Winger, Esquire, Immigration Impact Unit, Committee for Public Counsel Services

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

Click here to register

UPCOMING CRIMINAL BROWN BAG SEMINARS…Watch for Details

January 30 - An Insider's View of the Appeals Court
February - CORI Reform
March - Motions to Suppress/Car Stops Case Law
April - IP Issues (Patent, Trade Mark, Copyright)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - Brown Bag: VOCATIONAL EXPERTS

Social Security/Workmans Comp/Personal Injury/Employment Law/Divorce

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presenter:
Kerry A. Skillin CRC Services, LLC
David M. Soja, CRC Services, LLC

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

Click here to register

UPCOMING BROWN BAG SEMINARS...Watch for Details

February 13 - Education Law
Appeals Court: Lawyer Mistakes
e-Discovery

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

February - Auto Accident Litigation: Preparing a Case for Trial

UPCOMING EXPERTS IN RESIDENCE…Watch for Details

February - Proof of Damages
April 30 - Medical Malpractice - Disclosure, Apology and Offer

PRACTICE DEVELOPMENT SERIES

The eighth installment of the Practice Development Series, "Surviving & Thriving as a New Practitioner" will be held in March 2014.  The presenter will be David J. Lemasa, Esquire, Law Offices of David J. Lemasa, PC.  Watch for further details.

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

Poker Tournament Fundraiser

The Hampden County Bar Association would like to invite you to our 2nd Annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm at The Glass Room at Elegant Affairs, 1380 Main Street, Springfield, MA. There will be a $75.00 buy-in to benefit the programs of the HCBA.

Prizes:  1st Place - $1,000, 2nd Place - $250, 3rd Place - $100.  Click here to register.  (space is limited)

Holiday Party - Follow Up

The Hampden County Bar Association Holiday Party sponsored by the New Lawyers Section was held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Attorney Jeffrey Morneau's home.  Many thanks to Jeff and Kate for hosting the holiday party.  It was a wonderful evening with great food, drink and socializing.

Annual Toy Drive & Food Drive - Follow Up

The New Lawyers Section 6th annual toy drive and food drive was a huge success!  In addition to cash and Toys R Us gift cards an abundance of toys were donated to the Toys for Tots foundation.  The food drive collected numerous non-perishable items which were donated to the Open Pantry.  Thank you to all who donated to make this holiday special for others.

Thank you to the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS) for their generous donation of food for the Open Pantry!  With your help, we exceeded last year's donations!

Thank you to Alekman DiTusa for their generous donation to Toys for Tots!  With your help, we exceeded last year's donations!

Check out photos from past and current events at http://www.hcbar.org/category/5277/calendar-and-events.htm.


NEW LAWYERS SECTION

New Lawyers Section Lunch

The next New Lawyers' Section  monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, January 31, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.at  Theodore's, 201 Worthington Street, Springfield, MA   Please RSVP to Laura D. Mangini at laura@alekmanditusa.com so reservations can be made.

Homeless Lunch-Volunteers Needed

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


REAL ESTATE SECTION

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Red Rose Pizzeria at 12:00 p.m.  Please contact Nyles L. Courchesne at nlc@pcalaw.net with any questions or topics of interest.  Watch for more details.

BANKRUPTCY SECTION

The next Bankruptcy Section lunch will be held on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the
Commissioner’s Room,  2nd Floor, 50 State Street, Springfield.   The guest speaker will be Andrea M. O'Connor, Esquire, of Hendel & Collins, P.C. who will discuss "types of student loans, repayment plans, consequences, and options related to pre-default, post delinquency and post-default".  Please contact Attorney Christina M. Turgeon at attyturgeon@aol.com with any questions or topics of interest. Click here to register


PROBATE & FAMILY COURT

Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting

The next Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting will be held on Thursday, February 13, 2014 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.

Status Inquiry

Notice was given to the Hampden County Bench Bar Committee of a new procedure promulgated by the Office of Chief Justice Angela Maria Ordonez, whereby members of the Bar can inquire as to the status of a matter which has been under advisement for a considerable amount of time.  Click here for more details.

Volunteer Opportunities

There is an urgent need for volunteers during the month of January.   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 in conjunction with the Hampden County Bar Association offer various volunteer programs, along with a calendar of available dates that volunteers are needed in the Probate & Family Court.  The programs include Conciliation, Pre-Trial Limited Assistance Representation, DOR Contempts and Lawyer for the Day.

We’d like to thank the following individuals who volunteered in one or more of our Probate and Family Court Volunteer Programs in December:

Attorney James F. Donnelly
Attorney Stephanie A. Fitzgerald
Attorney Michael A. Frazee
Attorney Helena S. Friedman
Attorney Diana S. Velez Harris
Attorney Kelli Robbins
Attorney Anthony J. Scibelli
Attorney Stanley A. Szlachetka

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

Lawyer for the Day-Probate Court:      January 10, 13, 15, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31

HCBA Limited Assistance Representation:  Courtroom 3:  January 10, 29

Conciliation:

Courtroom 1:   January 13, 27
Courtroom 2:   January 15, 16, 22, 29
Courtroom 3:   January 10, 21, 29
Courtroom 4:   January 17, 30

DOR Contempts:

Courtroom 2:  January 30
Courtroom 4:  January 16

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, January 13,  2014.  The agenda for this meeting will be:

  1. Commonwealth Capped pleas in the first instance-
               a) CPCS perspective
               b) DA’s perspective
  2. Conference space in Palmer District Court    
  3. Gun Court – issues still to be considered   
  4. Mental Health Forum(s) –
               a) Perspectives from Bench – Judge Mason
               b) Defense Bar - Client Signs to look for Mental Health
                   Assistance    
  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 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. 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 December:

Attorney Joseph P. Dusel
Attorney Melissa K. Long
Attorney Stephen J. Phillips
Attorney Patricia A. Zak

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

January 15 (9-1 session)
January 16 (9-1 session)
January 22 (9-1 and 1-4 session)
January 23 (9-1 session)
January 29 (9-1 and 1-4 session)
January 30 (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.

JUVENILE COURT

Bench Bar Meeting

The next Juvenile Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Wednesday,  March 5, 2014 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.

HOUSING COURT

Bench Bar Meeting

The next Housing Court Bench Bar meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 3:30 in the Western Division Housing Court in Springfield.   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 December:

Attorney Aaron Dulles
Attorney Joel H. Feldman
Attorney Suzanne Garrow
Attorney Raquel Manzanares
Attorney Philip Wellman

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

January  16, 23, 30

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 is now accepting applications for participation on the 2014 Arbitration & Mediation Service Panel.   Renewal applications will be mailed to current panel members next week.  Returning panel members, please watch for the application in the mail and return it to our office to continue as a neutral.  If you do not receive your renewal application by January 25, 2014, please contact our office.  If you are not currently a neutral on our panel, but would like to become a neutral, please click here for an application.  For more information on panel participation, please contact us at 413-748-7951 or visit our website at www.hcbar.org.

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.

For information about the service, renewals or becoming a member of the panel, please contact our office via email at ArbitrationMediation@hcbar.org or by calling (413) 748-7951. This information may also be obtained by visiting our website at www.hcbar.org.

LAWYER REFERRAL & INFORMATION SERVICE

The 2014 panel registration forms for participation on the Hampden County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service were mailed out.  Anyone who has not renewed their registration was removed from rotation on February 28, 2014. If you did not receive a renewal application or for more information about the LRIS program, contact 413-732-4660 or visit our website at www.hcbar.org.

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 $1,500.00 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $10,000.00 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.

VETERANS JUSTICE PARTNERSHIP

The Hampden County Bar Association is pleased to announce its collaboration with two invaluable organizations in which we are proud to advocate and work alongside, SoldierOn and Veterans Justice Partnership who provide assistance and services for veterans in Western Massachusetts.

Veterans Justice Partnership is a collaboration of community and criminal justice partners with the goal of helping veterans and service members in need.  Based on the Mission Direct Vets Program, their mission is to provide veterans with access to information, resources and programs to help them make positive transitions and lead productive lives.  This program seeks to work with the Defense Bar, Probation Department and District Attorney's office to develop service and treatment options and, where appropriate, offer alternatives to incarceration.  They coordinate services among treatment providers and the courts, attorneys, jails, probation officers and houses of correction.  These services include, appearance in court with the veteran, peer support, and ensuring veterans have access to all of the benefits available to them at federal, state and local levels.  In addition, they refer and link the veteran to services as needed including, medical, mental and substance abuse treatment, vocational programs, transitional residence programs and family support. This allows them to make a positive transition and lead productive lives versus the alternative, incarceration.

SoldierOn fights to end veteran homelessness such as helping them navigate through the transition from homelessness to homeownership, provide peer support, counseling, financial support, training, education and employment services and more.

We believe that these programs may be a good resource for individuals who have been in the military and may be facing a legal issue whether it be civil or criminal.  Informational pamphlets will be available at the Hampden County Bar Association. If you have a client that has been in the military and who is facing criminal charges, on the verge of homelessness or struggling with issues related to housing, health care or substance abuse, please call 1-866-406-8449.  Our goal is to get the word out to our members about these valuable resources.


HAMPDEN COUNTY LEGAL CLINIC

The Hampden County Bar Association is pleased to announce that Massachusetts Mutual has approved funding for the Legal Clinic for 2014 in the amount of $20,000.00.  We are very excited to continue our partnership with Massachusetts Mutual. 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

Probate and Family Court Vacancies Open for Application

The Judicial Nominating Commission has posted vacancies open for application for Associate Justice.  The Deadline for applications is January 23, 2014.  Applicants responding to this posting will be considered for all 2014 Probate and Family Court vacancies, including but not limited to the vacancies listed below: 

The Honorable Susan D. Ricci, Worcester County Division, July 2014
The Honorable Geoffrey A. Wilson, Franklin County Division, July 2014
The Honorable David M. Fuller, Hampden County Division, September 2014
The Honorable Jeremy A. Stahlin, Suffolk County Division, December 17, 2014

Applications are encouraged from all regions of the Commonwealth.

Federal Judicial Vacancy in Boston

Judge Nancy Gertner (Ret.), Harvard Law School, Chair of the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations convened by U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey has convened for the task of making recommendations for the vacancy created by the decision of Judge Rya Zobel to assume senior status as of April 1, 2014.  The committee is interested in reaching out to as many qualified applicants as possible. The deadline for applicants is January 31, 2014.   The members of the Committee and the application process are spelled out in U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren's press release which can be found at http://www.warren.senate.gove/?p=press_release&id=307.  For more information please click here.

Land Court Vacancies Open for Application

The Judicial Nominating Commission has posted vacancies open for application for Associate Justice.  The Deadline for applications is February 6, 2014.  Applicants responding to this posting will be considered for all 2014 Land Court vacancies, including but not limited to the vacancies listed below: 

The Honorable Harry M. Grossman, November 10, 2014

Applications are encouraged from all regions of the Commonwealth.


OTHER LEGAL COMMUNITY NEWS

The Honorable Michael A. Ponsor would like to invite the members of the Hampden County Bar Association to attend a public reading from his new novel, The Hanging Judge, at one of the following locations. 

January 15, 2014: Broadside Books, 247 Main Street, Northampton, MA at 7:00 pm. 
January 17, 2014: Barnes & Noble, 7 Holyoke Street, Holyoke, MA at 7:00 pm
February 5, 2014: Odyssey Bookshop, 9 College Street, South Hadley, MA (Time to be determined)

Administrative Employment Opportunity

CRC Services, LLC, a vocational firm specializing in a wide array of vocational consulting, rehabilitation and advising services to governmental agencies, private business, the legal community and the general public is looking to hire an administrative assistant.  Please send resume and cover letter to Kerry.Skillin@crc-s.com.

Senior Partners for Justice West Luncheon

The next Senior Partners for Justice Luncheon is scheduled for Friday, January 24, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Santander (formerly Sovereign Bank) Community Room, 1350 Main St., 3rd Fl., in Springfield.   The speaker will be the Honorable Paul A. Chernoff, of Counsel, Brody Hardoon Perkins & Kesten, LLP, speaking about Professional Endurance For more information please contact Carmen Gonzalez, Tel. 413-322-7424 or cgonzalez@majp.org.

PAID ADVERTISEMENTS

Associate Position

Collegial Springfield firm with statewide practice seeks bright, energetic associate with 3-5 years active litigation experience.  Ideal candidate should be capable of independent, efficient work with experience drafting pleadings, conducting discovery in state and federal court, including conducting depositions and arguing motions.  Employment law and trial experience a plus.  Present admission to MA bar required.   Please send resume and writing sample to Attorney Nancy Frankel Pelletier at npelletier@robinsondonovan.com

Law Office for rent

437 Main Street, Amherst.  Very visible with three picture windows in the reception/work/waiting area.  Large Conference room and medium sized office.  Excellent on site, ample parking.  Fully Furnished.  $1,700.00 includes heat and electricity.  Very attractive office.  Pictures upon request.  Please contact John F. Edwards at 413-259-2900 or Fax to 413-253-9460.

Rent/Share Space

Just off Route 91, between Springfield and Northampton, looking for a lawyer to rent or share office space.  Includes telephone, internet, printer, copier, conference room and break room; referrals possible.  Please contact 413-650-3050.

“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

January 13, 2014 - District Court Bench Bar
January 17, 2014 - Brown Bag - Mental Health Diagnosis 1 of 3 Part Series
January 18, 2014 - New Lawyers Section Homeless Lunch
January 23, 2014 - 2nd Annual Poker Tournament
January 24, 2014 - Brown Bag - Mental Health Diagnosis 2 of 3 Part Series
January 27, 2014 - Criminal Brown Bag - Immigration Consequences
January 30, 2014 - Criminal Brown Bag - An Insider's View of the Appeals Court
January 31, 2014 - New Lawyers Section Lunch
January 31, 2014 - Brown Bag - Mental Health Diagnosis 3 of 3 Part Series
February 3, 2014 - Bankruptcy Section Lunch
February 12, 2014 - Real Estate Section Lunch
February 13, 2014 - Brown Bag - Education Law
February 13, 2014 - Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting
March 5, 2014 - Juvenile Court Bench Bar Meeting
March 18, 2014 - Housing Court Bench Bar Meeting
April 30, 2014 - Experts in Residence - Medical Malpractice: Disclosure, Aplogy & Offer
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

1/10 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney

1/13 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/14 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/15 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/16 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/17 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney

1/20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
1/21 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/22 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/23 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/24 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney

1/27 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/28 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/29 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/30 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
1/31 Carey, Ferrara, Josephson, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney

Hampden County Probate Court

1/10 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Wilson

1/13 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Rainaud
1/14 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud
1/15 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
1/16 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
1/17 Crawford, Fuller, Hyland, Sacks

1/20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
1/21 Fuller, Hyland, Rainaud, Sacks
1/22 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
1/23 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
1/24 Fuller, Geoffrion, Sacks, Wilson

1/27 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
1/28 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
1/29 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
1/30 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
1/31 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks, Wilson

Springfield District Court 

1/10 Beattie, Boyle, Hadley, Koenigs (AM), Lemire, LoConto, Mason, Murphy, Poehler

1/13 Beattie (PM), Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Mason (AM), Murphy, Poehler
1/14 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Murphy
1/15 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Mason, Poehler
1/16 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Hurley, Murphy, Ross
1/17 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hurley, Lemire, Mason, Poehler

1/20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
1/21 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Lemire, Poehler
1/22 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Lemire, Mason
1/23 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Lemire, Mason, Poehler
1/24 Beattie, Boyle, Groce, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason, Poehler

1/27 Boyle, Contant (AM), Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Mason, Poehler
1/28 Beattie, Boyle, Gordon, Hadley, Koenigs, Murphy, Poehler
1/29 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Mason, Murphy, Poehler
1/30 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Mason, Murphy, Poehler
1/31 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, Koenigs, Mason, Murphy, Poehler

Palmer District Court

1/10 Groce

1/13 Mulcahy
1/14 Lemire, Pohler
1/15 Lemire
1/16 Lemire
1/17 Beattie

1/20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
1/21 Mulcahy
1/22 Mulcahy
1/23 Mulcahy
1/24 Mulcahy

1/27 Mulcahy
1/28 Mulcahy
1/29 Mulcahy
1/30 Mulcahy
1/31 Mulcahy

Westfield District Court

1/10 Connly

1/13 Contant
1/14 Contant, Koenigs
1/15 Contant, MacLeod
1/16 Koenigs
1/17 Contant

1/20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
1/21 Contant
1/22 Contant, Koenigs
1/23 Contant, Koenigs
1/24 Contant

1/27 Contant (PM)
1/28 Contant
1/29 Contant
1/30 Contant
1/31 Contant

Chicopee District Court

1/10 Sanabria-Vega

1/13 Sanabria-Vega
1/14 Sanabria-Vega
1/15 Groce
1/16 Sanabria-Vega
1/17 Sanabria-Vega

1/20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
1/21 Hurley
1/22 Hurley
1/23 Hurley
1/24 Hurley

1/27 Groce, Hurley
1/28 Groce, Hurley
1/29 Beattie, Sanabria-Vega
1/30 Beattie, Sanabria-Vega
1/31 Beattie, Sanabria-Vega

Holyoke District Court

1/10 MacLeod, Walsh

1/13 LoConto, Walsh
1/14 LoConto, Walsh
1/15 oConto, Walsh
1/16 Connly, LoConto
1/17 LoConto, Murphy

1/20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
1/21 LoConto, Murphy
1/22 LoConto, Murphy
1/23 LoConto, Murphy
1/24 LoConto, Murphy

1/27 Connly, Murphy, Sargent
1/28 Connly, Sargent
1/29 MacLeod, Sargent, Walsh
1/30 MacLeod, Sargent, Walsh
1/31 MacLeod, Sargent, Walsh

Springfield Juvenile Court

1/10Belsky, Eaton, Swords

1/13 Phillips, Swords
1/14 Belsky, Eaton, Swords
1/15 Eaton, Locke, Swords (AM)
1/16 Eaton, Phillips, Swords
1/17 Eaton, Phillips, Swords

1/20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
1/21 Eaton, Phillips
1/22 Eaton
1/23 Eaton, Phillips
1/24 Eaton, Locke, Phillips

1/27 Eaton, Locke, Phillips
1/28 Dunbar, Eaton
1/29 Dunbar, Eaton, Locke
1/30 Eaton, Phillips
1/31 Dunbar, Locke

Holyoke Juvenile Court

1/10Locke

1/13 Belsky
1/14 No Session
1/15 Belsky
1/16 Belsky
1/17 Belsky

1/20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
1/21 Belsky
1/22 Belsky
1/23 Belsky
1/24 Belsky

1/27 Belsky
1/28 Belsky
1/29 Belsky
1/30 Belsky
1/31 Belsky

Palmer Juvenile Court

1/17 Eaton

1/31 Eaton

Western Housing Court

1/10 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein

1/13 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein
1/14 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein
1/15 Fields
1/16 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields
1/17 Fein

1/20 MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
1/21 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields
1/22 Fields
1/23 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields
1/24 Fein, Fields

1/27 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein
1/28 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein, Fields
1/29 Fields
1/30 Crampton-Kamukala, Fields
1/31 Fein, Fields