2014 CM/ECF eNotices
December 30: By public notice dated May 29, 2014, this Court provided notice and solicited comment regarding proposed amendments and additions to Local Rules 83.5 (Admission to the District Bar) and 83.6 (Rules of Professional Conduct). The Court considered and reviewed the public comments received.
The Judges of the United States District Court have found substantial merit in the new rules as proposed, and after review have determined to adopt the rule as proposed. Accordingly, the Local Rules have been amended and adopted so as to include the amendments and additions to LR 83.5 and 83.6, effective January 1, 2015.
These amendments and the full Local Rules may be found on the courts website at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/general/rules-home.htm.
October 30: Please be advised that Boston's Seaport District, specifically the area immediately surrounding the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, is seeing a great deal of construction activity. The construction is impacting the number and availability of parking spaces. This is a bigger problem for those trying to park during mid-day.
We encourage you to keep these limitations in mind as you plan your arrival at the courthouse. For those with access to the T, there is a subway station (Courthouse Station on the Silver Line) a short walk from the courthouse. (http://www.mbta.com/)
September 2: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT BOARD ANNOUNCES APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR BOSTON AND SPRINGFIELD CJA PANELS:
The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Criminal Justice Act Board will accept applications for approximately (30) positions on the present District Court panel list for appointment to indigent cases in Boston and for a limited number of positions on the Springfield panel. Attorneys currently on the CJA panel in Springfield need not re-apply. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on October 10, 2014.
The notice and application may be found on our website at: http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/attorneys/cja-info.htm
PROPOSED RULE CHANGES
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted on the judiciarys website at http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/rules/proposed-amendments.aspx.
The public comment period ends February 17, 2015.
FEDERAL BAR ASSOCIATION
Please see the attached announcement regarding the September 22nd Welcome Reception sponsored by the FBA Mass. Chapter honoring the newly appointed judges of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 3: PRESS RELEASE (JUNE 30, 2014): On June 16, 2014, Magistrate Judge Jennifer C. Boal became Chief Magistrate Judge. Chief Magistrate Judge Boal will serve a term of three years and becomes the ninth Chief Magistrate Judge of the District of Massachusetts. Former Chief Magistrate Judge Sorokin served in that capacity from February 1, 2012 through June 15, 2014 when he was sworn in as a United States District Judge.
INFORMATIONAL SESSION PLANNED (JULY 15, 2014): The Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association invites those interested in learning about the open Magistrate Judge positions to an informational session with The Honorable George A. OToole, Jr. and The Honorable Jennifer C. Boal.
Judge OToole and Chief Magistrate Judge Boal will discuss the merit selection panel, the process for applying and the duties of the position. There will be an opportunity for those interested to ask questions.
The session will be held in Boston at the Moakley Courthouse Jury As sembly Hall at 4PM. Those interested in attending from the western part of the state may gather in the Jury Assembly Hall in the United States Courthouse in Springfield, and participate in the Boston session by video conference.
For planning purposes, please RSVP to email@example.com
The complete text of these announcements may be found on the court's website at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/general/announcements.htm.
June 18: The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of two full-time United States Magistrate Judges for the District of Massachusetts, one serving in the Eastern Division, with a duty station in the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, MA, commencing upon the retirement of Magistrate Judge Robert B. Collings in 2014, and the other serving in the Western Division, with a duty station in the United States Courthouse in Springfield, MA, commencing upon the retirement of Magistrate Judge Kenneth P. Neiman in 2015.
Attached are the two announcements and the application (all contained in one PDF). These documents, together with notices regarding the persons appointed to serve on each Merit Selection Panel, are available on the court's website at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/general/announcements.htm.
Please note that the application is also available on the court's website at the same address as above, in a PDF fillable format.
June 5: UPDATED NOTICE: The Court has enlarged the time to respond to the proposed amendments to Local Rules 83.5 and 83.6 to JULY 18, 2014. The announcement and proposed changes are attached to this email and are posted to the Court's website at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/general/announcements.htm.
May 29: The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts is considering and is publishing for comment a modification of Local Rule 16.4. A copy of the notice and the proposed amended rule are available on the court's website at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/general/pdf/announce/16%204%20public%20notice.pdf.
The Court has enlarged the time to respond to the proposed amendments to Local Rules 83.5 and 83.6 to June 6, 2014. The announcement and proposed changes are posted to the Court's website at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/general/announcements.htm.
Judge Indira Talwani took the oath of office as a United States District Judge for the District of Massachusetts on Friday, May 16, 2014. Chief Judge Patti B. Saris administered the oath. Judge Talwani was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 8 by unanimous vote (94-0). Most recently, Judge Talwani was a partner in the Boston law firm of Segal Roitman, LLP. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to Judge Stanley A. Weigel of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and was a partner with the litigation firm of Altshuler, Berzon, Nussbaum, Berzon and Rubin in San Francisco. Judge Talwani graduated cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College, and received her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California.
May 5: Press release announcing Magistrate Judge Kenneth P. Neiman's plans to retire as of January 5, 2015. See the announcement on the court's website at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/general/pdf/announce/050514%20Press%20Release%20MJ%20Neiman%20to%20Retire.pdf.
May 1: The clerk's office is presenting seminars on "IT in the Courtroom" in Worcester (June 2) and Springfield (June 4).
May 1: The Federal Bar Association is holding its Annual Federal Judicial Reception on Monday June 9. Information on the reception may be found on the FBA's website at http://www.fedbar.org/massachusetts.html.
April 28: REVISED PUBLIC NOTICE REGARDING PROPOSED MODIFICATION AND ADDITION TO LOCAL RULES SECTIONS 83.5 & 83.6
April 16: The Judges of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts have reappointed Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler to a new term commencing May 6, 2014, upon the recommendation of a Merit Selection Panel appointed pursuant to the Order dated August 15, 2013. Judge Bowler was first appointed to be a United States Magistrate Judge by the Court for an eight-year term that commenced on May 7, 1990. She was reappointed to successive terms beginning in 1998 and 2006. From 2002 to 2005 she served as Chief Magistrate Judge for the District. The full announcement may be found on the court website at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/general/pdf/announce/041614%20Press%20Release%20-%20Magistrate%20Judge%20Bowler%20Reappointment.pdf
March 21: EDUCATIONAL SEMINAR: The District Court, with the assistance of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is presenting a seminar on the use of the Electronic Presentation Equipment on Wednesday April 16 at 3PM. In addition, other sessions of interest to the bar will be presented at 4PM.
CM/ECF TRAINING NEWS: The Clerk's Office has created a series of e-learning modules to assist our users with various skills needed to use CM/ECF. We encourage you to use these modules. They may be found on the court's CM/ECF training page at http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/training/cmecf-training-info.htm.
If you have any suggestions for additional modules, please write to us at USDC-BostonInfo@mad.uscourts.gov.