States Highest Court Has its first Hispanic Associate Justice
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court is breaking barrier's once again. If you recall, Governor Charlie Baker, in late October, nominated Associate Justice Kimberly Budd to serve as Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. Justice Budd became the second Black Chief; second female Chief and first Black female Chief of the state’s highest court, replace Chief Justice Ralph Gants who died earlier this fall.
On Wednesday, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito released statements on the Governor’s Council’s unanimous confirmation of Dalila Argaez Wendlandt as Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. She is the first Hispanic person to serve on the Supreme Judicial Court.
Governor Baker had this to say about the confirmation:
Justice Dalila Argaez Wendlandt is a highly intelligent, accomplished jurist who has served with distinction on the Appeals Court, and I am confident that she will continue to serve with integrity and impartiality on the Supreme Judicial Court…. I congratulate Justice Wendlandt on her unanimous confirmation, and extend my gratitude to the members of the Governor's Council for their careful consideration of this highly-qualified candidate who will be the first Hispanic person to serve on the Commonwealth’s highest court.
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito had this to say:
I am honored to congratulate Justice Dalila Argaez Wendlandt on her unanimous and historic confirmation as the first Hispanic person on the Supreme Judicial Court, and know that her legal acumen, diligence and unique professional background will be an asset to the Court and all that come before it... Thank you to my colleagues on the Governor's Council for their hard work to review and confirm her nomination.