CLE Program

Improving the Courtroom Experience: Statewide Bench-Bar Program on Civility - CANCELED


Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Holiday Inn
700 Myles Standish Blvd
Taunton, MA, 02780

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This event is free.

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This event has been CANCELED.

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The Massachusetts Bar Association is proud to present a series of statewide bench-bar programs, which will feature interactive discussions on enhancing civility and professionalism, as well as tips for a better courtroom experience.

The July 2019 report from the Supreme Judicial Court’s Steering Committee on Lawyer Well-Being cited the deteriorating quality of interactions in court settings between attorneys, judges, witnesses and court personnel as one of the barriers to attorney well-being. The report offered several suggestions to improve attorney wellness, efficiency and quality of life, including a recommendation for regular bench-bar discussions between bar associations and the judiciary.

This program will feature a panel of judges from each Trial Court department, as well as attorneys practicing before these courts. Each program will be moderated by a leading trial attorney and give panelists the opportunity to offer their perspectives on how courtroom behavior impacts lawyer well-being. Lawyer bullying, the role of judges in preventing incivility and tips for improving civility in contested litigation are among the topics to be addressed.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions on these vital topics. Following the moderated question-and-answer session with the panel, audience members will have an opportunity to ask additional questions and offer suggestions for enhancing the courtroom experience based on their own observations.

A networking reception with refreshments will follow the program.

Register for the following additional statewide bench-bar programs:


Denise Squillante, Esq., Moderator
Law Office of Denise Squillante, Fall River
Hon. Katherine A. Field, Panelist
Bristol Probate and Family Court, Taunton
Hon. Kevin J. Finnerty, Panelist
Fall River District Court
Hon. Neil K. Sherring, Panlelist
Circuit Justice, Massachusetts Housing Court
Hon. Tracie L. Marciarelli Souza, Panelist
Taunton Juvenile Court, Taunton
Hon. William F. Sullivan, Panelist
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
Colleen E. McGahan, Esq., Panelist
Coogan Smith LLP, Attleboro
Leo M. Spano, Esq., Panelist
Gay & Gay PC, Taunton

Sponsoring Sections:

Solo/Small Firm Law Practice Management Section
Family Law Section
Civil Litigation Section
Judicial Administration Section
Access to Justice Section

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