News & Events
wcba advocates for funding for the trial court
WCBA President Paul Sushchyk signed on to a letter with MBA President Robert Harnais and other county bar association presidents in support of appropriate funding for the Trial Court and in support of the expansion of the Housing Court and Specialty Courts.
Letter to chairs of the House & Senate Ways and Means Committee
annual dinner meeting UPdate & election results
Over 220 members attended the Worcester County Bar Association's annual meeting held on June 14, 2016 at Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston.
Paul M. Sushchyk, president of the WCBA, honored attorneys Mary Casey, Barbara A. Cunnigham, Penelope A. Kathiwala, Lynette Paczkowski, and Philip M. Stone, with the President's Award for their dedication and service to the Worcester County Bar Association.  Also honored as fifty year members were attorneys Michael D. Brockelman, T. Philip Leader, James E. Tashjian, Charles E. Wood and retired Judges John S. McCann and Thomas F. Sullivan, Jr.  These members have been admitted to the practice of law for fifty years and have been active members of the Worcester County Bar Association. They were honored for their 50 years of dedicated service to the legal profession.
Attorney Richard J. Rafferty, Jr., of the law firm of Eden, Rafferty, Tetreau & Erlich, Worcester, was elected to the office of president-elect of the Association.  Attorney Rafferty's term as president will follow Attorney Edward P. Ryan, Jr., of the law firm of O'Connor and Ryan, Leominster, who will take office as president of the WCBA on September 1st of this year.  Attorney Ryan's practice concentrates in family, criminal, and estate laws as well as personal injury and civil litigation.  Anthony J. Vigliotti was re-elected to the office of secretary/treasurer.  Attorney Vigliotti is the Register of Deeds for Southern Worcester County.
The following members will serve on the Executive Committee of the association for fiscal year 2017:  Cassandra Arriaza, Michael D. Badger, Padgett D. Berthiaume, Patrick K. Burke, Roy A. Bourgeois, Mary Casey, Scott R. Davis, Mark A. Goldstein, Michael S. Hussey, Terry J. McLaughlin, Ann E. Melius, Brian E. Murphy, Lynette Paczkowski, John A. Shea and Philip M. Stone.
Congratulations to all!
new member benefit to wcba members
As part of your membership benefits, we are excited to be able to offer you a reduced rate on - a new tool that provides automated docket updates from
Instadocket is designed to help make your practice more efficient by sending you notification emails of changes to your docket, as they occur.  It also keeps track of your upcoming court dates and automatically syncs with your calendar on outlook and other tools.
We have arranged to provide current WCBA members with one(1) FREE month of service and a reduced rate of $12.50/month thereafter.  In order to partake in this offer, you must be a current member of the WCBA.  
We hope you take advantage of this new member benefit. 

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


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 2017 Sustaining Members

Stephen R. Anderson
Leonardo A. Angiulo
Michael D. Badger
Stephen P. Bik
Richard J. Considine
Honorable John J. Conte
Thomas J. Conte
Daniel W. Cronin
Kevin M. David
Jane Eden
Francis A. Ford
Patrick A. Fox
Deirdre Healy
Martin B. Kallio, Jr.
O'Connell & O'Connell, P.C.
Richard J. Rafferty, Jr.
Polly A. Tatum
Roxann Tetreau
Tom G. Vukmirovits


To become a sustaining member,
download the application here.