Supreme Judicial Court Names New Court Management Advisory Board
The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court today announced the members of the new Court Management Advisory Board. According to G.L. c.211B, § 6A, instituted in 2003, the Advisory Board “shall advise the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Chief Justice for Administration and Management on all matters of judicial reform including, but not limited to, a proposal for the allocation of resources based on the demonstrated workload of each court.” The members of the original Board, appointed in 2004, served two three-year terms, completing their tenure in June 2010. Under the provisions of the statute, they were not eligible for reappointment.
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall said, “I am deeply grateful to these talented, experienced leaders who have agreed to serve on the Court Management Advisory Board. We appreciate their generous commitment to assisting the judiciary in its ongoing management reform efforts. Their external perspective and management expertise will help the courts continue to improve the administration of justice at every level of the court system. I also want to thank the outgoing members of the inaugural board who provided valuable guidance under the leadership of Attorney Michael Keating through the varied challenges of our initial reform efforts.”
The statute stipulates that the Advisory Board shall consist of the Attorney General or her designee, the executive director of the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance and other members with specific areas of expertise appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court. The Board must include individuals with significant experience in public administration, business administration, and information technology. In addition, appointees include lawyers with significant experience in criminal law, civil law, probate and family law and the representation of juveniles in the courts, as well as a lawyer with significant judicial experience who is not a current justice. The Chief Justice for Administration and Management is the designated Board secretary.
The appointment of a board to advise the judiciary on court management was recommended in the 2003 Report of the Visiting Committee on Management in the Courts, headed by J. Donald Monan, S.J., former Chancellor of Boston College. The Visiting Committee, appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court, proposed significant management reforms in the court system. Many of the Visiting Committee’s key recommendations, including the development of staffing models and time standards, have been implemented under the direction of Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan.
The following individuals have been appointed for a three-year term:
Honorable John J. Curran, Jr. is a retired First Justice of the Leominster District Court.
William J. Dailey, Jr., Esq. is the Senior Partner at the Boston law firm, Sloane and Walsh, LLP, where he specializes in civil litigation.
Helen G. Drinan is the President of Simmons College in Boston.
Ruth Ellen Fitch, Esq. is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dimock Community Health Center.
John A. Grossman serves as Undersecretary of Forensic Science and Technology for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
Glenn Mangurian is a business leader with 35 years of experience in industry and management consulting. He also serves as an executive-in-residence at the University of Massachusetts.
Ralph C. Martin II, Esq. is the Managing Partner of the Boston office of Bingham McCutchen. He is the former District Attorney for Suffolk County, serving in that position from 1992 - 2002.
Marilynne R. Ryan, Esq. is an attorney at the Walpole law firm Ryan & Faenza where she specializes in family law.
Harry Spence, Esq. is a lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was formerly the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, serving in that capacity from 2001-2007.
The following individuals are ex officio members:
Edward R. Bedrosian, Jr., Esq. is the First Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and serves as the designee of ex officio member Attorney General Martha Coakley.
Janet E. Fine is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance.
The outgoing board members who served two terms are Leo Boyle, Linda Carlisle, Gene Dahmen, David Fubini, Robert Gittens, Michael Keating, Hon. Neil Lynch, Anne Margulies, Thomas O’Brien and Elizabeth Pattulo.