A prominent Boston attorney will head a committee to recommend candidates for two federal court vacancies in Massachusetts.
U.S. Senator John Kerry named Joan A. Lukey to chair the judicial selection committee that will name candidates for the two positions in federal court in Worcester and Springfield. Kerry, as the senior U.S. senator, names the chairman; the late Ted Kennedy previously had the task.
“Joan Lukey’s expertise, reputation for absolute professionalism, and her wide range of legal experience make her an ideal candidate to lead this committee,” Kerry said.
Lukey is a partner at the Boston firm of Ropes & Gray, and a former president of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers as well as the Boston Bar Association.
Lukey successfully represented a Boston physician in a highly publicized libel suit against the Boston Globe, which resulted in a $2.1 million judgment against the paper.
About Political Intelligence
Glen Johnson is Politics Editor at boston.com and lead blogger for "Political Intelligence." He moved to Massachusetts in the fourth grade, and has covered local, state, and national politics for over 25 years. E-mail him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @globeglen.