For Immediate Release - January 16, 2013

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS TO THE APPEALS COURT AND THE SUPERIOR COURT

BOSTON – Wednesday, January 16, 2013 – Governor Patrick today announced two judicial nominations: Diana L. Maldonado as an Associate Justice of the Appeals Court and Edward J. McDonough, Jr. as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court.

“It is my distinct honor to nominate these two highly qualified individuals to positions on the Appeals Court and the Superior Court,” said Governor Patrick. “These nominees have demonstrated a strong commitment to the fair administration of justice throughout their careers. I am very confident in their abilities and I thank them for their willingness to serve.”

Judge Diana L. Maldonado was appointed by Governor Paul Cellucci as an Associate Justice of the Chelsea District Court in 1998. She founded and presided over the Chelsea Drug Court until she became the First Justice of the Chelsea District Court in 2009. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Maldonado represented indigent defendants for 12 years in trials and appeals as a public defender in both federal and state courts. She began her legal career by serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Frederick L. Brown at the Massachusetts Appeals Court from 1985 to 1986. Judge Maldonado is a frequent panelist and lecturer on legal issues, and speaks often to school and youth groups. She is a graduate of State University of New York at Stony Brook (B.A., 1980) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1985). Judge Maldonado resides in Jamaica Plain. If confirmed, she will fill the seat on the Appeals Court created by the retirement of the Honorable David A. Mills.

Edward J. McDonough, Jr. is a partner in the Springfield firm of Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, where he has maintained a diverse legal practice for 32 years. He focuses on civil litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. McDonough also has experience handling criminal and family law matters. He devotes a significant portion of his time to pro bono work, including representation of victims of harassment, discrimination, bullying or other unfair treatment in the workplace. McDonough is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1977) and Western New England School of Law (J.D. magna cum laude, 1981). McDonough resides in Longmeadow. He is slated to fill the seat on the Superior Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Peter A. Velis.

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