Legal News

Issue October 2012

Hillman honored at public ceremony

On Nov. 30, 2011, President Barack H. Obama nominated Timothy S. Hillman to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts as the successor to Judge Nancy Gertner upon her retirement. Hillman was confirmed by the Senate on June 4, 2012 and received his commission on June 6, 2012. The Oath of Office was administered initially by Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf on June 7, 2012.

A public ceremony in honor of Hillman, during which the Oath of Office was again administered, was held on Thursday, Sept. 6 at the Hanover Theatre, 554 Main St., in Worcester. Senator Scott Brown and Congressman James McGovern participated in the ceremony.

Since February 2006, Hillman has served as a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Massachusetts. He was instrumental in establishing the court's RESTART program for high risk offenders, with a goal of reducing recidivism and reintegrating ex-offenders into the community with an emphasis on employment skills. Hillman has also served as a justice for the Massachusetts Superior Court and as presiding justice in both the Worcester District Court and the Gardner District Court.

Healy appointed to represent Massachusetts on the Uniform Law Commission

Martin W. Healy, the Massachusetts Bar Association's chief operating officer and chief legal counsel, has been appointed by Gov. Deval L. Patrick to represent Massachusetts on the Uniform Law Commission, for a five-year term. Healy is one of three commissioners who represent the commonwealth.

The ULC is a 120-year-old national law group with headquarters in Washington, D.C. comprised of more than 300 with the goal of drafting and promoting uniforms laws designed to solve problems common in all states.

Patrick in his appointment stated that Healy's "experience and sound judgment will contribute substantially to the board."

An attorney, Healy also serves on the governing board for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, is a member of the Board of Bar Examiners and is a former hearing committee member of the Board of Bar Overseers.

Healy is the MBA's chief legal advisor and liaison to the legislative, executive and judicial branches. He is responsible for legal advice in corporate matters and legal support in issues of public policy concerning the practice of law and administration of justice. Healy serves as counsel to the MBA's leadership team and its House of Delegates and Executive Management Board. He works with the MBA's sections and committees in developing policy, analyzing legislation, drafting bills and testifying before court, legislative and regulatory bodies. Healy also sits on the Editorial Board of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and the SJC Judiciary-Media Committee.

Prior to his arrival at the MBA in 1989, Healy was a law clerk in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office and in the Law Office of William F. Coyne in Boston. He also served as a senior legislative aide in the Massachusetts Senate.
Healy received his law degree, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School and his bachelor's degree from Suffolk University.

Commonwealth seeks BMC clerk-magistrate for West Roxbury

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is seeking a person to serve as clerk-magistrate of the Boston Municipal Court's West Roxbury Division with a vacancy created by the Hon. Richard L. Walsh. The application deadline is Oct. 25, 2012.

Superior Court Business Litigation Session issues new procedural orders

The Business Litigation Session of the Superior Court has issued two new procedural orders.

The first relates to partial dispositive motions, to ensure each motion and its disposition will substantially advance the litigation. The second provides for telephone participation by attorneys in certain hearings and conferences upon request.

The Business Litigation Session accepts cases upon initiation of any party. Administrative Directive 09-1 describes the procedure and selection criteria for admission. Both orders become effective Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Library builds its ebooks collection

Trial Court rules and other documents (such as model jury instructions, 2012 Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, (etc.) are now accessible from practitioners' mobile media devices or computers.

Review the MBA's Guide to the Massachusetts Judicial Selection Process

The path to judicial selection can be arduous. Candidates are vetted through both public and private bodies including: the Judicial Nomination Commission, the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointments and the Governor's Council.

MBA's A Guide to the Massachusetts Judicial Selection Process gives a step-by-step account of how the process works. This second edition covers the most recent Executive Order filed by Gov. Deval L. Patrick, which established the current Judicial Nomination Commission.