For Immediate Release - May 21, 2010

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS TO THE WORCESTER AND NORTHAMPTON DISTRICT COURTS

BOSTON - Friday, May 21, 2010 - Governor Patrick today announced the nomination of Michael G. Allard-Madaus, an accomplished civil and criminal litigator, to Worcester District Court and Jacklyn M. Connly, an experienced trial lawyer and current District Court Clerk-Magistrate, to Northampton District Court.

"I am confident that these very well-respected attorneys will serve the District Court and their communities well," Governor Patrick said. "They will bring to the bench a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as compassion and a proven commitment to the fair administration of justice."

Michael G. Allard-Madaus has practiced law in Worcester for his entire 23-year career, and has experience in a variety of civil and criminal matters. He is a lifelong resident of Central Massachusetts and is a graduate of Worcester State College and Suffolk University Law School. Allard-Madaus is slated to fill the vacancy on the Worcester District Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Charles A. Abdella.

Jacklyn Connly has served in Northampton District Court as Clerk-Magistrate since 2004 and as Assistant-Clerk Magistrate from 1998 to 2004. She began her legal career as a general practice associate with Corash, Zurn & Belsky in Northampton. Connly is a graduate of Skidmore College and Western New England School of Law. The Florence resident is slated to fill the vacancy on the Northampton District Court created by the retirement of the Honorable W. Michael Ryan.

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