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Thursday, Sep. 10, 2009
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Massachusetts Appeals Court to hold sitting in Pittsfield; Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel to screen applicants for bankruptcy judge position

Massachusetts Appeals Court
to hold sitting in Pittsfield

A panel of three associate justices of the Massachusetts Appeals Court will hear oral arguments in five appeals in a special session to be held on the campus of Berkshire Community College, 1350 West St., Pittsfield. The Pittsfield sitting will be held on Monday, Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. and is part of the Appeals Court's continuing outreach to communities outside Boston, where the court generally holds its sittings. It also coincides with Berkshire Community College's 50th Anniversary Celebration. The session is open to the public. Teachers and students from local area high schools and members of the college's community, including the local chapter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, are expected to attend.  

Oral arguments for each case take approximately 30 minutes. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The SJC rule for cameras in the courtroom will apply.

Immediately following the session, the justices, Hon. Joseph Trainor, Hon. Kent Smith and Hon. Ariane Vuono will conduct an informal question and answer period for the students on general topics related to their roles and the role of an intermediate appellate court. (Pending matters will not be discussed.)

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Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel to screen
applicants for bankruptcy judge position

Chief Judge Sandra Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has announced the formation of a Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel to screen and review the qualifications of applicants for a bankruptcy judge position for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, headquartered in Worcester. The successful candidate will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Joel B. Rosenthal, who has served as the bankruptcy judge in Worcester since 2000.

Under the statute providing for the appointment of bankruptcy judges, the courts of appeals, assisted by the circuit councils, have the duty of filling vacancies on the bankruptcy court in each circuit (28 U.S.C. § 152). The Merit Selection Panel will recommend to the First Circuit Judicial Council individuals whose character, experience and commitment to equal justice under the law fully qualify them to serve as U.S. bankruptcy judges. The Judicial Council will make recommendations to the First Circuit Court of Appeals, which will make the appointment.

Bankruptcy judges are appointed to 14-year terms by the Court of Appeals.

 

 

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