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BBA Applauds Nomination of Judge Fernande R.V. Duffly to SJC

The Boston Bar Association today was delighted to learn that Associate Justice Fernande R.V. Duffly of the Appeals Court has been nominated for elevation to the Supreme Judicial Court by Governor Deval Patrick. BBA President Donald R. Frederico issued the following statement:

"Governor Patrick has made another excellent nomination. Judge Duffly's impressive range of experience -- including fourteen years in private practice, eight years as a judge of the Probate and Family Court, and eleven years on the Massachusetts Appeals Court -- will serve the SJC exceptionally well. In addition to having earned a reputation as an outstanding jurist, Judge Duffly is a nationally recognized leader in advancing diversity in the legal profession and in the judiciary.  She also brings a unique life experience that will no doubt help inform the Court's deliberations in a wide variety of cases."

Judge Duffly was honored with the Boston Bar Association Citation of Judicial Excellence in 2009 and served on a BBA Task Force concerning pro se litigants.

The Boston Bar Association traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.