Court and Community News

Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022
Notice of openings on the SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services; U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Bailey to retire; National Center for State Courts releases latest survey of judicial salaries; Job openings: Three positions with the Trial Court; Fraud attorney at Social Security Administration

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Notice of openings on the SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services

The justices of the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) invite applications for appointment to the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. The committee currently has multiple membership positions open for immediate appointment. Membership terms ordinarily run for three years. 

The justices seek applicants from diverse backgrounds across the commonwealth who are willing to devote their time and energy to improving the justice system and who have demonstrated a commitment to and experience in assisting persons unable to afford legal counsel for their essential civil legal needs. Persons who applied in prior years may reapply.

The committee works to support and promote volunteer legal work to assist people of limited means who need legal representation. The committee presents the annual Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards to honor Massachusetts lawyers, law students, law firms and legal organizations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to providing pro bono services for the benefit of individuals of limited means. The committee also administers the Pro Bono Honor Roll; engages with law schools, bar associations and other community organizations to promote pro bono legal work; and considers rule changes and other initiatives to facilitate pro bono practice by attorneys and law students.

Applicants should submit a resume and a letter describing their experience and interest in serving on the committee by Friday, March 25, 2022, to Chip Phinney, deputy legal counsel, preferably by email to Chip.Phinney@jud.state.ma.us, or by mail to Chip Phinney, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108.

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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Bailey to retire

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts has announced that Judge Frank J. Bailey has informed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit of his
intention to retire, effective June 1, 2022. Immediately following his retirement, Bailey
will commence service as the president of PioneerLegal LLC, a nonprofit, public interest law firm.

Bailey joined the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts in 2009 and served as chief judge from 2010 to 2015. During his tenure, he presided over
numerous significant cases, including the Chapter 9 municipal adjustment case of Central Falls, Rhode Island; the Chapter 11 case of the Charles Street African Methodist Episcopal Church; the Chapter 7 liquidation of Building 19 retail stores; and proceedings involving David Drumm, former senior officer of Anglo Irish Bank. 

Bailey has served as adjunct faculty at Boston University School of Law, New England Law | Boston and Suffolk University Law School, and he has provided legal and judicial education to students, lawyers and judges in several countries.

In addition, Bailey served as the president of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, as the judicial member at large on the Board of the American Bar Association, as chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges, as a member of the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association, and as a member of the Massachusetts delegation to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.

Bailey has testified before Congress on matters of importance to the federal
judiciary, including on bankruptcy venue reform and diversity, equity and inclusion in the
national judiciary.

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National Center for State Courts releases
latest survey of judicial salaries

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has published its latest Survey of Judicial Salaries, which reflects judicial salaries current as of Jan. 1, 2022. Takeaways from the latest findings include:

Chief Justice of Court of Last Resort:

  • 39 jurisdictions increased salaries in the last year 
  • Increases from 1.0% (District of Columbia) to 9.43% (Mississippi)
  • Average increase in the last 12 months: 2.70% 

Associate Justice of Court of Last Resort:

  • 39 jurisdictions increased salaries in the last year 
  • Increases from 1.0% (District of Columbia) to 9.4% (Mississippi)
  • Average increase in the last 12 months: 2.5%

Intermediate Appellate Judge:

  • 29 (of 41 jurisdictions with intermediate appellate courts) increased salaries in the last year
  • Increases from 1.0% (Missouri) to 9.1% (Mississippi)
  • Average increase in the last 12 months: 2.7%

General Jurisdiction Judge:

  • 41 jurisdictions increased salaries in the last year
  • Increases from 1.0% (DC and Missouri) to 11.0% (Alabama)
  • Average increase in the last 12 months: 2.65%

For more information, contact NCSC’s Dimarie Alicea-Lozada at dalicealozada@ncsc.org or 757-259-1592.

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Job Openings

Three positions with the Trial Court

The Massachusetts Trial Court is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Land Court Title Examiners

This series is responsible for performing a variety of title-related legal duties at the Land Court. Title examiners, appointed pursuant to G.L. c. 185, s.12, perform their duties under the direct supervision of the chief title examiner and are subject to the overall direction of the chief justice and the recorder of the Land Court.

This position is part of a series that includes a number of levels. Employees are appointed to the entry level and are eligible to advance to the higher level consistent with the job description and Trial Court policies.  

  • Title Examiner I: This is the entry-level position title within this series. Employees at this level are expected to perform the full range of entry-level duties and to train for the next higher level.  
  • Title Examiner II: This is the second-level position title within this series. Employees at this level are expected to perform higher-level duties that require more legal knowledge, knowledge of court procedures and operations, and the exercise of more independent judgment. 
Minimum requirements include membership in good standing in the Massachusetts bar, as well as knowledge of statutory and case law in the fields of real property, tax lien foreclosure, and land registration.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Head Law Librarian

Working within the Trial Court Law Libraries of the Department of Support Services, the head law librarian administers all activities of a public law library within the Trial Court. The individual is responsible for the fiscal planning and management of a library budget; performs professional library duties such as acquisition, cataloging and reference; and performs the duties of a division manager (managerial duties) with emphasis on financial management and personnel supervision.

Applicants must have a master's degree in library science from an accredited library school and a minimum of three years of full-time experience in a professional capacity in a law library; or a Juris Doctor degree and four years in a Trial Court Law Library position.

Click here for more information and to apply.

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Fraud attorney at Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the General Counsel is seeking a fraud attorney to represent the SSA in federal court and prosecute criminal Social Security fraud cases. The attorney will also investigate and prosecute crimes with federal, state and local law enforcement as a special assistant U.S. attorney assigned to a U.S. Attorney’s Office; negotiate plea agreements with defense counsel; conduct jury trials, motion hearings and sentencing hearings in federal court; and present evidence before the grand jury.

The position is based in Syracuse, New York, and travel to Albany, New York, is required. Applicants must hold a law degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association, and they must be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 28. For additional information, email NY.OGC.Resumes@ssa.gov.