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Nominee seen as thoughtful and self-effacing

Roderick L. Ireland in 1997, after being sworn in as SJC associate justice, with House Speaker Thomas Finneran. ((Bill Brett/Globe Staff/File) Roderick L. Ireland in 1997, after being sworn in as SJC associate justice, with House Speaker Thomas Finneran.
By Jonathan Saltzman
Globe Staff / November 5, 2010

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About 90 minutes after Governor Deval Patrick nominated him as the first black chief justice of the state’s highest court, Roderick L. Ireland called an old friend from elementary school in Springfield with a hint of trepidation in his voice. (Full article: 926 words)

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