Chief Justices Ireland and Carey Speak This Afternoon

SJC Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland delivers his annual address to the legal community at the MBA’s Bench-Bar Symposium this afternoon at 4:00 pm in the Great Hall of the Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square in Boston.  All are invited to attend.

Paula M. Carey, Chief Justice of the Trial Court, as the other featured speaker.

Justice Bridge Competes for HiiL Innovation Prize:

Justice Bridge is an idea born at Northeastern and now being considered by several law schools as a device that can bring unmet legal needs of low and moderate income families to young lawyers that are underemployed.  “Incubators” of various designs are being developed around the country because about half of recent law graduates are finding jobs as lawyers while a very high percentage of significant legal problems are being handled by self-representing litigants.

Justice Bridge has found an unusual way to put its design features forward — it has been selected as a finalist in an international competition to be designated as the winner of the “Innovative Idea” HiiL Innovating Justice Award for Access to Justice.

You can vote for Justice Bridge during a brief voting period that ends this Friday, October 18.  To cast your vote for Justice Bridge (and to see other competitors) go to


Vote by putting your email address in a box on the voting page.  You will receive an email asking you to confirm that you cast a vote.  You are assured that providing the email address won’t put you on any mailing lists (unless you check a box asking for email).

2013 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards on Wednesday, October 23

The 2013 Adams Pro Bono Publico will be bestowed at 4:00 on Wednesday, October 23, at the Adams Courthouse.  Winners of recognition this year include Carolyn Scott-Howe of Chicopee, Michele Garvin, Ropes & Gray in Boston, Victoria Rothbaum of Lexington, the law firm of Verrill Dana LLP in Boston along with its attorneys Regina Hurley and Robin Murphy, and a special student award to Benjamin Jones, 2013 graduate, New England Law|Boston.

Also being recognized are lawyers and firms who participated in the Court’s Pro Bono Honor Roll Program.

A reception will follow the ceremony.   

REMINDER: BBA Conference on Civil Right to Counsel October 24 at 2:00 PM Features Judge Lippman 

On Thursday, October 24, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, the Boston Bar Association Task Force on Civil Right to Counsel is sponsoring a conference on “Examining the Civil Right to Counsel on the 50th Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright.”   The afternoon’s discussion will seek to answer the question “What are the next steps concerning a civil right to counsel in Massachusetts?”

The Conference features a number of prominent proponents of an expanded civil right to counsel (Cathy Carr, Russell Engler, Bonnie Hough, Clare Pastore and Mary Ryan are listed), but the Keynote speaker is Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.  Judge Lippman is an inspirational speaker who has taken a major leadership role in access to justice work in New York.  He has led the state’s legal aid community to coalesce on funding issues, convinced the legislature to make major  increases in support of legal aid and sponsored a requirement that new lawyers perform 50 hours of pro bono service prior to their admission to the bar.

Register through the BBA’s website (the conference is free but you have to spend a minute logging in to the website).