Two Law-Related Reports

Facial Recognition Technology.  The Special Commission to Evaluate Government Use of Facial Recognition Technology in the Commonwealth recently released its report with recommendations to the Legislature.  Among other things, the Commission recommends that the Legislature centralize all use of facial recognition technology, require a warrant for police facial recognition searches, limit such searches to felony …

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On December 7, 2021, the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States filed its final report with the White House. Please click here to download the report. The 34-member bipartisan Commission was established by President Biden on April 9, 2021. Its charge was not to make specific recommendations, but rather to provide …

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Chief Justice Budd, Justice Wendlandt and Justice Georges

The Flaschner Judicial Institute is proud to join with the Justice Harry J. Elam Judicial Conference to celebrate three distinguished jurists: Chief Justice Kimberly S. Budd, Justice Dalila Argaez Wendlandt, and Justice Serge Georges, Jr. Please click here to read the introductory remarks made by Supreme Judicial Court Justice Geraldine S. Hines (Ret.) at the Virtual …

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Pioneering Women in the Massachusetts Judiciary

The Flaschner Judicial Institute celebrates a group of trailblazing women who have served the Commonwealth as Judges.

The first women to serve as judges in Massachusetts were Emma Fall Schofield (Malden District Court) and Sadie Lipner Shulman (Dorchester District Court) who were appointed in 1930 by Governor Frank G. Allen. In 1959, Jennie Loitman Barron became the first woman appointed to the Superior Court. Judge Barron had previously served as a judge on the Municipal Court in Boston. Margaret Burnham was the first African-American woman appointed as a judge in Massachusetts when she joined the bench of the Boston Municipal Court in 1977. The following year, 1978, two other pioneering women were appointed to appellate courts in Massachusetts: Charlotte Anne Perretta was the first women appointed to the Appeals Court and Ruth Abrams, who previously served as a judge of the Superior Court, was the first woman appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court. Another milestone occurred in 1999, when Margaret H. Marshall became the 24th chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. More recently, in 2013, Geraldine Hines, who served as a judge of the Superior Court and as a justice of the Appeals Court, became the first African-American to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court. And, of course, in 2020, Justice Kimberly Budd became the first African-American Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.

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The Hill We Climb, By Amanda Gorman

  When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We’ve braved the belly of the beast We’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace And the norms and notions of what just is Isn’t always just-ice And yet the dawn …

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IN MEMORIAM RALPH D. GANTS  (1954-2020)

IN MEMORIAM RALPH D. GANTS  (1954-2020)   “Say not, they die, those splendid souls, Whose life is winged with purpose fine; Who leave us, pointed to the goals; Who learn to conquer and resign. Such cannot die; they vanquish time, And fill the world with glowing light, Making the human life sublime With memories of …

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