I recollect the last 11 months with a sense of pride. The MBA
has accomplished much and been front and center on the issues with
the highest relevance to the Massachusetts legal community.
It has been a privilege to be at the helm for this year's worth
of progress and impact. Many accomplishments were possible thanks
to the support and collaboration of MBA volunteers, including my
talented and collaborative fellow officers. I could not have done
it without them. Thanks also go to the tireless work and support of
the MBA staff.
The state's court leaders warned that the recently approved
$24.2 million cut to the court system budget is "devastating" and
will force layoffs and court closings.
The dire message also included an unusual request that Gov. Deval
Patrick stop appointing judges or clerk magistrates for fiscal 2012
-- except in emergencies -- claiming that the shortage of support
staff is already "critical," and that for every judge or clerk
magistrate appointed, three more staff members will need to be