News from the Courts

Issue June 2014

Amendment to Board of Bar Examiners Rule III
The Supreme Judicial Court has approved the amendment to Board of Bar Examiners Rule III, effective July 1, 2016. Visit to learn more.

Hon. Amy L. Nechtem appointed Juvenile Court Chief Justice
Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey has announced the appointment of Judge Amy L. Nechtem as chief justice of the Juvenile Court for a five-year term commencing July 31, 2014. Nechtem has served on the Juvenile Court since 2001, and in 2012 was selected president of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ). She will succeed Chief Justice Michael F. Edgerton, whose term ends on July 30, when he reaches mandatory retirement.

Nechtem serves in the Essex County Juvenile Court and has served in a variety of leadership roles to develop educational and community outreach programs. She is a member of the Trial Court's Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mentoring Program and Videoconferencing Committee. She was recently awarded an innovative grant for Essex County to provide alternative dispute resolutions and education to youth and families involved in harassment cases. She received the 2011 Massachusetts Judges Conference Judicial Excellence Award for the Juvenile Court Department.

As president of the 1,200-member National Association of Women Judges, she led the development and implementation of a strategic plan, presented three national conferences and oversaw 30 specialized committees working to advance fair and equal access to justice and national juvenile justice and child welfare initiatives.

Magistrate Judge Neiman to retire
United States Magistrate Judge Kenneth P. Neiman has advised the court that he intends to retire on Jan. 5, 2015, the 20th anniversary to the day of his swearing-in in 1995.

Neiman has served in Springfield for the last 20 years and was chief magistrate judge for the District of Massachusetts from January 2006 through December 2009.

Neiman graduated from Tufts College in 1967 and Harvard Law School in 1971. He was a partner in the Northampton firm of Fierst & Neiman from 1981 through 1994. While there, he received the Massachusetts Bar Association's Community Service Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service. Prior to the private practice of law, Neiman served as a legal services attorney with the Center on Social Welfare Policy in New York from 1971 to 1973 and with Western Massachusetts Legal Services from 1973 to 1981. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Western New England University School of Law and served on the editorial board of the Federal Courts Law Review from 1999 to 2006.