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Friday, March 04, 2022

Governor Baker Nominates District Court Justices Robert A. Brennan and Andrew M. D’Angelo as Associate Justices of the Appeals Court

 Governor Baker Nominates District Court Justices Robert A. Brennan and Andrew M. D’Angelo as Associate Justices of the Appeals Court

 

BOSTON — This week, Governor Charlie Baker nominated District Court Justices Robert A. Brennan and Andrew M. D’Angelo as Associate Justices of the Appeals Court. Justices Brennan and D’Angelo have more than 50 years combined of legal experience.

 

“Justices Brennan and D’Angelo possess decades of experience previously as skilled litigators and now as respected jurists that have prepared them well to serve as Associate Justices of the Appeals Court,” said Governor Charlie Baker. "I am pleased to submit these candidates to the Governor's Council for their advice and consent."

 

"Justices Brennan and D’Angelo have demonstrated their fairness and deep knowledge of and commitment to the law over the course of many years,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, these two Justices will make excellent additions to the Appeals Court.”

 

The Appeals Court is the Commonwealth's intermediate appellate court. The Appeals Court is a court of general appellate jurisdiction, which means that the justices review decisions that the trial judges from the several Departments of the Trial Court have already made in many different kinds of cases. The Appeals Court also has jurisdiction over appeals from final decisions of three State agencies: the Appellate Tax Board, the Industrial Accident Board and the Commonwealth Employment Relations Board. It consists of a chief justice and twenty-four associate justices. For more information about the District Court, 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 Justice Robert A. Brennan

 

Justice Robert A. Brennan began his legal career in 1990 as an Assistant District Attorney with the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, focusing on both domestic violence and gang-related crimes. He then joined the firm Gilman, McLaughlin & Hanrahan, LLC in 1994 as a Litigation Associate. From 1995 to 2002, Justice Brennan joined the Essex County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney where he was named Deputy Chief of the Sexual Assault Unit. Since 2002, Justice Brennan has served as an Associate Justice of the District Court, presiding over cases in various districts and divisions. He currently serves as a Regional Administrative Justice of the District Court, as well as First Justice in the Salem District Court. In 2012 Justice Brennan started as the lead district court judge in the High-Risk Opportunity Probation with Enforcement – Massachusetts Offender Recidivism Reduction (HOPE-MORR), a pilot program where probationers at high risk of reoffending can go under more intense supervision in exchange for lesser penalties for probation violations. He has continued to be an integral part of this program, overseeing its expansion in 2014 to Chelsea District Court, in 2016 to Worcester District Court and in the fall of 2018 to all District Courts within Essex County.   Outside of the law, Justice Brennan coached softball and basketball from 2006 to 2018 and taught Constitutional Interpretations of Criminal Procedure at North Shore Community College from 1996 to 2005. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986 and his Juris Doctorate from Boston University Law School in 1990.

 

About Justice Andrew M. D’Angelo

 

Justice Andrew M. D’Angelo began his legal career as a legal assistant in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in 1988. After graduating law school in 1993, he joined Carney & Bassil, PC as a criminal defense attorney in 1993 where represented clients in district, superior and federal courts, and eventually became managing partner. Justice D’Angelo was nominated to the District Court in 2006 and has been active in many committees within the Trial Court. He serves as Chairperson of the District Court Technology Committee and the Trial Court Electronic Warrant Committee, as well as Co-Chairperson of the Trial Court Virtual Evidence Committee. Outside of the law, Justice D’Angelo was president of Norfolk-Medfield-Milis Pop Warner program for nearly ten years and is a coach with Massachusetts Elite Football. He received his bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1990, and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 1993.

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