News from the Flaschner Judicial Institute
Issue 4 - Winter 2015
Flaschner News - Issue 1 - Fall 2013

In this Issue:

Many Thanks to Our Donors and Judicial Volunteers!

In both 2013 and 2014, funding for the Flaschner Judicial Institute was cut back significantly due to the steep decline in Massachusetts IOLTA revenue. Even though we cannot list our donors by name, please know how much we appreciate your generous support! If you haven’t yet contributed and would like to do so, please click on the button below.
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We are also extremely grateful to the following judges, who helped us produce our programs and publications over the last year:
Hon. Peter W. Agnes, Jr.
Hon. Carol S. Ball
Hon. Patricia E. Bernstein
Hon. Thomas P. Billings
Hon. Amy L. Blake
Hon. Margot Botsford
Hon. Patrick F. Brady (Ret.)
Hon. Kimberly S. Budd
Hon. Judd J. Carhart
Hon. Cynthia J. Cohen
Hon. Thomas A. Connors
Hon. Robert J. Cordy
Hon. Robert C. Cosgrove
Hon. Mark S. Coven
Hon. Kenneth V. Desmond, Jr.
Hon. Edward F. Donnelly, Jr.
Hon. Barbara Dortch-Okara (Ret.)
Hon. Fernande R.V. Duffly
Hon. Wilbur P. Edwards, Jr.
Chief Justice Judith Fabricant
Hon. Francis R. Fecteau
Hon. Dina E. Fein
Hon. Linda S. Fidnick
Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants
Hon. Frank M. Gaziano
Hon. Linda E. Giles
Hon. Andrew R. Grainger
Hon. Joseph A. Grasso, Jr. (Ret.)
Hon. John M. Greaney (Ret.)
Hon. Mark V. Green
Hon. Bruce R. Henry
Hon. Geraldine S. Hines
Hon. Marianne Hinkle
Hon. Bertha D. Josephson
Hon. Scott L. Kafker
Hon. R. Marc Kantrowitz
Hon. Diane M. Kottmyer (Ret.)
Hon. Peter M. Lauriat
Hon. Barbara A. Lenk
Hon. Stephen M. Limon
Hon. Keith C. Long
Hon. David A. Lowy
Hon. Christine M. McEvoy (Ret.)
Hon. Diana L. Maldonado
Hon. Mark D Mason
Hon. Paul L. McGill
Hon. Frances A. McIntyre (Ret.)
Hon. James V. Menno
Hon. Maureen H. Monks
Chief Justice Angela M. Ordoñez
Hon. George A. O'Toole, Jr.
Hon. Gordon H. Piper
Hon. Gregory V. Roach
Hon. Fredric D. Rutberg (Ret.)
Hon. Catherine P. Sabaitis
Hon. David G. Sacks
Hon. Janet L. Sanders
Hon. Alexander H. Sands, III
Hon. Mitchell J. Sikora, Jr. (Ret.)
Hon. Francis X. Spina
Hon. Norman H. Stahl
Hon. Mary Thomas Sullivan
Hon. Kathe M. Tuttman
Hon. Ariane D. Vuono
Hon. Douglas H. Wilkins
Hon. Jeffrey M. Winik
Hon. Gabrielle R. Wolohojian
Thank you for giving us your valuable time!

New Trustees Announced

The Flaschner Judicial Institute is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Boston Municipal Court Judge Kathleen E. Coffey, Probate and Family Court Judge Linda S. Fidnick, and Appeals Court Justice Mary Thomas Sullivan. In addition, we wholeheartedly thank the following three outgoing trustees for their years of dedicated service: Hon. Cynthia J. Cohen, Hon. Christine M. McEvoy, and Hon. Catherine P. Sabaitis.

To view a list of the Board of Trustees, please click here.

Upcoming FJI Programs for Judges

Online Legal Research for Judges: Explore the Social Law Library’s Free Online Resources
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Online Legal Research for Judges: Explore the Social Law Library’s Free Online Resources
Thursday, April 9, 2015
5:30 – 7:30 PM

Jury Management Issues
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
1:00 – 5:00 PM

An Introduction to Microsoft Word 2010
Thursday, April 30, 2015
1:00 – 4:00 PM

Click on the program name to learn more. Additional programs will be announced soon.

Coming This Spring!

Massachusetts Guide to Evidence - 2015 Edition

The Flaschner Judicial Institute will be distributing the 2015 official print edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence to all sitting trial and appellate justices this spring. The new edition incorporates important appellate decisions issued in 2014 and in early January 2015, including those on eyewitness identifications, adds new sections about opening and closing arguments, restitution, and child welfare cases, and has "restyled" certain text to conform to the "plain English" now used in the Federal Rules of Evidence.

At the request of the Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law, the Flaschner Judicial Institute has already distributed an electronic copy of "Prepublication Excerpts" from the forthcoming 2015 Edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence.

2013-2014 Hon. Herbert P. Wilkins Appellate Year-in-Review

The Wilkins Appellate Year-in-Review covers the most significant criminal and civil decisions of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court released during the term running from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014.The Flaschner Institute is grateful to Justice Margot Botsford and Justice Mary Thomas Sullivan for their time and efforts in reviewing the large volume of cases and producing this publication.

This year's Wilkins Appellate Year-in-Review is available as a pdf. To download a copy click here or contact us.
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