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2014-4 Jury empanelment in case where father represents co-defendant
2014-2Obtaining broker's license for purpose of buying own home
2014-1Serving as elected school committee member
Serving as County Bar Advocates member
2013-8Sitting as a director on Board of Directors for a national non-profit organization
2013-7Handling cases involving former clients. Father practices as criminal defense attorney in same county
2013-6Submitting letter of recommendation for court officer in disciplinary hearing
2013-5Assistant Clerk owns office building through realty trust and two lawyers are tenants; buys and sells property
2013-4Serving as chairperson of fund-raising event
2013-3Working nights and weekends to complete real estate closings after becoming Assistant Clerk
2013-2Newly appointed Assistant Clerk-Magistrate married to attorney with active practice in her jurisdiction.  It is appropriate for her to exercise magisterial functions in matters involving spouse?
2013-1Accepting paid part-time work for the city
2012-6Is it appropriate to sell tickets to a retirement party before employee leaves job?
2012-5Fundraiser to benefit ill attorney with a jewelry party - a small business venture of the Assistant Clerk
2012-4Running for office of Clerk without leave of absence from Acting Clerk position
2012-3Assistant Clerk running for clerk's position without a leave of absence
2012-2Clerk-Magistrate's attendance at a political event
2012-1Assistant Clerk serving as member of board of directors of a credit union
2011-1Attending brother's campaign kickoff event in another state
2010-4Spouse wishes to put up political sign on lawn displaying name of candidate for state representative
2010-3Serving as president of civic association
2010-2Serving on council of local bar association
2010-1Serving as trustee of a testamentary trust
2009-3Receiving an award and fundraising
2009-2Assistant Clerk serving as Deputy Sheriff
2009-1Concerning part-time employment in auto dealership
2008-4Letter of recommendation to U.S. Immigration Court
2008-3Establishment of legal defense fund for criminal investigation of occurrence in courthouse
2008-2Running for election to city council or school committee
2008-1Continuing employment as Assistant Register while running for position of Register
2007-4Whether Code applies to Assistant Case Manager (title changed from Assistant Register) regarding engaging in political activities such as membership in political organizations and attending fundraisers
2007-3Assistant Clerk has two adult children police officers in clerk's jurisdiction
2007-2Writing character reference letter on behalf of employee in connection with disciplinary proceedings in a different court
2007-1Conflict with cases filed in Superior Court and cases that involve the city
2006-6Eucharist ministry for prisoners at county correctional facility
2006-5Conflict - married to Assistant DA and relationship by marriage to police officer in court's jurisdiction
2006-4Becoming trustee for charter school outside jurisdiction
2006-3Continuing employment as assistant clerk if candidate for position of clerk
2006-2Serving as reserve police officer while 1st assistant clerk
2006-1Attendance at mayor's inaugural ball
2005-4Bail setting in the evening at police station in town where clerk resides
2005-3Romantic relationship of clerk with attorney with active practice in same court
2005-2Labor negotiator for a town
2005-1Fundraising for not-for-profit organization
2004-4Attending political fundraiser
2004-3Lawyer spouse appearing in same jurisdiction
2004-2Attending Law Day dinner as guest of dean
2004-1Serving as executor for non-relative
2003-10Clerk nominee married to police sergeant in same jurisdiction
2003-9Volunteering for Democratic Convention
2003-8Serving on town Zoning Board of Appeals
2003-7Participation in course offered by Committee for Public Counsel Services
2003-6Attending testimonial dinner to honor state representative
2003-5Attending dinner dance for recently elected state representative
2003-4Resuming practice of law after retirement
2003-3Serving as member of school council
2003-2Appointment to Judicial Nominating Council
2003-1Attendance at governor's inauguration.
2002-2Appearing pro se before Zoning Board and on appeal to Superior Court, Land Court, Appeals Court or Supreme Judicial Court.
2002-1Attendance at political fundraiser.
2000-8Continuing employment as assistant clerk if clerk becomes a candidate for register of probate in different court department in another county.
2000-7District Court assistant clerk serving on finance committee of home town where town is within jurisdiction of court.
2000-6Continuing employment as assistant clerk if one becomes a candidate for Clerk of Court; leave of absence.
2000-5Restrictions on political activity of District Court Clerk-Magistrate whose spouse is running for state representative.
2000-4Assistant clerk serving as director of bank that is not within the jurisdiction of the court.
2000-3Implications of candidacy for register of probate while serving as first assistant register.
2000-2Restrictions on political activity of District Court assistant clerk who is a candidate for clerk-magistrate of Superior Court; leave of absence, bail responsibilities.
2000-1Serving as master of ceremonies at mayor's inauguration
99-6Serving as elected member of City Council.
99-5Serving as Major in the Judge Advocate General's Corps., U.S. Army reserve.
99-4Serving on Board of Directors for consortium that is responsible for a shelter for the homeless and a shelter for battered women.
99-3Appointment as a Corporator for savings bank located in Massachusetts.
99-2Submitting letter of recommendation for defendant in rape of child case.
99-1Accepting unsolicited donation on behalf of children's education from memorial fund in memory of deceased husband.
98-9Attendance at out of state ceremony to introduce judge nominated for an Award from the Foundation for Improvement of Justice; Foundation to pay for air fare, hotel and banquet meal.
98-8Accepting funds from law firms and merchants, placing them in a non-interest bearing account in your name, and disbursing the funds to underwrite prizes for student participants in court's annual Law Day program.
98-7Part-time employment as mediator, either self-employed or through a dispute resolution firm.
98-6Serving as elected library trustee.
98-5Serving as elected town meeting member.
98-4Participation in program to orient nurses to serve on medical malpractice tribunals, receipt of travel costs and $50 honorarium.
98-3Political activities by self and family members.
98-2Unsolicited contribution by law firm to charity in clerk's name.
98-1Appointment as Special Sheriff by County Sheriff.
97-7Serving as member of Board of Directors of a County Bar Advocate Program
97-6Testifying on Behalf of an Attorney Before the Board of Bar Overseers
97-5Serving as unpaid member of Town Zoning Board of Appeals; Southeastern Regional Transit Authority Advisory Board; representative of Town and Secretary of Southeastern Transit Authority Pension Fund; serving as trustee of two nominee trusts; conservator an
97-4Participation in seminar and receiving a minimal fee
97-3Serving as Town Meeting member.
97-2Providing endorsement to candidate for Register of Probate.
97-1Acceptance of campaign contribution from Probate and Family Court litigant while running for Register of Probate.
96-8Appointment to local Human Rights Commission.
96-7Testifying before Governor's Council on behalf of judicial nominee.
96-6Performing mediation or arbitration services for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
96-5Serving on committee to elect Register of Probate.
96-4May spouse make political contributions from joint account; attendance at political functions as "private citizen" with or without spouse.
96-3Serving as member of ward committee; conflict with spouse's duties as constable.
96-2Winding up practice to assume position as Assistant Clerk Magistrate: status of name in firm name;
96-1Junket with representative to foreign country.
95-8Running for position of Register of Probate.
95-7Entering practice of law after leaving office; taking leave of absence to practice law.
95-6Court clerks being asked for assistance in the context of their jobs and the practice of law.
95-5Running for Register of Probate without taking unpaid leave.
95-4Attendance at private dinner with Lt. Governor.
95-3Serving as fiduciary for long term friend.
95-2Serving as Board Member of Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts.
95-1Serving on local Personnel Board.
94-13Serving as City Councilor.
94-12Serving as Co-Chair of Annual Fund and on Board of Directors for YMCA.
94-11Association as independent income tax preparer with CPA.
94-10Arbitrator for American Registry of Arbitrators.
94-9Consulting work on federal projects.
94-8Fund-raising for alumnae association.
94-7Taking leave of absence to campaign for position of Clerk of Courts.
94-6Serving on executive committee and as treasurer of bar association.
94-5Serving as a director on Board of Advisors of non-profit rehabilitation facility.
94-4Attending political fund-raising event.
94-3Solicitation of funds to run for position of Clerk of Courts.
94-2Serving as town meeting member.
94-1Engaging in for-profit mediation business.
93-1Serving as member of city's election commission.
92-9Serving as volunteer on the Regional Advisory Council of the ***** Partnership to Reduce Drug Abuse.
92-8Contacting attorneys to advertise preparation of tax returns.
92-7Unpaid, volunteer work in connection with private dispute resolution business.
92-6Serving as member and chairman of Board of Examiners for a City. Serving as executrix for estate of non-family member. Receiving referral fees arising from causes of action brought before being sworn in as assistant clerk.
92-5Additional, more detailed, discussion on issues raised in #92-4.
92-4Being a stockholder, director, treasurer, clerk and receiving a salary and/or unearned income from a corporation established to provide a private court system in Massachusetts.
92-3Involvement with sibling's campaign for position of town clerk.
92-2Serving as President of Booster Club for a High School.
92-1Acting as administrator of estate (for deceased ward.)
91-7Holding of position of town meeting member.
91-6Renting of summer home to attorneys who appear in Clerk-Magistrate's court.
91-5Performing legal research for a law firm while on furlough or an authorized vacation.
91-4Performing legal research for a law firm while on furlough or an authorized vacation.
91-3Reviewing of entry and sale documents for foreclosure proceedings.
91-2Serving on board of organization that regularly files actions in Clerk-Magistrate's court.
91-1Serving as fiduciary for college roommate; definition of "close familial relationship."
90-5CASA Volunteer/guardian ad litem in Juvenile Court.
90-4Acting as guardian for a non-family member.
90-3Political activity (holding of sign for candidates).
90-2Recusal of Clerk-Magistrates.
90-1Membership in political committees.