For Immediate Release - August 05, 2011


Also Announces Nominations for Clerk-Magistrate of Salem District Court and Hampshire County Register of Probate

BOSTON -- Friday, August 5, 2011 -- Governor Deval Patrick today announced the nominations of Peter W. Agnes, Jr. as Associate Justice of the Appeals Court, Brian K. Lawlor as Clerk-Magistrate of the Salem District Court and William R. Rosen as Hampshire County Register of Probate.

"All three nominees have demonstrated a commitment to the fair administration of justice and to their communities," said Governor Patrick. "They each possess the necessary expertise, intellect and temperament to serve the Commonwealth well in these positions. It is an honor to nominate them and I thank them for their willingness to serve."

Peter Agnes has been an Associate Justice of the Superior Court since 2000, and the Regional Administrative Judge for Worcester since June 2010. He was the First Justice in the Charlestown District Court from 1991-2000. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Agnes served as Chief of Operations to Governor Dukakis, and Assistant Secretary of Public Safety, as well as Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk and Middlesex Counties. He has been extremely active in professional associations, including service on numerous Supreme Judicial Court and Bar Association committees, commissions and task forces, such as the Supreme Judicial Court's Advisory Committee on the Law of Evidence. He also has an extensive list of publications, achievements and community activities, including serving as a judge for the Massachusetts Bar Association's High School Mock Trial Competition. Judge Agnes is as an adjunct professor of law at Massachusetts School of Law and is a recent past president of the Massachusetts Judges Conference. He is a graduate of Boston University (A.B. in Philosophy, cum laude with distinction, 1972) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1975). Judge Agnes resides in Wayland.

Brian Lawlor is Clerk-Magistrate at the Brookline District Court, a position he has held since 2002. He also has served as the Acting Clerk-Magistrate at the Salem District Court since 2009 and at the Gloucester District Court since 2010. Lawlor was the Acting Clerk-Magistrate at the Dorchester District Court in 2003, Haverhill District Court in 2006 and Malden District Court from 2007 to 2008. He also served as an Assistant Clerk-Magistrate at the Haverhill and Lowell District Courts from 1996 to 2002. Lawlor is a graduate of Springfield College (B.A., 1993) and is a resident of Boxford.

William Rosen has more than 30 years of professional experience combining human services, administration and legislative and public policy formulation. He works as a consultant to organizations in the non-profit and governmental sectors, offering public policy advice, advocacy and international project management support. His previous experience includes positions with Fallon Community Health Plan, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, the office of U.S. Congressman John Olver, the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and the Social Security Administration. Rosen is a member of the Northampton License Commission. He is a graduate of Boston College (B.A., 1974) and a resident of Northampton.

The Governor is authorized by statute (M.G.L. Chapter 54, Section 142) to appoint, with the advice and consent of the Governor's Council, a person to fill a Register of Probate vacancy until the next biennial state election. The office of the Hampshire County Register of Probate is an elected position, previously held by David E. Sullivan. Sullivan was elected District Attorney for the Northwestern District and took office in January 2011. If confirmed, Rosen will serve as Register of Probate until the seat is filled by the will of the voters in the November 2012 election. Rosen intends to run as a candidate for Register of Probate in that election.


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