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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Governor Baker Nominates Christine Anthony as Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court

 Governor Baker Nominates Christine Anthony as Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court

 

BOSTON — This week, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Christine Anthony as Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court. Attorney Anthony has 25 years of legal experience.

 

"Attorney Anthony’s many years of experience with both probate matters and family law have prepared her well to serve as an Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court,​" said Governor Charlie Baker. "I am pleased to submit this qualified candidate to the Governor's Council for their advice and consent."

 

“Throughout her career, Attorney Anthony has demonstrated a commitment to the people and families served by the Commonwealth’s legal system," said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito.​ "If confirmed by the Governor's Council, I am confident that she will continue to serve the Commonwealth well as an Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court."

 

The Probate and Family Court Department has jurisdiction over family-related and probate matters such as divorce, paternity, child support, custody, parenting time, adoption, termination of parental rights, abuse prevention and wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and changes of name. The Probate and Family Court has over 40 judges, including Chief Justice John D. Casey. If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, Attorney Anthony will fill the seat vacated by the Honorable Joan Armstrong.

 

For more information on the Probate & Family Court, please visit their homepage.

 

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 Christine Anthony

Christine Anthony began her legal career ​in 1996, when she joined the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court as a Law Clerk, where she eventually rose to the office of Chief Law Clerk. Her responsibilities included legal research for judges of the Court, providing legal analysis, and drafting memoranda of decision, orders, judgments, findings of fact, and rationales. In 1998, Attorney Anthony joined the firm Lee, Levine & Bowser as an Associate Attorney. In 2000, she became an Assistant Judicial Case Manager with the Worcester Probate and Family Court, where she assisted the First Justice with daily judicial operations and served as Appeals Clerk.  Attorney Anthony became a solo practitioner in 2005, focusing on family law. She served as Guardian ad Litem in custody and probate matters, and handled appeals from the Probate and Family Court. From 2008 until 2011, Attorney Anthony joined Lander & Lander PC, representing clients in cases involving family law. In 2011 Attorney Anthony established the Law Offices of Christine Anthony, where she specializes in family law matters. She also serves as a Worcester County Public Administrator after being appointed by the Governor in 2019. Outside of her career, Attorney Anthony served as a member of the Board of Directors and Conference Committee for the Massachusetts Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts from 2014 to 2018. From 2014 to 2017, she was the coach of the Westborough High School Mock Trial Club, a program she helped begin. Currently, Attorney Anthony volunteers with the Quinsigamond Community College Mentor Program, MBA Dial-a-Lawyer, and the Community Harvest Project. Attorney Anthony received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1992 and her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 1996.

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