Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Governor Baker Nominates Claudine T. Wyner to Hampden County Probate & Family Court

Governor Baker Nominates Claudine T. Wyner to Hampden County Probate & Family Court

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Claudine T. Wyner, an attorney based in Western Massachusetts, to the Hampden County Division of the Probate and Family Court. The Probate and Family Court is the Commonwealth’s adjudicating body over matters including divorce, child support, parental rights and wills and estates.

“Over the last 17 years, Claudine’s dedication to serving Massachusetts families during trying and complicated domestic legal proceedings is commendable,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am confident that if confirmed, her addition to the court will be valuable to residents in need of fair and impartial decision-making.”

“Claudine is an active participant in the Hampden County community and I am pleased that she will continue to aid families in Western Massachusetts if confirmed,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Her extensive trial experience and leadership will serve the Court well.”

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Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February, 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April, 2015.

About Claudine T. Wyner

Claudine T. Wyner has practiced with a focus on family law including divorce, custody, paternity, and guardianships as an attorney and shareholder at Marien & Hodge, P.C. in Springfield, Massachusetts for fifteen years. She has extensive trial experience in all aspects of divorce cases and in representing children in family law cases and matters of Special Education. Ms. Wyner began her legal career as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Juvenile Court Department in Boston before serving as Assistant Regional Counsel in the Department of Social Services in Springfield prosecuting care and protection petitions in the Springfield Juvenile Court and adoption petitions in the Hampden County Probate and Family Court. She was the co-chair of the Hampden County Probate and Family Court Bench Bar Committee from 2011 to 2013 and served on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts from 2010 to 2013. Wyner received her Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education from Boston University in 1994 and her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1999.

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