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2016 CM/ECF eNotices

November 2016

November 18: SAVE THE DATE March 7, 2017, 4-6 p.m. U.S. District Court Forum http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/forum/index.htm The Court is pleased to announce that it will hold its U.S. District Court Forum, featuring the district judges and the chief magistrate judge in a panel discussion, on March 7, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. The forum will be held in the Jury Assembly Room at the Moakley U.S. Courthouse, but will also be simulcast to the Springfield and Worcester Courthouses to allow more members of the bar to attend. The Court also notes that this program will be offered free of charge. The judges will answer questions about their practices and procedures and new developments in the law. Questions will be posed to the judges by a distinguished panel of attorneys: Yvonne W. Chan, Partner, Goodwin Lisa C. Goodheart, Partner, Sugarman Rogers, Barshak & Cohen P.C. Ken C. Pickering, Partner, Mirick O'Connell Tim Watkins, Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Defe nder's Office Bill Weinreb, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office Eleanor Williams, Assistant Vice President and Counsel, MassMutual The panel discussion will be followed by a reception for all attendees and the judges. Although admission will be free, space at all three locations (Boston, Springfield and Worcester) is limited and online registration will be required. Registration will begin on or about February 3, 2017 and there will be an ECF announcement about registration when it opens. We hope you can join us on March 7th for this event.

September 2016

September 21: Dear members of the Bar, I am writing to remind you that the next session of our innovative Litigation Academy, scheduled for October 27th - October 29th, is open for registration. Due to the overwhelming interest and success of past programs, the Academy will conduct a third offering of its Deposition Skills program. This program offers a unique opportunity for participants to hone their deposition skills with constructive critiques by judges and experienced trial lawyers, and professional actors serving as witnesses. 14 CLE credits (including 1 ethics credit) offered. The cost of the program is $400.00 (including materials) with partial scholarships available from the RI Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. I invite you to watch a short video which explains the vision and details of the Litigation Academy and its programs. The video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwRm5qoH6Kk I hope you will consider attending the Deposition Skills program o r encouraging a colleague to do so. Further information and registration can be found here: http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event/litigation-academy-deposition-skills-program--october-2729-2016-2138850299 Chief Judge William E. Smith United States District Court District of Rhode Island

August 2016

August 29: CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT BOARD ANNOUNCES APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR BOSTON AND SPRINGFIELD PANELS:

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Criminal Justice Act Board will accept applications for a limited number of positions on the present District Court panel list for appointment to indigent cases in Boston and Springfield. Boston panel attorneys with terms expiring on December 31, 2016 must reapply for consideration. All incumbent Springfield panel attorneys must reapply for consideration. The application deadline is September 30, 2016. The notice and application may be found on our website at: http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/attorneys/cja-info.htm

May 2016

May 3: You are welcome to attend the Boston session of the national program: Hello Proportionality, Goodbye Reasonably Calculated: Reinventing Case Management and Discovery Under the 2015 Civil Rules Amendments.

The Program On Implementing The New Federal Rules Amendments will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 8:30AM 11:30AM in the En Banc Courtroom at the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse. The American Bar Association Section of Litigation and the Duke Law Center for Judicial Studies are jointly presenting this 18-city series of dialogues, led by national thought leaders and local judges, magistrate judges, and practitioners in each city.

The program features two panel discussions addressing important revisions to the scope of discovery, sanctions, and case management techniques. More information and links to registration can be found at http://www.frcpamendments2015.org/boston.html.

Moderators: Hon. Lee H. Rosenthal, U.S. District Court for the Southe rn District of Texas, Past Chair, U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure; Prof. Steven S. Gensler, The University of Oklahoma College of Law, Past Member, Advisory Committee on Civil Rules Speakers: Hon. Patti B. Saris, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; Hon. Allison D. Burroughs, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; Hon. Frank J. Bailey, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts, Hon. Judith G. Dein, Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; Kenneth R. Berman, Nutter McClennen & Fish, LLP; Howard M. Cooper, Todd & Weld; Martha A. Mazzone, Fidelity Investments; William "BJ" Trach, Latham & Watkins LLP Reception to follow.

April 2016

April 8: On Tuesday, April 5, the U.S. District Court entered a standing procedural order (16-1) regarding the appointment of counsel in cases impacted by the decision in re: Johnson v. U.S. The order is available on our website through the following link:
http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/caseinfo/pdf/general/D-MA%20General%20Order%2016-1.pdf

On Tuesday, April 5, the U.S. District Court entered a standing procedural order (16-2) regarding the contracting of interpreter services for Criminal Justice Act Attorneys. The order is available on our website through the following link:
http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/caseinfo/pdf/general/General%20Order%2016-2%20CJA_Interpreters.pdf

Please see an important message from Judge William E. Smith, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island regarding Rhode Islands innovative Litigation Academy program scheduled to take place at the federal courthouse in Providence, Rhode Island during the week of May 2n d.
http://www.rid.uscourts.gov/menu/attorney/litigationacademy/LitigationAcademy_Opening-and-Closing-CJSmith_Ltr-to-Bar_031516.pdf

March 2016

March 29: THE 2016 COURTROOM ELECTRONIC PRESENTATION SEMINAR will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 3:00PM @ John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, Boston. Attorneys are encouraged to bring their IT support staff to this seminar.

The seminar will address the use of the document presentation equipment, integrated lectern and video conferencing equipment, techniques for using electronic equipment in front of a judge and jury; and JERS (Jury Evidence Recording System). There will be one session offered at 3:00PM in Courtroom 2 hosted by U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV.

In addition, other sessions of interest to the bar will be presented at 4:00PM:
Civil Practice - Recurring issues unique to multidistrict litigation will be moderated by U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs with panelists Gwyn Williams and Paula Bliss in Courtroom 2.
Criminal Practice - Recurring issues unique to multi-defendant cases will be mo derated by U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin with panelists Timothy Watkins, Emily Cummings, Michael Andrews in Courtroom 3.

Reception to follow substantive panelsFor More Information: http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/seminar.htm

March 16: The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association (Massachusetts Chapter), is conducting a training for the pro se mediation program on March 24, 2016. Attorneys are needed to join the panel as mediation advocates. Mediation advocates represent pro se litigants at mediation of civil lawsuits pending in the United States District Court. An announcement and the agenda for the orientation and training session is attached.

THE 2016 COURTROOM ELECTRONIC PRESENTATION SEMINAR will be held on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 3:00PM @ John Joseph Moakley Courthouse, Boston. Topics include equipment compatibility, procedures for bringing electronic equipment into the courthouse, use of the document presentation equipment, integrated lectern and video conferencing equipment, techniques for using electronic equipment in front of a judge and jury; and JERS (Jury Evidence Recording System). There will be two concurrent ses sions offered at 3:00PM hosted by U.S. District Judge George A. OToole Jr. and U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV. Attorneys are encouraged to bring their IT support staff to this seminar.

In addition, other sessions of interest to the bar will be presented at 4:00PM: Civil Practice - Recurring issues unique to multidistrict litigation will be moderated by U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs with panelists Gwyn Williams and Paula Bliss. Criminal Practice - Recurring issues unique to multi-defendant cases will be moderated by U.S. District Judge Leo T. Sorokin with panelists Timothy Watkins, Emily Cummings, Michael Andrews.

Seating is limited - Reception to follow substantive panels For More Information: http://www.mad.uscourts.gov/seminar.htm

SAVE THE DATE: June 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Boston Harbor Hotel The Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association annual federal judicial reception recognizing The Honorable F. Dennis Saylor, Iv, for his service to the judiciary, bar, and community.



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