Senator John Kerry today announced that he has selected Massachusetts attorney Joan Lukey to chair a federal judicial selection committee that will help recommend qualified candidates to fill two federal court judgeship vacancies in the towns of Springfield and Worcester. The committee will reflect the broader geography of Massachusetts.
"People need to know that when they get their day in court, they'll do so in front of good, fair, qualified jurists. That's why it's important that we reach out to the best and brightest in the legal community here in Massachusetts to help us make a recommendation to President Obama about these upcoming appointments," said Sen. Kerry. "Joan Lukey's expertise, reputation for absolute professionalism, and her wide range of legal experience make her an ideal candidate to lead this committee. Under Joan's leadership, we will bring together the best legal minds from the community, particularly those from Central and Western Massachusetts, to ensure a diversity of voices help find the next great judges for Springfield and Worcester."
A highly regarded attorney, Joan Lukey is currently a partner at Ropes & Gray and the Immediate Past President of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. She is also a Past President of the Boston Bar Association. Since 1983, Joan has been selected by her peers for each edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of business, bet-the-company, commercial and personal injury litigation, labor and employment and First Amendment law. She has also been chosen by Chambers, since its inception in the United States, as one of the Best Trial Lawyers in America.
Massachusetts' Senior Senator traditionally appoints the federal judicial committee chairman. This is Senator Kerry's first appointment.