Making News in Business, June 10


  • David Hoose

Published: 6/9/2021 3:46:25 PM
Hoose honored with Lifetime Award of Merit

Northampton criminal defense attorney David Hoose has been awarded a Lifetime Award of Merit from Oswego State University of New York. Hoose is a 1974 alum of the college.

In honoring Hoose, the college said he employs high ethical standards and outstanding courtroom work to zealously defend clients, particularly those charged with capital crimes. Much of his work focuses on indigent clients. He founded and serves as president of the Hampden County Lawyers for Justice, which oversees the provision of indigent defense services to those charged with crimes in five separate Massachusetts District Courts, along with two juvenile courts and one Superior Court (all in Hampden County).

There are 146 lawyers who participate in this assigned counsel program. His legal expertise and service have garnered many recognitions, including Lawyer of the Year for 2014 by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Massachusetts by American Trial Lawyers Association, Darrow Award Presented by the Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, David Burres Civil Liberties Award Presented by American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Thurgood Marshall Award (twice) by the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, among many others. Perhaps most notably, he was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to just 1% of all trial lawyers in any given state.

Hoose earned a bachelor’s in sociology from SUNY Oswego and a juris doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law. He is admitted to the bar in 14 states and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He tried the first modern federal death penalty case in Massachusetts in 2000-2001 (United States v. Kristen Gilbert), and he currently has five other cases that started out as capital cases from West Virginia to Vermont to Boston.

VA opens one-stoop service center at Leeds campus

LEEDS — The Veterans Administration Central Western Massachusetts has opened a one-stop “Customer Care Suite” to assist veterans in receiving several services at one new location on the Leeds campus.

The suite is located on the basement level of the Liberty Building next to the canteen. It houses the following services: agent cashiers, patient funds, legal services for the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, enrollment, release of information, office spaces for the consolidated payment account center, billing and patient representatives, patient services and My Healthevet.

There will also be a reception and waiting area in the new 2,800-square-foot space, which was renovated for $1.35 million.

Freedom CU collection cash for food bank

SPRINGFIELD — Freedom Credit Union is collecting cash donations at its 11 branches throughout the region to benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, which leads the fight against food insecurity throughout Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties. They are accepting donations through Saturday, July 31.

Since 1982, The Food Bank has helped provide food to area residents. They get products from donations and then supply the food to participating pantries, meal sites and shelters throughout the region. Their work allows individuals, families, seniors, children, veterans and people with disabilities to lead healthy and meaningful lives.

Based on the donations received in their previous fiscal year, the Food Bank provided the equivalent of 12.3 million meals, a significant increase over previous years.

In June and July, Freedom Credit Union employees and members, as well as the community at large, are invited to make monetary donations in support of this cause at any Freedom branch. All funds collected during this time will directly benefit The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

Freedom Credit Union has branches Hampshire County branches in Easthampton and Northampton.

Ortiz joins Country Bank

WARE — Samuel Ortiz has joined the commercial lending division at Country Bank, which has a Hampshirei County branch in Belchertown.

Ortiz, of West Springfield, has been in the commercial lending industry for 40 years. He is an experienced business development leader serving western and central Massachusetts. He earned an associate degree in business administration from Springfield Technical Community College and has attended various banking and financial programs throughout his career. Ortiz is also a certified internal auditor.

Prior to joining Country Bank, Ortiz worked for Common Capital where he was responsible for all aspects of business loan operations. He also owned his own consulting firm where he provided small business loan underwriting, as a consultant, to the Western Massachusetts Enterprise Fund in Greenfield.

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