Landers appointed by SJC Justice to Commission on Judicial Conduct

5/7/2004

BOSTON, MA - Chief Justice for Administration and Management Robert A. Mulligan today announced the appointment of Attorney Renee M. Landers to the Commission on Judicial Conduct, effective immediately. Ms. Landers fills the position vacated by Attorney Henry T. A. Moniz, and will serve the balance of the term, which expires on October 31, 2004.

The Commission on Judicial Conduct, established in 1978, investigates allegations of misconduct by state judges. According to G.L. c. 211C, §1, three judges are appointed to the Commission on Judicial Conduct by the Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court; three lawyers are appointed by the Chief Justice for Administration and Management of the Trial Court; and three lay persons are appointed by the Governor to six-year terms.

An Associate Professor at Suffolk University Law School and current president of the Boston Bar Association, Ms. Landers is the first woman of color to serve as president of the bar association and the first law professor to serve in that role. She currently teaches health law, constitutional law and administrative law.

Before joining the Suffolk University Law School faculty in 2002, Ms. Landers served as Counsel in the Health Law Group at the Boston law firm of Ropes & Gray for five years. Prior to that, she served as Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 1993 until 1996, she was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice. Before entering government service, Ms. Landers taught at Boston College Law School. In 1985, she was an associate at Ropes & Gray after serving as a law clerk to former Chief Justice Edward F. Hennessey of the Supreme Judicial Court for a year.

Ms. Landers received an A.B. degree from Radcliffe College and a J.D. degree cum laude from Boston College Law School. Prior to attending law school, she served as Deputy Secretary of State in charge of the Commercial Bureau and the Public Records Bureau.

Ms. Landers has served as a member of the Supreme Judicial Court Committee to Study Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts and the Supreme Judicial Court Gender Bias Study Committee. She is presently a member of the American Bar Association.

As an active participant in many community and public service organizations, Ms. Landers is involved with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, of which she served as president for three years, The Commonwealth Institute, and the Massachusetts Health Care Security Trust Board. She also serves on the Board of Directors at WGBH, the Board of Trustees for the Dartmouth Medical School, and the Board of Trustees at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Ms. Landers lives in Watertown with her husband, Thomas L. Barrette, Jr., and their son Nelson.

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