Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2008
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Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, Boston

Judge moderators announced for Sept. 17 "Open Dialogue" bench-bar session

Trial Court leaders seek attorneys' input on how court practices affect your practice and how the courts and the bar can work together to continue management improvements

Selections for judicial moderators have been finalized for the Boston “Open Dialogue on Court Practices” forum to take place on Sept. 17 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse located at 24 New Chardon St.

Participating judges include the Hon. Rosalind H. Millerand and the Hon. David T. Donnelly of the Boston Municipal Court; the Hon. Robert A. Brennan of the District Court; the
Hon. John C. Cratsley and Hon. Margaret R. Hinkle of the Superior Court's Civil and Criminal Sessions, respectively; the Hon. Paul D. Lewis of the Juvenile Court; Chief Justice Karyn F. Scheier of the Land Court; the Hon. John M. Smoot of the Probate and Family Court and the Hon. Jeffrey M. Winik of the Housing Court.

As part of a concerted effort to continually improve communication between the trial courts and attorneys who present cases in them, a series of interactive bench-bar sessions is being held across the state. The series is jointly sponsored by the Massachusetts Trial Court, Massachusetts Bar Association, the Court Management Advisory Board and local bar associations where each forum is being held.

Practitioners’ perspectives are sought to better determine how court practices affect attorneys’ lives and how the court and the bar can work together on operational improvements.

In addition to area attorneys, judges and court staff are also invited to participate in the Sept. 17 forum, which is being co-sponsored by the Massachusetts and the Boston Bar Associations.

To R.S.V.P. for this program, contact MBA Member Services at (617) 338-0530, or e-mail membership.

Below is a list of scheduled "Open Dialogue on Court Practices" dates and locations, listed chronologically:


Hampden Probate and Family Court, Springfield

Thursday, Oct. 2


Worcester Trial Court

Thursday, Oct. 16



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