August 26, 2011
Justice James F. McHugh Selected for National Award
The National Center for State Courts announced its selection of Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice James F. McHugh for the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence. This prestigious award is presented annually to one state court judge who exemplifies the highest level of judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts will present the award to Judge McHugh at the U.S. Supreme Court in November.
Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan recommended the nomination of Judge McHugh for the award to the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court. The SJC submitted a unanimous nomination which was supported by letters from chief justices and community leaders. Judge McHugh is the first Massachusetts judge to receive this prominent award since its inception in 1996.
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland, Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza and Chief Justice for Administration & Management Robert A. Mulligan issued the following statement:
||"We commend the NCSC for this richly-deserved, national recognition of Jim McHugh's many important contributions to the judiciary. He has been an exemplary jurist, leader and innovator throughout his 26 years on the bench. Jim is widely recognized for his eminence as a trial and appellate judge and enjoys tremendous respect among his judicial colleagues and the members of the bar. He has been a major contributor to court reform on a wide range of issues, greatly enhancing the delivery and the administration of justice. We know that the entire Massachusetts Court family joins us in congratulating Jim on this great honor."
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