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Quincy officials to rename Quincy District Courthouse after retired Attorney General Francis Bellotti

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  August 21, 2012 02:04 PM

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Francis X. Bellotti is already known for his more than 60 years of public service in Massachusetts, first as a lawyer in a Quincy-based practice, and later as the state’s attorney general.

Now, people will recognize the name from the newly renamed Quincy District Court.

In a move championed by state Representative and Majority Leader Ronald Mariano, the Quincy courthouse has been renamed the Francis X. Bellotti Courthouse to honor Bellotti’s career and his dedication to the city of Quincy.

An amendment including the language for the change was included in the fiscal 2013 budget, which according to staff in Mariano’s office, was approved along the normal channels during this year’s budget process.

Norfolk County Commissioners Francis O’Brien, John Gillis, and Peter Collins, who typically rename county buildings, supported the change.

“The dedication of this courthouse is a great way to honor a man who has committed himself to serving others, an honor he truly deserves,” said O'Brien, chairman of the Norfolk County Commissioners.

A Tufts University graduate, Bellotti’s passed the bar exam in 1952. He began his legal career shortly thereafter with a law practices based in Quincy. During that time, Bellotti grew quite familiar with the courthouse, appearing literally hundreds of times on both criminal and civil matters, officials said in a release.

“Throughout this long tenure, he was consistently recognized as one of the best prepared and most tenacious litigators while always treating judges, court personnel, opposing counsel, witnesses, and clients with the utmost respect,” Mariano’s staff said in a release.

In 1962, he was elected lieutenant governor, and from 1975 through 1987, he served as attorney general for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

During his tenure, Bellotti eliminated part-time assistants and implemented a merit-based hiring system, which would soon become a model for national and local prosecutors.

Bellotti also won the Louis C. Wyman Award in a unanimous vote from the 54-member National Association of Attorneys General.

He served as chairman of the association’s Consumer Protection Committee for three years as well, and was president of the association from 1984 through 1985.

“Frank Bellotti is a legend of Quincy and Massachusetts politics, a distinguished attorney and public servant, and a long-time personal friend and mentor,” Mariano said in a release. “In dedicating the courthouse to Frank, we seek to honor him here in Quincy, where his legal career began, forever commemorating his achievements and dedication to public service.”

Although the courthouse has already officially been renamed, a ceremonial event commemorating the change will take place at noon on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the courthouse on One Dennis F. Ryan Parkway.

Members of Bellotti's family will be in attendance as well as local officials. Members of the public are also encouraged to attend the event.

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