JUDICIAL COURT APPOINTS NEW MEMBERS
TO THE COMMITTEE FOR PUBLIC COUNSEL SERVICES
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently announced
the appointments of five new members and the reappointments
of two members to the Committee for Public Counsel Services
The Committee for Public Counsel
Services is comprised of fifteen members appointed by the
Supreme Judicial Court for three-year terms, in accordance
with G.L. c. 211D, § 1. The Committee plans, coordinates,
and oversees the delivery of legal services to indigent clients
in criminal and certain non-criminal matters.
The new appointees are attorneys
Peter J. Muse of Milton, of the Law Office of Muse & Muse;
John T. Ouderkirk, Jr. of Westerly, Rhode Island, a sole practitioner
in Worcester; Charles W. Rankin of Brookline, a partner in
the Boston law firm of Rankin & Sultan, Kenneth G. Smith
of Plympton, Executive Director of YouthBuild Boston; and
Robin L. Stolk of Holyoke, lead attorney in the Children and
Family Law Program of the Committee for Public Counsel Services
in Springfield. The terms of Mr. Smith and Ms. Stolk, who
are filling the remainders of terms, will expire on March
1, 2001; those of Mr. Muse, Mr. Ouderkirk and Mr. Rankin will
expire on March 1, 2003.
Reappointed to the committee
are attorneys Joan C. Stanley of Boston and Dorothy Meyer
Storrow of Gill. Ms. Stanley is an attorney in private practice
in Boston. Ms. Storrow, who has worked for the Committee for
Public Counsel Services since 1995, has also been a sole practitioner
in Greenfield for over ten years.
Mr. Muse has worked in the law
firm of Muse & Muse for thirteen years. From 1983 to 1986,
he was a staff attorney with the Massachusetts Defenders Committee.
Prior to that, he worked as a law clerk in the Massachusetts
Appeals Court. He received a J.D. from Suffolk University
Law School and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ouderkirk has been in private
practice since 1982, concentrating on children and family
law. He received his JD from Western New England College School
of Law and his BA from Hamilton College.
Mr. Rankin has been a partner
in the Boston law firm of Rankin & Sultan since 1986.
He has served on the Committee for Public Counsel Services
Certification Advisory Board since 1995. He is also a member
of the Criminal Justice Act Board, and was appointed as chairman
in 1996. Mr. Rankin received a JD from Harvard Law School
and a BA from City College of New York.
Mr. Smith has been executive
director of YouthBuild Boston, an organization committed to
improving the lives of individuals and strengthening communities,
since 1997. Prior to his present position, he was chief operating
officer for the Phillips Brook House Association at Harvard
University. Mr. Smith holds an M.S. from Northeastern University
and a B.S. from Bridgewater State College.
Ms. Stolk has been lead attorney
in the Children and Family Law Program of the Committee for
Public Counsel Services in Springfield since 1995. From 1991
to 1995, she was a sole practitioner in Northampton and Leeds.
She received a JD from Western New England School of Law and
an M.A. and BA from Smith College.