BBA President Lisa Arrowood Appointed to JNC Special Panel

To replace retiring Supreme Judicial Court Justices Cordy, Duffly and Spina, Gov. Charlie Baker has named a 12-member Supreme Judicial Court Nominating Commission – including current BBA President Lisa Arrowood – to recruit and screen applicants.

Baker's chief legal counsel Lon Povich will co-chair the commission with Paul Dacier, chair of the 21-member Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and executive vice president and general counsel of EMC Corporation.

The other members of the SJC Nominating Commission are former SJC Chief Justice Roderick Ireland; Roberto Braceras, Vice-Chair, JNC, Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP; Brackett Denniston, retired General Counsel of GE; retired Superior Court Justice Margaret Hinkle; Marsha Kazarosian, immediate Past President, Massachusetts Bar Association, partner, Kazarosian Costello; Joan Lukey, Partner, Choate Hall & Stewart, LLP; Elizabeth Lunt, Of Counsel, Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein; John Pucci, Partner, Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas, LLP; and Carol Vittorioso, Vice-Chair, JNC, Partner, Vittorioso & Taylor.

The special panel, which will operate adjacent to the JNC with a focus specifically on the high court, will accept applications for the three positions through March 18.

In a press release, the Baker administration said it would seek SJC applicants "who possess the temperament, ability and integrity to freely, impartially and independently interpret the laws and administer justice, and to work collaboratively with their colleagues in crafting opinions and administering the judicial branch of government. It also hopes to recruit applicants who represent not only the geographically diverse parts of the Commonwealth, but also the diversity of our citizens."