FOR ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
APPOINTS JUDGE KARYN FAITH SCHEIER
AS NEW CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE LAND COURT
Justice for Administration and Management Barbara A. Dortch-Okara
the appointment of Honorable Karyn Faith Scheier
as the new Chief Justice of the Land Court Department of the
Trial Court for a five-year
term, in accordance with G.L. c.211B, §5. Judge Scheier, who
was an Associate Justice of the Land Court, assumed her new
duties on February 17, 2003.
resident of Boston, formerly of Weston, Judge Scheier succeeds
Chief Justice Peter W. Kilborn, who
retired on February 17, 2003, upon reaching the mandatory
retirement age of seventy for judges.
Chief Justice Kilborn had been the Chief Justice
of the Land Court since 1996,
and an Associate Justice there since 1990.
statewide Land Court has jurisdiction over the registration
of title to real property, all matters and disputes concerning
such title subsequent to registration, zoning and subdivision
matters, and foreclosure and redemption of real estate tax
liens, among other jurisdiction. Six judges sit in Boston
with occasional sittings throughout the state to accommodate
lawyers and litigants.
Justice Dortch-Okara said, "I join with Judge
Scheier's colleagues and staff at the Land Court in taking
pride in her accomplishments and confidence in her leadership
abilities. She is knowledgeable, energetic, and firmly committed
to the mission of the Land Court. Chief Justice Kilborn also
deserves our deepest gratitude for moving the Land Court forward
in a time of considerable fiscal uncertainty. I wish him well
in his retirement."
Scheier was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Land
Court in 1994. Prior to her appointment, she was a sole practitioner
for one year, and, previously, a partner in the Boston law
firm of Hutchins and Wheeler, beginning as an associate there
in 1982. She served as a law clerk to then-Land Court Judge
John E. Fenton, Jr. from 1980 to 1982, and was an instructor
at the New England School of Law from 1980 to1983.
in professional and community programs, Judge Scheier
served as Vice-Chair of the Trial Court Gender Equality Advisory
Board for six years. She is a member of the Board of Directors
of the Committee to End Elder Homelessness, Inc., and a former
member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of
Greater Boston Legal Services, among several other committees.
She teaches and participates in many legal education programs
at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
Scheier is a member of the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts
Bar Association, the Massachusetts Conveyancers Association,
the Massachusetts Judges Conference, the Women's Bar Association,
and the National Association of Women Judges.
Scheier earned a J. D. degree from New England School of Law,
and a B.A. degree from Simmons College.