For Immediate Release - April 22, 2009


BOSTON- Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - Governor Patrick today announced the nomination of Judith C. Cutler, an accomplished land use attorney, to the Massachusetts Land Court and Edward G. Boyle, III, a highly respected domestic relations solo practitioner, to the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court.

"Each of these nominees has extensive experience in their respective areas of the law," Governor Patrick said. "They will bring to the bench a wealth of knowledge, as well as compassion and a long-standing commitment to justice."

Cutler is a nineteen-year veteran and Principal of the Boston law firm Kopelman and Paige, P.C. She focuses on the representation and advisement of municipalities in a variety of land use matters including zoning, subdivision control, public and private ways, and affordable housing. Before earning her law degree, Cutler worked for over a decade as Concord's Town Planner. She holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a Master of Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island, and a J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law. If confirmed, she will fill the vacancy on the Land Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Leon J. Lombardi.

Boyle, a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and New England School of Law, has practiced as a solo practitioner in Plymouth County for nearly three decades. His practice focuses on the representation of individuals in domestic relations and probate matters, some on a pro bono basis through programs such as the Lawyer of the Day at the Plymouth Probate and Family Court. In addition, Boyle handles real estate, general business, and personal injury matters as well as municipal and administrative hearings. Extremely active in his Norwell community, Boyle has served in several leadership positions including Chairman of the School Committee and has volunteered in an array of other civic groups including the Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Senior Tax Relief Committee, and as a coach to various youth sports teams. If confirmed, Boyle will fill the vacancy on the Plymouth Probate and Family Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Michael J. Livingstone.