Judicial Performance Evaluations begin for judges in Berkshire,
Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties
Judges in the District Court, Superior Court, Juvenile Court,
Probate and Family Court, and Housing Court in Berkshire, Franklin,
Hampshire and Hampden Counties will be evaluated from the beginning
of May through June. Members of the bar should receive an email
asking for participation in the Judicial Performance Evaluation.
Full participation of the bar in judicial evaluation is crucial to
maintaining a high-quality judicial branch.
This evaluation system is the best way for members of the bar to
tell the judge and court leadership about their experiences before
the judge. Responding attorneys will remain anonymous.
For more information please contact Mona Hochberg, coordinator of
Judicial Performance Evaluation.
Law Day celebrations planned in courthouses across the state
In recognition of Law Day 2017, students across the commonwealth
will participate in educational activities about the Rule of Law
and the judicial branch of government. Students will have an
opportunity to interact with judges, lawyers, law clerks and other
This year's Law Day theme, the Fourteenth Amendment, reshaped
American law and society, in particular its impact on civil rights,
due process, and equal protection under the law for all
Law Day was established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958
as a day to recognize the principles of government under the law,
and the nation's heritage of liberty and justice.
The following courts will have activities on Friday, April
- John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, 9:00 a.m.
- 12:00 p.m. Approximately 80 students from Fenway High School and
Boston Latin School will watch a performance of Theatre Espresso's
play The Nine Who Dared followed by discussions with Supreme
Judicial Court Justices. The SJC Law Clerk Society will lead
discussions in the Holmes Courtroom, followed by tours of the John
Adams Courthouse exhibit rooms and Great Hall.
- Middlesex County Juvenile Court at the Lowell District Court,
41 Hurd Street, 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Middlesex Juvenile Court
First Justice Jay Blitzman will preside over festivities with
Middlesex Juvenile Court Judge Patricia Flynn. The Lowell High
School Air Force Junior ROTC Honor Guard will start the ceremony,
under the direction of Technical Sargeant (Ret) David Smith. The
Lowell High School Choir will perform, directed by Peter Carney.
Lowell District Court Judge Barbara Pearson will offer the
welcoming address. Attorney Erich Bryant, Board Member of the
Lowell Bar Association, and Middlesex Assistant District Attorney
Elizabeth Barnes will attend. There will be an essay contest, and
winners of Joe Hogan Scholarship announced.
The following courts will have activities on Monday, May
- Springfield District Court, Hall of Justice, 50 State Street,
Courtroom 2, 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Hampden County Bar
Association, Holyoke District Court Judge Matthew Shea will serve
as Master of Ceremonies, which will include the presentation of the
Honorable John M. Greaney Award to Attorney Jeffrey S. Morneau and
Jaime E. Morrow, Program Coordinator for the Hampden County Legal
Clinic. Bar Association President-elect William Travaun Bailey and
the mock trial team from the Pioneer Valley School of Performing
Arts will also participate.
- Bristol County Juvenile Court-Taunton, 40 Broadway, 3:00 p.m.,
Bristol Juvenile Court First Justice John Spinale will host the
court's Law Day celebration.
- Salem District Court, 56 Federal Street, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Approximately 30 area high school students will participate in Law
Day Activities. Salem Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll; Representative
Paul F. Tucker of the 7th Essex District; Senator Joan B. Lovely of
the 2nd Essex District; and members of the bar are expected to
attend. Students will learn about the jury system, will watch the
juror welcome video, and will observe a courtroom in session. At
11:00 a.m., there will be a formal Law Day ceremony in Session E,
which will include the formal cry, pledge of allegiance, welcome
remarks from Salem First Justice Robert Brennan, the National
Anthem, a mock trial with students serving as jurors,
self-introduction of various attendees including Salem District
Court Clerk-Magistrate Brian K. Lawlor, Salem District Court Chief
Probation Officer Dolores R. Gormley, and participating attorneys,
followed by lunch at 12:30.
The following courts will have activities on Tuesday,
- Quincy District Court, One Dennis Ryan Parkway, 9:00 a.m. -
12:00 p.m. Governor Charlie Baker will deliver the keynote Law Day
address. Quincy District Court First Justice Mark S. Coven will
preside over the day. Those in attendance will include Trial Court
Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, District Court Chief Justice Paul C.
Dawley, and recently appointed Trial Court Administrator Jon
The following will have activities on Wednesday, May
- Boston Municipal Court-East Boston, 37 Meridian Street, from
5:30 p.m. Boston Municipal Court First Justice John M. McDonald
will preside over an oratory competition for middle school students
from East Boston and Winthrop, an essay competition for all grades,
a poster content for elementary school students and a coloring book
contest for early elementary school children. The Law Day Awards
Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the First Session Courtroom,
with awarded prizes provided by the Friends of the East Boston
Court and sponsored by the East Boston Savings Bank.
The following will have activities on Thursday, May
- Lawrence District Court, 2 Appleton Street, 8:30 a.m. The
Lawrence Bar Association (LBA) will sponsor a speech contest for
local high school students. Students will come to court and read
their essays. A panel of three judges will pick the winner, who
will receive a scholarship from the Lawrence Bar Association. There
will be a second reception at 4:00 p.m. at the courthouse. The
reception will feature an artwork presentation and display in the
jury pool room and judges lobby by Lawrence 8, 9, and 10th grade
students, followed by a reception, courtesy of the LBA, to honor
the student artists, parents and teachers, who will see where their
art work will be displayed.
The following will have activities on Friday, May
- Fall River District Court, 186 South Main Street, 8:30 a.m. The
Fall River Bar Association, in conjunction with the Fall River
District Court, will conduct Law Day activities at the Fall River
Justice Center. Students from the Fall River School system
and the Atlantis Charter School will participate.
- Boston Municipal Court-Brighton, 52 Academy Hill Road, 10:30
a.m., Essay and poster contest, special scholarship and awards
presentations, including the 12th Annual Honorable Albert H. Burns
scholarship award. Outdoor BBQ with teachers and students from
Brighton/Allston public schools.