Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice
Margaret H. Marshall Appoints Three New Members
and Reappoints One Member to Jury Management Advisory Committee
Superior Court Judge Robert C. Rufo
Named as Chair
Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall recently
appointed Superior Court Judge S. Jane Haggerty, Dedham
District Court Judge Michael J. Pomarole and Superior
Court Judge Robert C. Rufo to the Jury Management Advisory
Board. Judge Rufo was named as Chair and fills the position
previously held by Superior Court Judge Peter M. Lauriat,
who had been serving as Acting Chair. Judge Rufo’s
term expires on May 1, 2010. The other two terms end
on May 1, 2011.
Justice Marshall reappointed First Justice Kathleen E.
Coffey of the West Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal
Court Department, whose new term will expire on May 1,
Jury Management Advisory Committee consists of six justices
appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial
Court, according to G.L.c. 234A, §6, and is charged
with assisting the Chief Justice in supervising the Office
of Jury Commissioner.
her appointment to the bench in 1999, Judge Haggerty
served as an Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County,
a Special Attorney in the Organized Crime Strike Force
of the U. S. Justice Department, an Assistant Attorney
General and Chief of the Criminal Division in the Commonwealth
of the Northern Mariana Islands, and as Assistant District
Attorney and Chief of the Appellate Division in Essex
County. Judge Haggerty holds a J.D. degree from Suffolk
University Law School, an M.S. degree from Indiana University,
and a B.A. degree from Boston College.
Pomarole was appointed to the bench in 2003. Previously,
he served as a Legal Aide to Governor Paul A. Celluci
and as Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County.
He also served as Chair of the Massachusetts Parole Board.
Judge Pomarole holds a B.A. degree from Northeastern
University and a J.D. degree from Suffolk University
Rufo, who was appointed to the bench in 1996, has also
served as a District Court Judge. He was Sheriff of Suffolk
County from 1987 to 1996. He taught on the adjunct faculty
of Suffolk University Law School and the New England
School of Law. Judge Rufo received a J.D. degree from
Suffolk University, an M.P.A. degree from Harvard University,
and a B.S. degree from Boston College.
to the bench in 1993, Judge Coffey chairs the Mental
Health Committee in the Boston Municipal Court Department.
In 1998, she created the Reinventing Justice Committee
for the West Roxbury Court, a community advisory task
force. Judge Coffey recently served on the Supreme Judicial
Court Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to Study Canon 3B(9)
of the Code of Judicial Conduct. She received her J.
D. degree from Boston College Law School, and her B.A.
degree, magna cum laude, from Newton College of the Sacred