For Immediate Release - November 14, 2007



BOSTON - Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - Governor Patrick announced today the nomination of a highly regarded Worcester Superior Court judge, a gifted academic and appellate lawyer, and a talented Boston litigator to fill three vacancies on the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Judge Francis R. Fecteau, 60, a Holy Cross graduate and longtime Worcester resident, has served the Superior Court since 1996. Peter J. Rubin, 44, a Newton resident and constitutional scholar, is a professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Gabrielle R. Wolohojian , 46, a Boston resident, is a senior partner at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr.

"Judge Fecteau brings to the Appeals Court extensive experience as a fair and practical trial jurist, who is admired in Worcester and beyond for his commitment to his work and community and his balanced judgment," Governor Patrick said.

Fecteau came to the bench with a broad background as a seasoned civil law practitioner, criminal defense lawyer and an assistant district attorney. A history enthusiast, Judge Fecteau is highly respected for his effective management of his courtroom and his generous contributions to the Worcester County Bar Association and other community-based organizations, including the Worcester Historical and Art Museums. He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Mel L. Greenberg.

Peter J. Rubin, former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter, represented, with others, Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. in the two Florida Election cases heard by the Supreme Court, Bush v. Gore and Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board. Professor Rubin, who is of counsel at the law firm O'Melveny & Myers, teaches constitutional and criminal law, and focuses his writing on equal protection, due process and voting rights. In 2001, Rubin founded The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, a national legal organization with chapters at 155 law schools in the United States and in 26 cities around the country.

"Peter Rubin is a dynamic collaborator whose brilliance as both a constitutional scholar and appellate counsel will be appreciated fully by his fellow jurists at the Appeals Court and all of the citizens of the Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. Rubin will replace Associate Justice Gordon L. Doerfer who retired in September.

Gabrielle R. Wolohojian, a graduate of Rutger's University, Columbia University School of Law, and Oxford University, has served as trial and appellate counsel in complex civil matters for the last sixteen years. Wolohojian also served for one year as an Associate Independent Counsel on the investigation of former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker under Independent Counsel Robert B. Fiske. Recognized as an exceptional lawyer and colleague, Wolohojian also is a member of the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra.

"Gabrielle Wolohojian will share with the Commonwealth her true love for the law, passion for life, and vast expertise and experience in complex civil litigation," said Governor Patrick. Wolohojian will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Kenneth Laurence.

The nomination of three Appeals Court candidates follows Governor Patrick's September appointment of Justice Margot Botsford to the Supreme Judicial Court.

"I am delighted and honored to nominate these three exceptional individuals who will contribute extraordinary depth and diversity to the Massachusetts Appeals Court," said Governor Patrick. He anticipates the Governor's Council's prompt confirmation.


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