Budd, Gaziano and Lowy headed to state’s highest court

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016
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From top to bottom: Hon. Kimberly Budd, Hon. Frank M. Gaziano and Hon. David A. Lowy.

With the Governor's Council's unanimous confirmation of Hon. Kimberly Budd to the Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday, Aug. 10, all three of Gov. Charlie Baker's SJC nominees have been cleared to fill the upcoming vacancies at the state's highest court. Hon. Frank M. Gaziano was previously confirmed on July 13, and Hon. David A. Lowy was confirmed on July 27 -- both unanimously.

"I congratulate Judge Budd and Judges Frank Gaziano and David Lowy as we look forward to the impartiality and hard work they will bring to the Commonwealth's highest court from decades of judicial practice," said Gov. Charlie Baker. "We further offer our thanks and appreciation to the Governor's Council for their measured, timely and thorough examination and unanimous approval of all three confirmed nominees."

The Massachusetts Bar Association applauded the selection of Judges Budd, Gaziano and Lowy in June when the governor first announced his nominations.

"Presented with a unique opportunity to shape the commonwealth's highest court in his first term, Governor Baker has made an impressive opening statement with the nomination of three highly regarded Superior Court judges," said Massachusetts Bar Association Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin W. Healy. "While each brings his or her own strengths, all the nominees are trial-tested judges who have proven their mettle in court -- both from the bench and in their previous legal practices. The SJC should benefit immediately from the elevation of this trio of experienced trial judges, who share a prescient understanding of the legal issues that are likely to appear before the court."

About the justices:

Hon. Kimberly Budd has served as an associate justice in the Massachusetts Superior Court for the past six years, appointed by Gov. Deval L. Patrick in 2009. She was responsible for overseeing the management and administration of the criminal business in Middlesex County. Prior to her appointment, Budd's career has spanned the private, public and academic sectors. Click here to learn more.

Hon. Frank M. Gaziano served as an associate justice in the Massachusetts Superior Court for the past 12 years, appointed by Gov. Willard Mitt Romney in 2004. He was the chair of the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Criminal Rules, a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Model Homicide Instruction Committee, and a member of the Trial Court Committees on Bail, Evidence Retention and Storage, and Security. Prior to his appointment, Gaziano served as a federal prosecutor and first assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 2001 to 2004. Click here to learn more.

Hon. David. A. Lowy served as an associate justice in the Massachusetts Superior Court for the past 15 years and was nominated by Gov. Paul Cellucci in 2001. Prior to that, he served as associate justice in the District Court for four years. With extensive experience in academia, he has been an adjunct professor of law at Boston University School of Law since 2006 and at New England Law Boston since 1991. He was also an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School for 11 years. Before serving in the District Court, Lowy served as an assistant district attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office as a member of the Gang Unit. Click here to learn more.