Honorable H. Gregory Williams Appointed as First Justice
of the Edgartown District Court
Boston — District
Court Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly today announced the
appointment of Judge H. Gregory Williams as the First Justice
of the Edgartown District Court. Judge Williams will serve
as the Acting First Justice until he is administered the
oath of office by Chief Justice Connolly on November 4,
2005. Judge Williams fills the position held by former
First Justice Brian Rowe, who stepped down as First Justice
on December 1, 2004. Regional Administrative Judge Rosemary
B. Minehan served as the Acting First Justice in Edgartown,
prior to Judge Williams' appointment.
term for a First Justice is five years, subject to renewal,
and all First Justice appointments must be approved by
Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert
announcing the appointment Chief Justice Connolly said, "Judge
Williams has the necessary balance of confidence, humility,
judicial savvy and compassion to make him an effective
and respected First Justice. He is a person of incomparable
integrity and has a strong commitment to the Edgartown
District Court and the Martha's Vineyard community.
I am delighted to make this appointment, and I have great
confidence in his ability to serve the community and represent
Williams was appointed as Associate Justice of the Springfield
District Court by Governor Paul Cellucci in 1999. Since
2001, he has served as a Circuit Judge in the Coastal Region
of the District Court. He is the Presiding Justice of the
Southern District of the Appellate Division of the District
Court, and is the managing civil justice for that region.
Judge Williams also serves as a member of the District
Court Civil Proceedings Committee.
to his judicial appointment, Judge Williams was an Assistant
Attorney General in the Western Massachusetts Division,
and served as the division's Deputy Chief. Prior to working
in the Attorney General's Office, Judge Williams was in
private litigation practice at the law firm of Brooks,
Mulcahy, Sanborn & Williams since 1978.
Williams received his undergraduate degree from Western
Maryland College in 1972, and received his Master's Degree
in English from Queen Mary College at the University of
London. He graduated from Washington and Lee University
Law School where he served as Law Review editor in 1977.
He resides in Marston Mills with his wife and has three