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|June 14, 2011
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Probation Commissioner Is Honored by Judges Organization
Acting Probation Commissioner Ronald P. Corbett Jr. was honored by the Massachusetts Judges Conference at the group's recent annual dinner at the Boston Marriott in Newton in late May.
"Dr. Corbett was recognized for his diligence, commitment, and professionalism in service to justice," said Judge James Collins, president of the Massachusetts Judges Conference.
"I am very grateful to Judge Jim Collins, the Judges Conference President, and the membership of the Massachusetts Judges Conference for this very kind recognition. I accept it on behalf of all members of the Massachusetts Probation Service, who greatly value the close working relationship they have with judges throughout the Commonwealth-a key alliance that is fundamental to our ability to promote public safety and serve the ends of justice," said Commissioner Corbett.
Corbett was named acting commissioner in January 2011. He has been employed by the Massachusetts Probation Service over the past three decades, with the exception of an 11-year period during which he served as Executive Director of the Supreme Judicial Court.
As Commissioner, Corbett serves as head administrator of the 170-year old Massachusetts Probation Service, which was the first probation agency established in the nation. The Service is comprised of 105 departments and 21 community corrections centers throughout the state.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Relations from Harvard University in 1973, a master's degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in 1978, and a doctoral degree in Human Development from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst in 1995. Having taught on a part-time basis since 1979, Corbett is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
As the recipient of the President's Award, Corbett joins a distinguished group of professionals who have been honored by the Massachusetts Judges Conference, a statewide organization whose membership consists of judges throughout the state.
Established in 1982, the Massachusetts Judges Conference, a voluntary professional organization consisting of 85 percent of the Massachusetts' Trial and Appellate judges, has been on the forefront of issues that directly impact the administration of justice and judges. In addition, the Massachusetts Judges Conference provides specialized services, education, and support for its members.