Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
From left to right: SJC Associate Justice Francis X. Spina; BBA President James D. Smeallie; MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr.; Orlando Ramos from Sen. James T. Welch’s office; Daniel Zwirko from State Rep. Brian M. Ash’s office; and Trial Court Administrator Harry Spence.
Bar and court leaders talk funding with legislators in Springfield
Leaders of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar
Association and the Trial Court coordinated an informational
meeting with Hampden County legislators at Springfield's Hall of
Justice today, Feb. 28. On the heels of a successful, similar event
with Essex County legislators in early January, this afternoon's
gathering was an opportunity to depict the local impact experienced
from court funding cuts.
Following introductory remarks by MBA President Robert L.
Holloway Jr., BBA President James D. Smeallie and Supreme Judicial
Court Associate Justice Francis X. Spina, Trial Court Administrator
Harry Spence, Springfield-based clerks, judges and others spoke to
the reality of understaffed departments.
Legislative staff in attendance included Daniel Zwirko from
State Rep. Brian M. Ash's office and Orlando Ramos from Sen. James
T. Welch's office.