In the Press
June 13, 2023

Mass. Gov's Legal Chops, Diversity May Steer Top Court Pick (Law360)

Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey's legal background, a desire for greater diversity and gentle pressure from progressives could help guide her pick to succeed Justice Elspeth P. Cypher on the state's highest court. Former Gov. Charlie Baker appointed all seven justices to the Supreme Judicial Court during his two terms in office and it seemed as though Healey might have to wait until a possible second term to put a justice on the SJC. Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation partner Kevin Martin said that, even though none of the current members of the SJC could be considered truly conservative, the fact that they are all Baker appointees may have an impact on the direction Healey goes with her first pick. "Because a Republican governor did appoint all the other members of the court, and because the U.S. Supreme Court has been the center of such controversy recently, I imagine Healey will be under pressure to appoint a 'progressive' member to the court," Martin said to Law360.