Supreme Judicial Court Appoints Judge Milton L. Wright, Jr.
to Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee;
Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders Reappointed as Chair
Boston, MA ---The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently announced the appointment of Boston Municipal Court Judge Milton L. Wright, Jr. to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee and the reappointment of Superior Court Judge Janet L. Sanders as Chair of the Committee. Both appointments are for two-year terms, ending on March 1, 2007.
Judge Wright, who sits in the Roxbury Division of the Boston Municipal Court, was first appointed to the bench in 1993. Prior to his appointment, he was Senior Trial Attorney and Regional Supervisor for the Roxbury Defenders Unit of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Judge Wright has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Harvard Law School since 1993. He received a J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law and a B.A. degree from Morehouse College. His professional affiliations include the Massachusetts Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference, and the Massachusetts Judges Conference.
First appointed to the bench in 1995 as a Justice in the Waltham District Court, Judge Sanders was named First Justice of the Concord District Court in 2000. The following year, she was appointed to the Superior Court. Before becoming a member of the bench, she was a partner in the Boston law firm of Zalkind, Rodriguez, Lunt & Duncan. Judge Sanders holds a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and is a graduate, with honors, of Stanford University. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts.
Established in 2001 by the Supreme Judicial Court, the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee oversees the implementation of judicial performance 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.