For Immediate Release - May 26, 2010


BOSTON - Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - Governor Patrick today announced the nomination of Boston-area sole practitioner J. Elizabeth Cremens as Associate Justice of Woburn District Court and attorney Brian St. Onge as Clerk-Magistrate of Palmer District Court.

"These nominees will bring to the bench and to the Clerk-Magistrate's Office a wealth of legal experience and expertise," Governor Patrick said. "I am proud to nominate them to these important positions, and thank them on behalf of the Commonwealth for their willingness to serve and their dedication to the justice system."

J. Elizabeth Cremens has been practicing law for over 33 years, and has earned the respect of judges and attorneys for her trial skills and her commitment to representing lower income individuals in criminal, civil, probate and domestic relations matters. She spent the first seven years of her career as a criminal defense attorney with the Massachusetts Defenders Committee (now the Committee for Public Counsel Services). Cremens is a resident of Medford and a graduate of Manhattanville College and Boston College Law School. If confirmed, Cremens will fill the vacancy on the Woburn District Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Phyllis J. Broker.

Brian St. Onge is the First Assistant Clerk-Magistrate of the East Brookfield District Court, and has held that position since 1995. He also served for four years as the Acting Clerk-Magistrate of the Uxbridge District Court. St. Onge is a former Chief of Staff to Massachusetts State Senator Robert D. Wetmore, and a former Hampshire County Commissioner. He is a resident of Ware and a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Massachusetts School of Law. St. Onge is slated to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Benjamin C. Barnes to Malden District Court.