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Press Release Governor Baker Nominates Kevin R. Connelly to Massachusetts Probate Court

For immediate release:
11/16/2016
  • Governor Charlie Baker | Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
  • Judicial Nominating Commission
  • Governor's Press Office

Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Kevin R. Connelly to Massachusetts Probate Court

William Pitman

Boston — Governor Baker has nominated The Honorable Kevin R. Connelly, a Probate and Family Court Judge assigned to the Middlesex Division of the Probate and Family Court, to the Plymouth County Division of that court, which was vacated by Judge Catherine P. Sabaitis’ retirement earlier this year. Judge Sabaitis served that community, where she was born and raised, extremely well for twenty six years.

“Judge Connelly’s dedication to serving Massachusetts families during trying and complicated domestic legal proceedings is admirable,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I have the utmost confidence that the Court will be strengthened by his continued commitment to justice.”

“Judge Connelly brings distinguished experience to the Plymouth County Probate and Family Court and I am pleased that Judge Connelly will continue to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth with fairness and equality in these difficult matters,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.

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 The Honorable Kevin R. Connelly:

Kevin R. Connelly of Kingston, Massachusetts began his legal career working as an associate at White, Inker, Aronson, P.C. in Boston, and was named a partner in 2000. In 2004 Judge Connelly joined the firm of Sally & Fitch LLP where he helped to nurture and develop their growing family law practice.  In 2013 Judge Connelly was appointed to a Middlesex seat on the Probate & Family Court. He serves on the Committee for Civility & Professionalism as well as the Child Support Guidelines Task Force. Judge Connelly graduated from Boston College in 1989 earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science before graduating from New England School of Law in 1993. 

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Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates Kevin R. Connelly to Massachusetts Probate Court

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