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WBA APPLAUDS THE CONFIRMATION OF JUSTICE BUDD AND JUDGE WENDLANDT TO CHIEF JUSTICE AND ASSOCIATE JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
BOSTON, MA - December 2020 - The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) applauds the recent appointments of Justice Kimberly S. Budd to Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and Judge Dalila Argaez Wendlandt to Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court.
“The WBA congratulates Justice Kimberly Budd and Judge Dalila Argaez Wendlandt on their respective appointments, both of which are historic moments for the Commonwealth,” stated WBA President Nicole Forbes. “Representation matters and having the highest court of Massachusetts comprised of justices with different life experiences is essential, not only in the interpretation and applications of the law, but also so that those who appear before the court may see themselves represented on the court.”
The Honorable Kimberly S. Budd previously served as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Judicial Court since 2016. She is the first Black woman to lead the state’s highest court. Chief Justice Budd was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2009. Prior to becoming a judge, Chief Justice Budd served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and subsequently worked in the Harvard University General Counsel’s office. Chief Justice Budd also worked as a litigation associate at the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo and clerked for Chief Justice Joseph P. Warner of the Appeals Court. She graduated from Georgetown University in 1988 with a B.A. in English and from Harvard Law School in 1991.
The Honorable Dalila Argaez Wendlandt served as an Appeals Court judge with a background in intellectual property litigation. She is the first Latina to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court. Prior to her appointment to the Appeals Court in 2017, Justice Wendlandt was a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at Ropes & Gray in Boston. Previously, Justice Wendlandt clerked for Judge John M. Walker, Jr., in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York. Justice Wendlandt graduated from the University of Illinois in 1991 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and received her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1993. She earned her J.D. from Stanford University Law School in 1996.
Justice Budd fills the Chief Justice seat left by the late Justice Ralph D. Gants and Judge Wendlandt fills the seat vacated by Justice Budd.
About the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
Founded in 1978 by a group of activist women lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association boasts a large membership of women lawyers, judges, policy makers, and law students across Massachusetts. The WBA is committed to the full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. The WBA works to achieve this mission through committees and events and by developing and promoting a legislative agenda to address society’s most critical social and legal issues. Other WBA activities include networking and professional development, drafting amicus briefs, studying employment issues affecting women, encouraging women to enter the judiciary, recognizing the achievement of women in the law, and providing pro bono services to women in need through its sister organization, the Women’s Bar Foundation. For more information, visit www.womensbar.org.
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