Posted by Matt Byrne September 29, 2010 10:04 AM
The Governor's Council has confirmed Malden attorney Jeffrey Abber for an open judgeship in the Middlesex County Division of Probate and Family Court, according to the governor's office and Abber.
The confirmation is the penultimate step in what has been a 13-month application process, Abber said. As soon as he closes his Salem Street private practice, Abber will be sworn in by the governor, he said.
“These dedicated family law practitioners will bring a wealth of knowledge and compassion to the Probate and Family Court,” said Governor Deval Patrick in an Aug. 24 statement announcing the nomination. Abber was confirmed Sept. 22 by the Governor's Council, Abber said.
Abber also has served on the Malden Redevelopment Authority board of directors since 1995, he said. Abber said he plans to request a decision from the state Ethics Commission on whether or not he may keep his MRA post while serving as a judge.
The 49-year-old attorney has been practicing law in Malden for 24 years, a career he said he regrets leaving, "but by the same token I look forward to starting in a new career and being able to help more people," Abber said.
No firm date has been set for Abber's swearing in, which he said will most likely take place soon after he closes his private law office.
After Abber applied for the position in August 2009, he said he was interviewed and heavily vetted by the Judicial Nominating Commission, the body responsible for judicial appointments. Abber's application was then reviewed by the governor's office and he was subsequently interviewed by Patrick.
Confirmation came at the Sept. 22 meeting of the Governor's Council, an elected body with representatives from across the state.
In the interview with the governor, Abber said he was asked to expound on his view and understanding of the law and about issues of judicial temperament and commitment to public service.
Abber will replace Leilah A. Keamy, who was appointed Associate Justice of the Worcester Family and Probate Court, according to the governor's office.