For Immediate Release - November 25, 2008

Governor Patrick Nominates Accomplished Trio to the Juvenile, Housing and Boston Municipal Courts

BOSTON- Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - Governor Deval Patrick announced today the nomination of three experienced attorneys to the Middlesex Juvenile, Western Division Housing, and East Boston Division Boston Municipal Courts.

Kenneth J. King, a Newton resident and graduate of the University of Illinois and Northeastern University School of Law, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Law with Suffolk University Law School's Juvenile Justice Center. Prior to joining the JJC, King worked as both a private practitioner and government lawyer representing youth in a variety of matters including youthful offender and delinquency, care and protection, and termination of parental rights cases.

"Over the course of his career, Ken King has demonstrated an unflagging commitment to juvenile justice," Governor Patrick said. "There are few as qualified and well-suited to adjudicating these most sensitive and important of matters."

King would fill the vacancy on the Middlesex Juvenile Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Gail Garinger.

Fields, a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and Northeastern University School of Law, currently serves as Clerk Magistrate of the Housing Court to which he is nominated.

"Robert Fields knows the Housing Court inside and out - he is deeply committed to the Court and to the population it serves," Governor Patrick said.

A resident of Northampton, Fields began his career at Neighborhood Legal Services, where he represented low-income clients in housing matters, before becoming a partner in the Springfield law firm Heisler, Fields & Feldman. While in private practice and during his seven years at the Housing Court, Fields has helped design innovative programming to assist both landlords and tenants.

Fields would fill the vacancy on the Western Division Housing Court created by the retirement of the Honorable William H. Abrashkin.

Kenneth J. Fiandaca, a Winthrop resident and graduate of Suffolk University and Suffolk University Law School, is a partner with the East Boston law firm Fiandaca and Ferrigno. He has throughout his career represented clients in a broad range of civil and criminal matters including real estate, business entity, probate and domestic relations, criminal defense, tort and estate planning.

"Ken Fiandaca has been serving the people of East Boston with skill and commitment for more than two decades," Governor Patrick said. "He will extend to those appearing before him the respect, compassion and sense of justice cultivated over years of service to the community."

Fiandaca would fill the vacancy on the Boston Municipal Court, East Boston Division, created by the retirement of the Honorable Thomas J. May.