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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Governor Baker Nominates Attorneys Jason Yu-Ting Chan and Nicole A. Colby Longton as Associate Justices of the District Court

 Governor Baker Nominates Attorneys Jason Yu-Ting Chan and Nicole A. Colby Longton as Associate Justices of the District Court

 

BOSTON – Today, Governor Baker nominated Attorneys Jason Yu-Ting Chan and Nicole A. Colby Longton as Associate Justices of the District Court.

 

“With the addition of Attorneys Jason Yu-Ting Chan and Nicole A. Colby Longton as Associate Justices of the District Court, Massachusetts will receive two candidates well-suited for the judiciary,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We are proud to submit their nominations for consideration.”

 

“Attorneys Chan and Longton both possess years of courtroom experience and extensive community service that makes them well-qualified candidates for the District Court,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “I am pleased to submit these nominations to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”

 

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 Jason Yu-Ting Chan

 

Jason Yu-Ting Chan began his legal career in 2007 as an Assistant District Attorney at the Worcester District Attorney’s Office, where, until 2009, he tried over 50 cases as a prosecutor. Since 2013, Attorney Chan has worked at Seed, Chan and Associates, LLC., as an attorney and partner, practicing criminal defense in state and federal court. Attorney Chan is also an active member of the community, serving on the boards of the OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates of New England, the Asian American Lawyers of Massachusetts and the Kwong Kow Chinese School. He has also volunteered with the AAPI Civil Rights Conference as well as the Boston University Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Attorney Chan received his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in 2000 and his Juris Doctorate from New England Law School in 2007.

 

About Nicole A. Colby Longton

Nicole A. Colby Longton began her legal career in 2002 as a legal intern with the Drug Task Force in the United States Attorney’s Office. After graduating law school, Attorney Longton then joined McDermott, Will and Emery as an associate in the trial department. Since 2009, Attorney Longton has owned Longton Law Office, where she focuses on criminal defense, personal injury and business litigation. Attorney Longton is also an active member of the community, working with Girls on the Run, Life Skills Inc., Yarock Memorial Housing and the Worcester County Toy Drive. She has also worked with the American Moot Court Association and is a member of the Holy Cross Lawyers’ Association. Attorney Longton received her bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 2000 and her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2003.

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