Governor Charlie Baker announced the nominations of James Budreau and Brian Glenny as Associate Justices of the Superior Court. Attorney Budreau is a partner at Basil & Budreau, while Attorney Glenny currently serves as Assistant District Attorney for the Cape and Islands. Their combined legal experience totals 65 years.
“Whether in public service or private practice, Attorneys Glenny and Budreau have demonstrated a strong commitment to the communities they serve,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Should they be confirmed, I am confident their legal experience will serve the Commonwealth well on the Superior Court.”
“I am pleased with the nomination of these two very qualified and knowledgeable candidates,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Their accomplished careers in the law make them well-equipped to serve on the Superior Court.”
The Superior Court, the trial court of general jurisdiction for Massachusetts, is committed to delivering high quality justice in a timely and fair manner in accordance with the rule of law. The Court’s 82 justices sit in 20 courthouses in all 14 counties of the Commonwealth. The Superior Court has original jurisdiction in civil actions over $25,000 and in matters where equitable relief is sought.
It also has original jurisdiction in actions including labor disputes where injunctive relief is sought, exclusive authority to convene medical malpractice tribunals, appellate jurisdiction over certain administrative proceedings, and may hold sittings for naturalization in any city or town. The Superior Court also has exclusive original jurisdiction of first-degree murder cases and original jurisdiction of all other crimes. If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, Attorney Budreau will fill the seat vacated by the Honorable Mitchell Kaplan and Attorney Glenny would fill the seat vacated by the Honorable Cornelius Moriarty II.
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Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth’s diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April 2015.
Attorney James Budreau has been a partner at the law firm Basil & Budreau since 2013. He specializes in both criminal and appellate law, as well as plaintiff employment, Title IX and tort defense issues. Prior to Basil & Budreau, he worked in his own law office from 1994 to 2013, practicing in criminal settings with a concentration on homicide cases that involved juveniles.
For two years starting in 2008, he was a member of the criminal section of the Boston Bar Association, where he developed teaching materials for the group. He taught employment law from 2003 to 2004 at Harvard University School of Law’s Hale and Dorr Legal Clinic. Prior to his own firm, he worked at the Law Offices of Blake Godbout as an associate in civil practice from 1989 to 1990. He began his legal career as a law clerk in the Massachusetts Superior Court, a position he held from 1988 to 1989. Budreau earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983 before graduating from the Northeastern University School of Law in 1988.
He is a former youth baseball coach, lending his talents on the diamond in 2019 to the Jamaica Plain Regan League. From 2012 to 2017, he sat on the board of the Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, working on education and community outreach initiatives. He was also a Jamaica Plain Center South board member from 2014 to 2016, where he worked on efforts to grow local business.
Attorney Brian Glenny has served as First Assistant District Attorney for the Cape and Islands since 2003. He has worked in the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office since 1987, where he began as District Court Assistant District Attorney. He became Superior Court Assistant District Attorney in 1990, a position he still holds today.
He also served as Second Assistant District Attorney from 1996 to 2002. Since 1991, Glenny has headed the Cape and Islands Child Abuse Unit, and has served as chairperson of the Cape and Islands Child Fatality Review Team since 2000. In 2004, he became Chief of the Cape and Islands Sex Offender Management Unit. Glenny was named Massachusetts District Attorneys Association Prosecutor of the Year in 2001. Prior to his service in the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office, he worked at the Law Office of Howard Potash and as an intern in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Springfield.
A 1982 graduate of Clark University with degrees in History and Philosophy, Glenny earned his Juris Doctorate from Western New England College of Law in 1985. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1985 and the Connecticut Bar the following year. Outside of his work, Glenny has been a coach of the Sturgis East Mock Trial team since 2009 and a