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Current Members of the Commission on Judicial Conduct

 

Joseph D. Steinfield, Esquire was appointed to the Commission in 2008. He was elected Chairman of the Commission in November of 2012.  He is a partner at the Boston law firm of Prince Lobel Tye LLP, after many years as a partner at Hill & Barlow, P.C. Mr. Steinfield specializes in business and First Amendment litigation. In 2000, he served as special counsel to New Hampshire's House Judiciary Committee and lead counsel during the impeachment trial of the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. In 1984, Mr. Steinfield was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as its State Chair for Massachusetts. He is currently a member of its Judiciary Committee. Mr. Steinfield is also a member of the American Law Institute and is an adjunct professor at Boston College Law School and University of New Hampshire Law School. He is a member of the City of Boston Finance Commission, previously served as Chair of the Massachusetts Clients' Security Board, and was the founding Chair of the Law Clerks' Society of the Supreme Judicial Court. Mr. Steinfield, who is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, served as Law Clerk to Justice Paul C. Reardon of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

 


The Honorable Judith Fabricant became a member of the Commission in December of 2010. She was elected Vice Chairman of the Commission in November of 2012.  Judge Fabricant has been an Associate Justice of the Superior Court since 1996. After graduating from Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Fabricant clerked for the Honorable Levin Campbell of the US Court of Appeals. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Fabricant worked as an Associate at Hill & Barlow and served as an Assistant District Attorney in Wake County, North Carolina and for the Essex County District Attorney in Massachusetts. Judge Fabricant also served as an Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts, becoming Chief of the Government Bureau. She is Chair of the Superior Court Education Committee and past Chair of the New Justices Training and Mentoring Committee. She is a frequent presenter at court and bar education programs. In 2013, Judge Fabricant received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Judges Conference.


The Honorable Mary Anne Sahagian was appointed to the Commission in 2008. First appointed to the bench in 1999, she currently serves as the First Justice of the Essex County Probate and Family Court. Judge Sahagian has served on the Probate and Family Court Education Committee and the Judicial Enhancement Committee. She previously served as chair of the Probate and Family Court Committee on the Development of the Guardian Ad Litem Standards. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Sahagian was in private practice for nineteen years. She is a member of the Massachusetts and Essex County Bar Associations, as well as the National Association of Women Judges, the Massachusetts Judges Conference, and the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers. In 2013, Judge Sahagian received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Judges Conference. Judge Sahagian is a graduate of the University of Lowell and Suffolk University Law School.


The Honorable Robert N. Tochka became a member of the Commission in February of 2014. Judge Tochka was appointed an Associate Justice of the District Court Department in 2002.  He served in that capacity until 2004, when he was appointed to his current position as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court Department. Judge Tochka worked as an Assistant District Attorney for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1984 to 2002.  During his service with the Suffolk County District Attorney, Judge Tochka worked in the Appellate Division, the District Court, and the Superior Court.  In 1996, he was appointed the Chief of the Anti-Gang Task Force for the Suffolk County District Attorney and served in that capacity until his appointment to the bench in 2002.  In 2013, Judge Tochka received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Massachusetts Judges Conference.  Judge Tochka is a graduate of Boston College and St. Louis University Law School.


Susan M. Finegan, Esquire was appointed to the Commission in 2010.  Ms. Finegan is a litigation partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., and serves as Chair of both the firm's Pro Bono Committee and the Boston Office's Hiring Committee.  She is active in a number of professional activities including the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services Committee (as its Chair); the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission; the Boston Bar Association Council; and the Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Expanding the Civil Right to Counsel. She is also a former member of the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission.  A graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School, she is on the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College. In addition to her work at Mintz Levin, Ms. Finegan has served as the Legal Director at the Victim Rights Law Center, and as a law clerk to both the Honorable Andrew A. Caffrey of the United States District Court and the Honorable Francis P. O'Connor of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

 


John J. Carroll, Jr., Esquire was appointed to the Commission in 2012. He is a member of the firm of Meehan, Boyle, Black and Bogdanow, P.C. in Boston. Mr. Carroll is a graduate of Boston College and Boston University School of Law.   Mr. Carroll served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1971 and as an active reserve member from 1972 to 1976, rising to the rank of Lieutenant.  Mr. Carroll was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1974.  Mr. Carroll was also admitted to the South Dakota Bar in 1976, and from 1976 to 1977, Mr. Carroll worked for South Dakota Legal Services, providing legal assistance on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux Reservations.  Mr. Carroll has served on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services since 1996.  He also is presently on the Governance Committee for the Massachusetts Bar Association.  Previously, Mr. Carroll served on the Massachusetts Bar Association's Judicial Administration Section Council, which he chaired in 1997-1998; the MBA's Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section Council, which he chaired in 1998-1999; the MBA's Superior Court Caseflow Management Task Force, which he chaired in 2001-2002; and the MBA's Bench Bar Committee, which he chaired in 2003.  Mr. Carroll also served as the MBA member of the Equal Justice Coalition from 2010 to present and has served as its Chairman since 2013.  In 2003, Mr. Carroll was elected to serve as a member of the House of Delegates of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and he continued to serve in that position until 2008.  From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Carroll served as a Hearing Officer at the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. In 2002, he was elected to the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys Board of Governors and continued to serve in that position until 2008.  Mr. Carroll is a 2008 recipient of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation's President's Award and has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine for several years in a row.


Elizabeth W. Vorenberg was appointed a lay member of the Commission in 2009. She is a graduate of Wellesley College. Before moving to Massachusetts in 1970, she founded and directed Joint Foundation Support, which provided research and administrative services to small foundations wanting to support civil rights and civil liberties. Her most recent position was as Assistant Commissioner for Research, Planning and Evaluation in the Commonwealth's Department of Public Welfare. She was the first State CHINS Coordinator responsible for transferring status offenders (runaways, truants, "stubborn" children) from the Department of Youth Services to the Welfare Department's Office of Social Services. From 1978 to 1983 she was deputy director of the Massachusetts Advocacy Center (now Mass. Advocates for Children) monitoring policy relating to juvenile justice and child welfare. She is the Founding President of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform and is a past president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.

 


Rosemary J. Corley was appointed a lay member of the Commission in 2009. She is a consultant in teacher mentoring, curriculum development, and early childhood education and serves on the Board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest. Prior to her retirement, Ms. Corley taught for 35 years in the Hudson Public Schools, developing programs for students with significant learning challenges. She additionally served as a professional development presenter, parent educator, science and technology camp director, and teacher association officer. She served the United Way of Tri-County for decades as a campaign coordinator and Board member, receiving the Reynolds and Lifetime Achievement Awards. She is a graduate of Fitchburg State College with a B.S. in Special Education and an M.Ed. in Consulting Teaching. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Council for Exceptional Children. 


Quinton B. Dale was appointed a lay member of the Commission in 2012.  He is currently the Chief of Investigations for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  He previously served as Director of the Investigation Division for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office from 2002 to 2012.  Prior to that, he was Deputy Director of the Investigation Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and an Investigator for the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.  In 1999, he received the Edward Quinn Award of Excellence from the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.  Mr. Dale also previously served as a Corrections Counselor for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.  Mr. Dale is a former professional basketball player.  He has served as a head High School basketball coach since 1992 and was named the Boston Globe Division III Coach of the Year in 1996.  Mr. Dale is a graduate of Northeastern University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.  He is also a graduate of Clinton Community College, where he received an Associate Degree in Arts and Sciences.

 

 

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