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Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Francis Flannery to the Superior Court
Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office
BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker today nominated Francis E. Flannery to the position of Associate Justice of the Commonwealth’s Superior Court. Attorney Flannery brings over two decades of legal practice to the court, having served as an attorney in private practice and as a prosecutor in two District Attorney offices in the western counties of the Commonwealth.
“Francis Flannery has dedicated his career to accumulating legal experience in both the private and public sectors,” said Governor Baker. “He has the knowledge and temperament to preside over the wide variety of important civil and criminal cases that come before the Superior Court and I am pleased to submit his name for the Governor’s Council’s advice and consent.”
“Attorney Flannery is an experienced trial attorney who has served communities in Western Massachusetts for more than 22 years,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “If confirmed, I am confident that the Superior Court will benefit from his experience and insight.”
The Massachusetts Superior Court is a statewide court of general jurisdiction - handling both criminal and civil actions. The court’s 82 justices sit in 20 courthouses in all 14 counties of the Commonwealth. The court has exclusive original jurisdiction of first degree murder cases and original jurisdiction of all other crimes.
For more information about the Superior Court, visit their homepage.
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.
About Francis E. Flannery
Francis E. Flannery is of counsel at the Law Office of Parker & O’Grady in Southampton, MA. There he represents clients in criminal and civil matters in District, Probate, Superior and Federal court. Before joining Parker & O’Grady, Flannery served as First Assistant District Attorney at the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office where he not only prosecuted serious and complex cases in the Superior Court, but also supervised the offices’ trial and appellate attorneys. He previously served in the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney and later as Chief of the Elders and Persons with Disabilities Unit. Attorney Flannery earned his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon after graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst. Attorney Flannery serves on the Board of Directors of the Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke and has taught legal ethics at the American International College in Springfield, MA. He currently resides in Holyoke.