For Immediate Release - March 31, 2008

GOVERNOR PATRICK NOMINATES EXPERIENCED TRIO, DAVID B. POOLE, STEVEN E. THOMAS, AND DAVID WEINGARTEN, TO THREE LOCAL COURTS

BOSTON- Monday, March 31, 2008 - Governor Patrick announced today the nomination of a seasoned government lawyer to the Cambridge District Court, along with the nominations of a highly regarded criminal justice specialist and a successful Dorchester litigator to the Boston Municipal Court.

Steven E. Thomas, 50, a Westwood resident and graduate of Harvard University and Boston College Law School, is the current Deputy Senate Counsel and a former assistant Attorney General. Prior to his extensive public service, Thomas served as counsel to New England T & T and New England Power Service Company. "Steven Thomas will administer justice in the Cambridge community with the fair-mindedness and good judgment that have defined his legal career," Governor Patrick said.

Thomas will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Cambridge District Court Judge Marie Jackson.

"David Poole will bring to the bench an appreciation of the law and justice cultivated over the years of his service to poor and underrepresented communities," Governor Patrick said.

Poole, 48, a graduate of the University of Michigan and Harvard Law School, currently serves as Litigation Director and Clinical Instructor at the Criminal Justice Institute at Harvard Law School. Poole, a Brookline resident who once worked as a trial attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services in the Roxbury Defenders Unit and the Boston Trial Unit, will bring to the bench vast experience as a public interest lawyer and teacher. Poole is slated to fill the vacancy on the Charlestown Division of the BMC created by the retirement of Judge Allen J. Jarasitis.

David Weingarten, 54, a longtime Dorchester resident and practitioner, has years of experience in both criminal defense and complex civil litigation. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and summa cum laude graduate of Boston University, Weingarten is a partner of the law firm, Macy & Weingarten, LLP, which he established after many years of litigating with the Boston law firm of Krokidas and Bluestein. "David Weingarten possesses broad life experience and a love of the law that will inform his work every day in the courtroom." Weingarten is nominated to fill the vacancy created by Judge R. Peter Anderson's retirement from the Brighton Division of the BMC.

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