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Housing Court Judicial Forum 2019

Meet the Judges of the Housing Court

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  • Product Description

    Product Description

    MCLE is pleased to convene—for the tenth time—the Housing Court Judicial Forum 2019—back by popular request. A year ago, the jurisdiction of the Housing Court expanded to cover all cities and towns in the Commonwealth, including the opening of a new division and the expansion of the existing divisions into new towns and communities. Hear participants in the Forum engage in a lively discussion of the real world impact of that expansion, including the challenges and opportunities involved. Judges from the Eastern, Central, Metro South, Northeast and Western divisions of the Court participate in a frank dialogue with attending practitioners and review key issues confronting Housing Court practice today—including discussion of the effectiveness of policies and programs implemented over the last several years.

    Under the guidance of two experienced practitioners, the panel also reviews significant developments in regulatory and case law which may affect your practice in the Housing Court.

    This Forum offers you a unique opportunity to gain valuable practical insight into judicial discretion in the Housing Court. Attendees have the opportunity to ask the panel questions and hear directly from the Judges on how to better prepare and try cases. Don’t miss this valuable chance to participate in an important dialogue with members of the Housing Court.

  • Agenda

    Agenda & Materials

    • 2:00 - 2:15 pm

      Welcome and Introduction

      Catherine F. Downing, Esq., Downing/Van Dyke , Boston
      James M. McCreight, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services , Boston
      Hon. Fairlie A. Dalton, Northeast Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Lawrence
      Hon. Robert G. Fields, Western Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
      Hon. Diana H. Horan, Central Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Worcester
      Hon. MaryLou Muirhead, First Justice, Eastern Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
      Hon. Timothy F. Sullivan, Eastern Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
    • 2:15 - 3:15 pm

      Procedural and Administrative Issues: Presentations and Discussions

    • Vision For The Future

      Hon. Timothy F. Sullivan, Eastern Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
    • Updates as to Changes to Staffing, Policies & Procedures at Divisions

      Hon. Fairlie A. Dalton, Northeast Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Lawrence
      Hon. Robert G. Fields, Western Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
      Hon. Diana H. Horan, Central Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Worcester
      Hon. MaryLou Muirhead, First Justice, Eastern Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts , Boston
    • 3:15 - 3:30 pm

      Networking and Refreshment Break

    • 3:30 - 4:20 pm

      Technology in the Courtroom: Practical and Evidentiary Issues

      Oscar Luke is the owner of a ten unit building and rented the first floor unit to Arlene Babcock. When she moved in, she told Mr. Luke about some needed repairs inside the unit, but in the rush of moving in, both of them forgot about these repairs. Because of past issues with other tenants, he installed security cameras in the hallways of the building as well as on the front and back of the building and in the parking lot. He began receiving complaints from other residents about the behavior of Ms. Babcock’s guests, including there appeared to be excessive traffic in and out of the building. When he spoke to Ms. Babcock at her apartment, he noticed damage to the unit. He spoke to her and she said that most of those conditions had been there since she moved in. The conversation did not go well and Ms. Babcock told him that she was going to stop paying her rent until the items were fixed. After observing what he believed to be damage to the unit, and looking at the security videos, Mr. Luke decided to start an eviction action based upon damage to the unit, interference with the quiet enjoyment of other residents and non-payment of rent, since Ms. Babcock had begun to withhold rent. At trial, Mr. Luke intends to use the security video, which he has on his Surface tablet, to prove part of his case. He did print out the pictures of the alleged damages, but they are in black and white and do not show the damage as well as the photos on his cellphone. Ms. Babcock also has texts and photos on her cellphone, which she believes will show that Mr. Luke knew about the damages from the time that she moved in.
      Panel
    • 4:20 - 5:00 pm

      “Ask the Housing Court” Q&A Session

      Panel

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  • Faculty

    Cochair

    Catherine F. Downing, Esq., Downing/Van Dyke, Boston
    James M. McCreight, Esq., Greater Boston Legal Services, Boston

    Faculty

    Hon. Fairlie A. Dalton, Northeast Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Lawrence
    Hon. Robert G. Fields, Western Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Hon. Diana H. Horan, Central Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Worcester
    Hon. MaryLou Muirhead, First Justice, Eastern Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
    Hon. Timothy F. Sullivan, Eastern Housing Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Pricing

    Fees

    • $220.50 - MCLE Sponsor Member
    • $183.75 - New Lawyer
    • $183.75 - Pending Admittee
    • $183.75 - Law Student
    • $183.75 - Paralegal
    • $245.00 - All Others

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