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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Governor Baker Nominates Acting Clerk Magistrate Erica Colombo as Clerk Magistrate of the Malden District Court, Attorneys Christopher N. Henry and Mary Beth Ogulewicz as Associate Justices of the District Court

Governor Baker Nominates Acting Clerk Magistrate Erica Colombo as Clerk Magistrate of the Malden District Court, Attorneys Christopher N. Henry and Mary Beth Ogulewicz as Associate Justices of the District Court

 

BOSTON – Today, Governor Baker nominated Acting Clerk Magistrate Erica Colombo as Clerk Magistrate of the Malden District Court and Attorneys Christopher N. Henry and Mary Beth Ogulewicz as Associate Justices of the District Court.

 

“With the addition of Attorney Christopher N. Henry and Attorney Mary Beth Ogulewicz, Massachusetts will receive two candidates well-suited for the judiciary,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Acting Clerk Magistrate Colombo will also bring valuable knowledge and experience to her new role if confirmed. We are proud to submit their nominations for consideration.”

 

“Attorneys Henry and Ogulewicz both possess years of experience in public service that make them well-qualified candidates for the District Court,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Additionally, Acting Clerk Magistrate Colombo’s knowledge of the Malden District Court and time as Acting Clerk make her an exceptional candidate for Clerk Magistrate.”

 

The District Court hears a wide range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health, and other types of cases. District Court criminal jurisdiction extends to all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, and many other specific felonies with greater potential penalties; all misdemeanors; and all violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. The District Court is located in 62 courts across the Commonwealth.

 

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 Erica Colombo

 

Erica Colombo began her legal career in 2004 first as an Assistant District Attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and later as a Supervising Assistant District Attorney in 2006. In 2007, Acting Clerk Magistrate Colombo joined Vitale Caturano and Company, where she worked as a wealth management associate. Then in 2009 until 2014, Acting Clerk Magistrate Colombo joined the Law Offices of Clayman & Dodge and represented clients in all stages of criminal proceedings within the Commonwealth. Acting Clerk Magistrate Colombo was then appointed Assistant Clerk Magistrate of the Malden District Court, where she still works today. Acting Clerk Magistrate Colombo is also an active member of the community, volunteering for the Chelsea Salvation Army, the Greater Boston Food Bank and the New England Center and Home for Veterans. She received her bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in 1998, her Master of Business Administration from the Suffolk University Sawyer School of Management in 2003 and her Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 2004.

 

About Christopher N. Henry

 

Christopher N. Henry began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in 2011. In 2014, Attorney Henry joined the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU), where he held various roles including Division Counsel of the Transportation Oversight Division, Director of the Transportation Network Company Division and DPU Chief of Staff. Since 2020, Attorney Henry has served as General Counsel of the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. Attorney Henry is also an active member of the community, working with the CD44 Foundation and previously serving as a member of the Belmont Zoning Board of Appeals. Attorney Henry received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts in 2006 and his Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School in 2010.

 

About Mary Beth Ogulewicz

 

Mary Beth Ogulewicz began her legal career as a law clerk within the Superior Court of Massachusetts in 1989. In 1991, Attorney Ogulewicz joined the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney before joining the Office of the Attorney General of Guam in 1992, where she served as a Felony Criminal Prosecutor until December 1993. She then rejoined the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney until 2001, and again from 2006 until 2008. In 2018, Attorney Ogulewicz joined Schmidt and Sikes, P.C., before joining Morrison Mahoney, LLP, that same year. In 2019, Attorney Ogulewicz joined the Town of Amherst, serving as Director of Senior Services & Staff Liaison to Homeless Services. Since 2021, Attorney Ogulewicz has worked in the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, where she serves as Chief of the Elder and Persons with Disabilities Unit. She is also an active member of the community, working as an adjunct professor at multiple universities and serving as a host family for the School of Leadership Afghanistan. Attorney Ogulewicz received her bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1985, her Master of Social Work from Westfield State University in 2018 and her Juris Doctorate from Western New England University in 1989.

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