Bar Seen: President-elect Christopher A. Kenney speaks at bench-bar event

Thursday, April 5, 2018
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MBA President-elect Christopher A. Kenney speaks to court chiefs and fellow bar association leaders at the John Adams Courthouse on April 2.

The MBA will remain a firm ally of the court system in the coming membership year and beyond, President-elect Christopher A. Kenney pledged to court chiefs and fellow bar association leaders at a meeting at the John Adams Courthouse on April 2. 

Kenney’s comments followed introductory remarks by Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, who said the support of the bar is essential to securing proper funding for the courts each year.

Chief Justice Paula M. Carey discussed the four areas that make up the Massachusetts Trial Court’s fiscal year 2019 budget request, with funding sought to implement: additional specialty court sessions, diversity and bias-prevention initiatives, a core infrastructure of alternative dispute resolution programs, and a streamlined approach to case management in the Probate and Family Court.

Trial Court Administrator Jonathan S. Williams highlighted technological and other advancements at courthouses across the commonwealth, as well as the efficiencies realized as a result.  

The Hon. Mary Hogan Sullivan and Sheila Casey briefed the crowd on the work of specialty courts.

This year’s bench-bar meeting concluded with a reception.