Hon. Barbara A. Dortch-Okara (ret.), Chair
Hon. Barbara A. Dortch-Okara (ret.) was appointed as the Chair of the Commission by Governor Deval Patrick in 2013. Currently a law professor at New England School of Law in Boston, she previously served as the Chief Justice for Administration and Management of the Trial Court, as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court, as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court, as attorney advisor for the Massachusetts office of the United States Department of the Interior, as Associate General Counsel at the Massachusetts Port Authority and as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston. Chairman Dortch-Okara is a graduate of Brandeis University and Boston College Law School.
Martin F. Murphy
Martin F. Murphy was appointed to the Commission by Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2010. He is currently a partner in the Boston law firm Foley Hoag, LLP. Commissioner Murphy served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1987 to 1991. He served as the Middlesex County First Assistant District Attorney from 1992-1997. Commissioner Murphy is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
William J. Trach
William J. Trach was appointed to the Commission by Governor Deval Patrick in December 2011. Commissioner Trach is a partner in the Litigation Department of Latham & Watkins LLP, where his practice centers on criminal defense, regulatory investigations and civil litigation. Commissioner Trach previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sandra Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Commissioner Trach graduated cum laude from Harvard College and from Harvard Law School.
Hon. Regina L. Quinlan (ret.)
Hon. Regina L. Quinlan (ret.) was appointed to the Commission by Secretary of State William Galvin in 2012. Commissioner Quinlan served as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1992 to 2012, presiding over both civil and criminal proceedings. Prior to her appointment to the Massachusetts Superior Court, Commissioner Quinlan was a practicing attorney in the Commonwealth, representing various clients in civil, criminal, and appellate matters. She appeared before both State and Federal trial and appellate courts. Commissioner Quinlan is a graduate of Regis College and Suffolk University Law School and has also received honorary degrees from both schools.
Hon. David A. Mills (ret.)
Hon. David A. Mills (ret.) was appointed to the Commission by Governor Deval Patrick in 2014. Judge Mills served as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 2001 to 2012. As an appellate justice, Judge Mills was the principal author of more than 100 published decisions. He is a former Middlesex County assistant district attorney and a former assistant attorney general, where he served as chief of the criminal appellate section. Commissioner Mills has more than 30 years of experience in private practice, and currently is Counsel at the law firm of Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster. He is also a member of the Danvers Board of Selectmen. Commissioner Mills is a graduate of Boston College and Boston College Law School.