Press Release February 24, 2005

Christopher D. Moore to Chair Judicial Nominating Commission

BOSTON, February 24, 2005 — Goodwin Procter LLP today announced that Governor Mitt Romney has named Christopher D. Moore, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, as chair of Massachusetts’ 21-member Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC).

The JNC’s purpose is to identify and review all prospective judges for appointment.  Under Romney, this committee was overhauled, instituting a blind review process and placing new emphasis on merit instead of political connections. The Governor has asked Moore to focus on recruiting more women and minorities to the judiciary. Moore replaces former Suffolk District Attorney Ralph Martin.

Moore, who joined Goodwin Procter in 1999, will be joining another of the firm’s litigation partners, Roberto Braceras, who has served on the JNC since February 2004. Moore  focuses principally on complex civil litigation and white collar defense in the areas of securities and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financial services, commercial aviation, and real estate. Moore ’s experience includes work in a wide variety of trial and appellate matters in state and federal courts across the country.

I am honored that Governor Romney has placed faith in me to screen candidates applying for judicial openings,” said Moore. “Our job at the JNC is to rigorously review the qualifications of judicial applicants and increase outreach to people from all walks of life within the legal profession.

Moore is a graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University School of Law.