For Immediate Release - December 01, 2010

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS OF THREE NEW BEDFORD LITIGATORS

BOSTON - Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced the judicial nominations of three distinguished New Bedford litigators: Renee P. Dupuis and Raymond P. Veary, Jr. as Associate Justices of the Superior Court and Kevin J. Finnerty as Associate Justice of the District Court.

"These nominees have extraordinary litigation experience that will serve them well on the trial court bench," said Governor Patrick. "I am very proud to nominate three very well-respected residents of New Bedford to serve the Commonwealth as members of the judiciary and I thank them for their willingness to serve in these important roles."

Renee P. Dupuis is Chief of the Criminal Bureau of the Attorney General's Office. Renee served for 21 years in the Bristol County District Attorney's office where she was First Assistant, Chief Trial Counsel and Chief of the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit. She is a graduate of Bryant College (1982) and Boston University School of Law (1985) and is a resident of New Bedford. She is slated to fill the vacancy on the Superior Court created by the retirement of The Honorable David A. McLaughlin.

Raymond P. Veary, Jr. is a veteran prosecutor, with 24 years of service in the Bristol County District Attorney's Office. Prior to joining the District Attorney's Office, Ray maintained a private civil and criminal practice in New Bedford. Ray is a graduate of Norwich University ( cum laude, 1969) and Boston College Law School (1972) and is a lifelong resident of the New Bedford area. If confirmed, he will fill the vacancy on the Superior Court created by the retirement of The Honorable Richard F. Connon.

Kevin J. Finnerty has been a private practitioner in New Bedford for 24 years, specializing in civil litigation and also handling a variety of criminal, real estate and domestic relations matters. Kevin has served as Bristol County Treasurer since 2001. He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross (1981) and Suffolk University School of Law ( cum laude, 1984) and resides in New Bedford. Kevin has been nominated to be a Circuit Justice of the District Court.

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