For Immediate Release - January 30, 2007


Governor's first JNC appointments also include Morse and Griffin

BOSTON- Tuesday, January 30, 2007 - Governor Deval Patrick today named Boston attorney Lisa C. Goodheart to chair the Commonwealth's Judicial Nominating Commission. The governor also announced the appointments of Worcester attorney Elizabeth W. Morse and Mansfield-based attorney John M. Griffin as vice chairs.

"I am very pleased that these three seasoned and esteemed attorneys have agreed to make the substantial commitment involved in leading the new JNC," Governor Patrick said. "They are each persons of unquestioned integrity. I trust, with their guidance, we will be able to recruit a diverse pool of strong, decisive and effective judges from all corners of Massachusetts."

Earlier this month, Governor Patrick issued an executive order reconstituting the JNC, whichadvises the governor regarding appointments to the appeals court and trial court departments. The commission's 21 members are appointed by the governor and serve at his pleasure.

Goodheart is a partner at the law firm Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen in Boston. Recognized as one of the leading environmental lawyers in the country, Goodheart currently serves on the Executive Committee and the Council of the Boston Bar Association. She also is President-Elect and a member of the Steering Committee of the New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE). Goodheart received her bachelor's degree from Williams College in 1982 and her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1985.

Morse, former president of the Worcester County Bar Association, is a partner with Tashjian, Simsarian & Wickstrom in Worcester. She serves on the Massachusetts Bar Association's House of Delegates, has previously co-chaired the Worcester County Bar Association's District Court Committee, and has served as a hearing officer for the Board of Bar Overseers. Morse graduated from Fairfield University in 1981 and earned her law degree in 1988 from Suffolk University Law School.

Griffin, now Deputy General Counsel to Tyco Healthcare Group in Mansfield, is a former Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit in Boston. He is a 1983 graduate of Columbia University and earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1986. He began his career in law with Nutter McClennen & Fish, where he became a junior partner in 1992.