Area lawyers Flannery, Maltby elevated to bench


Staff Writer
Published: 8/28/2018 12:05:49 AM

With approval from the Governor’s Council, an attorney practicing in Southampton will join the Massachusetts Superior Court, working in courthouses in western Mass.

At a meeting at the Statehouse in Boston, the council unanimously approved the nomination of Francis “Frank” E. Flannery to serve on the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker, and supported by Mary Hurley of East Longmeadow, the elected councilor for District 8, which serves the four westernmost Massachusetts counties, Flannery is expected to begin his new jobs soon.

Emily Gauthier, deputy director of the Judicial Nominating Commission, said Flannerywill reach out to the chief justice of the court to identify a start date that is conducive to their schedules. Once this start date is determined, an internal process in Baker’s office will lead to the oath of office being given.

“Then you have the governor or lieutenant governor swear them in,” Gauthier said, noting that the oath of office is sometimes administered on the day a judge’s tenure begins.

State law requires that Flannery be sworn in within 90 days of their appointment, though Gauthier said this usually happens less than a month after the Governor’s Council vote because vacancies need to be filled as soon as possible.

The unanimous vote came three weeks after the council held hours-long hearings that included numerous questions and testimony from colleagues and friends.

At Flannery’s hearing, retired Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup testified on his behalf.

“There is consistently extraordinary preparation put into his cases and he is very poised, very calm and has a very clear grasp of the law,” Rup said.

Flannery, who practices at the law office of Parker & O’Grady, lives in Holyoke and earned his doctorate in law from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, after earning a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst. He previously served as an assistant district attorney for the Northwestern district attorney’s office.

The state’s Superior Court has 82 justices who sit in 20 courthouses in each of the state’s 14 counties. The Superior Court has exclusive original jurisdiction of first-degree murder cases and original jurisdiction of all other crimes.


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