August 4, 2016


Chief Justice Paula Carey and Court Administrator Harry Spence announced the appointment of Lee Kavanagh as the Director of the Trial Court’s Department of Research & Planning effective August 8, 2016.  DRAP has developed a strong team that is integral to court operations.  Lee has played a key role in the Trial Court’s expanded use of data for evidence-based decision making. 

Lee has served as a Research Manager and Research Analyst for the Trial Court and Sentencing Commission since 1995.  She previously worked as a Research Analyst for the Juvenile Justice Research Project at Northeastern University.  Prior to that she was an Evaluation Specialist for the Boston Public Schools and a Research Assistant for the Department of Youth Services.   Lee received her law degree from the New England School of Law, and has a master’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern and a BA in sociology from Suffolk.