Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
News from the courts
Chief Justice Lynda Connolly to retire from bench in March
Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly of the District Court Department
has announced she will be retiring from the judiciary next March.
She has accepted an appointment at Simmons College, where she will
be overseeing the pre-law advising program.
been my privilege and pleasure every day of the last 15 years to
serve as a Justice of the District Court and every day of the last
eight-and-a-half years to serve as chief justice," Connolly said.
"One of my passions is higher education, and I look forward to
joining in Simmons's mission, particularly its important work
educating young women for professional careers."
Connolly has enjoyed a distinguished career in the judiciary. She
was appointed as an associate justice of the Marlborough District
Court in 1997 by Gov. William F. Weld. She subsequently served as
acting first justice of the Charlestown District Court, now a
division of the Boston Municipal Court. In 2003, she was appointed
as the first justice of the Dedham District Court. A year later,
Chief Justice Robert A. Mulligan appointed her as the chief justice
of the District Court Department and reappointed her in 2009 for a
second five-year term, which expires in 2014. Throughout her
tenure, she has served on many court committees, including as chair
of the Trial Court's Budget Advisory Committee, co-chair of the
Trial Court Fiscal Task Force and the Trial Court Relocation
Committee and recently as a member of the Supreme Judicial Court
Search Committee for the Court Administrator. In 2008, the
Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers
Weekly awarded Connolly The Daniel F. Toomey Excellence in the
"Chief Justice Connolly has done a superb job leading the Trial
Court's largest department," Mulligan said. "She is highly
respected as a judge and has led the District Court with
competence, steadiness and vision. I know that I speak for the
departmental chiefs and all who work in the District Court and the
entire Trial Court in saying that we will miss her greatly and wish
her the very best in her next endeavor."
In addition to her judicial duties, Connolly has served as an
adjunct professor since 1981 at numerous universities, including
New England School of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston
College, Bentley College and as a guest lecturer at Harvard
University's Kennedy School of Government and at the Harvard School
of Public Health.
Connolly is a graduate of Boston College Law School and the
College of William and Mary.