Court and Community News

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019
House committee seeks legal counsel; SJC to present Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards; Malden District Court temporarily relocating to Cambridge; Panel discussion on pro bono services for DV victims


House committee seeks legal counsel

The House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets is searching for a committee legal counsel. The candidate must have a law degree and be admitted to practice law in Massachusetts. 

Responsibilities include researching and developing policy on legal issues of pending legislation and the capital budget; recommending strategies on bills and amendments; drafting legislation; advising the representative before and during committee hearings; preparing memos; meeting with legislators, legislative staff, state agencies and other stakeholders on matters before the committee; and reviewing state agencies’ capital plans and examining the plans’ compliance with the Commonwealth’s Five Year Capital Investment Plan.

Work experience involving bonding, government finance or public policy and/or connections to New Bedford and the South Coast are a plus.

The position is located at the State House in Boston.

Please email a brief cover letter and resume to Dana DeBari at

Click here for the full job description.


SJC to present Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards

Supreme Judicial Court Justice Kimberly S. Budd will present the annual Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards to four attorneys and a recent law school graduate in recognition of their outstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services for those in need.

The SJC's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services has selected the following attorneys to receive awards at a ceremony on Oct. 24:

  • Rhonda L. Bachrach, for her exemplary record as a volunteer attorney for the family law, small claims, and housing lawyer-for-the-day programs administered by Community Legal Aid (CLA) and the Worcester County Bar Association.
  • Douglas L. Fox and Lawrence E. Cohen, for their extraordinary dedication to providing pro bono legal services for more than 30 years to the residents of Jeremiah's Inn, a residential recovery program in Worcester.

  • Robert P. Sherman, for his exceptional commitment to pro bono service, devoting nearly 500 hours of volunteer legal work in 2018 alone on a variety of legal projects, such as reuniting immigrant families.

For the Adams law student award, the Committee has selected:

  • Lauren Victoria Rossman, a 2019 graduate of Boston College Law School, for dedicating hundreds of hours to volunteer work over the course of her law school career.

Certificates will also be presented to those listed on the Pro Bono Honor Roll.


Malden District Court temporarily relocating to Cambridge

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey, Court Administrator Jonathan S. Williams and District Court Chief Justice Paul C. Dawley announced this week that the Malden District Court will temporarily relocate its sittings and other court operations to the Medford location of the Cambridge District Court effective Monday, Oct. 28, 2019.

Ongoing repairs to the Malden District Courthouse necessitated the temporary move of all court business to the Cambridge District Court, located at 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford. Repairs are scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2020.

The Malden District Court, its Clerk-Magistrate’s Office and the Probation Department will operate independently in the courthouse they will be sharing with the employees of the Cambridge District Court. The Malden District Court will continue under the same leadership during its temporary location at the Cambridge District Court. 

During the relocation, the telephone number and hours for the Malden District Court will not change. The main telephone for the Malden District Court is (781) 322-7500, and the hours of operation will remain 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The mailing address for both courts is 4040 Mystic Valley Pkwy, Medford, MA 02155.

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Panel discussion on pro bono services for DV victims

On Friday, Nov. 8, from 3-5 p.m., the John J. Moakley Courthouse will play host to a panel discussion on the provision of pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic and dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.

Presented by the U.S. District Court and the U.S. Probation Office, the discussion will center on services provided pursuant to the Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent (POWER) Act of 2018.

RSVP by Oct. 30 to

For questions, contact Carolyn Meckbach at (617) 748-9072.