Governor Deval Patrick Makes Historic Nomination of Roderick Ireland as Chief Justice of Superme Judicial Court

This just in from the Boston Globe:

Governor Deval Patrick announced this morning that he is nominating veteran associate justice Roderick L. Ireland as chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, an appointment that would make Ireland the first black person ever to lead the venerable body.

“We are making history again,” Patrick said to applause at a State House news conference with Ireland that included some of Ireland’s oldest friends from his native Springfield.

Patrick lauded Ireland for his “wisdom and genuine concern for each and every litigant that comes before his court.”

“My nomination says that anything is possible,” said the 65-year-old Ireland, whose school guidance counselor decades ago suggested he become an auto mechanic. He had already made history as the first black associate justice on the court when he was appointed in 1997.

Chief Justice Margaret Marshall announced her retirement from the state’s highest court earlier this year, saying she wanted to spend more time with her husband, Anthony Lewis. The former New York Times columnist has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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One response to “Governor Deval Patrick Makes Historic Nomination of Roderick Ireland as Chief Justice of Superme Judicial Court

  1. Isn’t it becoming a little patronizing to blow trumpets every time a Black person attains a position never held previously by a person of that race?
    It should be the norm,not the exception.
    Thankfully,that is what has occured in the last few decades-I think medicine is ahead of the legal profession in this regard as less politics are involved.
    It’s demeaning to point out a person’s race,gender,orientation,ethnicity,or religion constantly-it tends to view them as some sort of exception,and within that meaning is contained the kernl of presumed inferiority that must be overcome.
    Can’t you see that?
    The situation was vastly different in the past when there really WAS such a presumption applied to many people.
    I recall meeting the first Black man to commend a Chicago police district-he served in that capacity in the 40’s(!!) so it really was something for that town in that era.I remember him very well because he had lost both legs to diabetes and he was so glad for visitors(my partner and I were trying to locate persons who knew a former neighborhood resident)that he wouldn’t let us leave without tea and cookies and looking over all the memorabilia he had.
    I cannot remember his name,which is kind of unusual for me.Am I losing it?

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