Participating judges announced for next round of "Open Dialogue" forums

Issue September 2008 By Kate O’Toole

Chief Justice Marshall to headline Boston program on Sept. 17

Here is a list of judges currently scheduled to participate in the upcoming "Open Dialogue" programs across the state.

Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, Boston, Sept. 17

Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, Supreme
Judicial Court

Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan, Administration and Management

Chief Justice Karyn F. Scheier, Land Court

Hon. Robert A. Brennan, District Court

Hon. John C. Cratsley, Superior Court (civil session)

Hon. David T. Donnelly, Boston Municipal Court

Hon. Margaret R. Hinkle, Superior Court
(criminal session)

Hon. Paul D. Lewis, Juvenile Court

Hon. Rosalind H. Miller, Boston Municipal Court

Hon. John M. Smoot, Probate and Family Court

Hon. Jeffrey M. Winik, Housing Court

Hall of Justice, Springfield, Oct. 2

Hon. William J. Boyle, District Court

Hon. Dina E. Fein, Housing Court

Hon. David M. Fuller, Probate and Family Court

Hon. Bertha D. Josephson, Superior Court

Hon. Keith C. Long, Land Court

Hon. Daniel J. Swords, Juvenile Court

Worcester Trial Court, Oct. 16

Chief Justice Karyn F. Scheier, Land Court

Hon. Carol Erskine, Juvenile Court

Hon. Diana H. Horan, Housing Court

Hon. Paul F. LoConto, District Court

Hon. John S. McCann, Superior Court

Hon. Susan D. Ricci, Probate and Family Court

The Massachusetts Bar Association, the Trial Court and local bar associations are proud to announce the judicial participants at three upcoming "Open Dialogue" sessions.

The series of forums, which aim to spark conversations among the legal community about improving court procedures, follow earlier sessions held in Brockton on May 29 and Lawrence on June 17.

The new sessions will be held at: the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse in Boston on Wednesday, Sept. 17; at the Hall of Justice in Sprin gfield on Thursday, Oct. 2; and at the Worcester Trial Court on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Thus far, each event has been attended by Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan, as well as Trial Court Department chief justices and other judges. More than 100 clerks, registers, attorneys and personnel from across the Trial Court departments also attended each session in Brockton and Lawrence. At each program, attendees participated in breakout groups according to court practice area.

MBA Vice President Robert L. Holloway Jr., of MacLean, Holloway, Doherty, Ardiff & Morse PC in Peabody, served as an attorney moderator at the Superior Court breakout session in Lawrence.

"I view this program as a success. I hope these events are continued, because they offer an excellent opportunity for interaction between the courts and the bar on matters of common concern," Holloway said. "As an ancillary benefit, the informal interaction certainly serves to enhance relations between the courts and the bar."

Attorney moderators for the upcoming Open Dialogue forums will be announced in upcoming issues of Lawyers e-Journal.