For Immediate Release - August 07, 2012


BOSTON – Tuesday, August 7, 2012 – Governor Patrick today announced the nomination of three experienced attorneys to the District Court bench: Cathleen E. Campbell, as Associate Justice of the Cambridge District Court; Michael L. Fabbri, as Associate Justice of the Framingham District Court; and Mary F. McCabe, as a Circuit Justice of the District Court. 

“These nominees are experienced litigators who have demonstrated a commitment to the firm, fair and compassionate administration of justice,” said Governor Patrick. “I am confident that they have the knowledge, skills and temperament to excel as judges in the District Court, and I thank them for their willingness to serve.”

Cathleen E. Campbell has been a partner at the Boston firm of Schofield Campbell & Connolly, LLC since 2006, specializing in criminal and civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she was a sole practitioner in Allston for seven years, an Assistant District Attorney in Essex County for three years and an Assistant General Counsel and Inmate Legal Services Attorney in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for four years. Campbell also served as an adjunct professor and senior lecturer at Northeastern University teaching criminal law and related courses for 14 years. She is a graduate of Northeastern University (B.A. summa cum laude, 1989) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1992). Campbell is a life-long resident of Allston. She is slated to fill the seat previously held by the late Honorable Jonathan Brant.

Michael L. Fabbri is the First Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. He joined the office in 1985, after working for two years in a small general practice firm in Framingham. From 1992 to 1995, Fabbri worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Investigations Unit and the Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau. He returned to the District Attorney’s Office in 1995 as the Framingham Regional Supervisor and Chief of the Special Investigations Division. In July 2010 he became Chief of the Homicide Unit and Chief Trial Counsel and in July 2012 he became the First Assistant District Attorney. Fabbri served in the United States Air Force for four years prior to attending college and also served as a member of the Massachusetts State Guard from 2005 to 2008. He is a graduate of Framingham State College (B.A. magna cum laude, 1980) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1983). Fabbri is a resident of Ashland. He is slated to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Paul F. Healy, Jr.

Mary McCabe has maintained a sole legal practice in Lawrence since 1987, with a focus on criminal and civil litigation. She held associate positions for two years at firms in Boston and Haverhill prior to opening her own practice. From 1979 to 1985, she served as an Assistant Clerk-Magistrate in the Lawrence District Court. McCabe has been very involved in community and charitable activities, including serving as a board member of the Lawrence and Essex County Bar Associations and Merrimack Valley Legal Services and as Director of Special Program for Camp Fatima Exceptional Citizens’ Week, a summer program for people with special needs. She is a graduate of Boston College (B.A. cum laude, 1975) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1978). McCabe resides in Lawrence.


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