The Massachusetts Commission on Judicial Conduct (as of 03/13/2013)
Joseph D. Steinfield, Esquire
was appointed to the Commission in
2008. He was elected Chairman of the Commission in November of 2012.
He is a partner at the Boston law firm of Prince Lobel Tye LLP, after
many years as a partner at Hill & Barlow, P.C. Mr. Steinfield
specializes in business and First Amendment litigation. In 2000, he
served as special counsel to New Hampshire's House Judiciary
Committee and lead counsel during the impeachment trial of the Chief
Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. In 1984, Mr. Steinfield
was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and
served as its State Chair for Massachusetts. He is currently a member
of its Judiciary Committee. Mr. Steinfield is also a member of the
American Law Institute and is an adjunct professor at
Boston College Law School
and University of New Hampshire Law School. He is a member
of the City of Boston Finance Commission, previously served as Chair
of the Massachusetts Clients' Security Board, and was the founding
Chair of the Law Clerks' Society of the Supreme Judicial Court. Mr.
Steinfield, who is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law
School, served as Law Clerk to Justice Paul C. Reardon of the
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
The Honorable Judith Fabricant
became a member of the Commission in
December of 2010. She was elected Vice Chairman of the Commission in
November of 2012. Judge Fabricant has been an Associate Justice of
the Superior Court since 1996. After graduating from Yale College and
Yale Law School, Judge Fabricant clerked for the Honorable Levin
Campbell of the US Court of Appeals. She was an Associate at Hill &
Barlow and an Assistant DA in Wake County, North Carolina and in
Essex County, Mass. Judge Fabricant served as an Assistant Attorney
General in Mass., becoming Chief of the Government Bureau. She is
Chair of the Superior Court Education Committee and past Chair of the
New Justices Training and Mentoring Committee. She is a frequent
presenter at court and bar education programs.
The Honorable Mary Anne Sahagian
was appointed to the Commission in
2008. First appointed to the bench in 1999, she currently serves as
the First Justice of the Essex County Probate and Family Court. Judge
Sahagian has served on the Probate and Family Court Education
Committee and the Judicial Enhancement Committee. She previously
served as chair of the Probate and Family Court Committee on the
Development of the Guardian Ad Litem Standards. Prior to her
appointment to the bench, Judge Sahagian was in private practice for
nineteen years. She is a member of the Massachusetts and Essex County
Bar Associations, as well as the National Association of Women
Judges, the Massachusetts Judges Conference, and the Massachusetts
Association of Women Lawyers. Judge Sahagian is a graduate of the
University of Lowell and Suffolk University Law School.
The Honorable Roberto Ronquillo, Jr.
was appointed as Justice of the
Dorchester District Court in March 2001 and sat in the District
Courts from 2001 to 2003. He has been in the Boston Municipal Court
since 2003 and presently sits as First Justice of the East Boston
Division. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Ronquillo was
in private practice for thirteen years and an Assistant DA in Suffolk
County. He is a graduate of New England Law|Boston and the University
of Texas at El Paso. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member of New England
Law|Boston and is a member of the Boston Bar Association,
Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys, Massachusetts Bar
Association and the Massachusetts Judges Conference. Judge Ronquillo
is a frequent presenter at court and bar education programs.
Susan M. Finegan, Esquire
was appointed to the Commission in 2010.
Ms. Finegan is a litigation partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris,
Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., and serves as Chair of both the firm's Pro
Bono Committee and the Boston Office's Hiring Committee. She is
active in a number of professional activities including the
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Committee on Pro Bono
Legal Services Committee (as its Chair); the Massachusetts Access to
Justice Commission; the Boston Bar Association Council; and the
Boston Bar Association's Task Force on Expanding the Civil Right to
Counsel. She is also a former member of the Massachusetts Judicial
Nominating Commission. A graduate of Dartmouth College and
Boston College Law School
, she is on the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A.
Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College. In
addition to her work at Mintz Levin, Ms. Finegan has served as the
Legal Director at the Victim Rights Law Center, and as a law clerk to
both the Honorable Andrew A. Caffrey of the United States District
Court and the Honorable Francis P. O'Connor of the Massachusetts
Supreme Judicial Court.
John J. Carroll, Jr., Esquire
was appointed to the Commission in
2012. He is a member of the firm of Meehan, Boyle, Black and
Bogdanow, P.C. in Boston. Mr. Carroll is a graduate of
and Boston University School of Law. Mr. Carroll served on active
duty in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1971 and as an active
reserve member from 1972 to 1976, rising to the rank of Lieutenant.
From 1976 to 1977, Mr. Carroll worked for South Dakota Legal
Services, providing legal assistance on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud
Sioux Reservations. Mr. Carroll has served on the Board of Directors
of Greater Boston Legal Services since 1996. He also is presently on
the Governance Committee for the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Previously, Mr. Carroll served on the Massachusetts Bar Association's
Judicial Administration Section Council, which he chaired in
1997-1998; the MBA's Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section
Council, which he chaired in 1998-1999; the MBA's Superior Court
Caseflow Management Task Force, which he chaired in 2001-2001; and
the MBA's Bench Bar Committee, which he chaired in 2003. In 2003,
Mr. Carroll was elected to serve as a member of the House of
Delegates of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and he continued to
serve in that position until 2008. From 2001 to 2007, Mr. Carroll
served as a Hearing Officer at the Massachusetts Board of Bar
Overseers. In 2002, he was elected to the Massachusetts Academy of
Trial Attorneys Board of Governors and continued to serve in that
position until 2008. Mr. Carroll is a 2008 recipient of the
Massachusetts Bar Foundation's President's Award.
Elizabeth W. Vorenberg
was appointed a lay member of the Commission
in 2009. She is a graduate of Wellesley College. Before moving to
Massachusetts in 1970, she founded and directed Joint Foundation
Support, which provided research and administrative services to small
foundations wanting to support civil rights and civil liberties. Her
most recent position was as Assistant Commissioner for Research,
Planning and Evaluation in the Commonwealth's Department of Public
Welfare. She was the first State CHINS Coordinator responsible for
transferring status offenders (runaways, truants, "stubborn"
children) from the Department of Youth Services to the Welfare
Department's Office of Social Services. From 1978 to 1983 she was
deputy director of the Massachusetts Advocacy Center (now Mass.
Advocates for Children) monitoring policy relating to juvenile
justice and child welfare. She is the Founding President of the
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform and is a past
president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.
Rosemary J. Corley
was appointed a lay member of the Commission in
2009. She is a consultant in teacher mentoring, curriculum
development, and early childhood education and serves on the Board of
the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest. Prior to her retirement, Ms.
Corley taught for 35 years in the Hudson Public Schools, developing
programs for students with significant learning challenges. She
additionally served as a professional development presenter, parent
educator, science and technology camp director, and teacher
association officer. She served the United Way of Tri-County for
decades as a campaign coordinator and Board member, receiving the
Reynolds and Lifetime Achievement Awards. She is a graduate of
Fitchburg State College with a B.S. in Special Education and an M.Ed.
in Consulting Teaching. She is a member of the Association for
Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Council for
Quinton B. Dale
was appointed a lay member of the Commission in 2012.
He is currently the Chief of Investigations for the Massachusetts
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. He previously
served as Director of the Investigation Division for the
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office from 2002 to 2012. Prior to
that, he was Deputy Director of the Investigation Division of the
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and an Investigator for the
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office. In 1999, he received the
Edward Quinn Award of Excellence from the Massachusetts Attorney
General's Office. Mr. Dale also previously served as a Corrections
Counselor for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. Mr. Dale
is a former professional basketball player. He has served as a head
High School basketball coach since 1992 and was named the Boston
Globe Division III Coach of the Year in 1996. Mr. Dale is a graduate
of Northeastern University, where he received a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of Clinton
Community College, where he received an Associate Degree in Arts and