- Office of Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito
Media Contact for Governor Baker Nominates William E. Rooney from Ludlow and David P. Sorrenti from Bridgewater to the District Court
Brendan Moss, Press Secretary, Governor's Office
BOSTON — Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated William E. Rooney and David P. Sorrenti to the positions of Associate Justices of the District Court. Attorney Rooney who has over 24 years of legal experience has been nominated to the Eastern Hampshire vacancy and Attorney Sorrenti who has over 32 years of legal experience has been nominated to a Circuit seat.
“Attorney Rooney and Attorney Sorrenti bring a broad variety of legal experience from the private sector and their experiences in the District Attorney’s Offices that will serve the District Court well,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to submit these nominations to the Governor’s Council.”
“Throughout their careers these attorneys have been dedicated not only to the law, but also to their communities in the Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “I am confident that, if confirmed, Attorney Rooney and Attorney Sorrenti will serve all that appear before them with fairness and justice.”
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.
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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 William E. Rooney:
William E. Rooney has been a Partner at Chartier, Ogan & Brady in Holyoke and Ludlow since 1996. His legal career began in the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office in 1989 where he interned while attending Western New England College School of Law until 1992. Upon receiving his juris doctor, he became Assistant District Attorney in the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office where he served until 1994. In 1994, Rooney worked as an attorney in the Law Offices of Lawrence McAuliffe until 1995. Outside his professional career, Rooney serves on the Hampden County Addiction Task Force. Additionally, since 2012, Rooney has been on the Board of Directors of the Ludlow C.A.R.E.S. Coalition, a grassroots civic organization formed to promote good character and minimize illegal drug and alcohol use. He has served on the Ludlow Board of Selectmen as a member since 2008 and as Chairman from 2010-2011, 2013-2014 and 2016-2017, and was the Ludlow Chamber of Commerce Vice President from 2002-2006. Attorney Rooney earned his undergraduate degree from St. Anselm College in 1978 and his juris doctor from Western New England College School of Law in 1992.
About David P. Sorrenti:
Attorney David P. Sorrenti began his 32 year legal career as an intern in the Plymouth County District Attorney’s office from 1983-1985 before becoming Assistant District Attorney in the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office in 1985 where he was responsible for the investigation, preparation and trial of criminal matters in the Brockton District Court, Wareham District Court and Plymouth Superior Court until 1990. From 1990-1996, Attorney Sorrenti was a Partner at Cruz, Horan & Sorrenti in Brockton handling criminal defense, divorce and probate proceedings and appellate services. In 1991, Governor Weld appointed Sorrenti as Public Administrator for Plymouth County until 1995. From 1993-1995, Sorrenti served as a member of the Special Judicial Nominating Committee for the statewide Juvenile Court. Additionally, he served on the Judicial Nominating Committee for the Southeastern Regional District from 1995-2000. Since 1996, Attorney Sorrenti has been a Partner at Sorrenti & Delano in Brockton. He earned his undergraduate degree in Business Management in 1982 and his juris doctor in 1985, both from Suffolk University.