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BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Paul G. Pino as an Associate Justice of the District Court (Circuit) and Colette M. Santa to the Massachusetts Parole Board. Pino has nearly thirty years in the practice and currently serves as Legal Counsel to the Progressive Casualty Insurance Company in Dedham, Massachusetts. Colette M. Santa currently serves as the Chief of Transitional Services for the Massachusetts Parole Board after two decades of experience in Correctional Work in Puerto Rico and the Commonwealth.
“Paul Pino’s breadth of experience in District Court and distinguished litigation skills will serve the Commonwealth well and Colette Santa's extensive service within the Massachusetts Department of Correction makes her well qualified for a position on the Parole Board,” said Governor Baker. “I am pleased to submit their nominations to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”
“Both Attorney Pino’s and Santa’s impressive careers, strong work ethic, and temperment have prepared them well for their respective positions within the Commonwealth, if confirmed by the Council,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Their character and commitment to their work in the legal system demonstrate qualities our administration looks for in our nominees.”
The District Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. The District Court is located in 62 courts across the Commonwealth.
For more information about the District Courts, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/trial-court/dc/
The Massachusetts Parole Board resides within the Executive Office of Public Safety and is authorized to grant paroles and supervise parolees. The seven members of the Parole Board are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Members are appointed for five year terms or to fill the unexpired term of a prior member. Board members serve on a full time basis. The Governor designates one member of the Board as the Chairman, who acts as the executive and administrative head of the Board.
For more information about the Parole Board, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-parole-board
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 Paul G. Pino
Paul G. Pino currently serves as legal counsel to Progressive Casualty Insurance Company in Dedham where his responsibilities include managing house counsel offices across Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a full caseload of both jury and non-jury trials in Massachusetts State and Federal Courts, arbitrations, and mediations, all while maintaining financial budgeting and the management of attorneys and staff. Previously, he served as an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Clark, Balboni, and Gildea, while also serving as the Associate Town Counsel for the Town of Bridgewater. He has extensive experience in arbitrations and mediations, overseeing thousands of personal injury claims. Pino is an active volunteer with My Brother’s Keeper, where he assists the organization in providing needy families across eastern Massachusetts with furniture and food. He also dedicates time to his daughter’s school and with mock trials for new attorneys. Pino graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration from Boston College, and later pursued his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk Law School. He lives in North Falmouth with his family.
About Colette M. Santa
Colette M. Santa currently serves as the Chief of Transitional Services for the Massachusetts Parole Board, where she is responsible for Institutional Parole Officers assigned to 34 state and county facilities. Additionally, she ensures that Parole Board Members are provided with accurate information for inmate’s parole hearings. She was instrumental in guiding the Agency through the accreditation process by the American Correctional Association last August for the first time in the Agency’s history. Santa’s work includes various positions with the Department of Correction, such as the Deputy Superintendent for the North Eastern Correctional Center and at the Bay State Correctional Center. She also served as Deputy for Reentry at MCI-Framingham. In Puerto Rico, Santa worked with the Department of Correction as a Regional Director and Field Inspector where her responsibilities varied from conducting quality control audits and monitoring operational processes to the direct supervision of the operations, administrative services, and construction for the West Region of the Administration of Correction (7,000 inmates and 4,000 staff). She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Management from Seton Hill College in Pennsylvania. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law and her Master’s in Public Administration from Framingham State University. She lives in Milford with her family.