- • April 24, 2023
John Pucci Named to Judicial Nominating Commission by Gov. Healey
By way of an April 12 executive order, Gov. Maura T. Healey reconstituted the Judicial Nominating Commission (“JNC”) and established a code of conduct for members and judicial nominees. John Pucci, partner at Bulkley Richardson, was named to the 27-member commission to be chaired by Abim Thomas, vice president and associate general counsel at Fidelity Investments.
The other commissioners are:
- Kathleen C. Henry, Eastern Bank (vice-chair);
- Mark Fleming, WilmerHale (vice-chair);
- Gavin Alexander, Jackson Lewis;
- Kristen Bonavita, Law Office of Kristen Farrell Bonavita;
- Gerry D’Ambrosio, D’Ambrosi;
- Ruth Deras, Law Office of Ruth Deras;
- Laura Gal, Greater Boston Legal Services;
- Stephen Hall, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe;
- Nancy Hathaway, Committee for Public Counsel Services;
- Peggy Ho, Commonwealth Financial Network;
- Kristin Knuuttila, Knuuttila Law;
- Francis (Jay) Lynch, Lynch & Lynch;
- Mikaela McDermott, Catholic Social Services;
- Retired Appeals Court Judge David A. Mills;
- Daniel Mulhern, Nutter McLennen & Fish;
- Lynette Paczkowski, Bowditch & Dewey;
- Retired District Court Judge John M. Payne Jr.;
- Sheriece Perry, Massachusetts Trial Court – Court Service Centers;
- Tatum Pritchard, Disability Law Center;
- Wendy Quinn, Hassett & Donnelly;
- Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ross, Committee for Public Counsel Services;
- Mark W. Shaughnessy, Boyle Shaughnessy Law;
- Dolores Thibault-Muñoz, NewVue Communities;
- Linda Thompson, Thompson & Thompson; and
- Natashia Tidwell, Mintz.
The JNC is responsible for advising the governor on nominating and appointing judicial officers. After an applicant has been screened by the JNC and nominated by the governor, they appear before the Governor’s Council for further review, a public interview, and a final confirmation vote.
Commissioners have been instructed to work to ensure that judicial candidates represent the diversity of the communities they serve, including by geography, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, and economic status.
“Our goal is to ensure that those serving on our courts are committed to justice and equality, and that they are representative of the vibrant, diverse communities they serve,” Healey said in a statement. “We’re proud to be appointing this experienced, dedicated group to the Judicial Nominating Commission, who I know I can count on to advise me on nominating the best judges to serve the people of Massachusetts.”