Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009
Mark D Mason is informally sworn in by Judicial Nominating Committee Executive Director/Deputy Legal Counsel Elizabeth Dubin Nadzo in the Governor's Council Room of the Statehouse Jan. 5. Mason stands underneath a portrait of former Massachusetts Governor John Foster Furcolo, a former partner of Cooley Shrair in Springfield, the law firm at which Mason practiced before his judgeship.
MBA congratulates Past President Mark D Mason on judicial appointment
Mason was recently appointed to Springfield District Court
MBA Past President Mark D Mason, who served during the 2006-07 association year, was recently appointed to the Springfield District Court. Mason, whose tenure on the bench began this week, will be ceremonially sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick at a later date. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William W. Teahan Jr.
“The people of the commonwealth, who rely upon fair, impartial and independent judges, are fortunate to gain an attorney of Mark's consummate competence and impeccable character. It is a proud moment for the Massachusetts legal community to see Mark elevated to the highest level of public service in our profession,” said MBA President Edward W. McIntyre.
A longtime MBA officer and committee member, Mason was the MBA’s first openly gay president. Until his appointment, he sat on the MBA House of Delegates and the Executive Management Board. Mason has chaired the Post-Goodridge Task Force and co-chaired the Anniversary Fee Task Force. He is a former chair of the Young Lawyers Division, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and the MBA Task Force on Same Gender Marriage, as well as a former secretary of the Judicial Administration Section Council.
Mason’s appointment was made following a thorough review, which included a favorable vote from the Governor’s Council Dec. 10, a hearing before the Governor’s Council Dec. 3, and an evaluation by the Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Appointment.
Mason is a recipient of the 2001 Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly Lawyer of the Year Award, the 2004 Gay and Lesbian Advocates Spirit of Justice Award, and has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Boston Magazine since 2005. Mason also received the 2008 Community Service Award from the MBA for his ongoing commitment of using his legal skills to serve the public. He was nominated by the Massachusetts Lesbian & Gay Bar Association, of which he has been an active member for 15 years.
Mason lives in Springfield where he performs as a member of the First Violin Section of the Pioneer Valley Symphony. Among his many community service activities, Mason has served as a Big Brother and on the board of the Community Music School of Springfield. He is the past president and board member of the March of Dimes of Western Massachusetts and the co-founder and past president of the Gay & Lesbian Civic Association of Greater Springfield.