For Immediate Release - March 06, 2009

GOVERNOR PATRICK NOMINATES ESTEEMED PAIR TO THE APPEALS COURT

BOSTON- Friday, March 6, 2009 - Governor Patrick today announced the nomination of a highly respected district court judge and the Chief of the Attorney General's Environmental Protection Division to the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

"These nominees have dedicated the entirety of their legal careers to public service," Governor Patrick said. "They will bring to the appellate bench a powerful combination of intellect, compassion, and deep commitment to justice."

Judge Sydney Hanlon, a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, is a nearly two decade veteran of the district court. Hanlon first was appointed to the bench as Associate Justice of the Dorchester District Court in 1990. Since 1994, she has served as First Justice of the Dorchester Division of the Boston Municipal Court. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Hanlon served the Commonwealth as an Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County and as Chief of the Attorney General's Narcotics Division. She also served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney. Hanlon is slated to fill the vacancy on the Appeals Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Andre A. Gelinas.

James R. Milkey is a renowned state prosecutor and expert in environmental law. Milkey began his legal career at the court to which he now is nominated, as Law Clerk to the Honorable Benjamin Kaplan. He then joined the Environmental Protection Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, where he has served the Commonwealth for nearly twenty-five years. Chief of the Division since1996, Milkey became well known for his prominent role in successfully litigating Massachusetts v. EPA, a case that many consider to be the most important environmental law case in history. Milkey holds an A.B. from Harvard University, a Masters from M.I.T., and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. If confirmed, he will fill the vacancy on the Appeals Court created by the retirement of the Honorable William I. Cowin.

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