MBA President Jeffrey N. Catalano spoke to court chiefs and
fellow bar association leaders at a meeting at the John Adams
Courthouse in Boston on March 1, reaffirming that the "the MBA is
firmly -- and always will be -- behind the courts."
Prior to Catalano, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D.
Gants welcomed attendees and spoke about the upcoming challenges in
the year ahead with respect to legal service funding, budget
concerns and continuing to preserve the rule of law in
Massachusetts Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey and Trial
Court Administrator Harry Spence also spoke at the event, where
they discussed the Trial Court's budgetary areas of focus,
including specialty courts, statewide expansion of the housing
court system, security enhancements and more.
Hon. Dina E. Fein, first justice of the Housing Court Department
for the Western Division and special advisor to the Trial Court for
access to justice initiatives spoke about the 100% Access Project
and its goal of providing essential civil legal needs.
This year's bench-bar meeting concluded with a reception.