BBA Leaders Meet with Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito came to 16 Beacon Street last week to meet with BBA leadership.  The conversation touched on BBA priorities as well as those of the Baker/Polito Administration.  But much of the time was spent on the important work of both the Judicial Nominating Commission – now chaired by former BBA President Paul Dacier – and the Governor’s Council.  These two bodies are each tasked with helping to maintain the excellence of our judiciary in Massachusetts:  The JNC screens candidates before the Governor chooses a nominee for an opening, and the Governor’s Council must approve nominees before they can take the bench.  The Lieutenant Governor, in addition to her role in the Administration, is an ex officio member of the Governor’s Council, chairing their meetings in the absence of the Governor and typically voting only as necessary to break a tie in the Council vote.  Polito (an attorney herself) also spoke of the goal of the Baker/Polito administration to continue the tradition of appointing outstanding lawyers to the bench, who represent the breadth of diversity of the Commonwealth.

The public side of that process began this week, when the Council held the first of two anticipated sessions to review the nomination of Associate Justice Scott Kafker to replace the newly-retired Chief Justice of the Appeals Court, Philip Rapoza.  The Lieutenant Governor’s leadership of the Council’s public hearings will help set the tone for future nominees, and we look forward to a continued string of great new judges putting on robes under the Baker/Polito Administration.