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Trustee Nominated to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office

Western New England College Trustee Barbara A. Lenk has been nominated to serve on Massachusetts' highest court. Governor Deval Patrick announced Monday (April 4) that the current Appeals Court Justice is his choice to serve as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The nomination was cheered on the Western New England campus, where Lenk has served on the Board of Trustees for the past 15 years.

"The pre-eminent qualities for service as a judicial officer are intellect, integrity, work ethic, judgment, competence, and a commitment to sensibly and impartially establish and interpret policies. These attributes so aptly describe Dr. Lenk," says Caprio, who was among those who testified on behalf of Lenk before the Governor's Council on April 27. "She is an ideal Board member, and I am so proud of her for having achieved this appointment to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court which she so richly deserves."

Patrick nominated Lenk to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Judith A. Cowin.

"I am honored to nominate Justice Lenk to the Supreme Judicial Court," said Governor Patrick. "She is a brilliant and thoughtful jurist, with a deep sense of justice. Justice Lenk will continue to make extraordinary contributions to the Commonwealth and our judicial system as a member of our highest court."

A specialist in civil litigation and First Amendment issues, Lenk was a partner at Brown Rudnick Freed and Gesmer before she was appointed to the Superior Court in 1993 by Governor William F. Weld. In 1995, Weld elevated her to the appellate court. Lenk is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D.), Yale University (Ph.D.), and Fordham University (B.A., magna cum laude).

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