MassEquality Statement on Gov. Deval Patrick’s Nomination of Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk to the Supreme Judicial Court

BOSTON, APRIL 4, 2011 — Statement by MassEquality Executive Director Kara Suffredini, Esq. on Gov. Deval Patrick’s nomination of Massachusetts Appeals Court Associate Justice Barbara A. Lenk to the Supreme Judicial Court:

“Judge Lenk’s appointment would shatter the glass ceiling in Massachusetts around the appointment of openly LGBT attorneys to the state’s highest court. The bench should reflect the community that it serves. It’s undeniable that the existence of openly LGBT attorneys and judges influences debate on the legal issues that impact our lives.

“Judge Lenk embodies the highest ethics, integrity, qualifications, and experience required of a Supreme Judicial Court justice. She is a well-respected member of the bar and we look forward to her receiving the support of the Governor’s Council.”