The Massachusetts Bar Association's Annual Bench-Bar Symposium
will feature Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L.
Ireland's Annual Address to the Legal Community. The event will
take place on Wednesday, Oct. 17, beginning at 4 p.m. at the John
"We are delighted to once again provide the stage for Chief
Justice Ireland's much anticipated annual remarks," said MBA
President Robert L. Holloway Jr., who will provide welcome remarks
and introduce Ireland at the annual event. Ireland's 2012 address
will be his second, following his inaugural address delivered in
fall 2011. Ireland was sworn-in as chief justice in December
Trial Court Administrator Lewis H. "Harry" Spence will serve as
another featured speaker at the Oct. 17 event. This will be
Spence's first public address since historic court reform led to
his hiring in April 2012 as the first non-judicial professional to
the Trial Court Department's business operations. Spence's most
immediate focus has been on a comprehensive strategic planning
process for the Trial Court launched earlier this year, work toward
updating the Trial Court's personnel policies and practices and the
development of a new capital plan for court buildings, in
coordination with the state's Division of Capital Asset
The 2011 court reform legislation split the management of the
Trial Courts between judicial and business operations, "a move that
had been championed by the Massachusetts Bar Association for
decades," said Holloway. MBA Past President and former member of
the Court Management Advisory Board Leo V. Boyle will also provide
remarks at the Oct. 17 symposium. Boyle was instrumental in
launching MBA's advocacy on court reform when he served as
president in 1990-91.
The event is free to attend for members of the Massachusetts
judiciary and bar; however, those interested in attending should
register as space is limited -- visit www.massbar.org/benchbar.
The speaking program will be followed by a networking reception
to begin at 4:45 p.m.