Governor nominates three to Boston, district courts

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Gov. Deval Patrick today announced three judicial nominations: Cynthia M. Brackett as associate justice of the Taunton District Court; John P. Stapleton as associate justice of the Fall River District Court; and Serge Georges Jr. as associate justice of the Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury Division. 

“I am honored to nominate these well qualified litigators to serve on the district court and the Boston municipal court,” said Patrick. “They will bring to the bench extraordinary legal expertise, excellent judicial temperament and demonstrated commitment to the fair administration of justice. I thank them for their willingness to serve the commonwealth as members of the judiciary.”

About the nominees

Cynthia M. Brackett has spent her entire legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office. She began in 1991 as a district court prosecutor. After three years, she became a Superior Court prosecutor and served as chief of the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit for seven years. She currently is assigned to the Homicide Unit and also serves as the chair of the Bristol County Child Fatality Review Team.

Brackett is a graduate of University of Rhode Island and University of New Hampshire Law School (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center). She resides in Lakeville.

She is slated to fill the Taunton District Court vacancy created by the retirement of Joseph I. Macy.

John P. Stapleton has been an assistant district attorney in both Bristol and Norfolk Counties since 1985, with the exception of three years (1988 to 1991) when he served as a criminal defense attorney with the Committee for Public Counsel Services. He has been prosecuting felonies at the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office since 2008 and currently works in the Homicide Unit.

Stapleton is a graduate of Bridgewater State College and New England School of Law. He resides in Bridgewater.

If confirmed, Stapleton will fill the Fall River District Court vacancy created by the retirement of David T. Turcotte.

Serge Georges Jr. maintains a sole litigation practice in Quincy. He has practiced civil and criminal litigation in the Boston area for 17 years, beginning his legal career in 1996 as a litigation associate for four years at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster. After serving as in-house counsel at a small startup company, Georges practiced for two years at Todd & Weld, for two years as a sole practitioner and for six years at Barron & Stadfeld, where he became a partner. He reopened his sole practice in June 2012.

Georges teaches civil practice as an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School. He leads the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and serves on the Board of Governors of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Lawyers. George is a graduate of Boston College High School, Boston College and Suffolk University Law School. He resides in Randolph.

If confirmed, he will fill the vacancy on the Boston Municipal Court, Roxbury Division created by the appointment of Shannon Frison to the Superior Court.

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