Court and Community News

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023
Mawhinney selected as Chapter 13 standing trustee; ABA Business Section seeks public service nominations; Job openings: Mediation attorney with the Land Court; Research attorney positions with the Superior Court


Mawhinney selected as Chapter 13
standing trustee

William K. Harrington, United States Trustee for Region 1, has informed the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts that he has accepted the resignation of Standing Trustee Denise M. Pappalardo and designated David A. Mawhinney as her successor. 

On Dec. 24, 2022, Mawhinney succeeded Ms. Pappalardo as the Chapter 13 standing trustee for cases filed in the Central and Western divisions of the District of Massachusetts.


ABA Business Section seeks public service nominations

The American Bar Association's Business Law Section is accepting nominations for its National Public Service Award. The award recognizes significant pro bono legal contributions of law firms, corporate law departments and individual business lawyers that demonstrate a commitment to providing legal services to individuals and entities that could not otherwise afford them.

Past recipients have demonstrated dedication to the development or delivery of pro bono legal services at the trial, appellate and Supreme Court levels; contributed significant work toward developing innovative approaches to the delivery of pro bono legal services; and/or provided sustained pro bono legal counsel to nonprofit organizations or to micro and small business enterprises in aid of community development.

Nominations are due by Friday, Jan. 20, and all nominators will be notified of the status of their nomination in February. Click here for more information.


Job Openings

Mediation attorney with the Land Court 

The Land Court in Boston is accepting applications for the position of mediation attorney. Working both on site and remotely, the mediation attorney is responsible for conducting mediations in a variety of Land Court Department cases, as well as screening and/or coordinating screening and referrals to court-connected and other alternative dispute resolution providers.

The mediation attorney mediates a wide variety of cases within the court’s jurisdiction, including and not limited to partition cases, real estate tax foreclosure, title dispute, and other real estate and land use cases, by facilitating communication between disputing parties and assisting them in identifying and discussing issues of mutual concern, exploring possible solutions, and developing and documenting mutually acceptable agreements or settlements. 

Click here for more information and application instructions.


Research attorney positions with the Superior Court 

The Massachusetts Superior Court is seeking to fill two research attorney positions, 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. One position is expected to be based primarily in Boston, and the other in Fall River/New Bedford.

Review of applications will begin on Friday, Jan. 6. Click here for more information and application instructions.