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Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019
Two vacancies on Clients' Security Board; U.S. District Court approves amendments to Local Rules

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Two vacancies on Clients' Security Board

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 2019, due to the expiration of the terms of incumbent members. Terms are for five years. 

Under SJC 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. The court is seeking lawyers with experience in trusts and estates, personal injury law and civil litigation. An interest in professional responsibility is desirable but not essential. 

One-page resumes, with a cover letter, should be submitted by Nov. 22, 2019, to Mona Hochberg at Mona.Hochberg@jud.state.ma.us or Mona Hochberg, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108. 

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U.S. District Court approves amendments to Local Rules

Following a review of public comments, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has approved amendments to the following Local Rules:

  • Rule 5.1: Form and Filing of Papers
  • Rule 5.2: Service and Filing of Pleadings and Other Papers
  • Rule 5.4: Filing and Service by Electronic Means
  • Rule 7.2: Impounded and Confidential Materials
  • Rule 62.2: Supersedeas Bond
  • Rule 77.2: Office of the Clerk
  • Rule 83.5.5: Practice by Pro Se Litigants

These revisions conform the Local Rules to amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure or the current practice of the court. The amended rules will be effective on Nov. 1, 2019. 

The Local Rules may be found on the court’s website.