FOUR MEMBERS TO
MENTAL HEALTH LEGAL ADVISORS COMMITTEE
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently reappointed
Cambridge District Court Justice Jonathan Brant, Middlesex
Probate and Family Court Justice Edward M.Ginsburg, Probate
and Family Court Circuit Justice Susan D. Ricci, and Attorney
Robert A. Ledoux to the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
for a four-year term, pursuant to M. G. L. Ch. 221, § 34E.
Their terms will expire on February 26, 2005.
resident of Newton, Judge Brant was in private practice from
1983 until his appointment to the bench in 1992. He taught
at the New England School of Law from 1980 to 1983, and served
as an Assistant Attorney General from 1975 to 1980. He has
written numerous law review articles on mental health law
and on other legal subjects. Judge Brant graduated magna
cum laude from Brandeis University, and received his J.D.
degree from Harvard Law School.
Ginsburg, of West Newton, has served as a Justice of the Probate
and Family Court since 1977. Prior to his appointment to
the bench, he was in private practice for eighteen years.
A member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston
Bar Association and the Massachusetts Chapter of the Academy
of Matrimonial Lawyers, Judge Ginsburg graduated magna cum
laude from Harvard College, and received his law degree from
Ricci, of Wellesley, was appointed a Justice of the Probate
and Family Court in 1993. Prior to that, she was a partner
in the Worcester law firm of Norman & Ricci for nine years. She
has written numerous articles for Massachusetts Continuing
Legal Education publications, and is a frequent participant
in seminars on Probate and Family Court matters. A graduate
of the University of Florida and Suffolk University Law School,
Judge Ricci is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association
and the Worcester County Bar Association.
resident of Danvers, Attorney Ledoux has practiced law in
Salem for over thirty years, primarily handling cases involving
mental health issues. He has been a member of the Mental
Health Legal Advisors Committee since 1985. He is also a
member of the Mental Health Practice Group of the Massachusetts
Bar Association, and has lectured extensively on mental health
issues. He received his A. B. degree from Georgetown University,
and his J. D. degree from Boston University.
in 1973, the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee is comprised
of fourteen attorneys appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court
for four-year terms on a staggered basis. The Committee oversees
and coordinates the delivery of mental health services of
indigent patients and residents of mental health facilities
in Massachusetts, including Bridgewater State Hospital.