Judicial Administration and Young Lawyers Division host "A View From the Bench" seminar and reception

Thursday, May. 30, 2013
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Top: John J. Morrissey moderates the discussion at the May 29 "A View From the Bench" seminar. Second from top (from left to right): Program panelists John J. Morrissey, Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP, Braintree; Hon. Kimberly S. Budd, Superior Court, Boston; Hon. Dennis J. Curran Superior Court, Boston; Hon. Kenneth V. Desmond Jr., Superior Court, Boston; Hon. Judith Fabricant, Superior Court, Boston; Hon. Mitchell H. Kaplan, Superior Court, Boston; Hon. Maynard M. Kirpalani, Superior Court, Boston; and MBA President-elect Douglas K. Sheff, Sheff Law Offices PC, Boston. Second from bottom (from left to right): Stephen Y. Chow, partner, Burns & Levinson LLP; John J. Morrissey, partner, Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP; Michael T. Maroney, partner, Holland & Knight LLP; Michael H. Hayden, partner, Morrison Mahoney LLP; and Dianne R. Phillips, partner, Holland & Knight LLP. Bottom: Members of the MBA YLD Board of Directors mingle at the May 29 reception. Photos by John Pregmon.

The MBA's Judicial Administration Section and Young Lawyers Division sponsored "A View From the Bench Seminar & Reception" on May 29.  The program provided attendees with an opportunity to hear from a panel of six distinguished members of the Massachusetts judiciary on their preferences and practices on a variety of civil pretrial and trial issues.

MBA President-elect Douglas K. Sheff, of Sheff Law Offices PC, provided opening remarks in which he stressed the importance of the relationship between the MBA and the judiciary -- especially as court funding continues to be a major issue impacting the commonwealth. Additionally, Sheff commended the Judicial Administration Section for its contributions to the MBA and praised John Morrissey, of Morrissey, Wilson & Zafiropoulos LLP, for his exemplary efforts as the section's chair. Sheff also urged attendees to become actively involved members of the MBA.

The seminar was presented to more than 70 attendees, who gained valuable insight into the proclivities and perspectives of each panelist in relation to the practice of law within the commonwealth. Morrissey moderated the seminar's discussion, which focused on topics such as attorney conducted voir dire, the use of demonstrative evidence, teleconferencing and discovery disputes, and motion practice.

The invaluable seminar was followed by a successful networking reception for attendees and members of the judiciary.