For Immediate Release - December 12, 2012

Chief Justice Lynda Connolly to Retire from Bench in March; Accepts New Appointment at Simmons College

Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly of the District Court Department today announced that she will be retiring from the Judiciary next March. She has accepted an appointment at Simmons College where she will be overseeing the pre-law advising program.

"It has been my privilege and pleasure every day of the last fifteen years to serve as a Justice of the District Court and every day of the last 8 1/2 years to serve as Chief Justice," Chief Justice Connolly said. "One of my passions is higher education, and I look forward to joining in Simmons’s mission, particularly its important work educating young women for professional careers."

Chief Justice Connolly has enjoyed a distinguished career in the Judiciary. She was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Marlborough District Court in 1997 by Governor William F. Weld. She subsequently served as Acting First Justice of the Charlestown District Court, now a division of the Boston Municipal Court. In 2003, she was appointed as the First Justice of the Dedham District Court. A year later, Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan appointed her as the Chief Justice of the District Court Department and reappointed her in 2009 for a second five-year term, which expires in 2014. Throughout her tenure, she has served on many court committees, including as Chair of the Trial Court's Budget Advisory Committee, Co-chair of the Trial Court Fiscal Task Force and the Trial Court Relocation Committee, and recently as a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Search Committee for the Court Administrator.

“Chief Justice Connolly has done a superb job leading the Trial Court’s largest department,” said Chief Justice of the Trial Court Robert A. Mulligan. “She is highly respected as a judge and has led the District Court with competence, steadiness and vision. I know that I speak for the departmental chiefs and all who work in the District Court and the entire Trial Court in saying that we will miss her greatly and wish her the very best in her next endeavor.”

In addition to her judicial duties, Chief Justice Connolly has served as an adjunct professor since 1981 at numerous universities, including New England School of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston College, Bentley College and as a guest lecturer at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Chief Justice Connolly is a graduate of Boston College Law School and the College of William and Mary.