Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009
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Hon. Ralph D. Gants was sworn in as Associate Justice to the Supreme Judicial Court this afternoon by Gov. Deval Patrick.

MBA congratulates the Hon. Ralph D. Gants on his appointment to the SJC

Gants fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. John M. Greaney

The Massachusetts Bar Association congratulates the Hon. Ralph D. Gants on his appointment today to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s highest court. Gants, who served 11 years on the Superior Court, will bring his vast experience and thoughtful, balanced approach to the SJC.

“Justice Gants has a finely tuned intellect with significant trial court experience adjudicating complex cases. I think his substantial background in criminal law enhances the court's collective knowledge,” MBA President Edward W. McIntyre said.

Prior to his appointment, Gants was Administrative Justice to the Superior Court’s Business Litigation Section. Before that, the 54-year-old had been a Superior Court justice since 1997. Gants’ nearly 30-year legal career includes partner at Palmer & Dodge, prosecutor and chief of the Public Corruption Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston, special assistant to then-FBI Director, Judge William H. Webster, in Washington, D.C. and law clerk to the Hon. Eugene H. Nickerson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
Gants is Gov. Deval Patrick’s second nomination to the SJC and follows his first appointment, in 2007, of Associate Justice Margot G. Botsford, formerly of the Superior Court.

A long-time member of the MBA, Gants is currently a member of the Judicial Administration Section Council and has served as faculty for various CLEs and conferences, most recently, the “Sixth Annual In-House Counsel Conference” this past December.
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