Issue November 2008

Chief Justice Marshall highlights “turbulent” budget challenges in “Annual Address” at Bench-Bar Symposium

n her “Annual Address to the Legal Community,” Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall warned that the “turbulent” national and state financial crisis requires “drastic” cuts in the state’s court system.

Speaking at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s third annual Bench-Bar Symposium at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston on Oct. 22, Marshall told the audience of more than 100 people that she and other court officials had identified millions of dollars in cuts. While they were able to avoid layoffs and furloughs, the cuts have led to an across-the-board hiring freeze; travel restrictions and other cost-cutting measures have also been made, she said.

Nov. 12 Gala Dinner sets stage for Gold Medal and Hennessey Awards presentation

The MBA’s Annual Gala Dinner on Nov. 12 featured a special awards presentation including the MBA Gold Medal Award and the Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey Award. These high honors will be presented to Lee J. Gartenberg and the Hon. Christopher J. Armstrong (ret.) respectively.