News from the Flaschner Judicial Institute
Issue 2 - Winter 2014
Flaschner News - Issue 1 - Fall 2013

In this Issue:

Thank You for Your Support!

Since the Flaschner Judicial Institute was hit hard with a reduction in funding for the 2013-2014 academic year, your support for independent judicial education was needed more than ever.
Unfortunately, we cannot list you by name, but you know who you are. We are most grateful for your generosity! If you haven't contributed yet, and would like to do so, please click on the button below.
Donate to Flaschner Today!

Judicial Volunteers - Thank You for Donating your Time!

In 2013, a total of forty-two judges worked closely with Flaschner Judicial Institute staff to produce its programs and publications, including:
Hon. Peter W. Agnes, Jr. Hon. Thomas C. Horgan
Hon. Carol S. Ball Hon. R. Marc Kantrowitz
Hon. Thomas P. Billings Hon. Sally A. Kelly
Hon. Margot Botsford Hon. David D. Kerman
Hon. Patrick F. Brady Hon. Diane M. Kottmyer
Hon. Raymond J. Brassard Hon. Peter M. Lauriat
Hon. Kimberly S. Budd Hon. Barbara A. Lenk
Hon. Cynthia J. Cohen Hon. Stephen M. Limon
Hon. Mark S. Coven Hon. David A. Lowy
Hon. Judith A. Cowin (Ret.) Hon. Margaret H. Marshall (Ret.)
Hon. John C. Cratsley (Ret.) Hon. Christine M. McEvoy
Hon. Kenneth V. Desmond, Jr. Hon. Paul L. McGill
Hon. Elizabeth M. Fahey Chief Justice Angela M. Ordoñez
Hon. Timothy Q. Feeley Hon. Gordon H. Piper
Hon. Dina E. Fein Hon. Christine M. Roach
Hon. Daniel A. Ford Hon. Lynn C. Rooney
Hon. Ralph D. Gants Hon. Catherine P. Sabaitis
Hon. Frank M. Gaziano Hon. Mary T. Sullivan
Hon. Linda E. Giles Hon. Robert N. Tochka
Hon. John M. Greaney (Ret.) Hon. Jeffrey M. Winik
Hon. Mark V. Green Hon. William G. Young

The Flaschner Judicial Institute is a “self-help” judges’ organization. Your contributions are invaluable to our mission of advancing the administration of justice through judicial education. Thank you for sharing your time and expertise!

Busy Fall Semester for
New & Experienced Judges

The Fall 2013 semester was packed with a variety of educational opportunities for Massachusetts judges. Programs included: Hearsay Hazards, Summary Process Evictions and Foreclosures, Evidence: You be the Judge, the Freedman Retreat for Probate & Family Court Judges, the Appellate Year-in-Review, Complex Issues in a Criminal Trial, a program on Settlement Approvals, Damage Assessments, and Removal of Defaults, and reading discussions on the Federalist Society and Oliver Wendell Holmes.

For pictures from recent programs, please click here.
Hon. Mark S. Coven teaching a session at "Evidence: You be the Judge!" in October 2013.

Coming in March!

Massachusetts Guide to Evidence

The Official 2014 Print Edition of the Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law

All sitting trial and appellate justices will receive a complimentary copy from the Flaschner Judicial Institute. If you have recently moved, please let us know. Email your new address to or call 617-226-1565, and we will update your information over the phone. Thank you!

Upcoming Flaschner Programs for Judges


Competency, Substituted Judgment, & Forced Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness

Friday, January 31, 2014
2:00 – 4:00 PM

iPad Basics: Tips and Tricks for Judges

Thursday, February 6, 2014
3:00 – 4:30 PM

Electronic Discovery:
The New SJC Rules and Emerging Issues

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
1:00 - 4:30 PM

Handling High Profile Criminal Trials

Thursday, March 20, 2014
4:00 – 7:30 PM

New Developments in Search and Seizure Law

Thursday, April 24, 2014
4:00 – 7:30 PM

Judicial Synergy (for trial and appellate judges)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Additional programs will be announced soon.
To register for a program, please email: or call: (617) 226-1565 and specify which program(s) you would like to register for.

Save the Date!

Judicial Synergy (for trial and appellate judges)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Location to-be-announced

Stay tuned for additional program details.

Interested in iPad/iPhone Training?

Tell us what you’d like to learn by emailing:

Available Now!

Honorable Herbert P. Wilkins Appellate Year-in-Review, 2012-2013

All sitting trial and appellate justices were mailed a complimentary copy of the Honorable Herbert P. Wilkins Appellate Year-in-Review, 2012-2013 in December. If you did not receive your copy, please let us know by emailing or calling 617-226-1565. 

Send Us Your Ideas

Do you have an idea for a future Flaschner program or publication? Is there a speaker or author you would recommend leading a discussion? Would you like to volunteer to serve on a planning committee or program faculty?  Do you have any general suggestions? Please let us know by clicking here or emailing:
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