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Romney Tabs Christopher Moore to Chair JNC

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Governor Mitt Romney today named Boston attorney Christopher Moore to chair the 21-member Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC), which identifies and reviews all prospective judges for appointment.

Moore replaces former Suffolk County District Attorney Ralph Martin. Upon taking office, Romney overhauled the selection process for the appointment of judges, instituting a blind review process and placing new emphasis on merit instead of political connections.

Now that the selection process has been depoliticized, Romney asked Moore to focus the commission's efforts on recruiting more women and minorities to the judiciary.

"We have been highly successful in our efforts to attract women to serve in my cabinet and senior staff," Romney said. "But, we need to replicate this record in the judiciary and I have asked Chris to be aggressive in his efforts to recruit qualified women and minorities."

A partner at the Boston law firm Goodwin Procter LLP, Moore's practice focuses on complex civil litigation and defense in the areas of securities and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financial services, commercial aviation and real estate.

Moore is a member of the Bars of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the District of Massachusetts. He was recently appointed to the State Ethics Commission, but will step down.

"I am honored that Governor Romney has placed his faith in me to screen candidates applying for judicial openings," said Moore. "Our job at the JNC is to rigorously review the qualifications of judicial applicants and increase outreach to people from all walks of life within the legal profession."

A graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University School of Law, Moore resides with his wife, Kathleen, and their two children in Sherborn.

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