NEW SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
JUSTICE RALPH D. GANTS TAKES OATH
hundred friends, family members, colleagues, court staff,
and well wishers attended the swearing-in ceremony of Justice
Ralph D. Gants of the Supreme Judicial Court on January
29, 2009 in the Great Hall of the John Adams Courthouse.
Governor Deval Patrick, who appointed Justice Gants as
the newest Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to succeed
recently retired Justice John M. Greaney, administered
the oath of office. Justice Gants will hear oral arguments
for the first time on February 2 when the Court holds its
Justice Margaret H. Marshall gave welcoming remarks followed
by speakers George Bachrach, master of ceremonies, Justice
Margot Botsford, Governor Patrick, and Justice Gants. The
Governor and his colleagues described Justice Gants as
brilliant, hardworking, fair-minded, caring, and passionate
about the law.
Gants was first appointed to the Superior Court by then
Governor William F. Weld in 1997. He served as the Administrative
Justice of the Business Litigation Session in the Superior
Court from January 2008 until his appointment to the Supreme
Judicial Court. Previously, he was a partner at Palmer & Dodge;
Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Public Corruption
Unit there; Special Assistant to Judge William H. Webster,
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Law
Clerk to Judge Eugene H. Nickerson, U.S. District Court,
Eastern District of New York.
graduate of Harvard College, summa cum laude, and Harvard
Law School, magna cum laude, Justice Gants is a prolific
writer and lecturer. He has taught at Northeastern University
School of Law and New England School of Law.
Deval Patrick administers the oath of office to Justice
Ralph D. Gants, the new Associate Justice of the Supreme
Judicial Court, on January 29, 2009
in the Great Hall of the John Adams Courthouse.
Justice Margaret H. Marshall
welcomes Justice Ralph D. Gants to the
Supreme Judicial Court.
Justice Margot Botsford, who served with Judge Gants
on the Superior Court, praises the Governor for his
Justice Gants to the Court.
Patrick delivers remarks following the administration
of the oath of office to Judge Gants.
A. Bachrach, a high school colleague and now a well
known attorney and lecturer at Boston University, congratulates
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court and hundreds
of other audience members attended the ceremony in
the John Adams Courthouse. In front row, from left,
retired Justice John M. Greaney, Justice Roderick L.
Ireland, Justice Francis X. Spina, Justice Judith A.
Cowin, and Justice Robert J. Cordy.
members surround Justice Gants.
Back row, from left: Michael (son); Deborah Ramirez (wife),
Justice Gants; Joel Marcus, Judy Marcus (cousins)
Front row, from left: Rachel (daughter), Helaine Gants (mother);
Ralph D. Gants (at right) begins his first day of oral
arguments at the Supreme
Judicial Court on February 2.
From left, Justice Margot Botsford, Justice Judith A. Cowin, Justice
Roderick L. Ireland, Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, Justice
Francis X. Spina, Justice Robert J. Cordy and Justice Ralph D. Gants.
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