Supreme Judicial Court Reappoints
To Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently reappointed
Attorneys Paul K. Connolly, P. David Engle, Susan Stefan,
and Steven L. Wollman to the Mental Health Legal Advisors
Committee for four-year terms, pursuant to M.G.L. Ch. 221, §34E.
Their terms will expire on May 1, 2010.
in 1973, the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee is
composed of fourteen judges and lawyers appointed by the
Supreme Judicial Court for four-year terms on a staggered
basis. The Committee secures and protects the legal rights
of persons involved in mental health and retardation programs
in the Commonwealth.
K. Connolly, Jr., of Weston, is the Vice President and
General Counsel of Energy East. He was formerly Managing
Partner of the Boston office of the law firm of LeBoeuf,
Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP.
Engle, of Shelburne, has practiced law in Northampton for
twenty years. He directs the Disability Benefits Unit of
the Center for Public Representation and represents mentally
and physically disabled Social Security Disability Insurance
clients. He has served on the Human Rights Committee of
the Department of Mental Health.
Stefan, of Rutland, is an attorney with the Center for
Public Representation. Formerly, she was a Professor of
Law at the University of Miami School of Law where she
taught mental health law, disability law, and criminal
law. A recognized scholar in the field of disability law,
she served as a consultant on the President’s New
Freedom Commission on Mental Health. She is the author
of numerous books and articles on mental health law.
L. Wollman, of Peabody, is a partner in the Swampscott
law firm of Davids and Wollman, and focuses his practice
on mental health law, juvenile law, and family law. He
is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, former
president of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and served
as chair of the Community Services Committee.