The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Judiciary-Media Committee was established in 1995 to help foster good working relationships and to improve better understanding between the judicial branch and the media, both print and electronic. The Committee helps to address and resolve problems, if possible, incurred by the media in gaining access to court proceedings and documents. It also assists judges and court personnel with questions and concerns involving the media. The Committee sponsors judiciary-media programs and conferences throughout the state in an effort to improve understanding and appreciation of the roles and functions of the judiciary and the media.
Co-chaired by Justice Robert J. Cordy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, and Neil Ungerleider, Manager of Digital and Multimedia,WCVB-TV, the Supreme Judicial Court's Judiciary-Media Committee consists of judges from the Appellate Courts and the Trial Court departments, the United States District Court, clerk magistrates, editors of major newspapers statewide, radio and television executives, representatives of the state's two largest bar associations, the executive directors of the Massachusetts Judges Conference and the Flaschner Judicial Institute, and the court's public information officer.
Committee meetings are held in Boston several times a year. Each meeting usually begins with a guest speaker, alternating between the judiciary and the media. Topics have ranged from issues pertaining to cameras in the courtroom, media coverage of high-profile trials, and access to court documents and proceedings, to name a few. A portion of the meeting is also devoted to planning and implementing current and future projects.
The Judiciary-Media Committee has produced, updated, and distributed to judges, clerks, and the media the publication, Guidelines on the Public's Right of Access to Judicial Proceedings and Records, a compilation of statutes, rules and case law governing access to records and proceedings. The Committee has sponsored regional conferences for judges, clerks and the media, Law School for Journalists programs, and other such activities designed to promote better communication and understanding between the judiciary and the media. A Response Team of several committee members was also established to assist with advice to courts and the media with issues requiring timely attention.
Hon. Robert J. Cordy (Co-Chair), Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court
Kevin J. Claffey, First Assistant Clerk, Hampden Superior Court
Hon. John J. Curran, Jr. (Ret.), First Justice, Leominster District Court
Hon. Wilbur P. Edwards, Jr., Associate Justice, Southeastern Housing Court
Hon. E. Susan Garsh, Associate Justice, Superior Court
Hon. Nancy Gertner (Ret.), U.S. District Court Judge
Hon. Randy J. Kaplan, Associate Justice, Middlesex Probate and Family Court
Hon. Rudolph Kass (Ret.), Appeals Court
Hon. Dyanne J. Klein, First Justice, Newton District Court
Hon. Barbara A. Lenk, Associate Justice, Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Stephen M. Limon, Associate Justice, Suffolk Juvenile Court
Hon. Paul F. LoConto, First Justice, Worcester District Court
Hon. Keith Long, Associate Justice, Land Court
Hon. Tracy-Lee Lyons, Associate Justice, Boston Municipal Court
Cynthia Robinson Markey, Legal Counsel to the Chief Justice, Boston Municipal Court
Hon. David A. Mills, Associate Justice, Appeals Court
Andrew P. Quigley, First Assistant Clerk, Hingham District Court
Christopher Reavey, Clerk Magistrate, Franklin/Hampshire Juvenile Court
Neil Ungerleider (Co-Chair), Manager of Digital and Multimedia, WCVB-TV
Robert J. Ambrogi, Executive Director, Mass. Newspaper Publishers Assoc.
Bill Kole, New England Bureau Chief, Associated Press
Mary Jo Meisner, Vice President for Communications, Community Relations and Public Affairs, The Boston Foundation
Sam Fleming/John Davidow, News Director, WBUR
Susan A. Bocamazo, Esq., Publisher, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly
Tom Melville, Former News Director, New England Cable News, Executive Director, New England Newspaper and Press Association
Rachelle Cohen, Editorial Page Editor, Boston Herald
Bob Kievra, City Editor, Worcester Telegram and Gazette
Mike Bello, Assistant Metro Editor, The Boston Globe
Larry A. McDermott, Member Emeritus
Lisa Strattan, Editor in Chief, Fall River Herald News/Taunton Gazette
Meg Burton, Assistant News Editor, Cape Cod Times
Jonathan M. Albano, Bingham McCutchen LLP
Lauren Stiller Rikleen, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
Joseph D. Steinfield, Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP
Martin Healy, Legal Counsel, Massachusetts Bar Association
Robert Brink, Executive Director, Social Law Library
Joseph B. McDonough, Esq., Fellow - International Rule of Law Initiative, Center for Democracy and Development, University of Massachusetts - Boston
Mary Rafferty, Senior Assistant – Administration & Communications, Executive Office of the Trial Court
Jennifer Donahue, Public Information Officer, Supreme Judicial Court
Robert Clayman, Executive Director, Mass. Judges Conference
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