The Harvard Law School Association of Massachusetts

invites you to join a virtual event:


The Judicial Nominating Commission and the Selection Process for Judges in the Massachusetts Courts

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Zoom Meeting

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With the unusual phenomenon of two simultaneous vacancies on the Massachusetts SJC, public attention is being focused on the judicial selection process. This panel discussion by two active Massachusetts Superior Court judges as well as a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission will help provide some perspective on how lawyers can make the career switch from advocate to jurist, and what the process is for selection of judges in our Commonwealth, in which judicial selection is neither purely political nor purely elective, but is mediated by an independent non-partisan commission charged with ensuring quality and judicial character on the state bench.


  • Judge Kenneth W. Salinger

    Judge Kenneth W. Salinger '90

    Judge Salinger joined the court in September 2012 and is now an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court. He is a trial judge, handling serious felonies in criminal trial sessions and complex civil disputes in the court’s Business Litigation Session. Before that he was a civil trial and appellate lawyer for 22 years. He has served as an Assistant Attorney General and was in private practice at the law firm Palmer & Dodge. Before practicing law, he served on the staff of the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Judge Salinger has a B.A. in Economics from Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  • Judge Valerie A. Yarashus

    Judge Valerie A. Yarashus '90

    Judge Yarashus was appointed by Governor Baker as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court in 2018. She is currently serving as a Commissioner on the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and serves on their Executive Board. Prior to her appointment as a judge, she was a principal at the law firm of Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C. and previously a principal at Sugarman and Sugarman, P.C. She was president of the Massachusetts Bar Association from 2009 to 2010 and of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys 2002 to 2003. Judge Yarashus has a B.A. from George Washington University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

  • Alisha Q. Nanda

    Alisha Q. Nanda '03

    Alisha Nanda is currently a Partner, at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Her practice involves a wide range of complex civil litigation matters, including securities class action defense, financial services and insurance. She has litigated in state and federal courts around the U.S. and represented corporations and individuals in matters before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In 2019, she was appointed to the Massachusetts Judicial Nominating Commission, which advises the governor on candidates for judicial office across the commonwealth. Ms. Nanda has a B.A. from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Wednesday, December 9, 2020


2:00PM - 3:30PM Wed 9 Dec 2020 ( Timezone: Eastern )

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Look Who's Coming:

Meagan Flint
Brendan Schneiderman
Donald Bloch
Justin Kenney
Marlene O'Brien
Dessie Otachliska
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Jennifer Ware
Michael Albert
  Wolf Greenfield
Cristina Rodrigues
Daniel Urman
Matthew Gens
Ann Lambert
Gustavo Ribeiro
Eric Eisenberg
Tamara Schottenstein Shepard
Charles McGonigal
Phebe Hong
Daniel Albert-Rozenberg
Christine Collins
Shridhar Jayanthi
Pavel Bespalko
Ameek Ponda
  Sullivan & Worcester
Kelly Huffman
Meaghan Cary
Alexandra Reynolds
Yifeng Yuan
Kai-Yin Hsu
Mark Hickernell
Gabriel Ciociola
Robert Ciociola
Matthew Schnall
Jared Rinehimer
Marina Pullerits
Claire Valentin
Barry White
Ivanka Canzius
Ilana Kapah
Cayman Mitchell
  Jenner & Block LLP
Will Evans
Arnold Wallenstein
... a total of 60 guests.
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