For Immediate Release - November 21, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES TWO NOMINATIONS TO THE SUPERIOR COURT BENCH

BOSTON – Wednesday, November 21, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced two nominations to the Superior Court bench: Shannon Frison, Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court; and James F. Lang, Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

“It is my distinct honor to nominate these two very well qualified candidates,” said Governor Patrick. “They each have demonstrated first rate legal skills and a strong commitment to public service. I am confident that they will be superb additions to the Superior Court bench and I thank them for their willingness to serve.”

Judge Shannon Frison serves as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury Division. Prior to her appointment to the bench in 2009, she served as an officer and a lawyer in the United States Marine Corps, where she handled both criminal and civil litigation on assignments in Hawaii and North Carolina. She also worked in Boston at Dwyer and Collora as a senior litigation associate and as a sole practitioner specializing in criminal defense, employment litigation, and military justice cases. Judge Frison graduated from Harvard University (B.A., 1992) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1995). If confirmed, Judge Frison will fill the vacancy created by the appointment of the Honorable Peter W. Agnes, Jr. as an Associate Justice of the Appeals Court.

James F. Lang currently serves as the Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. He joined the office in 1993 as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Major Crimes Unit and became the Chief of the Major Crimes Unit in 2002. Prior to 1993, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County for seven years, including one year in District Court and six years in Superior Court and the Appellate Unit. Immediately after graduating from law school, Lang worked as a law clerk to Associate Justice Paul Liacos on the Supreme Judicial Court. Lang is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S. with Honors, 1978) and Boston University School of Law (J.D. magna cum laude, 1985). Lang is slated to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Leila R. Kern.

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