The Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus wishes to commemorate the recent historic nominations to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC); the appointments of Justice Kimberly Budd to Chief Justice (initially appointed to the SJC in 2016) and Dalila Argaez Wendlandt to Associate Justice signal a major victory for communities of color who have long deserved greater representation in their judicial systems.
Upon confirmation Justice Budd, the only person of color on the SJC, will become the first Black woman to serve as Chief Justice; this is no small feat. As the State’s top court that has long set legal precedents which have national impact, we are proud it will be helmed by a such proven steward of justice. The MBLLC has witnessed the solemn dedication and sheer competence of Justice Budd for years, poignantly encompassed in her authorship of 85 SJC decisions.
The appointment of Associate Justice Dalila Argaez Wendlandt also fills us with great pride as she stands to become the first Latina to serve on the high court bench. Associate Justice Argaez Wendlandt’s record promises an SJC Associate Justice who is capable of adjudicating even the most pernicious of legal cases.
Members of the MBLLC express their gratitude to Governor Charlie Baker for his appointment of these two pioneering and committed servants of justice and equity. We advocate for the expeditious and unanimous confirmation of these two appointments.
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