Governor Baker established the Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission (“SJC-NC”) pursuant to Executive Order No. 566 to recruit and consider a diverse and broad pool of applicants to fill the vacancies on the Commonwealth’s highest court.

The SJC-NC seeks applicants who possess the temperament, ability and integrity to freely, impartially and independently interpret the laws and administer justice. It also hopes to recruit applicants who represent not only the geographically diverse parts of the Commonwealth, but also the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of our citizens.

Letters of Recommendation: Upon request by the SJC-NC, applicants who have been invited to an interview are permitted to submit up to 5 letters of recommendation to the Executive Director via email at

The SJC - NC Commissioners’ names are provided for informational purposes only.  Pursuant to Executive Order No. 566 , Section 2.2.1, applicants may not communicate directly with the SJC - NC Commissioners.  

Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission

Lon F. Povich, Co-Chair
Chief Legal Counsel, Office of the Governor

Paul T. Dacier, Co-Chair
Chair, JNC
Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Indigo Agriculture

Lisa G. Arrowood
President, Boston Bar Association
Partner, Arrowood Peters, LLP

Roberto M. Braceras
Vice-Chair, JNC
Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

Brackett B. Denniston
General Counsel, GE (ret.)

The Honorable Margaret R. Hinkle
Justice, Massachusetts Superior Court (ret.)

The Honorable Roderick L. Ireland
Chief Justice, Supreme Judicial Court (ret.)

Marsha V. Kazarosian
Immediate Past President, Massachusetts Bar Association
Partner, Kazarosian Costello

Joan A. Lukey
Partner, Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP

Elizabeth A. Lunt
Of Counsel, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein

James C. Orenstein
District Attorney, Hampden County (ret.)

Carol T. Vittorioso
Vice-Chair, JNC
Partner, Vittorioso & Taylor