Court and Community News

Thursday, March 31, 2022
Watch the Worcester Bar's 'WCBA's Got Talent,' April 7; Givens to become federal public defender for Districts Of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island; Probate and Family Court vacancies open for applications; Job openings: Mid-level associate with Peabody & Arnold; Associate counsel at MFS


Watch the Worcester Bar's 'WCBA's
Got Talent,' April 7 

On April 7, the Worcester County Bar Association will present WCBA’s Got Talent at the BrickBox Theater in Worcester to benefit the United Way of Central Massachusetts. WCBA’s Got Talent will feature performances by lawyers, judges and clerks from the WCBA. The talent will include solo musicians, singers, bands, a comedian and a one-act play. While the event is sold out, you can watch the live stream online on April 7 at 7:30 p.m. here and view the event program here. For questions, contact WCBA President Geoffrey Spofford at


Givens to become federal public defender for Districts Of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island

Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit announced today that the court has selected Kyana Givens to serve as the next federal public defender (FPD) for the Districts of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Givens will fill the vacancy resulting from Miriam Conrad's retirement and will assume the position upon the successful completion of a full FBI background investigation.

Givens is currently an assistant FPD in the Eastern District of North Carolina and has been involved in criminal defense work since she earned her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 2002. Givens earned a B.A. in sociology from Seattle Pacific University in 1996.

In 2002, upon her graduation from law school, Givens became the Albert M. Sacks Fellow at the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School, where she provided litigation support to Professor Charles Ogletree. In 2005, Givens joined The Defender Association in Seattle, Washington, as a state public defender, where she worked in the juvenile and felony units. After four years with The Defender Association, in 2009, Givens joined the FPD Office for the Western District of Washington as an assistant FPD, where she remained until 2018, when she joined the Defender Services Office Training Division of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts as a visiting attorney advisor. During her 18-month temporary duty year with the Defender Services Office, Givens researched, helped create, and taught monthly National Training Division continuing legal education programs and lectured at seminars for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorneys and FPDs nationwide.

In 2020, following her term with the Defender Services Office, Ms. Givens joined the FPD Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina, where she is an assistant FPD. As an assistant FPD, Givens has provided public defense for indigent clients accused of a variety of federal offenses, including but not limited to, drug smuggling, complex conspiracies, money laundering, social security fraud, human trafficking, weapons charges, illegal re-entry, and Environmental Protection Agency violations.


Probate and Family Court vacancies open for applications

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

Hon. Paul Sushchyk
(March 28, 2022)

Hon. Lisa Roberts
(Oct. 11, 2022)

The application deadline for both positions is Thursday, May 12, at noon. Click here for application instructions and here to sign up for JNC notifications.


Job Openings

Mid-level associate with Peabody & Arnold

Peabody & Arnold LLP in Boston is seeking a mid-level associate to join its dynamic employment practice group. The ideal candidate will have two to five years of employment litigation and/or employment counseling experience.

Additional requirements include a J.D. from an accredited law school and excellent academic credentials, along with active Massachusetts bar admission or the ability to obtain admission quickly.

To apply, forward a resume, cover letter and writing sample by email to:

Chandra Larson
Director of Human Resources
Peabody & Arnold | 600 Atlantic Avenue | Boston, MA 02210  

Peabody & Arnold is committed to diversity and inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer.


Associate counsel at MFS

MFS in Boston is seeking an associate counsel to provide legal support to MFS and its subsidiaries, including assisting in the review, drafting and negotiation of goods and services agreements. These agreements may be complex and cross multiple functions and teams within MFS, and include software license agreements, maintenance agreements, statements of work, professional services agreements, SaaS/hosted/cloud agreements, and consulting and other commercial agreements.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctor degree; membership in good standing of a state bar, such as the Massachusetts bar; and a minimum of four years of legal experience in the applicable area of law. Experience with privacy and/or security issues is preferred.

Click here for more information and to apply.