Court and Community News

Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021
Roderick Ireland Courthouse temporarily closed; Judicial vacancies open for application; USDC-MA launches new public website; Job opening: Commercial litigation associate for DiOrio Law Office


Roderick Ireland
Courthouse temporarily closed

As of Aug. 25, the Ireland Courthouse in Springfield is closing temporarily to address building issues. The Trial Court has contracted an environmental testing firm and is arranging for a licensed mold abatement company to work in the building today to assess and address the issues that have been identified. The Trial Court will determine the ability to reopen once those assessments have been completed.


Judicial vacancies open for application

The Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) is currently accepting applications for the following judicial vacancies:

Lawrence District Court
Hon. Michael Brooks
(May 28, 2021)

Lynn District Court
Hon. Mary Dacey White
(July 31, 2021)

Click here for application instructions. The application deadline for both vacancies is Friday, Sept. 24, at noon. In addition, click here to sign up for JNC notifications.


USDC-MA launches new public website

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has launched a new website for the public. The site was developed with input from members of the bar and provides quick access to most frequented resources for all visitors.

Some of the new features of the new site include:

  • Enhanced searching capabilities through GSA’s
  • Increased accessibility via features like BrowseAloud, font size customization, and language translation
  • Improved feed of announcements and events
  • More details about the federal courthouses and history
  • Expanded resource bank and civics connections for young people
  • Responsive web design that adapts to a variety of devices and screen sizes (mobile, tablet, laptop, etc.)
  • Modernized display with quick access options for the bar, press and public

Note: This is one of two major transitions in the district. On Sept. 20, 2021, USDC-MA will transition to CM/ECF NextGen.


Job Opening
Commercial litigation associate for DiOrio Law Office

DiOrio Law Office in Providence, Rhode Island, is searching for a commercial litigation associate to add to its in-house team.

The ideal candidate has more than two years’ experience in commercial litigation, knows how to conduct discovery and take depositions, and isn’t afraid to argue a motion. Candidates should also have a willingness to participate in drafting settlement and other contractual documents and writing legal memoranda. Candidates must have a Rhode Island bar license, and a Massachusetts bar license is also preferred.

Click here for more information and to apply.