For Immediate Release - October 30, 2007


New Members Bring Experience, Knowledge and Skill to the Commonwealth's Chief Civil Rights Agency

BOSTON - Tuesday, October 30, 2007 - Governor Patrick today named Malcolm S. Medley as the new Commissioner on the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). The Governor also appointed three new members to the MCAD Advisory Board, naming Thomas J. Gallitano as chair and Albert M. Toney III and Tani E. Sapirstein as co-vice-chairs.

"Each of these individuals will bring a broad range of experience, knowledge and skill to the Commonwealth's chief civil rights agency, and I know they will bring professionalism and sound judgment as they work to protect the rights of citizens for the entire Commonwealth," said Governor Patrick. "Massachusetts is fortunate to have a freer, more democratic society today than we have ever before, but we have work yet to do."

Medley is a Boston lawyer whose practice focuses on representing individuals in federal and state courts and at administrative agencies in cases involving discrimination based on race, age, disability and ethnicity. He is also a trained arbitrator and member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial and Employment Arbitrators roster. Medley previously served as a Special Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Boston School Department from 1993 to 2000, playing a key advisory role in cases involving discrimination, student school assignment criteria and school desegregation and staffing court orders. Medley also served as Legal Counsel at OneUnited, the largest black-owned bank in the country, from 2001 to 2004. OneUnited profitably serves urban communities in Massachusetts, California and Florida that were previously viewed as "un-bankable." Medley graduated from Northeastern University in 1989 and Boston University School of Law in 1992.

Gallitano is a partner at Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford -- a diverse civil and commercial litigation practice based in Boston, concentrating on employment law, professional liability and business litigation. Gallitano advises and represents employers on cases involving sexual harassment and other discrimination claims. Gallitano graduated from Tufts University in 1982 and Northeastern University School of Law in 1987.

Sapirstein is a Springfield attorney who has extensive experience practicing employment law in the state and federal courts as well as before administrative agencies. In 1990, she began her own practice focusing on labor and employment law, civil litigation, and personal injury. She has served on legal education panels on advising small businesses on labor and employment law as well as the basics of employment discrimination. Sapirstein graduated from Brown University in 1978 and Case Western Reserve University in 1982.

Toney served in the Worcester Police Department for eight years. After losing his life partner as result of a shooting, Toney dedicated himself to address the need for diversity training in both the private and public sectors. Toney serves as a consultant to the Massachusetts Department of Education, Massachusetts Department of Social Services, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, as well as non-profit organizations and public and private corporations. Toney is co-founder and Executive Director of Safe Homes of Central Massachusetts, which addresses the needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth who are homeless or in need of assistance due to discrimination regarding their sexual orientation. Toney is a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College, and Worcester State College.

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is the Commonwealth's chief civil rights agency. The Commission works to eliminate discrimination on a variety of bases and areas, and strives to advance the civil rights of the people of the Commonwealth through law enforcement, outreach and training.


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