Court and Community News

Thursday, April 14, 2022
Kelley reappointed to new term as chief magistrate judge; Land Court seeking attorney applicants for all fee-generating appointment types; Clerk magistrate vacancies open for applications; Job openings: Research attorney at the Superior Court; Litigation attorney at Silver Golub & Teitell


Kelley reappointed to new term as chief magistrate judge

The judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts have reappointed Chief Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley to a new term commencing June 16, 2022, upon the recommendation of a Merit Selection Panel appointed pursuant to the order dated Sept. 21, 2021. Kelley was first appointed to be a U.S. magistrate judge by the court for an eight-year term that commenced on June 16, 2014. She has served as chief magistrate judge since 2020.

As a magistrate judge, Kelley presides over pretrial matters in all types of civil cases
filed in federal court and, with the consent of the parties, presides over jury and jury-waived civil cases through judgment. She also presides over pretrial matters in criminal felony cases, and handles petty offenses, misdemeanor and extradition cases through trial and sentencing. Kelley presides over two innovative specialty courts, the RISE program, for people who are awaiting sentencing, and the CARE program, for those on supervised release who have substance use disorders and are at high risk to recidivate. Both programs are geared toward diverting defendants from incarceration and helping them better their lives.

In addition, the magistrate judges in Massachusetts are the principal mediators in the District Court’s pretrial mediation program, which is available to all civil litigants free of charge. She is currently the chair of the Reentry Court Committee and a member of the Budget Committee. She serves as the magistrate judge liaison to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel.

Prior to joining the bench, Kelley spent her career representing indigent defendants.
She served as an assistant federal public defender in the Boston Office of the Federal Public Defender from 2004 to 2014. She was the defense representative in this court’s reentry programs, CARE and RESTART, from 2009 through 2013. Kelley served as a CJA attorney for two years prior to her appointment as an assistant federal public defender. Before that, she was the attorney-in-charge of the Cambridge office for the Committee for Public Counsel Services, representing indigent defendants in state court. She was a state public defender for 14 years.


Land Court seeking attorney applicants for all fee-generating appointment types

The Land Court is inviting all qualified attorneys to apply for eligibility to accept fee-generating appointments in Land Court cases involving a variety of real estate matters. Common fee-generating appointment types in Land Court cases include Partition Commissioners, Tax Title Examiners, Registration case and Subsequent case Title Examiners, Guardians ad Litem, Military Attorneys, Masters, Receivers and Trustees. 

The court is conducting a reapplication process to create new sequential lists of attorneys qualified to serve as fee-generating appointees in all Land Court case types. All current members of any Land Court FGA list must reapply to the Land Court, and meet all the requirements and qualifications for membership, to be included on the new FGA lists and considered eligible for fee-generating appointments in the Land Court going forward.

More information about each of the Land Court fee-generating appointment types, and the qualifications necessary to serve as an appointee, is available on the Land Court’s webpage, available here


Clerk magistrate vacancies open for applications

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

District Court Clerk Magistrate
Salem District Court
Brian K. Lawlor
(Dec. 17, 2021)
Housing Court Clerk Magistrate 
Eastern Division
Robert L. Lewis
(Oct. 18, 2019)

The application deadline for both positions is Thursday, May 5, at noon. Click here for application instructions and here to sign up for JNC notifications.


Job Openings

Research attorney at the Superior Court  

The Massachusetts Superior Court is seeking to fill a research attorney position, to be based in Fall River, serving all the justices of the Superior Court. This is a professional, permanent position within the Administrative Office of the Superior Court.

Research attorneys assist the justices with legal research, writing and analysis; prepare draft decisions, research memoranda and other documents; analyze and research specific legal issues and questions for the judges; and may assist in training and oversight of other legal research staff and interns.

Requirements include membership in the Massachusetts bar (or actively applying), and excellent writing, communication, and legal research skills. A reliable car and the willingness and ability to travel to courthouses throughout the commonwealth are also requirements of the position. Research attorneys must reside in Massachusetts during the duration of their employment.

Click here for more information and to apply.


Litigation attorney at Silver Golub & Teitell  

Silver Golub & Teitell LLP, a boutique Connecticut litigation firm with 18 members, is seeking associates with two to three years of litigation experience, which is preferred but not necessary. 

The ideal candidate would be expected to assume substantial case responsibility and be an ambitious and independent thinker. A candidate must have superior academic credentials, as well as excellent writing and analytical skills. Law review or judicial clerkship experience is preferred but not essential.  

Applicants are asked to include a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, and two writing samples, and submit to