Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jun. 5, 2008
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Photograph by Public Information Office, Supreme Judicial Court
Members of the legal community attend the May 29 Brockton "Open Dialogue" forum to discuss how court practices affect attorneys’ lives and how the court and the bar can work together on operational improvements.

More than 100 speak out at Brockton bench-bar forum

Selections for judicial and attorney moderators finalized for the Lawrence forum, June 17

On May 29, more than 125 members of the trial bar met with judges to discuss court practices at the George Covett Courthouse in Brockton for the first in a series of five Open Dialogue forums scheduled across the state. The event was attended by Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert Mulligan, all of the Trial Court Department Chief Justices and numerous judges, clerks, registers and court personnel. 

Following welcoming remarks from Brockton District Court First Justice David Nagle, Chief Justice Mulligan and Plymouth County Bar President David Reservitz  the attendees participated in breakout groups according to court practice area. The District Court, Housing Court, Juvenile Court, Land Court, Probate and Family Court and Superior Court met separately with lawyers to engage in a dialogue on case management and practice in each of these court departments.

A reception followed the breakout sessions. 

Thanks to Francis S. Moran Jr., legal counsel to the Chief Justice, Supreme Judicial Court, who provided a summary of the event.

Selections for judicial and attorney moderators have been finalized for the Lawrence “Open Dialogue on Court Practices” forum to take place on June 17 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Fenton Judicial Center, 2 Appleton St., Lawrence.

To R.S.V.P., contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, or [e-mail membership].

Practitioners’ perspectives are sought to better determine how court practices affect attorneys’ lives and how the court and the bar can work together on operational improvements. In addition to area attorneys, judges and court staff are also invited to participate in the June 17 forum, which is being co-sponsored by the Essex County Bar Association.

Participating judges for the June 17 program include:

Hon. Thomas M. Brennan
District Court

Hon. Michael J. Brooks
District Court

Hon. David D. Kerman
Housing Court

Hon. Sally F. Padden
Juvenile Court

Hon. Gordon H. Piper
Land Court

Hon. Mary Anne Sahagian
Probate and Family Court

Hon. Howard J. Whitehead
Superior Court

The following attorneys will co-facilitate the break-out sessions at the May 29 program:             

Donald R. Bumiller
Law Office of Donald R. Bumiller, Lynn
District Court

Raymond D. Buso
Raymond D. Buso, attorney at law, Salem
District Court

Robert L. Holloway Jr.
MacLean, Holloway, Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC, Peabody
Superiour Court

Marsha V. Kazarosian
Kazarosian Law Office, Haverhill
Probate & Family Court 

James A. Peterson
James A. Peterson, attorney at law, Salem
Housing Court

Martha A. Rush O'Mara
Law Office of Martha Rush O'Mara, Melrose
Juvenile Court

William H. Sheehan III,
MacLean, Holloway, Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC, Peabody
Land Court


Below is a list of scheduled "Open Dialogue on Court Practices" dates and locations, listed chronologically:


Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, Boston

Wednesday, Sept. 17


Hall of Justice, Springfield

Thursday, Oct. 2


Worcester Trial Court

Thursday, Oct. 16



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