Gov. Charles Baker’s Nominations to the MA Supreme Judicial Court

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Scott Kafker

Possessing over three decades of legal experience, Scott Kafker currently serves as chief justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Recently, Scott Kafker was nominated to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court by Governor Charles L. Baker. If approved, Kafker would become the governor’s fifth appointment to the seven-member court since taking office in 2015. Baker’s other appointments include:

Kimberly Budd: Sworn in last August, Justice Budd studied at Georgetown University and then Harvard Law School. She formerly served as an assistant US attorney in the major crimes and drug units for the District of Massachusetts. Later, she was a university attorney for Harvard University.

Elspeth Cypher: The newest addition, Justice Cypher was sworn into the court in March 2017. She studied at Emerson College and Suffolk University Law School before becoming an assistant district attorney in Bristol County. Serving as chief of the Appellate Division for the office, she was appointed to the appeals court in 2000.

Frank Gaziano: An associate justice since August 2016, Justice Gaziano attended Lafayette College and Suffolk Law School. He entered public service in 1991 as a Plymouth County assistant district attorney. In this position, he focused on complex felony cases. Governor Mitt Romney appointed him to the Superior Court in 2004.

David Lowy: Also sworn into the court in August 2016, Justice Lowy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and he later attended Boston University School of Law. He served as a law clerk in the US District Court and later as an assistant district attorney in Essex and Suffolk Counties. In addition, he was deputy legal counsel for Governor William F. Weld.


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