News & Events
Young lawyers may social/networking event
The Young Lawyers Section of the Worcester County Bar Association is hosting their May First Wednesday Social/Networking event with the Massachusetts Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division.  The event is scheduled for May 4, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Mezcal Cantina, Agave Room, 30 Major Taylor Blvd., Worcester.  Hors d'oeuvres will be served.  All WCBA members are welcome to attend.  Click here for further information.

The Family Law Section, chaired by Attorneys Barbara A. Cunningham and Penelope A. Kathiwala, presented a Position Statement and modifications to the Proposed Probate and Family Court Standing Order 16 regarding parenting coordination to the WCBA Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee at a meeting held on January 12, 2016, adopted the modifications and position statement submitted by the Family Law Section and have submitted the same to the Probate and Family Court for consideration.  Please follow the links below to review the documents.

Position Statement

Proposed Modifications


The Committee on Nominations, chaired by Gina M. Wilson, has reported that the following individuals have been nominated to seek election for a two year term on the executive committee:

From the city of Worcester and contiguous towns: Cassandra Arriaza, Roy A. Bourgeois, Matthew J. Holmes, Terry J. McLaughlin, Brian E. Murphy, and Philip M. Stone.
From the county:  Ryan P. Avery, Patrick K. Burke, Scott R. Davis, Thomas M. Hoffey, Jr., and Anna R. Phillips.


The Worcester County Bar Association is presently accepting grant applications through its donor advised fund managed by the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.  Awards will be given to nonprofit organizations located in and/or servicing the population of Worcester County which provide services that are consistent with the mission of the Worcester County Bar Association.

The Worcester County Bar Association invites applications from nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts for projects that contribute to the following objectives:
     - Provide legal services to the poor,
     - Advance the administration of justice or
     - Support law-related education
in the city and towns of Worcester County.
     Through this program the WCBA will be able to award approximately $2,500 to eligible programs.

A copy of the application packet and guidelines can be downloaded here.

Law Day Committee Secures the Honorable Nancy Gertner (retired) as Guest Speaker

The Law Day Committee of the Worcester County Bar Association, chaired by our president-elect, Edward P. Ryan, Jr., is pleased to announce that the Honorable Nancy Gertner (retired), former United States District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts is this year's speaker for our annual Law Day Breakfast. The breakfast is scheduled for April 28, 2016, at 7:30 a.m., at the Beechwod Hotel, Plantation Street, Worcester.

The Massachusetts Bar Association's Community Service Award will be presented to Attorney Richard J. Rafferty, Jr., of the law firm of Eden, Rafferty, Tetreau and Erlich, Worcester.
The Worcester County Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award will be presented to Donna M. Quick, Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Worcester Juvenile Court.

A registration form is available at the Events tab of this website.


The April seminar schedule is:
April 6, 2016 - Post Judgment Actions and Initial Filing of a Notice of Appeal
April 11, 2016 - Practicing with Civility
April 12, 2016 - Issues in District Court Civil Cases
May 2, 2016 - First Monday:  Appellate Practice
Please visit the "Event" page of this website for further details on each program.

Seminar materials from some of the programs that were sponsored this past year are available in the member only area of this site.  In addition, some of the programs are available as a podcast.  Log-in and you will have access to the program materials and podcasts.


The Government Relations Committee is pleased to announce that the WCBA will be honoring Attorney General Maura Healey at our Annual Public Official Recognition Breakfast on May 20, 2016, 7:30 a.m., at the Hilton Garden Inn, Worcester.  Please visit the Event page on this website for further information and a registration form to attend.


As a WCBA member you have access to our Mentor Program. We have over 75 experienced attorneys covering a wide variety of practice areas. These attorneys are available to assist you with questions you may have within a particular practice area, practical advice, and/or information on law office management, etc.

If you are a current member of the Worcester County Bar Association and you wish to utilize the services of this program, contact the WCBA office at 508-752-1311 and we will be happy to provide you with the name of an attorney to assist you. It's that simple!


FY 2016 Sustaining Members

Carl D. Aframe
Agnelli Law Offices, P.C.
Stephen R. Anderson
Gregory J. Angelini
Michael P. Angelini
Robert J. Arakelian
Ryan P. Avery
Michael D. Badger
George A. Balko, III
L. Jed Berliner, Berliner Law
Berthiaume & Berthiaume
Stephen P. Bik
BourgeoisWhite, LLP
Stephen J. Brown
Kevin T. Byrne
Jennie L. Caissie
Christopher, Hays, Wojcik & Mavricos, LLP
James F. Connors
Richard J. Considine
Hon. John J. Conte
James F. Cosgrove, Esq.
Daniel Ward Cronin
Barbara A. Cunningham
Kevin M. David
Robert F. Dore, Jr.
Shirley Doyle
Hon. Francis R. Fecteau (ret.)
Fletcher Tilton PC
Francis A. Ford
Patrick A. Fox
Hon. Andre A. Gelinas
Hon. Geoffrey R. German
Hassett & Donnelly, P.C.
Deirdre Healy
Jan L. (Najemy) Heinrichs
Timothy S. Hillman
Margaret J. Hurley
Martin B. Kallio, Jr., Esq.
John F. Keenan
Landry & Meilus, LLP
Ellyn Lazar-Moore
Leland Law Associates, PC
Joseph Lian, Jr.
Robert E. Longden
Hon. William J. Luby
Jonathan Mannina
Hon. John S. McCann (ret.)
Hon. Janet J. McGuiggan
Jennifer Melia, Esq.
Milton, Laurence & Dixon, LLP
Mirick O'Connell
Carolyn M. Mitchell
Richard A. Morocco, Esq.
Christine Griggs Narcisse
O'Connell & O'Connell, P.C.
Kathleen E. O'Connor
O'Connor and Ryan, P.C.
Gene O'Donnell
Lynette Paczkowski
Richard Ricker
Brenda M. Rivard
Maria M. Rivera-Cotto
Roncone Law Offices, P.C.
Sbrogna & Brunelle, LLP
Seder & Chandler, LLP
Timothy J. Smyth
Philip M. Stone
Law Offices of Nicole D. Sullivan & Associates, P.C.
Paul M. Sushchyk
Tashjian Simsarian LLP
William C. Tattan
Polly A. Tatum
Christopher M. Tully
Richard C. Van Nostrand
Anthony J. Vigliotti
Wickstrom Morse, LLP

To become a sustaining member,
download the application here.