A Tribute to the Chief Justice: Honorable Paula M. Carey

The Flaschner Judicial Institute extends its warmest and best wishes to Chief Justice Paula M. Carey on the occasion of her retirement. During the entirety of her 21-year judicial career, and in particular during her service as chief justice of the Probate and Family Court Department from 2007 to 2013, and chief justice of the Trial Court since 2013, Chief Justice Carey has exemplified the qualities that Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey described as the essential traits of character that a judge must possess to achieve excellence: “courtesy, dignity, patience, tact, humor, and a personality free from arrogance, pomposity, irascibility, impatience, loquacity, bias, prejudice, and with ability to listen and keep an open mind.”

Chief Justice Carey has received numerous awards over her distinguished career from local, state, and national organizations for her leadership and her vision of a judicial system in which every person is treated fairly and in which justice is not apportioned on the basis of a person’s race, color, creed, background, place of origin, economic circumstance, or sexual orientation.

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