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Thursday, March 10, 2022
​Apply for appointment to the BBO; Levenson selected as U.S. magistrate judge; Land Court issues memo on electronic notarization; Job openings: ​Three positions with the Trial Court

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Apply for appointment to the BBO  

The justices of the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) invite interested attorneys to apply for appointment to the Board of Bar Overseers (BBO) for a four-year term, from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2026. 

The BBO investigates and evaluates complaints against attorneys and adjudicates disciplinary charges brought by the Office of Bar Counsel. The board's activities are governed by SJC Rule 4:01 and the Rules of the Board of Bar Overseers.   

The justices will be making two appointments to the board. Applicants should be experienced attorneys who are members of the Massachusetts bar in good standing.  Attorneys with experience working in private practice and/or with experience with personal injury matters are encouraged to apply. The justices also strongly encourage attorneys with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply. 

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Anna Rachel Dray-Siegel at anna.dray-siegel@jud.state.ma.us by April 29, 2022. If you have questions about the application process or the position, contact Dray-Siegel.

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Levenson selected as U.S. magistrate judge 

The judges of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts have selected Paul G. Levenson to be a magistrate judge, subject to the required background investigation. When appointed, Levenson will sit in Boston.

Levenson began his legal career as a law clerk for Hon. Stanley J. Weigel in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Following his clerkship, he worked in private practice as an associate at Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler LLP and then Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. In 1989, he joined the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. As an assistant U.S. attorney, he worked in the Civil and then Criminal divisions, the last six years of service as the chief of the Economic Crimes Unit. In 2013, he joined the Securities and Exchange Commission as regional director, supervising a staff of 170 professionals in six New England states.

Levenson received a BA in social studies from Harvard College. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

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Land Court issues memo on electronic notarization

On Friday, March 4, the Land Court chief title examiner issued a new Registered Land Memorandum regarding “Electronic Notarization as Authorized by Section 12 of Chapter 22 of the Acts of 2022.”

The memorandum is available here.

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Job Openings

Three positions with the Trial Court

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

Specialty court legal coordinator

Working within the Probate and Family Court Department, the specialty court coordinator will oversee all operations for the Family Resolutions Specialty Court (FRSC), including the program’s administrative, legal and policy components. The coordinator will ensure FRSC’s effectiveness and success on both a policy and individual case-by-case basis by coordinating with judges, court staff, mental health professionals, attorneys, mediators, social service providers, and academics.

Requirements include a law degree and admission to the Massachusetts bar, plus five years of experience in domestic relations law.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Judicial case manager

Employees in this position in the Probate and Family Court Department assist the first justice and associate justices in performing their legal and administrative duties as set forth in state statutes, court rules, standing orders and court policies. This employee is appointed for a term of three years by the first justice of the division, pursuant to G.L. Chapter 217, Section 23C, with the approval of the Probate and Family chief justice.

Requirements include a law degree; admission to the practice of law in Massachusetts; and knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through four years of legal or supervisory experience.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Assistant clerk magistrate

Employees in this position in the Juvenile Court assist the clerk of court in performing administrative duties as set forth in state statutes and court rules. Administrative responsibilities include the preparation and maintenance of all court papers and records and performance of administrative tasks to ensure that cases move rapidly and smoothly to a determination by the court.

Requirements include a bachelor's degree in a relevant field and knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through six or more years of relevant work experience; or a law degree and admission to the practice of law in Massachusetts, or a graduate degree in a relevant field, and knowledge, skills and abilities acquired through two or more years of relevant work experience.

Click here for more information and to apply.