Lawyers Journal

Bar Bulletin Board

Lawyers Journal publicizes the recent and upcoming events of its affiliated bar associations. Submit items for publication to MBA Bar Services Liaison Patricia O. Plasse at [e-mail pplasse] by the first week of each month.

The Hampshire County Bar Association held its Third Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser on March 7 at the Northampton Center for the Arts. The recipients this year are Historic Northampton and the Hampshire County Bar Association’s Scholarship Fund.

The proceeds going to Historic Northampton will fund a display on the historical significance of the county’s oldest courthouse. Proceeds going to the fund will provide college scholarships to Hampshire County students interested in a career in the law.

The Barnstable Bar Association’s Family Law Committee will host a Bench and Bar Clinical Presentation — The Elements of Proof in a Removal Case — on Thursday April 17, at 4:30 p.m. at the Barnstable County Probate and Family Court. Watch as teams of family law practitioners try various aspects of a removal case. Learn a new approach to the evidentiary issues involved in these often difficult cases.

The all-inclusive attendance fee for this program is $19 for Barnstable County Bar Association members and $25 for nonmembers. All attendees are encouraged to join Probate and Family Court Judge Robert A. Scandurra and the team members at the Barnstable Tavern after the program. Food is included in the fee. There will also be a cash bar.

To register (no later than Friday, April 11) or for more information, contact Michael I. Flores at [e-mail mif] or MaryBeth Holland at [e-mail MBHollandEsq].

The Bristol County Bar Association will hold its annual dinner meeting on Friday, April 18, at the Hawthorne Country Club in Dartmouth. The guest speaker will be Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza. The MBA Community Service Award will be presented to attorney Thomas P. Gay. For more information, call (508) 990-1303.

The Franklin County Bar Association is planning a Law Day event on Thursday, May 8, at 3:30 p.m. in the Superior Court courtroom of the Franklin County Courthouse. The speaker will be the Hon. Mark L. Wolf, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The Liberty Bell Award will also be presented. The association will hold a dinner that evening where Wolf will offer further remarks.

For more information, contact Mimi Gordon at [e-mail fcbar] or Law Day chairperson Jodie Nolan, judicial case manager, at (413) 774-7011, ext. 283 or [e-mail jodie.nolan].

The Berkshire County Bar Association will hold its annual dinner meeting on Tuesday, May 20, at the Berkshire Hills County Club in Pittsfield. For more information, contact BCBA President Brigid Hennessey at [e-mail Hennessey].

On Feb. 6 at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association held its Annual Judicial Reception. This year’s honoree was U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner, who has been on the bench since 1994. To an overflow crowd of her judicial colleagues and the bar, Gertner was praised by District of Massachusetts Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf.

She was introduced by her colleague, U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young, who praised Gertner for her dedication to the court, her technological expertise and innovation and her outstanding service to continuing education to the bar. Massachusetts Chapter President Susan M. Weise presented Gertner with the Federal Bar Association’s Boston Rocker, with an inscribed brass plaque attached to the chair.

The event was also an opportunity to thank the many judges and law firms who had contributed their time, effort and space to functions of the Massachusetts chapter during the past year. Federal Bar Association President James S. Richardson Jr. made a special appearance this year and spoke of the FBA’s efforts regarding judicial salaries and the independence of the judiciary.


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