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Thursday, Jun. 24, 2010
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News from the Courts

SJC changes requirements for foreign law school graduates; adopts rules changes; Appeals Court appoints Lima court administrator

The Supreme Judicial Court approved changes to the requirements for examination and admission for foreign law school graduates proposed by the Board of Bar Examiners on June 10. Click here to review the changes.

The SJC also approved changes to chapter three of the Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court on June 10. The changes address qualifications for taking bar examination and admission on motion. Click here to review the changes.


Court Administrator LimaChief Justice Phillip Rapoza announced the appointment of attorney Gilbert Lima Jr., as the new Court Administrator of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Lima's appointment is effective July 1. Lima succeeds the recently retired administrator, Alex McNeil, the only other person to hold that position since the court was established in 1972.

Lima has worked in the Appeals Court Clerk's Office for over 20 years, the last 10 as First Assistant Clerk. Prior to that, he was an assistant district attorney, serving in Bristol County between 1983 and 1989. A retired major in the Military Police of the U.S. Army Reserve, Lima was mobilized as a platoon leader and company executive officer in Operation Desert Storm and then lead a Military Observer Controller Team conducting training for units mobilized in support of anti-terrorist activity.

"I am extremely pleased to appoint Gil Lima as Court Administrator of the Appeals Court," said Rapoza. "He has demonstrated both the knowledge and leadership skills necessary to assist me in administering the court and he has my complete confidence in his new role. I look forward to working with him in the years to come."

Photo of attorney Gilbert Lima Jr. by Tina LaFranchi, Appeals Court.



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