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Trustee Approved to Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Posted Friday, May 6, 2011

Photo credit: Matt Bennett/Governor's Office

Western New England College Trustee Barbara A. Lenk has been approved to serve on Massachusetts' highest court. Lenk was confirmed by the Governor’s Council on a 5-3 vote.

The news 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 Western New England President Anthony S. 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 back on April 4 to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Judith A. Cowin.

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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