APPOINTS TWO NEW MEMBERS TO MASSACHUSETTS
LEGAL ASSISTANCE CORPORATION AND
REAPPOINTS MEMBER TO COMMITTEE ON
PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR CLERKS OF THE COURTS
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court today announced the
appointments of two new members to the Massachusetts Legal
Assistance Corporation (MLAC) and the reappointment of one
member to the Committee on Professional Responsibility for
Clerks of the Courts.
The Justices appointed Attorney Richard C. Van Nostrand
of Northborough and Attorney Robert B. Foster of Natick to
the MLAC, in accordance with G.L. 221,§ 3. They reappointed
Dedham District Court Clerk Magistrate Salvatore Paterna of
South Boston to the Committee on Professional Responsibility
for Clerks of the Courts, pursuant to SJC Rule 3:13. All
of the appointments, effective immediately, are for five-year
Established in 1983, the MLAC provides financial support
to legal assistance programs for persons involved in civil
legal matters who cannot afford legal representation.
Attorney Richard C.Van Nostrand, whose term will expire
on March 25, 2006, is a partner in the law firm of Mirick,
O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, located in Boston and
Worcester. He began his legal career in 1980 at the Westborough
law firm of Bloom and Van Nostrand before joining Mirick O’Connell
in 1984. Mr. Van Nostrand belongs to the American Bar Association,
the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation,
and the Worcester County Bar Association, where he was president
in 1995 and 1996. He also is a trustee of Massachusetts Continuing
Legal Education. He has been active in the United Way of
Central Massachusetts, having served on the Board of Directors
from 1991 to 1999, and the Legal Assistance Corporation of
Central Massachusetts, where he was on the Board of Directors
from 1994 to 1999. He is a Fellow and member of the Board
of Directors of the Worcester County Bar Foundation. Mr.
Van Nostrand is a graduate of Binghamton University and Duke
University School of Law.
Attorney Robert B. Foster, whose term also will expire
on March 25, 2006, has been an associate in the Boston law
firm of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster since 1993. Mr.
Foster is a member of the American Bar Association and Boston
Bar Association, where he was co-chair of the Section on the
Delivery of Legal Services. He worked as a law clerk to then
SJC Justice Herbert P. Wilkins in 1992. Mr. Foster received
his B.A.degree from Haverford College and his J.D. degree
magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Clerk Magistrate Paterna was reappointed to a five-year
term, ending on April 23, 2006. He was first appointed to
the Committee on Professional Responsibility for Clerks of
Courts in 1994. He has served as Clerk Magistrate in Dedham
District Court since 1987. He also served as an Assistant
Chief Probation Officer and Executive Director of the Citizens
Training Group in Boston Juvenile Court from 1978 to 1987.
Established by Supreme Judicial Court Rule 3:13 in
1990, the five-member Committee on Professional Responsibility
for Clerks of the Courts investigates complaints against both
elected and appointed clerks relative to alleged violations
of the Code of Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the