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Chief Justice Marshall appoints new member to Jury Management Advisory Committee
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall recently appointed the Hon. Kathleen E. Coffey to the Jury Management Advisory Committee. Coffey is the first justice of the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court. She fills the position on the committee formerly held by Boston Municipal Court Judge Michael F. Flaherty, who recently retired. The term, effective immediately, expires on May 1, 2007.

The Jury Management Advisory Committee consists of six justices appointed by the chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, according to G.L.c. 234A, §6, and is charged with assisting the chief justice in supervising the Office of Jury Commissioner.

Before being appointed to the bench in 1993, Coffey was in private practice for eight years. Previously, she served as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County from 1979 to 1983. She taught at Suffolk University Law School as a visiting professor from 1983 to 1984 and from 1988 to 1989, and as a member of the adjunct faculty in 1984.

Coffey currently heads the Mental Health Committee in the Boston Municipal Court Department. In 1998, she created a community advisory task force, the Reinventing Justice Committee, for the West Roxbury Court. This group continues to initiate strategies and programs to enhance the court's accessibility and responsiveness to the community. Programs include an information kiosk staffed by volunteers; the "Straight Ahead Program," a value-based educational project for fifth and sixth grade students; and workshops for senior citizens and parents about identity theft and Internet safety.

Norwell mediation firm announces personal injury division

Offering a quicker alternative to litigation, Accord Mediation Inc. has recently announced a new personal injury division.

Roger E. Hughes Jr., a certified mediator and founder of Accord Mediation Inc. explained, "Opting to mediate a personal injury case simply makes sense. In very serious personal injury cases, lengthy court proceedings are very upsetting to the injured party and/or family involved. Mediation is different. It is a quieter, quicker proceeding that is significantly less upsetting than litigation."

In addition to personal injury disputes, Accord Mediation caters to clients in insurance, real estate, product liability and divorce disputes.

Chief Justice Mulligan appoints Martel to Commission on Judicial Conduct

Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan announced the appointment of attorney David J. Martel of Longmeadow to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, effective on Nov. 1. The term will expire on Oct. 31, 2012.

The Commission on Judicial Conduct, established in 1978, investigates allegations of misconduct by state judges.

Martel has been an attorney at Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy PC in Springfield since 1981. Previously, he practiced law at Robinson & Dibble in Springfield for seven years. He began his legal career at a New York City law firm, Donovan, Leisure, Newton and Irvine, in 1972. Martel is a director and former president of the Hampden County Bar Association.

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