Roderick Ireland, a former Juvenile Court Judge, former Appeals Court Judge, and senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, as well as first African-American Supreme Judicial Court Justice has been nominated by newly-re-elected Governor Deval Patrick to be the Chief Justice who will succeed Chief Justice Margaret Marshall.
For more background, here is a brief bibliography:
1. Justice Ireland’s official, online, authorized biography – of note he was former Chief Legal Counsel to the Executive Office of Administration and Finance.
Justice Ireland has experience in both criminal and civil law. He is well-versed in the issues facing foster children and the juvenile justice system, as well as the constitutional issues arising in criminal prosecution AND criminal defense. His experience as a jurist is the broadest of those now on the SJC bench. Further, due to his experience in Administration and Finance, he may well be uniquely well-suited to dealing with the heinous underfunding of the Judicial Branch.