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Thursday, July 28, 2016


Charlie Baker

Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Honorable Superior Court Justice James Lemire, as well as three others to the Massachusetts Appeals Court. 

Honorable James Lemire 

Lemire graduated from Assumption College in Worcester with a BA in Political Science in 1975 and from New England Law in 1978. His 40-year law career started in the Worcester County District Attorney's office where he stayed until 1989, serving as Chief of the Sexual Assault Unit, and then Chief of the Drug Unit. 

For the next 12 years Lemire worked criminal and civil litigation while working at a private law practice in Holden, MA. He came back to the District Attorney's office in 2001 and became Chief of the Financial Crime Unit until 2006 when he joined the mentoring and education programs for new judges. 

Lemire also served as the Regional Administrative Judge for the Worcester Region from 2011 to 2014. From 1981-2014, Lemire served as an adjunct professor of continuing education at Assumption College for classes and lectures related to business law, criminal law, litigation, real estate law, paralegal programs, and criminal justice programs. 

3 Others Named to Massachusetts Appeals Court 

Baker also named Superior Court Justices Kenneth Desmond, State Solicitor Peter Sacks and Assistant Attorney General Sookyoung Shin to the Appeals Court. 

“I am proud to nominate such an accomplished and diverse group to the Appeals Court. The combined trial, appellate and administrative law experience of this group will be a tremendous addition to the court and our judicial system. I thank the Judicial Nominating Commission for their hard work in presenting these outstanding candidates and look forward to the Governor’s Council’s thoughtful consideration of their nominations," said Governor Charlie Baker. 

The Appeals Court is the intermediate appellate court to which most appeals from the  Massachusetts Trial Courts and a number of administrative bodies are made. The court has 1 chief and 24 associate justices. 

“I am confident that if confirmed, these nominees will maintain the high level of legal talent at the Appeals Court. With two Superior Court Justices and two seasoned appellate lawyers, this slate brings a wide range of experience that will allow the Court to issue thoughtful, well-reasoned decisions in an efficient manner across the broad range of legal issues that are heard by the Appeals Court,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. 

The Others Nominated 

Honorable Kenneth Desmond 

A graduate of Tufts University and Boston College Law School, Judge Kenneth V. Desmond Jr. began his career as an Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk County, where he served from 1990-1997. From 1997-2005, he served as Deputy Chief Legal Counsel for the Sheriff of Middlesex County. In 2005 he was appointed Associate Justice to the Boston Municipal Court, and was presiding justice of the Dorchester Drug Court from 2007-2012. In 2012, Desmond joined the Massachusetts Superior Court. He served as a member of the Supreme Judicial Court’s Committee to Study the Code of Judicial Conduct, and is presently a member of Trial Courts Judicial Performance Committee, Chair of the Trial Courts Departmental Race and Implicit Bias Advisory Committee and  Vice-Chair of the Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Board on Probation. Desmond previously served on the Board of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and is a Vice- President of the Massachusetts Black Judges Conference.

Peter Sacks 

State Solicitor Peter Sacks graduated with a BA Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and later magna cum laude from Harvard Law School where he served on the Harvard Law Review. Following his graduation, Sacks clerked first for Judge Edward Gignoux, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, and then for Judge Frank Coffin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Since 1988, Sacks has worked as an Assistant Attorney General, where he served as the Elections Counsel, as the Opinions Coordinator, and as the Deputy Chief of the Government Bureau. In 2013, Attorney Sacks was appointed to be the first State Solicitor in Massachusetts, serving as the principal advisor to the Attorney General on appellate strategy for cases affecting the Commonwealth. He has served as an active member of the Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure for the past 18 years.

Sookyoung Shin 

A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, Assistant Attorney General Sookyoung Shin began her law career in 1999, serving as a patent litigator for Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner in Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, she began working as a staff law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. From 2002 to 2003, Shin served as law clerk for the Honorable Joel M. Flaum of the 7th Circuit Court, before returning to Washington D.C. to work as an associate at Kirkland & Ellis L.L.P., specializing in appeals and dispositive motions. In 2005, she began working for the Office of the Attorney General in Boston, where she is currently an Assistant Attorney General in the Administrative Law Division. Ms. Shin has also lectured at Boston University School of Law, and in 2011 was a Supreme Court Fellow for the National Association of Attorneys General.


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“I am honored to be appointed the Vice-Chair of the NCSL’s Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Public Safety,” said Moore “This appointment will provide me the opportunity to continue to advocate and promote important public safety issues to ensure the safety of residents in the Commonwealth.”

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Baker said that Beaton had the right experience to carry out green energy initiatives and that his leadership will be an important asset to accomplish goals throughout the Commonwealth.

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Mike O'Brien

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Tim Murray

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Senator Harriet Chandler

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Congressman Jim McGovern

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