Budd Confirmed As Chief Justice Of Mass. High Court

Law360 (November 18, 2020, 1:33 PM EST) -- A Massachusetts judicial panel on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Associate Justice Kimberly Budd as the state's highest court's next chief justice, making her the first Black woman in that role.

The midday vote from the seven elected members of the Governor's Council followed last Thursday's friendly confirmation hearing, during which Justice Budd took questions from the panel who had approved her earlier appointments to the state trial and appeals courts.

In a statement, Gov. Charlie Baker congratulated Justice Budd and called her an "exceptional and dignified jurist."

"I have the utmost confidence that she will now lead the Commonwealth's highest court and all...

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