For Immediate Release - March 23, 2012

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES PROBATE AND FAMILY COURT AND DISTRICT COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS

BOSTON – Friday, March 23, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today announced three judicial nominations: Charles W. Groce, III and Robert S. Murphy, Jr. to the Springfield District Court; and Theresa A. Bisenius to the Essex County Division of the Probate and Family Court.

“It is an honor to nominate these well qualified and highly respected attorneys,” said Governor Patrick. “I am confident that they have the experience, legal knowledge and temperament to excel on the bench. I thank them for their commitment to the fair administration of justice and their willingness to serve the Commonwealth in these important roles.”

Theresa A. Bisenius is an Essex County attorney with 25 years of experience. From 2000 to 2004, she was of counsel to a small Salem firm, and since 2004 she has been a solo practitioner in Danvers, focusing on Probate and Family Court litigation. Bisenius was a solo practitioner in Boston from 1992 to 2000, with a concentration in criminal defense and divorce matters. From 1987 to 1992, she was an associate in a small general practice firm in Revere. Bisenius is active as a certified volunteer conciliator in family law cases through the Essex County Bar Association. She is a graduate of Boston College (B.A. cum laude, 1982) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1986) and resides in West Newbury. Bisenius is slated to fill the vacancy on the Probate and Family Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Mary McCauley Manzi.

Charles W. Groce, III has been a solo practitioner in Springfield since 1999, with a focus on criminal defense. From 1997 to 1999, he worked on both criminal and civil litigation in the Springfield law office of the late Perman Glenn, III. Groce serves as Vice President of the Hampden County Lawyers for Justice. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (B.A., 1993) and Western New England University School of Law (J.D., 1997) and resides in Springfield. Groce is slated to fill the vacancy on the Springfield District Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Nancy Dusek-Gomez.

Robert S. Murphy, Jr. is a partner at the Springfield firm of Bacon Wilson P.C. where he has worked since 1994. He is involved in all aspects of criminal, civil and administrative litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Murphy served as an Assistant District Attorney and Chief District Court Prosecutor in Hampden County. He is currently a mentor to first year law students and serves as a moot court judge at Western New England University School of Law. Murphy is a graduate of Syracuse University (B.A., 1981) and Western New England University School of Law (J.D., 1987) and resides in Longmeadow. Upon confirmation, Murphy will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Jacques C. Leroy.

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