In full transparency, the following is a press release from the Governor’s office.
BOSTON – This week, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Attorney Kareem A. Morgan as Associate Justice of the District Court.
“With the addition of Attorney Kareem A. Morgan, Massachusetts will receive a well-suited candidate for the judiciary,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am proud to submit his nomination to the Governor’s Council.”
“Attorney Kareem A. Morgan possesses years of experience in public service that make him a well-qualified candidate for the District Court,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “We look forward to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council.”
The District Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. The District Court is located in 62 courts across the Commonwealth.
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 Kareem A. Morgan began his legal career as a trial attorney for the Committee for Public Counsel Services (CPCS). He worked for CPCS for five years, representing defendants in both Brockton and Lowell District Courts.
In 2011 he was promoted to supervising attorney and oversaw a staff of eight defense attorneys.
Since 2013, Attorney Morgan has operated as a senior counsel for Sandulli Grace, P.C. in Boston.
Attorney Morgan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2004 and his juris doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2008.