Supreme Judicial Court
Chief Justice Reappoints Two Members to Jury Management
Advisory Committee; SJC Justices Reappoint Member
to Advisory Committee on Ethical Opinions for Clerks of Court
Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall recently
reappointed Superior Court Judge Nonnie S. Burnes as
Chair of the Jury Management Advisory Committee for a
three year-term, ending on May 1, 2008, and reappointed
Superior Court Judge Peter M. Lauriat as a member for
a two-year term, ending on May 1, 2007.
Supreme Judicial Court Justices reappointed Attorney
James S. Bolan to the Advisory Committee on Ethical Opinions
for Clerks of Court for a five year term, which expires
on May 1, 2010.
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.
Burnes was appointed to the bench in 1996. Prior to her
appointment, she was a commissioner of the State Ethics
Commission for two years. She also was a partner in the
former Boston law firm of Hill & Barlow. She served
as chair of the Court's Gender Equality Advisory Board
and is a board member of the James D. St. Clair Federal
Court Education Project. She is also on the Board of
Trustees of Northeastern University. Judge Burnes received
her J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of
Law and her B.A degree from Wellesley College.
Lauriat has been a Superior Court judge since 1989. Prior
to his appointment to the bench, he practiced law in
Boston for seventeen years. He is an alumnus of the University
of Chicago Law School and Middlebury College. Judge Lauriat
has taught at Harvard Law School and the National Judicial
College, and he has written and lectured nationally on
litigation and jury trial issues and techniques. He is
a Trustee of the Flaschner Judicial Institute.
in 1990, the Advisory Committee on Ethical Opinions for
Clerks of the Court renders advisory opinions to Clerks,
Registers and their assistants, and individuals nominated
to be clerks who seek advice "with respect to the interpretation
of rules of court relating to the ethical and professional
conduct of Clerk-Magistrates," according to the Code
of Professional Responsibility for Clerks of the Courts,
SJC Rule 3:12.
Bolan is head of the Litigation Department in the Newton
law firm of Brecher Wyner Simons Fox & Bolan LLP.
He is the author and editor of The New Rules of Professional
Conduct: The Impact on Ethical Practice in Massachusetts,
co-editor and co-author of Ethical Lawyering in Massachusetts,
and chapter author of the Massachusetts Attorney Conduct
Manual. A graduate of Boston College Law School and Trinity
College, he is a founding member of the Association of
Professional Responsiblility Lawyers and served as president
from 2001 to 2002. He has taught at Boston University
Law School and New England School of Law.