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Thursday, May. 5, 2011
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Hon. Barbara A. Lenk. Photo courtesy of George Peet.

News from the courts

MBA pleased with Governor's Council confirmation of Barbara A. Lenk as SJC association justice

The MBA supports the decision of the Governor's Council on May 4 to confirm Gov. Deval Patrick's nomination of Barbara A. Lenk as associate justice to the Supreme Judicial Court. Lenk fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Justice Judith A. Cowin.

"One of the longest-serving members of the Appeals Court, Lenk has a keen intellect that has shone through in the numerous decisions she has written from the bench," MBA President Denise Squillante said. "Her talent in shaping judicial arguments has also been heralded by the Supreme Judicial Court, which has at times referenced her writings in crafting their own rulings."

A long-time MBA member, Lenk previously served on the MBA's Judicial Administration Section Council. Lenk was appointed to the Appeals Court in 1995 by Gov. William Weld, who had appointed her to the Superior Court two years earlier. Previously, Lenk was a partner at Brown, Rudnick, Freed & Gesmer (now Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels), where she began her legal career in 1979. She is a Trustee of Western New England College and a member of the Boston Inn of Court.

"Justice Lenk's personal experiences and nontraditional family background will bring much needed empathy to the court as it grapples with the growing complex and diverse societal issues facing the bench," Squillante said. "Litigants and the public will have a jurist that profoundly understands their struggles."

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