Flaschner Judicial Institute
Cutting-Edge Education for an Independent Judiciary
Cutting-edge education
Cutting-Edge Education
Cutting-Edge Education
for An Independent Judiciary
for An Independent Judiciary
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly"

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter From a Birmingham Jail (April 16, 1963)

" As judges, we must look afresh at what we are doing, or failing to do, to root out any conscious and unconscious bias in our courtrooms; to ensure that the justice provided to African-Americans is the same that is provided to white Americans; to create in our courtrooms, our corner of the world, a place where all are truly equal."

Letter of the Seven Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court (June 3, 2020)


Flaschner's mission is to meet the educational needs of both new and experienced judges with programs that reflect the priorities expressed by judges. Flaschner views judicial education in the broadest sense as encompassing not only substantive and procedural law, but also each judge's need to gain a deeper understanding of the human condition, the expanding horizons of knowledge in disciplines other than the law, the varied contexts in which the law is applied, and the constitutional and professional boundaries that judges must respect. Flaschner promotes excellence in judging for the benefit of the public and the administration of justice.


The Flaschner Institute provides a balanced academic agenda with course offerings in the following key program areas: the Impact of Race and Implicit Bias in Society, Cutting-Edge Issues in Science and Technology, the Art of Judging, Responding to Societal Changes, and Bench/Bar Programs.



The Flaschner Judicial Institute has once again collaborated with the Supreme Judicial Court Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Evidence Law to produce the Official Print Edition of the Massachusetts Guide to Evidence, 2024 Edition. To learn more, please click here.

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On behalf of the Officers, Trustees, and staff of the Flaschner Judicial Institute, we extend our congratulations to Hon. Elizabeth N. Dewar and Hon. Gabrielle R. Wolohojian on their appointments to the Supreme Judicial Court.

Welcome to the Bench

Congratulations to the following judges who have recently been appointed. We hope to see you soon at an upcoming program!

Hon. Benjamin O. Adeyinka - Housing Court
Hon. Manisha H. Bhatt - Probate & Family Court
Hon. Jennifer T. Currie - Juvenile Court
Hon. Bessie N. Dewar - Supreme Judicial Court
Hon. Tracy E. Duncan - Superior Court
Hon. Leo S. Fama – District Court
Hon. Rebeca G. Figueroa - Boston Municipal Court
Hon. Francis V. Kenneally - District Court
Hon. Steven S. Kim - Boston Municipal Court
Hon. Julia E. Kobick - U.S. District Court
Hon. Courtney C. Linnehan - District Court
Hon. Audrey C. Murillo - Juvenile Court
Hon. Michael J. Pineault - Superior Court
Hon. Julie Rikelman - U.S. Court of Appeals
Hon. Adam L. Sisitsky - Superior Court
Hon. Bernadette Stark - Probate & Family Court
Hon. Robert E. Toone - Appeals Court
Hon. Marjorie P. Tynes – District Court
Hon. Vanessa Vélez - Boston Municipal Court
Hon. Fabiola P. White - Juvenile Court
Hon. Michelle A. Yee - Probate & Family Court


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“Be aware that even before you have reached your ultimate professional destination, if you always strive for excellence, you can and should have a substantial impact on the world in which you live.”

— Justice Sandra Day O'Connor


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