Friday, October 26, 2001
Governor appoints Carlisle resident to State Appeals Court
by Phyllis Zinicola
The nomination process began for Green in early October 2000 when he was encouraged to apply for one of the new spots on the expanded judiciary created by the legislature last summer. Green, who at the time was serving as a judge in the Land Court, emphasized in his application that the Appeals Court could benefit from having a judge with specialized knowledge in real property issues.
Indeed, Green has the distinction of being the first judge who has been elevated to the Appeals Court from the Land Court. He considers his appointment to be a showcase for the work of the Land Court, the smallest of the state's trial level specialty courts. [See box] With a touch of pride in his voice, Green said, "The powers that be have recognized that the work of the Land Court can have an impact on our body of jurisprudence."
Prior to his appointment to the Land Court, Green had more experience with the transactional aspects of real estate than its legal theory. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1982, Green specialized in real estate transactions in two private Boston law firms (Goulston & Storrs and Herrick & Smith) and as in-house counsel to Shawmut Bank and BankBoston. Green points to his transactional experience as a reason his confirmation hearing to the Land Court was "more probing" than his confirmation hearing to the Appeals Court, which Green characterized as "warm and embracing."
For people who know Green, it is not surprising that the questions from the Governor's Council were not controversial. Even in his Forum pieces, which he will continue to write, Green has stayed clear of any potential conflict areas. The closest he ever came to commenting on the judiciary, he said, was during the Louise Woodward trial, and that piece focused on media attention to the case rather than the merits of the decision.
Although the Appeals Court will benefit from having a specialist in land matters, Green is also looking forward to broadening his experience with the law. Half of the docket of the Appeals Court is made up of criminal cases, estimated Green. "I hope to regain an appreciation for other areas we really care about," said Green, noting in particular, family law matters and criminal justice. "Basically, how we order our affairs in a civil society."
Green and his family have lived in Carlisle since September 1992. His wife Karen, also a lawyer, is associated withthe law firm Hale and Dorr in Boston. The Greens have two sons, Colin, 16, and Alex 13. Green has served on several town ad hoc committees including the Malcolm Land-Congregational Church land swap. He was a member of the Carlisle Conservation Commission.
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