Baker Names 3 To State’s High Court

Judge Budd

Judge Kimberly Budd

BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has nominated three Superior Court judges to fill upcoming vacancies on the state’s highest court.

Baker on Tuesday announced the selections of Kimberly Budd, Frank Gaziano and David Lowy to the seven-member Supreme Judicial Court.

If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, they would replace three associate Justices: Fernande Duffly, Francis Spina and Robert Cordy, who are retiring from the high court this summer.

Baker called the nominees distinguished and well-respected judges who have handled some of the state’s most complicated criminal and civil cases.

Budd, the daughter of former U.S. Attorney Wayne Budd, was named to the Superior Court in 2009.

Gaziano, a former state and federal prosecutor, joined the court in 2004.

Lowy served as a district court judge before being elevated to the Superior Court in 2001.

Biographical information on the three judges nominated by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday to fill upcoming vacancies on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court:

Kimberly Budd:

Budd, 49, has served as an associate justice in the Massachusetts Superior Court for the past six years, appointed by former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick in 2009.

Budd began her legal career as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Appeals Court in 1991. She then moved to the private sector as a litigation associate at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Clovsky and Popeo P.C.

She returned to the public sector as an assistant U.S. attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office before serving as an attorney for Harvard University from 1998 to 2003 and as director of the Community Values program at Harvard Business School from 2004 to 2009.

Budd earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgetown University in 1988 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1991. She lives in Newton with her family.

Frank Gaziano:

Gaziano, 52, has served as an associate justice in the Massachusetts Superior Court for the past twelve years, appointed by former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney in 2004.

Prior to his appointment, Gaziano served as a federal prosecutor and first assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 2001 to 2004. Before that, Gaziano served as a deputy first assistant district attorney for Plymouth County from 1991 to 2001.

Gaziano began his career as a litigation associate at Foley, Hoag & Eliot in 1989. He also lectured at Stonehill College, teaching criminal law and criminal procedure.

Judge Gaziano earned his bachelor’s degree in 1986 from Lafayette College and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1989. He lives in Scituate with his family.

David Lowy:

David Lowy, 56, has served as an associate justice in the Massachusetts Superior Court for the past fifteen years, nominated by former Republican Gov. Paul Cellucci in 2001.

Lowy served as associate justice in the district court from 1997 to 2001. Before that, he served as a prosecutor in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office as a member of the gang unit from 1995 to 1997. He also worked under former Republican Gov. William Weld as deputy legal counsel from 1992 to 1995.

Before joining the administration, Lowy was an assistant district attorney in Essex County District and began his legal career as a litigation associate at Goodwin Proctor, working there for two years.

Lowy earned his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1983 and a law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1987. He lives in Marblehead with his family.

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