For Immediate Release - October 28, 2009

GOVERNOR PATRICK NOMINATES FOUR ACCOMPLISHED PUBLIC SAFETY AND LEGAL PROFESSIONALS TO THE MASSACHUSETTS PAROLE BOARD

BOSTON - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - Governor Deval Patrick today announced the nomination of four individuals to the Massachusetts Parole Board. Two individuals are being nominated for additional terms, while the remaining two are being nominated for the first time.

"I am confident that these well-respected members of the public safety and legal community will serve the Parole Board and their Commonwealth well," Governor Patrick said. "They each bring with them a combination of intellect, experience, and a deep commitment to justice."

Pamela Lombardini was appointed to the Massachusetts Parole Board in 2007 and is being nominated for another term. Lombardini brings with her a long history as a U.S. probation officer, having worked for over 16 years with a specialty in prisoner presentencing, supervision, and re-entry, as well as extensive experience in dealing with offenders with mental health issues. In 1997, Lombardini was the recipient of the Crime Victims Fund Award, which recognizes individuals for their outstanding work in pursuing federal criminal offenders and in imposing and collecting the criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalty fees, and special assessments that constitute the Crime Victims Fund and victim restitution. She is a graduate of Westfield State College.

Thomas F. Merigan Jr. was appointed to the Massachusetts Parole Board in 2003 and is being nominated for another term. Merigan's service on the Board follows more than 25 years of service as a United States Probation Officer. Prior to joining the Parole Board, Merigan managed the United States Probation Regional Offices in Worcester and Springfield, training and developing staff in both offices. Merigan also supervised high risk cases including offenders within the Federal Witness Protection Program. He is a graduate of Western New England College and American International College.

Cesar Archilla has practiced as an attorney since 1999, working in both state and private practice and is a first time nominee to the Massachusetts Parole Board. Archilla served for more than five years in the Essex County District Attorney's Office, working as an Assistant District Attorney, a Supervising Assistant District Attorney in Peabody District Court, and as a Jury Session Supervising District Attorney in the Salem District court. Archilla worked with victims and witnesses from initial case development through final disposition, prosecuting a broad range of criminal cases. Currently, Archilla is a defense attorney at the firm Andrews & Updegraph, P.C. in Salem, focusing primarily on criminal litigation. He is a graduate of Atlantic Union College and Suffolk University School of Law.

Roger Michel brings with him over 20 years of experience in the legal field, working in both public and private practice. Currently, Michel works as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Massachusetts Appeals Court, where he has worked on more than 500 opinions to date, involving all areas of criminal law. Michel has also been a Lecturer in Law since 1994, teaching students at Boston University Law School. Michel has served on the Board of Bar Overseers as a hearing officer since 2006, and since 2004 as an arbitrator on the Fee Arbitration Board. He is also the Book Review Editor for the Massachusetts Law Review. Michel is a graduate of Williams College, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School.

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