Hon. Lynda M. Connolly
reappointed District Court chief justice
District Court Chief Justice Lynda
M. Connolly has been reappointed to a five-year term, Chief Justice
for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan announced
recently. Connolly was named chief justice in 2004 and has served
the District Court since 1997.
"As chief justice, she has
demonstrated significant energy and vision in the implementation of
many management reforms, using performance-based measures to
improve the effectiveness and responsiveness of the court,"
In addition to leading the largest
Trial Court department, which comprises 62 Divisions, 158 judges
and more than 1,000 staff, Connolly also co-chairs the Trial Court
Fiscal Task Force. Mulligan noted that she has received strong
support from judges and attorneys in the District Court and
received numerous honors, including the Daniel J. Toomey Judicial
Excellence Award, which was recently presented by the Massachusetts
Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.
With more than 800,000 cases filed
in the District Court department each year, Connolly credited the
collaborative effort by judges, clerks, probation officers, support
staff, security and maintenance personnel "in putting a face on
justice for the people seeking justice in the District Courts each
MLAC names Newman new board
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial
Court appointed William C. Newman of Northampton to a five-year
term on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Legal
Assistance Corporation, the largest funding source for civil legal
aid in the state.
Newman has been a partner at Lesser, Newman & Nasser since
He previously served the board of directors for two legal aid
programs: the Center for Public Representation, for 17 years, and
Western Massachusetts Legal Services, for 27 years, including six
years as president.