Boston Bar Association President Martin F. Murphy issued the following statement regarding Governor Charlie Baker’s nomination of Dalila Argaez Wendlandt to the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC):
Today, Governor Charlie Baker has made another commendable, historic nomination to Massachusetts’ highest court, with his selection of Appeals Court Justice Dalila Wendlandt to fill one of the two open seats on the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC). She would become the SJC’s first Latina justice, if confirmed by the Governor’s Council.
As demonstrated by her experience as a highly-respected litigator who argued before the US Supreme Court, and more recently on the bench, Justice Wendlandt has a brilliant, creative, and methodical legal mind. Her background — which includes a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, pro bono work on asylum applications and a death-row appeal, and a commitment to improving work-life balance for attorneys at her prior firm — will bring a unique perspective to the Court and assist in their work on some of the most challenging issues in the Commonwealth.
The nomination of Justice Wendlandt, following last week’s choice of SJC Justice Kimberly Budd as the next Chief Justice, underscores Governor Baker’s continued commitment to much-needed diversity in the judiciary. The Governor has one more opening on the SJC yet to fill in the coming weeks.