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Donnelly appointed chair of Trial Court Committee on Dispute Resolution; UMass Student Legal Services Office seeks staff attorney

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Donnelly appointed chair of Trial Court Committee on Dispute Resolution

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey recently announced the appointment of Boston Municipal Court First Justice David T.  Donnelly as chair of the Trial Court’s Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution, effective March 2, 2020.  

The committee advises the chief justice on the implementation of the Uniform Rules on Dispute Resolution and the oversight of court-connected dispute resolution services throughout the Trial Court. Donnelly succeeds Probate and Family Court Judge David G. Sacks, who led the committee since September 2016. Sacks, who retired in January, will serve as vice chair. 

The Standing Committee has led the expansion of free mediation and conciliation services across court departments and obtained legislative funding for Permanency Mediation Services in the Juvenile Court and Probate Court departments over the last several fiscal years. Committee members include judges, court staff, representatives of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar associations, other attorneys, and providers of dispute resolution services.

Donnelly serves as the first justice of the Brighton Division of the Boston Municipal Court. He was appointed to the bench in 2002 and also serves on the Trial Court’s Public Outreach Committee.

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UMass Student Legal Services Office seeks staff attorney

The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for the position of Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) staff attorney. This position reports to the SLSO director and provides legal services and education to students and student groups, provides legal counsel to and policy advocacy for student governance bodies and student leaders on issues of concern to the student body, and participates in the development of the community legal education program.

The chosen candidate will also participate in the hiring, supervision, training and evaluation of staff, as well as provide information and perspectives relevant to the development and implementation of SLSO's mission, goals and objectives.

Required qualifications include a juris doctor degree from an accredited institution, membership in the Massachusetts bar, and one year of experience in the practice of law, which may include clinical program experience.

For more information, or to apply, visit the UMass website.