For Immediate Release - December 24, 2010


Governor praises outgoing Chair Lisa Goodheart for leadership, hard work

BOSTON - Friday, December 24, 2010 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced that highly-regarded attorney E. Macey Russell will become Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission on January 1, 2011. The Governor praised outgoing Chair Lisa C. Goodheart for her outstanding work over the last three and a half years leading the commission he appointed in 2007 to conduct a comprehensive review of judicial applicants in order to strengthen the public's trust in the judicial appointment process.

"Lisa Goodheart is a superb colleague and dear friend whom I have known for years," said Governor Patrick. "She has been devoted to the judicial selection process, and provided insightful, meticulous and wise leadership. We wish her well as she continues her legal work and prepares over the coming months to assume the new role of Boston Bar Association President."

"Macey Russell will pick up right where Lisa is leaving off," Governor Patrick continued. "He is an accomplished attorney who has provided invaluable guidance as a member of the commission since its inception. He understands the quality of our judicial system is determined largely by the quality of our judicial officials, and will help ensure high-caliber candidates move through the appointment process."

Russell, a partner at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, has served on the commission since 2007 and became Vice Chairman earlier this year. At Choate, he focuses on financial services and major commercial litigation, co-chairs the firm's Diversity Committee and is a member of the Hiring Committee. In 2009, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly designated Russell a "Diversity Hero" and the Litigation Counsel of America named him to its Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, a group composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Russell is a graduate of Trinity College (B.A., 1980) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1983).

Goodheart is a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. where she concentrates in environmental, real estate and general business litigation. During her tenure as Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, Goodheart has spearheaded an exhaustive review of thousands of applications and assisted the Governor in making 83 judicial nominations and 10 clerk-magistrate nominations. She is a graduate of Williams College (B.A., cum laude, 1982) and the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1985).


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