For Immediate Release - February 06, 2013

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES NOMINATIONS TO THE SUPERIOR COURT AND THE PAROLE BOARD

BOSTON – Wednesday, February 6, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today submitted three nominations for the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council: Boston Municipal Court Judge Shannon Frison as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court; and Lucy Soto-Abbe and Tonomey Coleman as members of the Parole Board.

“I am pleased to nominate these talented and committed individuals to the Superior Court and the Parole Board,” said Governor Patrick. “I am confident in Judge Frison’s qualifications for the Superior Court, and I thank her for her willingness to serve the Trial Court in this new and challenging role. I commend Lucy Soto-Abbe for her outstanding service on the Parole Board and appreciate her continued commitment to public service. I also welcome the opportunity to nominate criminal defense attorney Tonomey Coleman as a new member of the Parole Board.”

Shannon Frison currently 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. Judge Frison also worked as a senior litigation associate at the Boston law firm of Dwyer and Collora and as a sole practitioner specializing in criminal defense, employment litigation, and military justice cases. She graduated from Harvard University (B.A., 1992) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1995). Judge Frison is slated to fill the vacancy on the Superior Court created by the appointment of the Honorable Peter W. Agnes, Jr. as an Associate Justice of the Appeals Court.

Lucy Soto-Abbe is a member of the Parole Board, first appointed by Governor Patrick in 2011 to fill an unexpired term. Prior to her service on the board, she worked for 17 years as a victim/witness advocate in the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.  Soto-Abbe also has prior experience as a paralegal at a law firm and as a secretary at the Parole Board. She holds degrees from Bay Path College (B.S. in Legal Studies, 1993) and American International College (M.S. in Forensic Psychology, 2005), and is a resident of Springfield. If confirmed, Lucy Soto-Abbe will serve a term expiring in June 2017.

Tonomey Coleman has been a sole practitioner in Boston since 2001, with a practice focused primarily on criminal defense in both state and federal courts. From 1994 to 2001, Coleman worked for two small general practice firms in Boston. He also served as a law clerk and regional administrative law clerk at the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1992 to1994. Coleman is a former president of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association. He is a graduate of Delhi Technical College (A.A.S, 1984), Bernard M. Baruch College (B.A., 1989) and Boston College Law School (J.D., 1992). Coleman resides in Boston. He is slated to fill the position on the Parole Board formerly held by Roger Michel, with a term expiring in August 2017.

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