JUSTICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
APPOINTS HONORABLE MANUEL KYRIAKAKIS
AS NEW CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE HOUSING COURT
Justice for Administration and Management Barbara A. Dortch-Okara
today announced the appointment
of Honorable Manuel Kyriakakis as the new Chief Justice of
the Housing Court Department of the Trial Court for
a five-year term, in accordance with G.L.
c.211B, §5. Judge Kyriakakis, currently First Justice of the
Southeastern Housing Court, assumes his new duties on June
Kyriakakis, a resident of South Dartmouth, succeeds Chief
Justice E. George Daher, who will
retire on June 16, 2002, upon reaching
the mandatory retirement age of seventy for
judges. Chief Justice Daher has been the
Chief Justice of the Housing Court since
Housing Court Department of the Trial Court
has ten authorized Justices in five divisions:
Boston, Worcester, Western, Northeastern, and Southeastern.
making the announcement, Chief Justice Dortch-Okara said,
"Judge Kyriakakis is the right person to move the
court forward during this challenging time for the Trial Court.
He has the necessary experience, intellect, and temperament
to take this court to new heights." She also thanked Chief
Justice Daher "for his vision and determination as he worked
to advance the Housing Court to its present prominence."
Kyriakakis was appointed as First Justice of the Southeastern
Housing Court in 1990 when the Southeastern Housing Court
was established. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Fall
River law firm of Horvitz & Horvitz & Kyriakakis from
1973, and was an associate there beginning in 1967. Judge
Kyriakakis received a law degree from Boston University
Law School, a master's degree in
taxation from Boston University Graduate School, and a bachelor's
degree from Brown University. He served in
the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1964 and was a captain
in the Judge Advocate General's Department.
Kyriakakis is a member
of the Supreme Judicial Court's Judiciary/Media
Committee, the Supreme Judicial
Court's Judicial Evaluation Committee, and
the Supreme Judicial Court's Fee Generating Appointments Committee.
He has lectured and published articles for Massachusetts
Continuing Legal Education in landlord/tenant law and Housing
Kyriakakis and his wife, Elaine, have two grown children and