JUSTICE FOR ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
APPOINTS WORCESTER ATTORNEY
TO COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT
Justice for Administration and Management, Hon. Barbara A.
Dortch-Okara, today announced the appointment of William E.
Bernstein, Esquire, of Worcester to the Commission on Judicial
Conduct, effective immediately. Mr. Bernstein’s term will expire on October
31, 2006. He fills
the position vacated by Attorney Patricia Webber, whose term
expired October 31, 2000. Members of the Commission on Judicial Conduct
are appointed to a six-year term, according to G.L.
c. 211C, § 1.
Under the statute, the Supreme Judicial
Court is authorized to appoint three judges to
the nine-member Commission.
The Chief Justice for Administration and Management
for the Trial Court appoints three lawyers, and the Governor
appoints three non-lawyers. Established in 1978, the Commission on Judicial
Conduct investigates allegations of misconduct by judges.
Chief Justice Dortch-Okara said,
“I am pleased that Mr. Bernstein has willingly agreed to become
a member of the Commission on Judicial Conduct, and I am certain
that he will take on the enormous responsibility in the best
traditions of the bar.”
Bernstein is a partner in the Worcester law firm of Bernstein,
Burwick & Tucker. He
entered private practice upon graduating from law school in
1956. He is a former
Chairman of the Board of Bar Overseers and the Committee for
Public Counsel Services.
He also served as President of the Massachusetts Bar
Association in 1982 to 1984, and is currently a member. Mr.
Bernstein has served as a member of the Judicial Nominating
Commission and the Implementation Committee on Lawyer Trust
Accounts (IOLTA), among others.
Bernstein is a graduate of Clark University and Boston University
Law School. A Worcester resident, Mr. Bernstein remains actively involved in
many professional and civic groups.