Local attorney nominated for state Superior Court

For The Recorder
Published: 12/2/2017 3:16:02 PM

A South Hadley attorney with more than 25 years of experience at two western Massachusetts district attorney’s offices is up for nomination as an associate justice of the state Superior Court.

Gov. Charlie Baker nominated Jane E. Mulqueen to the position Tuesday.

Mulqueen has experience working with the Hampden County and Northwestern district attorney offices in her career. Since 2011, she has served as chief of the Special Victims Unit for the Hampden County district attorney’s office in Springfield. Prior to that, Mulqueen held several positions within the Child Abuse Unit of the Northwestern district attorney’s office in Northampton.

Mulqueen is also a member of the South Hadley Drug and Alcohol Prevention Coalition, serves as president of the town’s Booster Association, and has coached youth soccer for almost 10 years.

The Superior Court handles both civil and criminal cases, including charges of first-degree murder. Mulqueen will join 82 justices that sit in 20 courthouses in all 14 counties across the state.

Baker also nominated Boston resident David W. Griffin, an independent social worker and case manager for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Mental Health Department, as an associate justice of the state Juvenile Court.

“Attorneys Mulqueen and Griffin are accomplished lawyers whose careers demonstrate exceptional levels of compassion and care,” Baker said in a statement. “I commend their dedication to working with some of the most vulnerable members of our community and I am pleased to submit their names for the Governor’s Council’s advice and consent.”

The governor’s nominations will next be reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission, a nonpartisan, nonpolitical assembly of 21 volunteers established by Baker in February 2015.

“I appreciate Attorney Mulqueen’s devotion to helping those struggling with addiction in her community and Attorney Griffin’s dedication to pro-bono legal work for sexual assault victims,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said in a statement.

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