PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
|CONTACT:||Jennifer Donahue/Erika Gully-Santiago |
|For Immediate Release:|
October 21, 2013
Supreme Judicial Court Justices Appoint
Clerk for the Commonwealth
The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court have appointed Francis V. Kenneally as Clerk for the Commonwealth as provided in G. L. c. 221, s. 1., effective November 6. The appointment fills a vacancy following the recent retirement of Clerk Susan Mellen. Jane Kenworthy Lewis has served as Acting Clerk for the Commonwealth since August 1.
The Clerk for the Commonwealth is the head of the public office that manages all aspects of bringing cases before the highest appellate court in the Commonwealth. The office is responsible for the Supreme Judicial Court's appellate caseload, attending sessions of the full court, maintaining the docket, processing all pertinent filings, and serving as the court's liaison to the parties or their counsel, among other duties.
"The Justices welcome Mr. Kenneally as he takes on this important leadership role in the Supreme Judicial Court," Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland said. "He brings to the position an impressive depth of legal experience and knowledge of the Court. The Justices are confident that Mr. Kenneally will continue the good work of his predecessor Ms. Susan Mellen, who served the Court with great distinction for many years, and that he will lead the Clerk's Office technologically forward."
Mr. Kenneally is currently the First Assistant Clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court for Suffolk County. Prior to his appointment to the Court, he was principal and founder of The Kenneally Law Office, where his practice included representation of indigent criminal defendants in the Boston Municipal Court through Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, Inc., civil litigation in construction cases, appeals, corporate law, probate and estate matters, real estate transactions, and zoning and land use matters. He was also associated with Church & Houff, P.A. in Baltimore, Maryland, where he handled litigation matters on behalf of corporations and casualty insurers in multidistrict mass tort litigation, including asbestos and lead paint claims, coverage disputes, premises liability and motor vehicle cases. He has served as a volunteer mediator in civil cases in the Quincy District Court and as clerk for the Weymouth Board of Zoning Appeals, and while in Maryland, he volunteered as pro bono counsel for the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. He is a graduate of Fairfield University and Catholic University Law School where he was a member of the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy and the National Trials Team. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Maryland and the District of Columbia, and lives in Weymouth with his family.