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Committees & Sections

The Worcester County Bar Association’s standing committees are appointed by the president to examine specific areas of importance to the association. WCBA sections sponsor educational programs, follow legislation of interest to the section and publish newsletter articles. Section membership is open to all interested members of the association with the exception of the Young Lawyers Section. All members of the association in good standing who have been members of the bar for ten years or less or who are under the age of 36 years shall be eligible to serve on the Young Lawyers Section. You may join a section at any time of the year.

The chairs of all committees and sections of the WCBA are appointed by the current president of the association for a one-year term. Terms expire on August 31st of each year.

Members of the Worcester County Bar Association who are not currently enrolled in a committee or section of the WCBA, may fill out our online committee preference sheet from this site. You may also e-mail us at

Standing Committees

Bench/Bar Committees:

District Court Division
Hon. Jennifer Ginsburg
Max Burwick

Housing Court Division
Monica Passeno
John Goggins

Juvenile Court Division
Kanchana Fernando
Maryanne Reynolds

Probate Court Division
Kathryn A. Calo
Kathleen C. Brown

Superior Court Division
Ryan P. Avery
Catherine Brennan
Cheryl R. O’Connell Riddle

Federal District Court Committee
Leonardo A. Angiulo
Hon. Timothy S. Hillman

Fee Arbitration Committee
William D. Jalkut

Finance Committee
John A. Shea

Government Relations Committee
Anthony J. Vigliotti
Kevin M. Gould
Richard Rafferty

Law Day Committee
Geoffrey E. Spofford

Lawyer Referral Service Committee
Ryan P. Avery
Padgett D. Berthiaume

Professional Responsibility Committee
Damien D. Berthiaume


Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Maria Joseph
Carolyn M. Mitchell

Bankruptcy/Business Law Section
John Desmond
Venessa Masterson

Civil Litigation Section
Courtney E. Mayo
Jared A. Fiore

Criminal Law Section
Nathan Morse
Jorge Villali

Family Law/Domestic Relations Section
Penelope A. Kathiwala
Barbara A. Cunningham

Immigration Law Section
Joshua D. Paulin
Carlos Nicolas Formaggia

Labor and Employment Law Section
Scott E. Regan
Brian M. Casaceli

Municipal Law Section
Jennifer H. Beaton

Real Estate Law Section
Susan M. Walsh
Kathryn A. Toomey

Tax, Trusts & Estates Section
David J. Officer

Woman Lawyers Section
Kanchana Fernando
Lambrini Pashou

Worker’s Compensation Section
Christine G. Narcisse
Jane Eden

Young Lawyers Section
Elizabeth K. Halloran
Paige A. Barton

Other Programs & Committees

Ad Hoc Committee for Anti-Racism and Equality
Adrian Angus
Courtney E. Mayo

Ad Hoc Community Engagement Committee
Gina Plata-Nino
Benjamin C. Rudolf

Ad Hoc Member Benefits/Sponsorship Committee
Terry J. McLaughlin
Courtney Price

Council of Presidents
Robert S. White

Editor of Legal Lines
David J. Officer

Grant Review Committee
Blaise P. Berthiaume