Plymouth Office
P.O. Box 3022
Plymouth, MA 02061



April 5, 2018

Dear Member:
Our March meeting at The Tinker’s Son was a rousing success with over 40 members and guests in attendance. We were joined by numerous dignitaries including the Honorable Judge Boyle, the Honorable Stephen Steinberg (Ret.) and the Honorable James Sullivan as well as the usual smattering of past presidents (you know who you are). Elections were held at the March meeting and our inaugural board of directors has been established. Please join us as we congratulate imberly Cronin, Nancy McCarthy and Timothy Shyne on their election wins!!

Our next meeting (Law Day) will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Blackstone’s at the Indianond Country Club, 60 Country Club Way, Kingston, MA (781) 585-9117 and will follow our 10th Annual Law Day celebration (see details below). Our special guest speaker for the evening will be Attorney Leonard Kesten. Mr. Kesten is a prominent Massachusetts trial lawyer who has conducted over 100 jury trials in the United States District Court and the Superior Court. Currently Mr. Kesten is involved in multiple lawsuits involving the Massachusetts State Police. Mr. Kesten devotes much of his practice to the representation of cities and towns in Massachusetts and their officials and employees. He is considered one of the leading defenders of police officers. He has litigated high profile mployment matters in the areas of gender and race discrimination as well as wrongful discharge n violation of public police and sexual  harassment. He has successfully represented both mployers and employees and has obtained a number of significant verdicts in these matters. As usual, our world famous social hour will commence at approximately 5:00 p.m. and will include gourmet hors d’oeuvres as well as a cash bar and social bonhomie. A buffet dinner will follow at approximately 7:00 p.m. Our buffet will include sliced sirloin beef with demi-glaze horseradish sauce, bow tie pasta with pink vodka sauce, classic caesar salad, roasted lyonnaise red bliss potatoes and warm rolls with butter. We will also be treated to carrot cake, coffee and tea. The price for this very special banquet will be a mere $45.00 per person IF you make your reservation and PAY BEFORE April 27, 2018. The price thereafter will be $50.00 per person. If you would like to join us as we celebrate Law Day, please contact us ASAP as we anticipate this event will be sold out! You may contact one of the officers or directors, the PDBA email or call Marshall Johnson at 508-224- 8700.

Law Day: The PDBA will continue its tradition of sponsoring Law Day. This year’s celebration, will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. We expect events will commence at approximately 9:30 a.m. and will continue throughout the day at the Plymouth Trial Court, 52 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA. Events are expected to include a mock trial, courthouse tours, and displays of our legal heritage. For the first time in our 10 years of celebrating Law Day we will be taking a field trip during the afternoon to hold a selection of trial proceedings at the Old 1820 Courthouse (now home to Plymouth’s Town Hall)! Stay tuned!

Golf Tournament: This year’s Seventh Annual Mayflower Cup Golf Tournament will be held n June 14, 2018 at the Indian Pond Country Club! The cost per person will be $130.00 and this includes cart rental, greens fees,18 holes of golf and a fabulous buffet dinner!! Not to mention all of the various prizes, raffles and giveaways to be had. So, get your foursomes ready, polish hose irons and wash your balls! The PDBA hopes to raise significant funds to continue to grow its scholarship program.

Save the Dates: Please mark the following 2018 PDBA meeting dates on your smart phones, tablets, pocket diaries and, if necessary, cell walls: May 30, June 14 (Golf Tournament), September 26, October 24, November 14 (Elections) and December 12 (Christmas Party).

Dues: All members are reminded that PDBA dues are $50.00 per year and are paid on a calendar year basis commencing in January of each year. Paid members are entitled to be listed, along with two (2) specialty areas of practice, in the annual PDBA Membership Directory due out in June of each year. Additionally membership in the PDBA (America’s Oldest Bar Association, (established 1750) carries with it the cache of being a member of the most interesting and rewarding bar association north of Weweantic and south of Pigeon Cove.

Bar Association Room: Please be reminded that all PDBA members have access to a Bar Association room in the library at the courthouse for meetings, depositions, etc. Please contact Jean Lee at 508-583- 6966 to arrange to use this facility. Please try to give Jean as much advance notice as possible when you realize that you want to reserve the room. Remember, if we don’t use it, we might lose it.

Scholarships: The Thomas P. Kramer Scholarships are awarded each year to local high school students continuing their education at the college level in areas associated with the law, the legal profession and law enforcement. Last year three (3) $1,000 scholarships were awarded and we hope to continue to expand this program. Simply put, we would like to increase our scholarship awards and make more of them! In addition to our golf tournament we anticipate offering more 50/50 raffles throughout the  year and we encourage our members to contribute their cash, time, labor and ideas to this great program.

PDBA Directory: The PDBA Directory will be available for distribution to members at the June meeting. This handy directory is for paid members and includes name, address, telephone, mail and two (2) areas of specialty for each entry. If you would like to be included in this directory your 2018 PDBA dues must be paid and you must be sure to provide your contact information (including email), as well as your list of two (2) specialties, to Marshall Johnson 508-224- 8700 (phone), 508-224- 8737 (fax) or by responding to the PDBA email at as soon as possible.

Lastly please be reminded that the Plymouth District Bar Association is able to keep its membership benefits high and it costs low by maintaining a slim financial margin of error. Therefore if the vicissitudes of life intervene and you find that you are unable to attend a meeting after having made a reservation and the PDBA is charged for your meal we reserve the right to ask you to pony up the added expense.

Very truly yours,


PS. In an effort to honor our past presidents please see the “Ode to Our Past Presidents” page at the end of the newsletter. If any of our members has any recollection or insight as to the names of any missing presidents and the years they served we would appreciate your input.


Amber Cohen, 2016      Robert W. Galvin, 1999

Christopher Murray, 2015   Susan L. Collins, 1998

Pamela F. Churchill, 2014   Brian K. Bowen, 1997

Liam Scully, 2013 Allan J. Costa, 1996

Kathleen E. McKay, 2012 Kathleen A. Romano, 1995

Edward M. Joyce, Jr., 2011 Lothrop Withington, III, 1994

Holly S. Dyar, 2010 George L. Whiting, Jr., 1993

Marshall E. Johnson, 2009 Lloyd C. Rosenberg, 1992

Susan C. Pieri, 2008 Peter N. Muncey, 1991

Ronald J. Weiss, 2007 F. Steven Triffletti, 1990

Laurie Grant, 2006 Linda M. Steeves, 1989

Joseph D. McDonald, 2005 Robert C. Betters, 1988

Amy H.B. Annis, 2004 Christine M. Farrell, 1987

Robert D. Dimler, 2003 Thomas P. Kramer, 1986

Linda M.E. Auton, 2002 Richard M. Serkey, 1985

Dennis Scollins, 2001 Edward T. Angley, 1984

Jennifer J. DiGregorio, 2000 John H. Wyman, 1983

Paul W. Kaufman, 1980


If you have not paid your yearly dues they are  $ 50.00 payable to the Plymouth District Bar Association to Post Office Box 3022, Plymouth, MA 02361.

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