Bench-Bar Symposium to feature Chief Justice Ireland's Annual Address to the Legal Community

Issue October 2012 By Tricia M. Oliver

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 Adams Courthouse.

"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 2010.

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 Management.

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.

The speaking program will be followed by a networking reception to begin at 4:45 p.m.