For Immediate Release - October 14, 2008

Governor Patrick Nominates Esteemed Boston Lawyer and Lifetime Cambridge Resident to the Cambridge District Court

BOSTON - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 - Governor Deval Patrick announced today the nomination of Laurence D. Pierce of Cambridge to the Cambridge District Court. Pierce, a graduate of Harvard College and Antioch School of Law, began his career as a trial attorney with the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office before joining the Boston firm of Choate Hall & Stewart in 1988. Pierce focuses his practice on civil litigation and criminal defense in the Massachusetts District and Superior Courts.

"Laurence Pierce is known not only for his first-rate legal skills, but for his compassion, judgment and humanity," Governor Patrick said. "Beyond his reputation as a lawyer, Pierce has the deepest of respect and appreciation for the Cambridge community of which he has been a part for his entire life, and which he will serve well as a district court judge."

The former Chair of Choate's Pro Bono Committee, Pierce was instrumental in establishing a partnership with Family Services of Greater Boston. Pierce also dedicates significant time to his Cambridge community, over the years taking leadership roles on the City's Planning Board, Center for Adult Education, and Human Rights Commission, as well as on various athletic organizations.

Pierce is slated to fill the vacancy on the Cambridge District Court create by the retirement of Judge George R. Sprague.