The following is a press release from the Governor’s office submitted to SOURCE.
BOSTON – Today, May 15, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Michael P. Doolin of Milton to the position of Associate Justice of the Superior Court and Jennifer Queally of Weston to the position of Associate Justice of the District Court (Circuit).
Attorney Doolin has 33 years of experience, and Attorney Queally has 16 years of experience in addition to her four years as the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.
“Both Attorney Doolin and Deputy Queally have shown their individual commitments to serving our Commonwealth through public service and dedication to the justice system,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to submit these two nominees to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”
“Deputy Jennifer Queally’s experience in and out of Massachusetts courtrooms and Attorney Doolin’s contributions to the community make both of these nominees qualified additions to the bench,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “If confirmed, I am confident they will each serve all parties before them with fairness.”
The Massachusetts Superior Court is a statewide court of general jurisdiction – handling both criminal and civil actions. The court’s 82 justices sit in 20 courthouses in all 14 counties of the Commonwealth. The court has exclusive original jurisdiction of first-degree murder cases and original jurisdiction of all other crimes.
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth’s diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April 2015.
Attorney Michael P. Doolin has over thirty years of experience practicing in various courts around the Commonwealth. He began his career as Assistant District Attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted state-level criminal cases and supervised the West Roxbury and Chelsea District Court Offices.
In 1988, he started his own criminal defense practice in Dorchester, MA, specializing in representing adults and juvenile clients at all levels of the Massachusetts Court system. Attorney Doolin is a resident of Stoneham, supports Project D.E.E.P (Dorchester Educational Enrichment Program), based at the Leahy-Holloran Community Center, and is a frequent guest lecturer at various law schools and continuing legal education panels throughout the state, including New England School of Law, Suffolk Law, Boston University Law.
Attorney Doolin earned his B.S. from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management in 1981 and his J.D. from New England School of Law in 1985.
Attorney Queally has served as the Deputy Secretary of Public Safety since December of 2018 and the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security since 2015.
She began her law career in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney, where she prosecuted over 100 bench and jury trials, as well as trained and mentored new hires and spearheaded the creation and implementation of the pre-compliant Juvenile Diversion Program. She has also served in the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney.
She has volunteered on various committees at both her children’s schools and on non-profit boards and committees, and is active in a number of philanthropic endeavors in her community. Deputy Queally earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1989 and her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 199