This month, Superior Court Presiding Justice Alice B. Gibney appointed Pawtucket Municipal and Housing Court Chief Judge John F. McBurney III as Magistrate in the Superior Court.
McBurney, whose nomination requires approval by the Rhode Island Senate, would replace William J. McAtee, a well-respected jurist who most recently ran the trial calendar.
Sources indicate that McBurney’s nomination will sail through the Senate. He served in the Senate for 36 years in addition to serving in private law practice for 33 years and serving as Chief Judge of the Pawtucket Municipal and Housing Courts for 8 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island and his law degree from Suffolk University.
“He has had a distinguished and successful career in the legal profession and in public service,” Presiding Justice Gibney said. “He has eight years of judicial experience and he is temperamentally suited for the magistrate’s position. I am familiar with his work ethic and look forward to having him as a colleague.”
I have had the privilege of working with McBurney at the State House as well with two of his children on several important initiatives. He is a great selection who will make a terrific addition to the Superior Court.