Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Mar. 15, 2007
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Former Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Edward J. Hennessey and Associate Justice Martha B. Sosman.

Massachusetts legal community mourns loss of two leaders

The legal community suffered two great losses last week, with the deaths of former Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Edward J. Hennessey and current SJC Associate Justice Martha B. Sosman.

"The Massachusetts legal community grieves the loss of two exceptional judges," said MBA President Mark D. Mason. "With their deaths falling within several days of one another, the impacts and legacies of Chief Justice Hennessey and Justice Sosman's careers are especially striking. This is a difficult time for the legal community, especially the SJC. On behalf of the MBA, I extend my thoughts and condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of these two remarkable justices."

To view the Boston Globe's obituary for Hennessey, click here. A funeral mass was held for Hennessey at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 12 at St. Bartholomew Church in Needham.

To view the Boston Globe's obituary for Sosman, click here. Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall also released a brief statement about Justice Sosman's passing:

Justice Martha B. Sosman, who passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2007, will be remembered as one of the great Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court, despite her all too brief tenure on the Court. She had served as a Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court since Sept. 6, 2000, and as a Superior Court justice from 1993 to 2000.

Justice Sosman was a beloved colleague, whose wide ranging contributions to the work of the Court are immeasurable. She was a jurist's jurist with a powerful intellect and extraordinary legal skills. Lawyers and litigants alike admired and respected her talents. In her personal life, Justice Sosman was an avid gardener, a serious Red Sox fan, and a gifted pianist, who often invited colleagues to her recitals. Justice Sosman will be fondly remembered and greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held for Sosman on Saturday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at the Old South Church near Copley Square. More information can be found at www.concordfuneral.com.

 

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