Supreme Judicial Court Appoints
Three Judges and Reappoints Two Judges
to Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently announced
the appointments of Middlesex Juvenile Court First Justice
Gail Garinger, Framingham District Court First Justice
Robert V. Greco, and Nantucket Probate and Family Court
First Justice Randy J. Kaplan to the Judicial Performance
Evaluation Committee, effective immediately.
Justices reappointed Southeast Housing Court First Justice
Anne Kenney Chaplin and Land Court Judge Leon J. Lombardi
to the Committee. All appointments are for two-year terms,
ending on March 1, 2008.
new judges appointed to the Committee fill the positions
previously held by Hampden Probate and Family Court First
Justice David M. Fuller, Worcester District Court First
Justice Paul F. LoConto, and Worcester County Juvenile
Court Judge Luis G. Perez, whose terms recently expired.
in 2001 by the Supreme Judicial Court, the Judicial Performance
Evaluation Committee oversees the implementation of the
judicial performance program in the Trial Court. Judges' work
performance in areas such as demeanor, legal knowledge,
courtroom management, and timeliness of decisions is assessed
by attorneys, jurors, and court employees through written
questionnaires. The Chief Justices of the Trial Court departments
review the results with the judges from their departments.
Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders is the Committee's
Garinger was in private practice for twenty-two years prior
to her appointment to the bench in 1995. She worked for
three years at the Boston law firm of Goodwin, Procter & Hoar
and at the firm of Powers & Hall for three years. From
1973 to 1979, she served as General Counsel for Children's
Hospital Medical Center, and she was a Trial Attorney for
the Massachusetts Defenders Committee in 1973. In 1985,
Judge Garinger was a member of the adjunct faculty of the
New England School of Law. She served on the Supreme Judicial
Court's Commission on Juvenile Justice and the Supreme
Judicial Court's Judiciary/Media Steering Committee.
Judge Garinger earned a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School
and an undergraduate degree from Indiana University.
becoming a member of the bench in 1985, Judge Greco was
Executive Director and General Counsel of the State Ethics
Commission. From 1974 to 1980, he served in the Criminal
Bureau of the Attorney General's Office. Previously,
he was with the Massachusetts Defenders Committee for three
years. Judge Greco taught on the adjunct faculty of the
New England School of Law and Boston University Law School,
and served as chairperson of the Committee on Judicial
Ethics. He received a J.D. degree from Boston College Law
School and an A.B. degree from Princeton University.
Kaplan was appointed to the bench in 2001. Previously,
she was a partner in the law firm of Deutsch Williams Brooks
DeRensis Holland & Drachman for five years. From 1991 to
1996, she was a partner at Burns & Levinson, and she was
an associate with LoDolce & Epstein from 1983 to 1991.
She holds a J.D. degree from New England School of Law
and a B.S.degree from Skidmore College.
her appointment to the bench in 2000, Judge Chaplin practiced
law for twenty-two years. She was a partner at the Boston
law firm of Chaplin & Chaplin, and she also worked at the
law firms of McCullough, Stievater & Polvere; Katz & Associates;
LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae; and Lappin, Rosen, Goldberg,
Slavet, Levensen & Wekstein. She began her legal career
at the law firm of Chaplin, Casner & Edwards in 1978. Judge
Chaplin received her J.D. degree from the University of
Virginia School of Law and her B.A. degree, magna cum laude,
from Boston College.
Lombardi was appointed to the Land Court in 1995. Prior
to his appointment, he was a partner in the law firm of
Warner & Stackpole. From 1977 to 1983, he served as a legislator
in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Upon graduating
from law school, he was an associate in the Law Offices
of Robert I. Kalis for four years. He served on the Supreme
Judicial Court Task Force on Judicial Branch Education
and the Judicial Institute's New Judges' Education
Committee. Judge Lombardi holds a J.D. degree from Boston
University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Tufts University.