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