December is not known for ground-breaking legal decisions, especially in light of the very few precedential decisions issued lately. So, in honor of end-of-the-year clean up, and general "keeping yourself busy," we're giving you the run down on some changes to rules and fees.
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With Massachusetts judges receiving a $30,000 a year salary increase slated to take effect in July 2014 -- a move that will hike pensions -- a number of judges may retire early.
The salary increase may prompt many judges to step down with higher pensions, leaving Governor Deval Patrick a slew of open spots on the bench to fill near the end of his term.
A Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court judge recently heard a lawsuit seeking to reverse Gov. Deval Patrick's rejection of Pittsfield lawyer Michael McCarthy's confirmation as a district court judge in Berkshire County.
In July, Councilor Michael Albano, former Councilor Mary-Ellen Manning and Pittsfield attorney Michael McCarthy filed a civil lawsuit in the state Supreme Judicial Court claiming McCarthy's judicial confirmation was wrongfully rejected by Gov. Deval Patrick and Secretary of State William Galvin.
The central question is whether Councilor Manning's vote in favor of confirmation did not count because she was absent from the council's meeting.
Call it a Harvard love fest, if you will. President Barack Obama, a Harvard Law graduate, has nominated David J. Barron -- a Harvard College grad, Harvard Law grad and Harvard Law professor -- to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. That's a whole lot of crimson ivy.
These are a few of Mr. Barron's favorite things:
Justice Jon David Levy, an associate justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court since 2002, was one of eight nominated nationally Thursday by President Barack Obama to be a U.S. District Court judge, the White House announced.
Earlier this year, Maine's congressional delegation passed along Levy's name and the names of attorneys William D. Robitzek of Berman & Simmons in Lewiston and Jeffrey N. Young of McTeague Higbee in Topsham to the White House, reports the Bangor Daily News.
If confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Levy, 59 of Portland, will replace U.S. District Judge George Singal, 67, of Portland, who announced last year that he would take senior status July 31, but continue to hear cases throughout the district.
No wonder there are so many complaints about judicial shortages, both in the First Circuit and beyond. For the first time since June of last year, our legislature has approved a nominee to the federal courts. It should come as no surprise then that Judge William Kayetta, Jr. was probably the least controversial appointee imaginable.
According to the Blog of LegalTimes, Senator Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, stated, "If you ask virtually any attorney or judge or prosecutor or law professor, anyone involved in the law profession in Maine, they'll tell you the president could not have made a better choice than Bill Kayatta."
Maine wants to eliminate Medicaid coverage for thousands of residents, but it has a small problem: It needs the federal government's approval for the plan.
So Maine took to the federal courts to demand "swift action" from the feds on its Medicaid waiver request, The Associated Press reports.
This just in -- The First Circuit Court of Appeals has appointed a new Bankruptcy Judge.
We've been bringing you news about several vacancies over the past few months, not just in the First Circuit, but across the Circuits. Here's the first one of these vacancies to be filled: On June 8th, Chief Judge Sandra Lynch announced that the Diane Finkle has been chosen to sit as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Rhode Island.
Are you a First Circuit bankruptcy attorney looking to move up the ranks? This may be the news you were waiting hear: The First Circuit Court of Appeals has announced a vacancy for Bankruptcy Judge.
The position is for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire, and it will be based out of Manchester, New Hampshire.