For Immediate Release - April 16, 2014


BOSTON – Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – Governor Patrick today announced three judicial nominations: District Court Judge Beverly J. Cannone and Boston Municipal Court Judge Rosalind H. Miller as Associate Justices of the Superior Court; and attorney Neil A. Hourihan as an Associate Justice of the Cambridge District Court.

“It is my distinct honor to nominate these three individuals to serve the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick. “Judge Cannone and Judge Miller have demonstrated a commitment to the fair administration of justice as well as the energy and talent to serve with distinction on the Superior Court. I am confident that attorney Neil Hourihan will be an excellent District Court judge who will treat each litigant with respect and dignity. I thank all three nominees for their willingness to serve the Commonwealth in these very challenging and important roles.”

Beverly J. Cannone was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Quincy District Court in 2009. As a District Court judge, she has presided over a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, mental health and abuse prevention hearings and trials. Judge Cannone is a member of the District Court Education and Mental Health Committees. From 1985 to 2009, she was a staff attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS), where she tried many cases in Superior Court. Judge Cannone served for 19 years as a certified member of the CPCS Murder Team and for three years as the attorney-in-charge of the CPCS Dedham office. In 2008, she was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. Judge Cannone is a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst (B.A., 1982) and New England School of Law (J.D., 1985). She resides in Norwell. If confirmed, Judge Cannone will fill the vacancy on the Superior Court created by the retirement of the Honorable Thomas Murtagh.

Rosalind H. Miller was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court, Dorchester Division in 1996. She has been serving as the First Justice in that court since 2009. During her judicial tenure, she also served as the Acting First Justice in Chelsea and Malden District Courts. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Miller was an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County for 17 years, including 14 years in the Superior Court and one year in the Appeals Unit. Judge Miller has been extraordinarily active as a judge, serving as a leader on many committees and working groups focused on improving the judicial process and the lives of litigants. She is a graduate of University of South Carolina (B.A. magna cum laude, 1975) and University of Virginia Law School (J.D., 1979). Judge Miller resides in West Roxbury. Judge Miller is slated to fill the Superior Court vacancy created by the retirement of the Honorable Robert A. Mulligan.

Neil A. Hourihan has maintained a solo law practice based in Essex County for 39 years, with a strong focus on criminal defense. He practices regularly in the District Court and has an extraordinary record of pro bono and volunteer work, including raising five foster children. Hourihan is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (B.A., 1969) and Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1974). He resides in Dorchester. If confirmed, Hourihan will fill the vacancy on the District Court created by the appointment of the Honorable Laurence D. Pierce to the Superior Court.

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