Court and Community News

Thursday, June 22, 2023
Cabell becomes U.S. chief magistrate judge; USDC reminder about attorney re-registration; Job opening: Labor and employment attorney with the Trial Court


Cabell becomes U.S. chief magistrate judge  

On June 16, Judge Donald L. Cabell became chief magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Cabell will serve a term of three years and becomes the 11th chief magistrate judge of the District of Massachusetts, after former Chief Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley served in that capacity from June 16, 2020, through June 15, 2023.

Cabell was appointed a U.S. magistrate judge by the U.S. District Court on Jan. 21, 2015, and reappointed on Jan. 21, 2023. Prior to joining the court, Cabell served as the justice attaché in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France. He began his legal career as an associate in the firms Hale and Dorr and Peckham, Lobel, Casey, Prince and Tye in Boston. In 1995, Cabell was hired as an assistant U.S. Attorney. During his time with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served in the major crimes unit and anti-terrorism and national security unit.

Cabell was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst,
where he graduated with honors. He is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law.


USDC reminder about attorney re-registration 

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts is reminding attorneys that the judges of the court recently approved a biennial re-registration for all members of the bar effective Sept. 1, 2023. Beginning on that date, admitted attorneys will be required to re-register biennially to continue as active members of our bar. A fee of $50 will be charged at the time of re-registration.

All federal government attorneys are exempt from re-registration. Active status in the District Court is required for practice in both the U.S. District Court and in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Attorneys will be notified 60 days before a re-registration fee is due through an automated email. All attorneys who were admitted on or prior to Sept. 1, 2021, will have to re-register by Sept. 1, 2023. All attorneys admitted after Sept. 1, 2021, will have to re-register on their biennial anniversary.

If attorneys fail to pay their re-registration dues, they will not be able to electronically file. Attorneys can access their CM/ECF account and pay their re-registration fees to enable their filing privilege. The court will not charge any penalties for late payment of fees.

On July 1, information for attorney re-registration will be available on the court’s website.

Attorneys may check their current re-registration status here

For questions regarding the attorney re-registration process, contact or visit the court's Contact Us page.


Job Opening

Labor and employment attorney with the Trial Court

The Executive Office of the Trial Court is seeking a labor and employment attorney to work within the Legal Department and represent the interests of the Trial Court primarily in labor and employment matters. The labor and employment attorney may also work on a variety of legal issues and questions that arise from the administration of the Trial Court, developing and implementing court policies subject to the approval of the chief justice and the court administrator.

This position will be responsible for preparing and conducting litigation of labor and employment issues before the Department of Labor Relations, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, and the Department of Unemployment Assistance. The attorney will also perform legal research; draft legal memoranda, pleadings and other legal documents; and actively support and work with the Attorney General's Office in defending litigation brought against the Trial Court or its officials or employees. Further responsibilities include reviewing and responding to complaints, questions, and requests for information from the public, attorneys, judges, court officials and government agencies.

Click here for more information and to apply.