APPEALS COURT JUSTICES APPOINT NEW CLERK
The Justices of the Massachusetts Appeals Court have appointed attorney Joseph Stanton of Braintree as Clerk of the Appeals Court. He will be the fourth person to hold that position since the court was established in 1972.
A graduate of Boston College and New England School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review, Mr. Stanton has served as chief law clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court, as a staff attorney in the Supreme Judicial Court, as an associate at the Boston law firm of Sloane and Walsh, and, since 1999, as an assistant clerk in the Appeals Court. He also serves as Reporter to the Supreme Judicial Court's Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law, providing research, writing and editorial assistance for the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence.
Announcing the appointment, Appeals Court Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza said, “I am extremely pleased with the appointment of Joseph Stanton as the Clerk of the Appeals Court. In his capacity as assistant clerk for over a decade, he has demonstrated both the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to maintain the high level of service that the justices, the public and the bar have come to expect from that office. He has my complete confidence in his new role and I look forward to working with him, particularly during these fiscally challenging times.”
Mr. Stanton said, “I am deeply honored that the Justices have appointed me to be the Clerk of the Appeals Court. I look forward to working with the Justices and with my hardworking colleagues in the Clerk's Office to ensure that the Appeals Court continues to provide the citizens of the Commonwealth with the highest quality of appellate justice. I also plan to work closely with the bar and the trial courts to improve the administration of appeals.”
Mr. Stanton will succeed Ashley Ahearn, who retires on October 31st after serving as Clerk for twelve years; Ms. Ahearn joined the Appeals Court as an assistant clerk in 1984. Mr. Stanton's appointment is effective November 2, 2009.