For Immediate Release - November 21, 2014

Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey Appoints Attorney Kathleen M. O’Donnell to the Commission on Judicial Conduct

BOSTON, MA -- Chief Justice of the Trial Court Paula M. Carey today announced the appointment of Kathleen M. O’Donnell of Lowell as a member to the Commission on Judicial Conduct , effective December 10, 2014. The term will expire on December 9, 2020.

The Commission on Judicial Conduct, established in 1978, investigates allegations of misconduct by state judges. Pursuant to G.L. c.211 §1, three judges are appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court; three attorneys are appointed by the Chief Justice of the Trial Court; and three lay persons are appointed by the Governor to six year terms.

Ms. O’Donnell is a partner in the firm of Kazarosian, Costello & O’Donnell, LLP with offices in Lowell, Haverhill and Salem. For many years she was associated with the Marcotte Law Firm in Lowell. She is a highly skilled trial attorney and with a varied practice which includes an emphasis on personal injury and other civil litigation.

Throughout her legal career she has held positions of leadership in numerous bar associations and is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and the Greater Lowell Bar Association. She was the first woman elected to the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. She was recently appointed to and served as a member of the Supreme Judicial Court committee to examine mandatory fee arbitration.

A resident of Lowell, Attorney O’Donnell is a graduate of Wheaton College and Suffolk University Law School.