Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Appoints New Member and
Reappoints Member to Jury Management Advisory Committee
Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall recently
appointed Essex County Juvenile Court Judge José Sánchez
to the Jury Management Advisory Committee and reappointed
Chicopee District Court Judge John M. Payne, Jr. to the
Committee. Both appointments are for three-year terms,
ending on May 1, 2009. Judge Sánchez fills the position
formerly held by Suffolk County Juvenile Court First Justice
Paul D. Lewis, whose term has expired.
Jury Management Advisory Committee, which consists of six
justices appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme
Judicial Court, according to G.L.c. 234A, §6, is a
standing committee of the Court and is charged with assisting
the Chief Justice in supervising the Office of Jury Commissioner.
Sánchez was appointed to the bench in 1995. Previously,
he was a staff attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel
Services for eight years, and was appointed by Chief Justice
Liacos to serve on the Committee's Board in 1993.
He is a former president of the Massachusetts Association
of Hispanic Attorneys, and a former member of the Juvenile
Bar Association and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
He is currently a Fellow and member of the Massachusetts
Bar Association and a member of the Board of Advisors to
the Criminal Justice Program at Northern Essex Community
College. Judge Sánchez served on the Supreme Judicial
Court Committee on Substance Abuse. He received his J.D.
degree from Northeastern University School of Law and his
B.A. degree from Fordham University.
being appointed to the bench in 2001, Judge Payne was an
attorney at the Springfield law firm of Keyes & Donnellan,
P.C. for nine years. Previously, he was with the Springfield
law firm of Kelly, Pessolano & Withers from 1991 to 1992,
and with the law firm of Egan, Flanagan, & Cohen in Springfield
from 1984 to 1991. He served as Assistant District Attorney
in Hampden County from 1981 to 1984. Judge Payne taught
as an adjunct professor at American International College
for four years, and, since 1991, has taught on the adjunct
faculty of Western New England College School of Law. He
is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Hampden
County Bar Association and a member of the Massachusetts
Bar Association. Judge Payne received his J. D. degree
from Western New England College School of Law, and received
his B.A. degree from American International College.