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Press Release Governor Baker Nominates Hélène Kazanjian to Massachusetts Superior Court

For immediate release:
4/21/2016
  • Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Governor's Press Office
  • Judicial Nominating Commission

Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Hélène Kazanjian to Massachusetts Superior Court

Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office

BOSTON — Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Hélène Kazanjian, Chief of the Trial Division in the Attorney General’s Office, to the position of Associate Justice for the Massachusetts Superior Court.

“If confirmed, Attorney Kazanjian will bring to the bench nearly 30 years’ experience in public service and private practice handling the types of criminal and civil cases heard by the Superior Court,” said Governor Baker. “Attorney Kazanjian has a long record of accomplishment and public service and I am pleased that she is willing to continue to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth .”

“It is important that all Superior Court justices have the temperament to run effective, efficient and impartial courtrooms, and I am confident Attorney Kazanjian will demonstrate theses skills and sound legal judgment if she is confirmed as a judge,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito

If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, Kazanjian will fill the seat vacated by the Honorable Patrick F. Brady.

Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the statewide Judicial Nominating Commission and recommended to the Governor. All judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council.

The Superior Court is comprised of 82 justices in 20 courthouses across all 14 counties and is a statewide court of general jurisdictions that handles a broad variety of civil litigation in matters of contract, injury, civil rights, and others with amounts in controversy exceeding $25,000. In addition, the Court oversees criminal matters including homicide, sex offenses, robbery, and financial fraud. Approximately 65% of the cases are civil lawsuits and the remaining 35% are criminal proceedings.

For more information about the Massachusetts Superior Court, visit http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/trial-court/sc/.

About Hélène Kazanjian:

Hélène Kazanjian of Wellesley was born in Boston and graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1982, and from Boston University School of Law in 1986, where she won the National Association of Women Lawyers’ award for the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate.  Attorney Kazanjian clerked for U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young, and practiced from 1987 to 1991 as a civil Litigation Associate at the Boston law firm of Goodwin, Proctor & Hoar.  In 1991 she moved to Washington, DC for three years and worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, with a focus on crimes committed against the citizens of the District of Columbia, comparable to those handled by the Superior Court. In 1994, she became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Portland, Maine, assigned, at different times, to the Civil and Criminal Divisions, and for a portion of her tenure was the Lead Task Force Attorney of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force.  In 2010, she returned to Massachusetts and became the Chief of the Trial Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office with responsibility for oversight of the cases handled by 30 Assistants Attorney Generals, as well as managing her own matters. 

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Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Hélène Kazanjian to Massachusetts Superior Court

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