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  • 07 Oct 2016 11:45 AM | Stephanie Giancola




    Judges in the District Court, Superior Court, Juvenile Court, Probate and Family Court, and Housing Court in Essex County will be evaluated from mid-October through November. Crucial to maintaining a high quality judicial branch is the full participation of the bar in judicial evaluation.  

    Consider the evaluation program to be your direct line to the judiciary.  This evaluation system is the best way for you to tell the judge and court leadership of your experiences before the judge. Every judge will sit down with his or her department chief justice and discuss their evaluation and that judge's individual professional development plan.

    What has always been paramount in our evaluation program is the commitment to the anonymity of the responding attorneys.

    We recently began using a revised evaluation system. It is very efficient and easy for attorneys to use.

    So please do your part -- do not press the delete button when you get the email -- and use the opportunity to tell us about the judges you appear before.  


    For more information contact Coordinator of Judicial Performance Evaluation,  Mona.Hochberg@sjc.state.ma.us

  • 03 Oct 2016 11:11 AM | Stephanie Giancola

    The Board of Bar Overseers encourages interested attorneys and members of the public across the Commonwealth to apply for appointment to a three-year term as a volunteer Hearing Committee member.  

    Contact Sandra Mahabir, by mail at: Board of Bar Overseers, 99 High Street, Boston, MA 02110, or e-mail at: s.mahabir@massbbo.org. 

    DEADLINE:  October 31, 2016.

    Hearing Committees sit locally in panels of three as fact-finding tribunals in disciplinary proceedings brought against individual attorneys by the Office of Bar Counsel.  The Committees hear testimony, take evidence, and make adjudicatory rulings. With the assistance of a Board attorney, they then prepare a written report and recommendation for the Board of Bar Overseers.

         Committee members receive no monetary compensation and devote their time as a public service in the vital interest of preserving the integrity of the legal profession.  There are about one hundred forty Committee members, and the Board is seeking to fill vacancies across the Commonwealth. 

    The Board seeks to maintain a broad-based representation of attorneys and members of the public within the Committee ranks, and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, small-firm practitioners, and individuals in public service.  Attorneys with at least ten years of professional experience should forward a résumé and should specify their major field(s) of practice. Members of the public may apply as long as they are not paralegals or employed in a legal-related field, and should complete an application form available on our website at http://www.mass.gov/obcbbo/volunt.htm. Please note that all Hearing Committee members are considered special state employees subject to the state conflict of interest law, G.L. c. 268A.

  • 28 Sep 2016 4:43 PM | Stephanie Giancola

    Greater Boston Legal Services is looking to hire a part-time (60%) paralegal to work in the Asian Outreach/Employment Unit.

    Deadline for applications is October 11, 2016 or until the position is filled.

    The Asian Outreach/Employment Unit works closely with community based organizations in order to educate and advocate for the legal rights of indigent clients and in particular, immigrant clients.

    The paralegal will conduct outreach/intake activities, provide community legal education, represent individual clients in administrative proceedings, and represent community-based client groups.  The paralegal will be a generalist, providing legal assistance in substantive law areas such as housing, employment, family, immigration, and public benefits. 

    GBLS is looking for a paralegal who is bilingual in Chinese (Cantonese and/or Mandarin fluency is required; additional dialects are welcome).  An understanding of Asian/Asian American history and culture, and experience working with Asian immigrant communities is  preferred.  Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working with low-income immigrants with limited-English proficiency are required.

    GBLS is an AA/EO/Handicapped accessible employer committed to diversity in the workforce. Salary is based on union scale. Generous benefits package includes pro-rated (60%) paid health and dental insurance.

    Interested candidates should submit a resume with a cover letter describing any prior public interest legal work and/or experience working with the Asian immigrant community to:  Sonia Marquez, Director of Human Resources, at Greater Boston Legal Services, 197 Friend Street, Boston, MA 02114 or via email at jobs@gbls.org

    Please refer to Job Code: AOU/EU- Para.  Deadline for applications is October 11, 2016 or until the position is filled.

  • 28 Sep 2016 4:18 PM | Stephanie Giancola

    Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), a nationally-recognized nonprofit statewide poverty law and policy center, seeks a skilled attorney with litigation experience and a background in housing law and family homelessness issues to coordinate the legal team of a health-early education-legal project. 

    Position Title: Health Starts at Home Project Attorney

    Application Deadline:  FRIDAY, October 14, 2016

    Position Background and Description: See Website

    To Apply: Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references. and a brief writing sample to Georgia Katsoulomitis, Executive Director, via email to HSAHAtty@mlri.org with “HSAH Project Attorney” in the subject line. No telephone calls please.

    The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, faith, gender, national origin, race, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. MLRI strives for racial and ethnic diversity because it is critical to achieving MLRI's mission and to operating in a way that is consistent with MLRI's organizational values Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Massachusetts Law Reform Institute


    40 Court Street

    Suite 800

    Boston, MA 02108


  • 02 Aug 2016 11:34 AM | Stephanie Giancola

    New first-time MassDLA members, who also join DRI as a full-dues member, will receive a certificate to attend a free DRI seminar - a $795 value (excluding the Annual Meeting) to be used within 18 months. The certificate is non-transferrable. 

    Find out more here:  http://www.dri.org/Membership

  • 19 May 2016 7:19 PM | Stephanie Giancola

    Over two hundred attorneys, speakers and supporters attended the recent meeting and seminar where James Campbell of Campbell Edwards & Conroy was awarded the Massachusetts Defense Lawyer of the Year Award. MassDLA President Michael Riseberg presented the award to Jim Campbell.

  • 25 Jan 2016 3:57 PM | Stephanie Giancola



    The Office of the Bar Counsel has an opening for an Assistant Bar Counsel.  The position involves the investigation of complaints against Massachusetts attorneys, evidentiary hearings before hearing committees, and appeals to the Board of Bar Overseers and Supreme Judicial Court.  

    A minimum 5 years of practice experience is preferred.  Other requirements include some knowledge of a variety of areas of legal practice, trial and appellate experience, and superior writing and oral advocacy skills.  Excellent benefits, salary commensurate with experience.  

    Interested candidates should submit, by mail or email, a résumé and unedited writing sample by February 19, 2016 to

    Dorothy Anderson, Esq.
    Office of Bar Counsel

    99 High Street

    Boston, MA  02110


    For further information about the office, see the Office of Bar Counsel/Board of Bar Overseers website, www.mass.gov/obcbbo.  The Office of the Bar Counsel is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  • 21 Dec 2015 12:23 PM | Stephanie Giancola

    Massachusetts Advocates for Children
    Coordinator for the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative
    Do you have a passion for helping traumatized children learn? The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI) of Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) and Harvard Law School works to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to adversity succeed in school. As experts on the interplay of trauma and learning, TLPI ’s work is known world-wide and has had significant influence on statewide policy, school culture, and the national agenda. To achieve its goal of sharing its work with schools, advocates, and policy makers, TLPI is seeking to  hire a Coordinator with energy, experience, passion, intelligence, and eye to detail. Join a small, dynamic staff who work with an interdisciplinary coalition of educators, advocates, and other professionals to pursue TLPI’s agenda across Massachusetts and beyond. This full-time position provides an exciting opportunity to broaden and deepen the growing movement among educators and advocates who are creating and advocating for trauma-sensitive schools.  The ideal candidate will be committed to work on system change by promoting the creation of trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive learning environments that can improve education outcomes for all students. To read more about our work, go to www.traumasensitiveschools.org

  • 22 Jun 2015 9:50 AM | Stephanie Giancola

    US Attorney Carmen Ortiz speaks at the recent Annual Meeting Luncheon.

    Lisa Oliver White Receives the           Bill Chapman with Mrs. Sancousy

    Rising Star award from                     presenting the Lawyer of the

    Stephanie Simmons                         Year Award posthumously for

                                                          husband, Andre Sancousy.

  • 20 May 2015 10:38 AM | Stephanie Giancola

    The Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents (DIA) is seeking applications from qualified candidates for the position of Administrative Judge (AJ).


    Applications and instructions can be found on the DIA’s website at www.mass.gov/dia or by writing to:


    The Office of the Senior Judge

    c/o Melissa Greenleaf

    1 Congress Street-Suite 100

    Boston, MA 02114-2017


    Applications MUST be filed by the close of business on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.


    NO phone calls please.

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