News from the courts/agencies

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel formed; Two Clients' Security Board vacancies; Appeals Court seeks staff attorney


Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel formed

Due to the retirement announcement of the Hon. Joan N. Feeney, Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has announced the formation of a Bankruptcy Merit Selection Panel to screen and review applicants for the resulting bankruptcy judgeship vacancy in Boston. Feeney, who has served as a bankruptcy judge in the District of Massachusetts since 1992, will retire effective May 17, 2019.

The panel will recommend to the First Circuit Judicial Council and to the Court of Appeals individuals whose character, experience and commitment to equal justice under the law fully qualify them to serve as United States bankruptcy judges. Bankruptcy judges are appointed to 14-year terms by the Court of Appeals.

The court is seeking attorneys with demonstrated excellence in the practice of bankruptcy law and/or commercial litigation. Interested applicants may obtain an application from the Circuit Executive's Office, from the Bankruptcy Court clerk for the District of Massachusetts, or by accessing the Court of Appeals' website.

Applicants should submit seven copies of their applications to: Susan J. Goldberg, Circuit Executive, Office of the Circuit Executive, John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Suite 3700, Boston, MA 02210. Applications are to be received no later than Wednesday, Nov. 21.


Two Clients' Security Board vacancies

The justices of the Supreme Judicial Court invite applications for appointment to the Clients' Security Board.

Two vacancies will occur on the board in December, due to the expiration of the terms of incumbent members. One vacancy is for an attorney with extensive experience in bankruptcy law and one vacancy is for an attorney with a background in general civil litigation. Terms are for five years.  

Under S.J.C. Rule 4:04, the board manages the fund used to discharge the bar's collective responsibility with respect to losses caused to the public by defalcations of members of the bar. 

One-page resumes, with a cover letter, should be submitted by Nov. 14 to: Mona Hochberg at or Mona Hochberg, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108.  


Appeals Court seeks staff attorney 

The Massachusetts Appeals Court is currently seeking a staff attorney with at least five years of experience in criminal law.

Staff attorneys work on a variety of legal assignments for the justices of the Appeals Court. Principal assignments include assisting in the writing and editing of outgoing decisions, screening incoming civil and criminal cases, and preparing legal memoranda on selected criminal and civil cases. While the position will be focused on criminal law, all staff attorneys may be asked to work in additional areas depending on the court's needs.

For more information, and to apply, click here