Past President Kazarosian named to SJC Nominating Commission

Issue March/April 2016

Massachusetts Bar Association Past President Marsha V. Kazarosian was named by Gov. Charlie Baker to a special 12-member Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission (SJC-NC) to recruit and screen applicants to fill the multiple upcoming vacancies on the commonwealth's highest court. The MBA commended Gov. Charlie Baker for appointing this commission.

"Governor Baker's appointment of this special commission demonstrates that he fully grasps the weight of this historic opportunity to change the makeup of the commonwealth's top court," said MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy. "The governor has wisely chosen to include on this special panel leaders of the bar from throughout the commonwealth. The importance of having a court that resembles the depth of diversity existing in the state will be a major factor in his appointments. Seeking knowledgeable input from the statewide bar will help ensure that the SJC maintains its inclusive legacy."

By the end of his first term, Gov. Baker will have the opportunity to name five new SJC justices. In addition to the announced retirements from Justices Robert J. Cordy, Francis X. Spina and Fernande R.V. Duffly, two additional justices -- Justice Margot G. Botsford and Justice Geraldine S. Hines -- will reach the mandatory retirement age of 70 in 2017.

Members of the statewide panel include:

  • Lon F. Povich, co-chair
Governor's chief legal counsel
  • Paul T. Dacier, co-chair
Chair, JNC
Executive vice president and general counsel of EMC Corporation
  • Lisa G. Arrowood
President, Boston Bar Association
Partner, Arrowood Peters LLP
  • Roberto M. Braceras
Vice chair, JNC
  • Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Brackett B. Denniston
General counsel, GE (ret.)
  • The Hon. Margaret R. Hinkle
Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court (ret.)
  • The Hon. Roderick L. Ireland
Chief justice, Supreme Judicial Court (ret.)
  • Marsha V. Kazarosian
Immediate past president, Massachusetts Bar Association
Partner, Kazarosian Costello
  • Joan A. Lukey
Partner, Choate Hall & Stewart LLP
  • Elizabeth A. Lunt
Of counsel, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein
  • John P. Pucci
Partner, Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP
  • Carol T. Vittorioso
Vice chair, JNC