Celebrating the Massachusetts Superior Court's 150th Anniversary (1859-2009)

MCLE is pleased to join the Massachusetts Superior Court's 150th anniversary commemoration by making available, as a free public service to the bar, a series of short 10-minute video briefings offering practical and sage advice from more than forty active and alumni members of the Massachusetts Superior Court. Each week, throughout the year, a new video featuring a different judge will be introduced to the collection of judicial musings from across the Commonwealth, together reflecting varied and rich judicial perspectives on all aspects of trial practice. Congratulations to the Superior Court and thank you for 150 years - and counting - of the Rule of Law.

Click on the images below to view the practice tips.

 3 Tips for the New Trial Lawyer
Judge Richard Carey
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
6:35
   

Avoiding Unpleasant Discovery Disputes in Civil Cases
Judge Edward McDonough
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
6:20

 
 Educating the Judge
Judge Constance Sweeney
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
12:15
   
 When You Represent a Client in Custody
Judge Shannon Frison
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
7:00
   
 How to Approach a Recommendation of Probation
Judge Merita Hopkins
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
7:00
   
 Don't Bury Your Lede
Judge Kenneth Salinger
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
9:22
   
 The Lawyer as Educator
Judge Paul Wilson
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
5:00
   
Voir Dire Jury Selection, Ten Things I wish I knew as a Practicing Lawyer
Judge Douglas Wilkins
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
18:43
   
Tips I Pick Up from the Jury
Judge Ned Leibensperger
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
7:02
   
Four Tips for the Practice of Law
Judge Richard G. Stearns
U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
4:25
   
Our Need to Trust Counsel
Judge Patti B. Saris
U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
4:03
   
A Toast to the Superior Court, Plus Jury Orientation
Judge William G. Young
Judge of the U.S. District Court
8:03
   
What Lawyers Need to Know About Jury Utilization
Judge Robert C. Rufo
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
9:25
   
Trial Tips
Judge Nancy S. Staffier Holtz
Justice of the Superior Court
5:01
   
Tips for Creating a Good First Impression
Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
4:58
   
A Lawyer's Personal Credibility
Judge George A. O'Toole, Jr.
U. S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
4:20
   
Preservation of Appellate Rights
Judge Daniel A. Ford
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
7:45
   
Three Short Trial Practice Tips
Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty, II
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
9:03
   
Tips on Evidence and Trial Procedure
Judge Peter Velis
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
8:11
   
Let's Learn From My Mistake
Hon. Ralph D. Gants
Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court
6:05
   
Know Your Courtroom
Hon. Timothy S. Hillman
Magistrate Judge, US District Court
6:16
   
Dealing With Stress
Hon. Judd J. Carhart
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
2:48
   
What I Have Learned in Talking With Jurors
Hon. Herman J. Smith, Jr.
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
9:06
   
Tips I Wish I Thought of While Practicing
Hon. Mitch Kaplan
Associate Justice of the Superior Court
10:55
   
Be Prepared
Hon. Judith A. Cowin
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
4:49
   
Know the Rules
Hon. Bruce R. Henry
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
4:46
   
Effective Use of Exhibits in the Business Litigation Session
Hon. Margaret R. Hinkle
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
8:45
   
Life at the Bar
Hon. Robert J. Kane
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
9:00
   
6 Practical Tips for Efficient and Clear Motion Practice
Hon. Mitchell J. Sikora
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
9:00
   
Stand in Judge's Shoes
Hon. Barbara A. Lenk
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
6:21
   
Tips on Preparing Appendices
Hon. James F. McHugh III
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
5:06
   
Be Succinct and to the Point and Presentation
Joseph A. Grasso, Jr.
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
2:03
   
Thoughtful Preparation to Develop Cohesive Theory
and Presentation
Hon. Francis R. Fecteau
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court
7:11
   
Navigating Through a Civil Motions Session
Hon. Kathe M. Tuttman
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
5:33
   
Tips on Appealing to Judges and Juries
Hon. D. Lloyd MacDonald
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
11:45
   
Civil Practice Tidbits
Hon. Elizabeth Bowen Donovan
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
10:38
   
Cite Good Authority
Hon. Judith Fabricant
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
6:45
   
Effective Trial Demeanor
Hon. Richard T. Tucker
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
7:36
   
Trial Tips on Evidence: An Interview with Judge Regina Quinlan
Hon. Regina L. Quinlan
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
4:47
   
That Extra Bit of Advocacy
Hon. Raymond J. Brassard
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
4:03
   
Judicial and Juror Observations of Skillful Practitioners
Hon. S. Jane Haggerty
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
5:16
   
Responsibilities, Decisions, and Duties of Counsel in Civil and Criminal Cases
Hon. Robert A. Cornetta
First Justice, Massachusetts District Court
11:07
   
The Jury Is the Smartest One in the Room
Hon. Christopher J. Muse
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
7:49
   
Rule 9A
Hon. Mary-Lou Rup
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
9:21
   
Educate the Jury
Hon. Frances A. McIntyre
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
5:52
   
Relevance, Prejudice, and Character
Hon. David A. Lowy
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
6:15
   
The Technology and Practice of Effectively Sharing Exhibits
Hon. Thomas P. Billings
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
9:40
   
Judging v Lawyering
Hon. Thomas E. Connolly
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
9:30
   
Mentors and Mentoring and How to Handle Difficult Clients
Hon. Elizabeth M. Fahey
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
6:17
   
Written Jury Instructions, Post-Verdict Motions, and Stress Reduction
Hon. John S. McCann
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
7:17
   
Be Sincere
Hon. Linda E. Giles
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
4:30
   
Jury Trial Innovations and the Rules of Civil Procedure
Hon. Peter M. Lauriat
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
8:36
   
Include the Jury
Hon. Paul E. Troy
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
12:06
   
Tips on Oral Arguments to Judges
Hon. Peter W. Agnes, Jr.
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
7:47
   
Think of Your Audience
Hon. Robert C. Cosgrove
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
16:11
   
The A,B,Cs of Court Practice
Hon. Bonnie H. MacLeod-Mancuso
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
6:21
   
Make It Interesting
Hon. Thomas A. Connors
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
5:53
   
Cross Examination
Hon. Hiller B. Zobel (Ret.)
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
2:34
   
Meaningful Trial Objections
Hon. Stephen E. Neel
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
8:00
   
Collaboration with Judge on Motions and Trials
Hon. Christine M. Roach
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
6:45
   
Digesting Complex Information
Hon. Thomas R. Murtagh
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
6:17
   
Preparing Witnesses
Hon. Barbara A. Dortch-Okara
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
5:31
   
Thoughts on How to Try a Case
Hon. Thayer Fremont-Smith
Recall Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
10:25
   
Summary Judgment
Hon. Jonathan Brant
Associate Justice, Massachusetts District Court
11:47
   
Aspiring to the Bench
Hon. John M. Greaney
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
4:35
   
Getting and Keeping a Good Reputation
Hon. Geraldine S. Hines
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
3:43
   
Four Lessons From Jurors
Hon. Howard J. Whitehead
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
3:35
   
Don't Underestimate the Jury
Hon. Paul A. Chernoff (Ret.)
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
9:19
   
Don't Talk Us to Death
Hon. Janet L. Sanders
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
4:41
   
Civility: Kill With Kindness
Hon. John P. Connor, Jr.
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
5:32
   
Tips on Criminal Motions
Hon. Frank M. Gaziano
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
3:41
   
Think About Mediation
Hon. John C. Cratsley
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
4:49
   
Respect Your Judge
Hon. Paul A. Chernoff (Ret.)
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
11:32
   
Bring Your Best Self to Court
Hon. Charles J. Hely
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
7:57
   
Tips On Trying Criminal Cases To a Jury
Hon. John T. Lu
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
15:24
   
Tips When Trying a Civil Case
Hon. Leila R. Kern
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
8:46
   
The Ten Things Lawyers Do That Most Irriate Judges
Hon. Richard E. Welch III
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
8:48
   
Enjoy Your Practice Before the Superior Court
Hon. Carol S. Ball
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
6:17
   
Active Listening Rather than Talking
Hon. Kenneth J. Fishman
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
4:09
   
Loose Lips Sink Ships
Hon. Paul A. Chernoff (Ret.)
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
5:34
   
150th Public Education Goal - Tips for Superior Court Practice
Hon. Barbara Rouse
Chief Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court
7:04