Court and Community News

Thursday, June 3, 2021
Hon. Heidi E. Brieger appointed chief justice of the Superior Court; Middlesex District Attorney's Office Inaugural Data Summit on June 8-9; Job opening: Executive director at Mass. IOLTA Committee


Hon. Heidi E. Brieger appointed chief justice of the Superior Court 

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey today announced the appointment of Judge Heidi E. Brieger as chief justice of the Superior Court for a five-year term in accordance with G.L. c.211B, §5.  

“I am pleased to appoint Judge Brieger to lead the Superior Court for the next five years,” said Carey. “She is highly respected by her colleagues and by members of the bar for her judicial intellect, judgment, listening skills, collaborative management, work ethic and integrity. Judge Brieger is a thoughtful leader who is respected and trusted by others. She has the ability to create consensus by seeking input and to provide clear, capable direction. I believe that she will ably meet the high standard of excellence set by Chief Justice Fabricant and continue her remarkable leadership of the Superior Court.”

Brieger was appointed by Governor Deval L. Patrick to the Superior Court in 2012. She serves as the regional administrative justice for civil business in Suffolk County and chairs the Superior Court Education Committee. She served as the chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in the Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office beginning in 2006, following her service as a prosecutor in that office since 1992. She was a law clerk to Hon. Andrew A. Caffrey, chief U.S. District judge for the District of Massachusetts. Brieger is a graduate of Smith College and Boston College Law School.

The Superior Court Department comprises 14 counties with 82 authorized judicial positions across the commonwealth. The Massachusetts Trial Court includes seven court departments with 385 judges who deliver justice in 97 courthouses across the state. 


Middlesex District Attorney's Office Inaugural Data Summit on June 8-9

District Attorney Marian Ryan invites Massachusetts Bar Association members to a Middlesex District Attorney's Inaugural Data Summit on June 8-9. The two-day forum will bring together thought leaders and experts in data management to explore best practices in collecting, analyzing and sharing data. The summit will examine the use of data in the criminal system to help inform the work of prosecutors' offices and public safety agencies, increase transparency and achieve better outcomes.

The virtual summit is free and open to all. Click here to register.


Job Opening

Executive director at Mass. IOLTA Committee

The Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers Trust Account Committee (IOLTA Committee) is seeking an executive director with a law degree and a minimum of five years of management or administration experience in the legal aid community, law firms, government, quasi-government or charitable organizations, and a demonstrated commitment to social justice. 

Responsibilities include maximizing revenue, developing positive relationships with civil legal services programs and bar associations to expand the delivery of legal services and IOLTA revenue, developing productive relationships with financial institutions, obtaining attorney and financial institution compliance with IOLTA rules, managing and supervising internal and external IOLTA operations with the chief financial officer, proactively addressing and developing responses to legal and regulatory environment challenges to the IOLTA Committee and its objectives, participating in the modification of the Rules of Professional Conduct on client trust funds as necessary, and implementing the Olchowski decision with the Treasurer’s Office and the Board of Bar Overseers. Review the complete job description here.

The IOLTA Committee is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants should submit their resume and cover letter, in strict confidence, for consideration at no later than July 7, 2021. Phone calls will not be accepted.