SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT APPOINTS JUDGE PAUL F. LOCONTO TO
COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL CONDUCT
The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court today announced the appointment of Worcester District Court First Justice Paul F. LoConto to the Commission on Judicial Conduct for a six-year term, effective on December 1, 2006. Judge LoConto succeeds Springfield District Court Judge William W. Teahan, Jr., whose term has expired.
According to G. L. c.211C, §1, the Supreme Judicial Court is authorized to appoint three judges to the nine-member Commission for six-year terms. The Chief Justice for Administration and Management of 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.
Judge LoConto was appointed to the bench in 1985. He served as First Justice of the East Brookfield District Court until 1999 when he was named First Justice of the Fitchburg District Court. In 2004, Judge LoConto was appointed as First Justice of the Worcester District Court. He has served as Regional Administrative Justice since 1999, and has been a member of the Western Appellate Division of the District Court since 1989, presently serving as the Presiding Justice. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was Clerk-Magistrate for the Western Worcester District Court for ten years. Judge LoConto is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Worcester County Bar Association. He is a former member of the Committee on Judicial Performance Evaluation.
Judge LoConto received a J.D. degree from Suffolk University Law School, an LL.M degree from Boston University School of Law, and a B.S. degree from Boston College.