For Immediate Release - April 10, 2015

Governor Baker Appoints 21-Member Judicial Nominating Commission

Statewide panel to screen applications for judicial, clerk-magistrate positions

BOSTON – Governor Charlie Baker today appointed 21 members to the statewide Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) established in February by Executive Order 558. The JNC is a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of distinguished volunteers, appointed from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population that will screen applications for judges and clerk-magistrate positions. 

Governor Baker named Paul T. Dacier, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of EMC Corporation and immediate past President of the Boston Bar Association, as the Commission’s Chairman, and selected Carol T. Vittorioso of Vittorioso & Taylor of Leominster and Roberto M. Braceras of Goodwin Procter of Boston as Vice-Chairs.

“This group of qualified individuals will serve Massachusetts’ citizens and judicial system well by ensuring the highest caliber of appointments to sit on the Commonwealth’s courts,” said Governor Baker. “I am confident in Paul Dacier’s leadership as a passionate advocate for a strong and independent judiciary and thank all the members for their willingness to serve in such an important capacity.”

The JNC seeks judicial 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.

“The Judicial Nominating Commission’s reflection of our Commonwealth’s diversity and geography will see that everyone is fairly served and represented by Massachusetts judicial system,” said Lt. Governor Polito, “and I thank the members for lending their expertise to our administration.”

The JNC’s first order of business will be to review applications for Chief Justice of the Appeals Court, following the announcement by the Honorable Phillip Rapoza that he will retire effective June 30, 2015.

Commission Members Appointed by the Governor are as follows:

Paul T. Dacier, Chairman
Executive Vice President and General Counsel of EMC Corporation, Hopkinton

Carol T. Vittorioso, Vice-Chair
Vittorioso & Taylor, Leominster

Roberto M. Braceras, Vice-Chair
Goodwin Procter, Boston

        • J.W. Carney, Jr., J.W. Carney, Jr. & Associates, Boston
        • Thomas J. Conte, Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, Worcester
        • Marjorie S. Cooke, Cooke Clancy & Gruenthal, Boston
        • Elaine M. Epstein, Todd & Weld, LLP, Boston
        • Zoila Marisol Gomez, Gomez & Palumbo, Lawrence
        • George G. Hardiman, Law Office of George G. Hardiman, Quincy
        • Bernadette Harrigan, MassMutual Financial Group, Springfield
        • William D. Jalkut, Fletcher Tilton PC, Worcester
        • Barbara J. Kroncke, McCarter & English, Boston
        • Jay Lynch, Lynch & Lynch, South Easton
        • William H. Mayer, Mayer, Antonellis, Jachowicz & Haranas, Framingham
        • Lisa J. McGloin, McGloin & Associates, Lynn
        • Jeffrey E. Poindexter, Bulkley, Richardson & Gelinas, Springfield
        • Doreen M. Rachal, United States Attorney’s Office, Boston
        • Steven M. Reilly, Jr., S.M. Reilly Associates, Springfield
        • Steven P. Sabra, Sabra & Aspden, PA, Somerset
        • Chi Chi Wu, National Consumer Law Center, Boston
        • The Honorable Howard Whitehead, Retired Associate Justice of the Superior Court, Topsfield


About the Chairman – Paul T. Dacier:

Paul T. Dacier is currently the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of EMC Corporation, where he has served 25 years, overseeing worldwide legal affairs for EMC and its subsidiaries including internal audits, real estate, facilities organizations, sustainability and government affairs. A past President of the Boston Bar Association (BBA), Dacier co-chaired the BBA’s Strategic Planning Committee in 2008 and joined the Executive Committee in 2010. Dacier was also a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission under Governor Mitt Romney. Dacier received a bachelor's degree in History and a Juris Doctor from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Wisconsin.