For Immediate Release - June 17, 2013

GOVERNOR PATRICK ANNOUNCES NOMINATIONS TO THE DISTRICT COURT, BOSTON MUNICIPAL COURT AND PAROLE BOARD

BOSTON – Monday, June 17, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today submitted four nominations for the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council: Gerald A. Lemire as Associate Justice of the Uxbridge District Court; Jennifer A. Stark as Associate Justice of the Marlborough District Court; Shelbey D. Wright as Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury Division; and Charlene M. Bonner as a member of the Parole Board.

“I am pleased to nominate these experienced attorneys to the District Court and the Boston Municipal Court, and to re-nominate Dr. Bonner to the Parole Board,” said Governor Patrick. “I am very confident in their abilities and I thank them for their commitment to public service and their willingness to serve the Commonwealth in these important and challenging positions.”

Gerald A. Lemire currently serves as the Clerk-Magistrate of the Uxbridge District Court. Prior to his appointment to this position by Governor Patrick in 2009, Lemire maintained a general litigation practice in Uxbridge, representing individuals and small businesses in civil and criminal matters. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Worcester and later served as Chief of Staff and Legal Counsel to the Massachusetts State Senate’s Committee on Public Service. Lemire is a graduate of Assumption College (B.A., 1990) and New England School of Law (J.D., 1994). He is a lifelong resident and active member of the Uxbridge community. Lemire is slated to fill the vacancy at the Uxbridge District Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Sarkis Teshoian. 

Jennifer A. Stark has been serving in leadership positions in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office since 2007, first as the Chief of the Policy and Government Division and since November 2012 as the Chief of the Business and Labor Bureau. She started her legal career as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Superior Court and as a civil litigation associate at Mintz Levin. From 2003 to 2007 she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, prosecuting district court cases and supervising prosecutors in Framingham and Marlborough District Courts. She is a graduate of Northeastern University (B.S. cum laude, 1995) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2000).  Stark is a resident of Framingham. If confirmed, Stark will fill the vacancy at the Marlborough District Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Lynda M. Connolly.

Shelbey D. Wright began her legal career in 1992 as a litigation associate at Bingham, Dana & Gould in Boston. She was active in the firm’s pro bono program, prosecuting cases through the Plymouth District Attorney’s Office and handling asylum, evictions and habeas matters. Since 1995, Wright has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston. From 1999 to 2005, she was Chief of the Asset Forfeiture Unit in the Criminal Division. Since 2005, she has been assigned to the Health Care Fraud Unit of the Criminal Division. Wright is a graduate of Brown University (B.A. magna cum laude, 1989) and Harvard University Law School (J.D., 1992), where she served as President of the Harvard Voluntary Defenders. She resides in Hyde Park and is involved in community and youth activities in Boston. Wright is slated to fill the vacancy at the Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury Division, created by the appointment of the Honorable Shannon Frison to the Superior Court.

Charlene M. Bonner is a member of the Parole Board, first appointed by Governor Patrick in 2011 to fill an unexpired term. She is a certified forensic psychologist, with many years of experience as a court psychologist and as a private consultant to attorneys representing clients with mental illness. Bonner is a graduate of St. Anselm College (B.A., 1991), Bridgewater State College (M.Ed., 1995) and Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (Psy.D., 1991). She resides in Kingston. If confirmed, Bonner will serve a term expiring in June 2018.

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