JUNE 2014 NEWSLETTER
2013-2014 Sustaining Members
Albano Law, LLC*
Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.*
Sullivan, Hayes & Quinn. LLC.*
Szlachetka Dubay, P.C.*
Welch & Barba, P.C.*
Nancy L. Altobelli, Esq.
Robert H. Astor, Esq.*
Wm. Travaun Bailey, Esq.*
Steven L. Baumohl, Esq.*
Eugene B. Berman, Esq.*
Hon. Henry J. Boroff*
Hon. Philip A. Contant*
Theodore E. Cooledge, Esq.
Hon. Rebekah J. Crampton-Kamukala*
Hon. Beth A. Crawford*
Jane E. Crosby, Esq.*
Philip M. Duda, Esq.*
Hon. Patricia M. Dunbar*
Hon. Nancy Dusek-Gomez*
Margaret E. Eckert, Esq.*
Hon. Linda S. Fidnick*
William M. Fitzgerald, Esq.*
Hon. Daniel A. Ford*
Anthony Gallant, Esq.*
Hon. Anne M. Geoffrion*
Alfred J. Geoffrion, Jr., Esq.*
Claudette-Jean Girard, Esq.*
James R. Goodhines, Esq.
Efrem A. Gordon, Esq.*
Michael S. Gove, Esq.
Hon. John M. Greaney*
Kyle R. Guelcher, Esq.*
Hon. William P. Hadley
Bart Q. Hollander, Esq.*
Hon. Robert L. Howarth*
Hon. Mary E. Hurley*
Hon. Barbara M. Hyland*
Michael O. Jennings, Esq.*
Hon. Bertha D. Josephson*
Craig W. Kaylor, Esq.
Hon. George C. Keady, Jr.*
Hon. C. Jeffrey Kinder*
Hon. Catherine Watson-Koziol*
David A. Ladizki, Esq.*
David L. Lorenzi, Esq.*
Hon. Mark D Mason*
Hon. C. Brian McDonald*
John P. McKenna, Esq.*
Hon. Tina S. Page*
Hon. John M. Payne, Jr.*
Jill McCarthy Payne, Esq.*
Hon. Edward C. Peck*
Hon. Joseph A. Pellegrino*
Hon. Gail L. Perlman*
Hon. Patricia T. Poehler*
Hon. Michael A. Ponsor*
Mary P. Powers, Esq.*
Hon. Matthew J. Shea
Hon. George A. Sheehy
Hon. Francis X. Spina
Hon. Daniel J. Swords*
Jennifer A. Thorn, Esq.*
Karl W. Topor, Esq.
Christina M. Turgeon, Esq.*
Hon. Peter A. Velis*
Hon. Ariane D. Vuono*
*Sustaining Member for two consecutive years
In today’s society, with the varied economic factors, most people are happy and grateful to be employed. For those of us who have received an undergraduate degree and, thereafter, a law degree, we have chosen a profession which required a significant financial, moral and ethical commitment. We have seen numerous articles and news stories about the difficulties newly admitted lawyers are having trying to land jobs in Massachusetts as well as throughout the country. Often burdened with significant loans and financial constraints, many newly admitted lawyers are facing an uphill struggle to earn a living at their chosen profession.
In December 2013, the Mass Bar Association created the MBA Blue Ribbon Commission on Criminal Justice Attorney Compensation. The Commission ultimately drafted a 29-page report in May of 2014, setting forth some very interesting and shocking findings and statistics. If you have not had a chance to read the report, I would strongly suggest doing so, because it puts many things into perspective for those of us who have chosen this profession. The Commission was chaired by former MBA President and Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Richard Campbell. This is the first study on Criminal Justice Attorney Compensation in approximately twenty years. In December of 1994, the MBA created a similar commission which was chaired by former MBA President and Northwest District Attorney John Callahan. The Callahan Commission Report set the groundwork and provided valuable information to assist the current commission in their ultimate findings. Part of the Commission’s investigation and evaluation included a public hearing held on March 26, 2014, at the John Adam’s Courthouse in Boston. This hearing provided an opportunity for active and former criminal practitioners to discuss the varied challenges they face in everyday life in the Commonwealth where compensation rates have changed little in the twenty years since the Callahan Report was issued. One of the individuals who testified at the public hearing was Attorney David Hoose, President of the Hampden County Lawyers for Justice (HCLJ). As acting President of the HCBA, I have the privilege of serving in an Ex-Officio capacity on the HCLJ. Dave recently shared some interesting anecdotes relating to his involvement in the hearing process. He was truly disheartened to hear how inadequately compensated both District Attorneys and Public Defenders were for the work they do, day in and day out, on behalf of the Commonwealth and those individuals who cannot afford private representation.
The Commission study reported that the starting salary of an Assistant District Attorney is $37,500 a year, which is the lowest paid position in courtrooms in the Commonwealth. The report sets forth comparable salaries with other courthouse personnel, including, but not limited to court officers and custodians, who earn more than some Assistant District Attorneys. This is not to devalue any other profession, but I feel that this is an issue worth noting. When you consider the extensive personal commitment and financial investment that goes into the pursuit of becoming a lawyer with the added anxiety and stress that we deal with on a fairly regular basis, these are important factors to take into consideration in the grand scheme of things. The study further noted that public defenders, on average, earn $40,000 per year, and are the third lowest paid individuals in our courtrooms.
The Commission’s Report also analyzed and compared compensation paid in other states throughout the country, including states with populations, economies and jurisdictional units similar to Massachusetts. The report noted that Assistant District Attorneys, Assistant Attorneys General, Pubic Defenders, and Bar Advocates, are “grossly underpaid, earning far less than their counterparts in comparative jurisdictions across the country.” It is also noted that these individuals are “paid far less than their colleagues working in private practice in small, medium and large private law firm in Massachusetts,” and that the current salaries paid to attorneys in our criminal justice system are “so inadequate that they cannot meet the financial obligations attendant to everyday, normal living.”
The Commission’s Report also noted that CPCS public defender salaries fall significantly behind salaries offered by Federal Public Defenders in Boston and every other public defender office in the nation. These statistics are shocking, especially when we consider Massachusetts to be one of the leading states in our country in terms of institutions of higher learning, and having state of the art medical facilities, law schools, and technology manufacturers.
The Boston Globe also published an article on May 22, 2014, where a columnist noted that the findings of the Commission paint a dismal picture, noting that attorneys are being driven into the ranks of the working poor. Some have even opted to take on a second job or even leave their chosen profession to pursue a vocation which offers more equitable compensation.
During the last MBA House meeting which I attended in Boston, the House of Delegates voted unanimously to support and adopt the report of the Commission. This was not only the right thing to do, but something that was long overdue. As Robert Kennedy so aptly stated many years ago – “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.” I tip my hat to those prosecutors and public defenders who continue pursuing their chosen field of law to protect the interests of the citizens of our Commonwealth and the rights afforded to those individuals who cannot afford private representation.
Finally, I look forward to seeing many of you at our Annual Dinner & Vendor Show being held on June 12, 2014, to help me welcome and congratulate the newly-elected officers of the HCBA Board of Directors and our incoming President, Christina M. Turgeon.
The Hampden County Bar Association would like to welcome the following attorneys and students as new members:
Cheryl A. Coakley Rivera, Esquire
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NEW MEMBER BENEFIT - THE COLONY CLUB MEMBERSHIP
A special invitation has been extended to the members of the Hampden County Bar Association. Effective May 2014, The Colony Club will be accepting membership applications from qualified HCBA members. A reduced initiation fee will be in effect for HCBA Members who submit a completed application by September 1, 2014 and meet The Colony Club membership requirements. A limited number of memberships are available. For more information contact Heidi Edwards at (413) 732-4101.
Hall of Justice Member Conveniences:
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Discounts on various insurance products including Professional Liability.
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LexisNexis HCBA Discount Program
20 percent discount on new LexisNexis Online Research Subscriptions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. This discount is only available to Hampden County Bar Association members. Please click here to request via email the discount code which you will need at 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. (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.email@example.com or 617-935-9331.
10 percent discount on Disability insurance with Standard Insurance Company - the Hampden County Bar Association is pleased to present an opportunity to its members to apply for a quality individual disability insurance policy from Standard Insurance Company at a 10% discount. The Protector+ SM3 individual disability income insurance is guaranteed renewable and includes many excellent benefits. It can be customized with optional riders and benefit periods to meet your needs. For more information contact Financial Management Systems at 413-736-5550 or email Mickey Savoy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Javad Darouian at email@example.com.
Catuogno Court Reporting & StenTel Transcription Services is pleased to offer Hampden County Bar Association members a 10% discount on their legal support services. They have four offices across Massachusetts and Rhode Island that are available for your depositions, client meetings, arbitrations, and videoconferencing. Membership to the Lawyers Conference Centers is also available and provides you with meeting and work space in their 4 offices for one low monthly rate (membership also entitled you to additional discounts!) Use you Hampden County Bar Association membership to receive discounts on the following services:
• 10% off depositions;
Lawyer Conference Center members receive an additional 10% discount on all of the above services!
Office locations in Springfield, Worcester, Boston, and Providence, R.I.
To take advantage of these benefits contact Catuogno Court Reporting & Sten Tel Transcription at (413) 746-8100 or visit their website at www.catuogno.us.
Save 15 percent discount on automotive maintenance/repair at Silk’s Auto Service, Inc., 51 Dale Street, Springfield, MA, (413) 733-9157.
10 percent discount on computer repairs, data security, upgrades and installation of software for email encryption at Bob’s Computer Service, (413) 204-8339 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, Hampden County District Attorney, Mark G. Mastroianni, received confirmation by the U.S. Senate as a federal judge in Massachusetts U.S. District Court. Congratulations and best wishes in this new endeavor!
The Jewish Geriatric Services of Longmeadow presented the 2014 JGS Chairman's Service Award to Carol J. Kantany Casartello and Charles R. Casartello, Jr. at their annual meeting on May 20, 2014. This award is given annually by the organization to individuals who have demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to JGS and the elders and families . Congratulations!
Bacon Wilson, P.C. announced that Todd Ratner, Esquire has been honored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as a 2014 "Excellence in the Law" honoree. This event recognizes 25 up-and-coming attorneys for their outstanding accomplishments in the legal community in 2013. Congratulations!
BusinessWest's 40 Under Forty
Business West's program called “40 Under Forty”, intended to showcase young talent in the four counties of Western Mass. and, in turn, inspire others to reach higher and do more in their community. 40 more plaques will be handed out on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the Log Cabin, to members of a class that is both distinguished and diverse. Among the recipients are Justin H. Dion, Esquire of Bacon Wilson, P.C., Kevin V. Maltby, Esquire of Bacon Wilson, P.C., Michael S., Schneider, Esquire of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C. and Seth N. Stratton, Esquire of Fitzgerald Attorneys at Law. Congratulations on this achievement! For more information please go to http://businesswest.com/blog/introducing-the-class-2014/.
Lost & Found
The following items have been found and can be obtained at our office:
1. A small black date book was found in the HCBA lobby on June 5, 2014.
2. A black golf back cover was found at the Annual Golf Outing on May 22, 2014.
Please contact the HCBA at 413-732-4660 if you are the owner.
The ballot for President-Elect and Board of Directors for the upcoming year has been mailed to all members of the Hampden County Bar Association (except honorary members). The Hampden County Bar Association office must receive your completed Ballot in the envelope provided in the mailing no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014. Pursuant to HCBA bylaws, ballots received later than that date and time will not be counted.
We would like to thank our 2013-2014 Board Members for their hard work and commitment to the Hampden County Bar Association over the past year.
Barry M. Ryan - President
Mark J. Albano
In celebration of our upcoming 150th Anniversary the Hampden County Bar association is planning two signature events which are as follows, please save the dates and mark your calendars:
Past Presidents' Dinner
The Hampden County Bar Association will host a Past Presidents' Dinner on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Springfield County Club, 1375 Elm Street, West Springfield, MA.
150th Anniversary Gala
The Hampden County Bar Association will host a 150th Anniversary Gala on Friday, November 7, 2014 at The Log Cabin, 500 Easthampton Rd, Holyoke, MA. The event will be black-tie optional and entertainment will be by Brass Attack of Springfield. For those of you who remember the Barrister Ball, this will be similar to that event.
John F. Moriarty Scholarship Recipients & Donors
The John F. Moriarty Law School Scholarship was awarded to Cheryl Barnes a law student at Western New England University School of Law, Daniela Mendes, a law student at Suffolk University Law School, and Kimberly Roche, a law student at Western New England University School of Law. Thank you to the following individuals who have made contributions to this scholarship since our last Annual Meeting:
Frank E. Antonucci
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:
Michael Fenton, Esquire - Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, P.C.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - Brown Bag Seminar: IP Issues-Patent/Trade Mark/ Copyright
The fundamental differences between the commonly confused areas of patent, trademark, and copyright law
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Commissioner's Room, 50 State Street, 2nd Floor, Springfield
Click here to register
UPCOMING BROWN BAG SEMINARS...Watch for Details
Appeals Court: Lawyer Mistakes
UPCOMING EXPERTS IN RESIDENCE…Watch for Details
Proof of Damages
UPCOMING "HOW TO: SERIES...Watch for Details
Auto Accident Litigation: Preparing a Case for Trial
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.
The Hampden County Bar Association is interested in creating a new Labor & Employment Law Section which would provide employment lawyers in Western MA with a forum to come together and discuss developments in the area of employment law.
In recognition of the Hampden County Bar Association’s 150th Anniversary, we are kicking off a drive to increase our volunteer base at the Annual Meeting being held on June 12, 2014. Our goal is to have 150 people sign up to volunteer between now and November. This is in recognition of our 150 years of service to the community. Please stop by our vendor table where you can learn more and sign up for pro bono. Training for these opportunities will be provided during the summer. Anyone who signs up at the Annual Meeting will be entered into a raffle to win a tablet. Special thanks to Charlie Casartello for donating the tablet and for his dedication to this great cause.
Annual Meeting & Vendor Show
The HCBA Annual meeting, membership dinner and vendor show will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at the Springfield Sheraton, Springfield, MA beginning at 5:00 p.m. Again this year we have invited various companies to display their services which can help you in your day-to-day needs. Click here for sponsorship form. We are pleased to announce the following vendors and/or dinner sponsors who have already committed to participating:
CATIC- Connecticut Attorneys Title Insurance Company
There will be free raffles, give away items and informational handouts. We will also be announcing a new Longevity Award at this year's meeting for continued contribution to the Bar post retirement. Come see who this award is in recognition of and who the first recipient will be! For more information or to register click here, or please contact the HCBA office at 732-4660 or via email. If you can't join us for dinner, please stop by the vendor show which will be taking place during the cocktail reception.
Golf Outing - Follow Up
This year’s Golf Outing took place on Thursday, May 22nd, at the Ranch Golf Club in Southwick. We hope that everyone who participated enjoyed the day, and we would like to reiterate our thanks to this year’s sponsors:
Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.
Joseph M. Pacella, Esq.
Alekman DiTusa, LLC
Albano Law, LLC
Thank you to our entire golf committee and Chair Attorney Jeffrey S. Morneau, for all of their dedicated efforts in making this year’s event such a success.
This year's First Place winners were: Thomas Keenan, Jennifer Cava, Jason Herrick and Thomas McElligott. Congratulations!
SAVE THE DATE!! We are looking forward to next year's outing on May 21, 2015.
A special thank you to Catuogno Court Reporting & Stentil Transcriptions, Keyes and Donnellan, P.C., and Philbin & Associates, for donating Red Sox tickets for the raffle.
Check out photos from past and current events at http://www.hcbar.org/category/5277/calendar-and-events.htm.
The New Lawyers Section recently held their 2014-2015 election of officers for the upcoming year. Congratulations to the following new board members:
NLS Chair: Christopher D. Pierson
The New Lawyers Section next monthly luncheon will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at Lattitude Restaurant, 1338 Memorial Ave, West Springfield, MA at 1:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Laura D. Mangini at email@example.com so reservations can be made.
Hampden County Bar Association Family Picnic
The Hampden County Bar Association and the New Lawyers Section are planning the 6th annual family summer outing at Look Park, Florence, MA which will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Willowbrook Shelter. SAVE-THE-DATE!
The Real Estate Section recently held their 2014-2015 election of officers for the upcoming year. Congratulations to the following new board members:
RES Chair: Toby N. Wilson
The next Real Estate Section lunch is scheduled for Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at Red Rose Pizzeria at 12:00 p.m. There will be a round table general discussion. Please contact Nyles L. Courchesne at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or topics of interest. RSVP via email or Click here for registration.
Note from Incoming Chair
We would like to thank Attorney Christina Turgeon for her leadership this past year as Chair. As a result of her service, Section members enjoyed excellent educational programs and many networking opportunities. We wish her much success as President of the Hampden County Bar Association in the upcoming year.
We look forward to working to continue the Section's success by continuing to provide informative and timely programs and social events. Our luncheon events will resume in late summer/early fall. Please watch for more details as they become available. As always, if there is a topic of interest that you would like to hear about, or to speak about, please contact Attorney Andrea M. O'Connor at email@example.com.
Andrea M. O'Connor, Esq.
Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting
The next Probate Court Bench Bar Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, 2014. If you have any questions or would like to add a topic to the agenda, please contact Ellen Randle at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gary Shannon at email@example.com.
Volunteer Opportunities in Probate Court
There is an urgent need for volunteers in Probate Court during the month of June. 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 May:
Attorney Stephanie A. Fitzgerald
Remember that volunteers can now sign up online for volunteer work at their convenience through Sign Up Genius! Please click here to schedule your next volunteer date.
If you would like more information regarding the program requirements or a complete list of the available dates, please contact Jennifer at the Hampden County Legal Clinic at 413-733-6500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bench Bar Meeting:
The next District Court bench bar meeting has not been scheduled as of yet, but a September 2014 Bench Bar meeting is anticipated. Watch for more details! Click here for the notes from the May 5, 2014 District Court Bench Bar Meeting. If there are specific topics of interest for an agenda, please contact Attorney James Goodhines at email@example.com.
Lawyer for the Day-District Court
The Lawyer for the Day program continues to be a success due to the many volunteers who have offered their services in District Court on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is a great pro bono opportunity for area attorneys. We’d like to thank the following individuals who volunteered for Wednesdays and Thursdays in May:
Attorney James T. Brown
We are currently in need of volunteers throughout the month of June.
Volunteers can now sign up online for volunteer work at their convenience through Sign Up Genius! Please click here to schedule your next volunteer date.
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 413-733-6500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bench Bar Meeting
The next Juvenile Court bench bar meeting has not been scheduled as of yet. We will notify our members when the date has been confirmed. The Bench Bar meetings are held quarterly, the first Wednesday of the month and are open to all attorneys who practice in Juvenile Court. For more information or to present agenda items please contact Patrick R. Sparks at email@example.com.
Bench Bar Meeting
The next Housing Court bench bar meeting has not been scheduled as of yet. We will notify our members when the date has been confirmed. The Bench Bar meetings are held quarterly. For more information or to present agenda items please contact Thomas McCormick at firstname.lastname@example.org, Toby Wilson at email@example.com or Archer B. Battista at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lawyer for the Day-Housing Court
The Lawyer for the Day program continues to be a success due to the many volunteers who have offered their services in Western Division Housing Court on Thursdays. This is a great pro bono opportunity for area attorneys. This program benefits landlords and tenants who are income eligible. We’d like to thank the following individuals who volunteered for Thursdays in May:
Attorney Scott Jelescheff
We are currently in need of volunteers throughout the month of June.
Volunteers can now sign up online or volunteer work at their convenience through Sign Up Genius! Please click here to schedule your next volunteer date.
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 413-733-6500 or via email at email@example.com.
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 by calling (413) 748-7951 or via email at ArbitrationMediation@hcbar.org. This information may also be obtained by visiting 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 413-732-4660 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Within the last month, attorneys have submitted over $2,030.00 in LRIS referral percentage payments a result of over $13,520.00 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 Hampden County Bar Association would like to continue to acknowledge the funding received by Mass Mutual Financial Group in the amount of $20,000 for the Legal Clinic for 2014. We are very grateful to the Mass Mutual Financial Group for their continued support of this program. The Hampden County Legal Clinic has been busy coordinating volunteers for programs in District, Housing and Probate Courts as well as handling housing, consumer protection, and foreclosure intake calls. This would not be possible without the financial support from Mass Mutual Financial Group. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these programs, please contact Jennifer at the Hampden County Legal Clinic at 413-733-6500 or email@example.com.
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.
In an effort to continue the important work of this program, the Hampden County Bar Association Board has allocated the proceeds from the Golf Outing and Poker Tournament to the Children's Law Project. Thank you to everyone who supported these events.
Notice from Eastern Hampshire District Court
Community Service Notice from Honorable John M. Payne, Jr., Presiding Justice
The Community Service option in lieu of cash payments for BA fees, Supervision fees and other court financial assessments remains as a viable option for the persons wishing to pursue that course of action. Over the years this court has been fairly liberal in allowing those seeking the Community Service option to complete their service at outside agencies not connected to the program operated by Community Corrections.
Due to a recent determination by the Commissioner of Probation's office all community service must now be done through the Trial Court's program. Only the rarest of special circumstances will now be accorded the opportunity to complete Vice at a location or entity not associated with Community Correction.
I hope you will keep this policy change in mind when discussing the Community Service option with your clients.
U.S. District Court Proposed Modification and Addition to: Local Rules Sections 83.5 & 83.6
The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts is considering, and is
Members of the bar and the public are invited to comment as to the proposed amendments and new local rules. Comments should be received no later than July 18, 2014 and may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SJC Invites Comments on Proposed Amendments to Rule 45 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure
The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure (SAC) invites comments on proposed amendments to Rule 45 of the Mass. R. Civ. P.
The SAC recently reviewed Rule 45 governing subpoenas in light of changes to Rule 45 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure effective December 1, 2013 and the 2014 changes to Rule 45 of the Massachusetts Rules of Civil Procedure resulting from the amendments concerning electronically stored information. The SAC proposes that Rule 45 be further amended to provide for a documents only subpoena that may be directed to a non-party, a practice that has existed under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure since 1991. The proposed amendment would eliminate the need to notice the deposition of a non-party keeper of records for the sole purpose of document production. Other proposed changes would bring Rule 45 up-to-date and make the rule consistent with current subpoena practice. The proposed amendments to Rule 45, a blacklined version showing the amendments, and the Reporter's Notes appear below. Click here for the Proposed Revisions to Rule 45.
Annual Federal Judicial Reception
The Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association cordially invites you to attend its Annual Federal Judicial Reception on Monday, June 9, 2014 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Boston Harbor Hotel, Wharf Room, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston to proudly recognize Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings for his dedicated service to the Judiciary, the Bar, and the Community that the Court serves. They are also seeking sponsors for this event. For more information about sponsoring this event or for tickets, please contact Debora Corbett at 617-880-7134 or via email at email@example.com no later than May 27, 2014. Click here to view the formal invitation.
2014 Adams Pro Bono Publico Award Nominations
The Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services is seeking nominations for the 2014 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards, which recognize those in the legal community who have shown outstanding and exceptional commitment to providing unpaid legal services to those in need. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, July 30, 2014. For more information click here.
Mass Pro Bono Website
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association is pleased to announce the launch of MassProBono.org, a statewide website supporting pro bono work in Massachusetts. Go to http://vlp.volunteerhub.com/Events/Index to sign up for one of the pro bono court projects or contact Russell Rennie at 617-423-0648 x 129 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to take a case. click here to view the press release.
The Massachusetts Bar Association will hold its Semi-Annual Dial-A-Lawyer program on Thursday, June 26, 2014 4:00pm to 7:00pm. The call-in number is 413-782-1659. For more information please contact Patricia Anne Olier at 617-338-0596 or POlier@massbar.org. SAVE THE DATE!
Senior Partner's for Justice Lunch
The Senior Partners for Justice luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Santander Building, Community Room A on the 3rd Floor, 1350 Main Street, Springfield, MA. The guest speaker will be Nancy A. Kaufman, Esquire, former First Assistant Bar Counsel, MA Office of the Bar Counsel, who will be speaking about Ethical Issues for Pro Bono Attorneys. For more information or to RSVP contact Carmen Gonzalez at (413) 322-7424 or CGonzalez@cla-ma.org.
Longmeadow Business Space for Rent
Worried about the Casino? Move your office to a beautiful and convenient location in Longmeadow now, with views of a golf course. Office sharing arrangements with other attorneys available to help save money on overhead expenses and plenty of free parking. Two offices are currently available with additional space for a support staff. Please contact us at 413-733-0600 for more details.
Chicopee Business Space for Rent
This space is ideally located in the historical district directly across from the Chicopee Police, Fire Complex and Chicopee District Court. This second floor office space is housed in an attractive historical building depicting classic Greek revival architecture. The newly renovated layout includes four rooms with a total of 683 square feet with several entrances. There are two spacious office rooms with adjoining conference and secretarial rooms. Additional features include a marble mantle fireplace, an arched double doorway, and eight full length windows equipped with blinds. An extra storage room is available at additional cost. Heat, air conditioning, and utilities are included. Parking space is available in the front and rear of the building. Rent is $550 per month. Please contact Paul Shea at (413) 598-8304 or Fax to (413) 594-7225. Click here for pictures.
Springfield Rent/Share Space
Full floor or individual offices available on the corner of Maple and Union. Off street parking negotiable. Four work spaces and conference area with utilities included, $895 for the entire floor. Individual office space to be determined due to unique options. One area is a two office suite. Another office is solo and there is a work are near where a conference table currently is located. Ideal shared space potential. Contact 413-746-3523 or email@example.com for more details or to arrange to stop by.
West Springfield Business Space for Rent
Up to 1,300 square feet of prime business space for rent. Professional Office Building, 2nd Floor, 680 Westfield Street, West Springfield, MA. Plenty of parking. Please contact Attorney Mary Paier Powers at 413-781-9659 or Fax to 413-781-6504.
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June 9, 2014 - Election Ballots Due
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
6/2 Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
6/9 Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Sweeney
6/16 Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Rup, Sweeney
6/23 Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Rup, Sweeney
6/30 Carey, Ferrara, Kinder, McDonough, Page, Rup, Sweeney
Hampden County Probate Court
6/2 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks
6/9 Fuller, Hyland
6/23 Fuller, Geoffrion, Hyland, Sacks (PM)
6/30 Fuller, Hyland, Sacks
Springfield District Court
6/2 Boyle, Groce, McLeod, Mason, Murphy, Poehler
6/9 Boyle, Estes, Gordon, Hadley, Mason (AM), Murphy, Poehler
6/16 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Murphy, Sanabria-Vega
6/23 Boyle, Groce, Hadley, Hurley, MacLeod, Mason, Poehler
6/30 Boyle, Gordon, Groce, Hadley, Poehler
Palmer District Court
Westfield District Court
6/16 Contant, MacLeod
Chicopee District Court
6/23 Estes, Sanabria-Vega
Holyoke District Court
6/2 Beattie, Mazanec
6/9 Beattie, Walsh
6/16 Beattie, Walsh
6/23 Beattie, Walsh
6/30 Mason, Walsh
Springfield Juvenile Court
6/2 Dunbar, Locke
6/9 Dunbar, Locke, Phillips
6/16 Dunbar, Locke
6/23 Dunbar, Locke, Phillips
6/30 Locke, Phillips
Holyoke Juvenile Court
6/16 Belsky, Phillips
Palmer Juvenile Court
Western Housing Court
6/2 Crampton-Kamukala (AM), Fein (PM), Fields
6/9 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein
6/16 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein (AM)
6/23 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein
6/30 Crampton-Kamukala, Fein