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Former Chief Justice Lynda M. Connolly began her career as a Special Prosecutor in the Major Violator's Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, practiced corporate and regulatory law at Gallagher & Gallagher, P.C. in Boston, and was appointed to the bench by Governor William F. Weld in 1997. She served as the Acting First Justice in the Charlestown District Court, First Justice of the Dedham District Court, and in June 2004 was appointed Chief Justice of the District Court, the largest department of the Massachusetts Trial Court.
Working with Court leadership Chief Justice Connolly championed the implementation of management initiatives throughout the Commonwealth's 62 District Courts, including the introduction of the MassCourts statewide computer system, the introduction of time standards, performance measures of timeliness and expedition in resolving cases, the creation of a staffing model and ongoing training programs including the development of a curriculum for team management training and the implementation of a mentoring program for judges. Serving as co-chair of the Trial Court's Fiscal Task Force, Judge Connolly led the annual effort to secure and appropriately spend the Trial Court's $560,000,000 budget appropriation.
Judge Connolly maintains her appointments as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School and at New England Law/Boston. She has served as a guest lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is the author of "Wills, Estates and Trusts" in the 1981 Annual Survey of Massachusetts Law published by Boston College Law School. In 2008 she was awarded the Daniel J. Toomey Judicial Excellence Award by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. In 2009 she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Massachusetts Judges Conference for her work in overseeing the Trial Court's response to the fiscal crisis; in 2010 she received the Judicial Excellence Award from the Boston Bar Association for her work in co-chairing the Trial Court's Fiscal Task Force, and was named Woman of the Year by the Boston College Women's Law Center. In 2012 Judge Connolly received the Mary Daly Curtin and John J. Curtin Public Interest Law Award from Boston College Law School.
A graduate of the College of William & Mary and Boston College Law School, Judge Connolly resides in West Roxbury with her husband Michael.