Sitting on a desk in Ben T. Clements' new law office, next to a
framed drawing from his little girl of the two of them playing
hockey, is an inscribed photo from Gov. Deval Patrick. "To my
favorite lawyer," is scrawled across the bottom of the photo, which
features three smiling attorneys: Clements, Patrick and Michael J.
Pineault, who was the governor's deputy chief legal counsel.
The 2009-10 Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates met
for the second meeting of the association year on Thursday, Nov. 19
at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield. The full agenda indicated
a busy start to the association year, as officers and section
leadership brought forth a collection of timely and relevant
proposals for the House to consider.
The Massachusetts Bar Association has created a task force to
put a human face on the impact that drastic budget cuts are having
on the courts.
The Crisis in Court Funding Task Force will compile stories of
hardship among public users of the court system and will present a
report to the House of Delegates meeting in March. If endorsed, the
report will support calls for the Legislature to adequately fund
the state court system, which was cut from an initial fiscal 2009
budget of $605.1 million to $559 million in fiscal 2010.