Fall Symposium 2012 Panelist Profiles

Volume 47 Return to Fall 2012 Symposium Crisis in the Judiciary

Crisis in the Judiciary

Panelist Profiles


Panel I: A State Court System in Financial Crisis

Justice Robert J. Cordy

Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

The Honorable Justice Robert Cordy is an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Prior to his appointment, Justice Cordy was the managing partner of the Boston office of McDermott, Will, & Emery, and chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Governor William F. Weld. He has also worked extensively in other state and federal government positions: trial lawyer in the state public defender’s office; Assistant United States Attorney; Chief Trial Counsel for the State Ethics Commission; and Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Justice Cordy is a graduate of Dartmouth College (A.B. 1971, cum laude) and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1974).


Stewart Aaron

Partner, Porter & Arnold, LLP; President, New York County Lawyers’ Association

Mr. Aaron is a partner at Arnold & Porter, LLP, where he currently heads their New York office. He also serves as the President of New York County Lawyers’Association, where he created a Task Force on Judicial Budget Cuts. The Task Force has published multiple reports on the subject of judicial funding. Mr. Aaron has been a commercial litigator since 1984.


Paul T. Dacier

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, EMC Corporation

For years, Mr. Dacier has publicly supported a vibrant judiciary in Massachusetts. This interest has led him to be an advocate for the establishment of a specialized court in Massachusetts for complex business cases, a well-staffed judiciary that is attuned to the needs of all litigants in civil and criminal cases, and adequate funding for the judiciary to ensure the fair and efficient administration of justice.


Dean Emeritus Jon L. Mills

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Jon Mills is Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law, and the Director of the Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He is Counsel to Boies Schiller. He is also former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. Dean Mills has authored numerous articles and several books, including Privacy: the Lost Right by Oxford Press. He has appeared in high profile privacy rights cases representing clients such as the families of Dale Earnhardt, Gianni Versace, and Dawn Brancheau. He was the Reporter for the ABA’s Task Force on Preservation of the Justice System and he co-authored the Task Force Report and the 2011 ABA resolution supporting nationwide reforms.


Professor David A. Hoffman

Harvard Law School; Founder, Boston Law Collaborative, LLC

Professor David A. Hoffman is an attorney, mediator, arbitrator, and founding member of the Boston Law Collaborative, LLC. He teaches the mediation course at Harvard Law School. He is a former chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, and currently co-chairs the Section’s Collaborative Law Committee. Prof. Hoffman has also published two books: Massachusetts Alternative Dispute Resolution (Butterworth Legal Publishers, with co-author David Matz), and Bringing Peace into the Room: How the Personal Qualities of the Mediator Impact the Process of Conflict Resolution (Jossey Bass, with co-editor Daniel Bowling). Prof. Hoffman is a graduate of Princeton University (A.B. 1970, summa cum laude), Cornell University (M.A. 1974, American Studies), and Harvard Law School (J.D. 1984, magna cum laude), where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.


Harry Spence

Court Administrator, Massachusetts Trial Courts

Lewis H. “Harry” Spence was appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court in 2012 as the first Civilian Court Administrator of the Massachusetts Trial Courts. In this role, he works in collaboration with the chief judge of the Trial Court to oversee the operation of seven Trial Court Departments with an annual budget of $560 million, 379 judges, and 6,300 court staff across 101 court facilities. Most recently, Mr. Spence served on the faculties of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Graduate School of Education. He has also served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Social Services and as Deputy Chancellor for the New York City Public Schools. Mr. Spence received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1969 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1974.


Moderator: Professor Jordan Singer

New England Law | Boston

Professor Jordan Singer is a member of the New England Law | Boston faculty and specializes in civil procedure, civil case management, and judicial selection and process. Professor Singer joined the New England faculty after serving as the director of research for the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver. He was previously a senior litigation associate at the Boston office of Goodwin Proctor LLP, where he specialized in intellectual property litigation. After graduating from law school, Professor Singer served as a law clerk to Justice Gregory Hobbs, Jr. of the Colorado Supreme Court. Singer received his A.B. from Harvard College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was deputy editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Law Journal.


Keynote Address:

Dean John T. Broderick

Former Chief Justice, New Hampshire Supreme Court

John T. Broderick, Jr. is the fifth dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Before his selection as UNH’s dean, he served as the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Under Broderick’s leadership, New Hampshire established an “Access to Justice Commission” to help enhance programs that provide low-cost legal services to poor and low-income citizens. Prior to his appointment to the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Broderick was a litigation attorney in the Manchester, New Hampshire law firm Devine, Millimet, Stahl & Branch. He also was a founding shareholder of Broderick & Dean, professional association. Broderick received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.


Panel II: Benchmarking “Justice on a Budget”

Lee Suskin

Former Administrator, Vermont State Courts

Lee Suskin was the Vermont State Court Administrator and Clerk of the Supreme Court from 1996-2008. Before being appointed Vermont State Court Administrator, he served as Vermont’s Trial Court Administrator, as the Director of Planning and Development for the Vermont Supreme Court, and was an Assistant Attorney General of Vermont’s Consumer Protection Division. Mr. Suskin has been nationally recognized for his leadership in court administration: In 2007-2008, he served as the President of the Conference of State Court Administrators and as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). Since leaving his position as Administrator, Mr. Suskin has been actively engaged as a consultant on NCSC projects, most notably on projects in New Hampshire, Nebraska, and Kansas. Mr. Suskin received his B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1968 and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1972.


Professor Donald Campbell

Mississippi College School of Law

Professor Donald Campbell is an Assistant Professor of Law at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi and specializes in the areas of Professional Responsibility & Ethics, Property, and Judicial Politics and Public Law. Professor Campbell is a PhD candidate in Political Science from the University of Florida where his dissertation research focuses on the role of interest groups in the confirmation of judges to the United States Courts of Appeal. Professor Campbell clerked for Judge Leslie Southwick on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and served as Reporter for the Mississippi Code of Judicial Conduct Study Committee appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to recommend changes to the Mississippi Code of Judicial Conduct.


Professor Martha Davis

Northeastern University School of Law

Professor Martha F. Davis teaches Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is also a faculty director of the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy and the Creative Director of NUSL’s Legal Innovation Lab. Professor Davis has written widely on state courts and human rights, and has participated in many judicial training programs addressing those issues. In addition to her numerous articles, she co-edited the award-winning Bringing Human Rights Home, a three-volume work chronicling the U.S. human rights movement, and authored the prize-winning book Brutal Need: Lawyers and the Welfare Rights Movement, 1960-1973. An experience litigator, she argued the equal protection case Nguyen v. INS before the U.S. Supreme Court. She also chairs the board of directors of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.


Dr. Roger Hartley

Western Carolina University

Roger E. Hartley, PhD, is the Director of the Masters of Public Affairs program and an Associate Professor of Political Science and Political Affairs at Western Carolina University. Hartley previously taught at the University of Arizona’s School of Government and Public Policy from 2001-2010, where he served as the School’s interim Associate Dean and Director. Dr. Hartley has served the American judicial branch in numerous capacities including expert testimony, consulting work, and service on numerous commissions, committees, and boards. He currently serves on the National Center for the State Court’s Research Advisory Council and on the Editorial Board of the Justice System Journal. He has also served on the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments and was a founding member of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Board of Legal Document Preparers, among others. Dr. Hartley received his PhD in political science from the University of Georgia, where he specialized in public law, American politics, and public policy.


Professor Marie D. Natoli

Emmanuel College

Marie D. Natoli, Professor of Political Science at Emmanuel College, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Tufts University, a J.D. from Suffolk Law School, and an MBA from the Sawyer School of Management. She is also a Certified Mediator under Massachusetts Law. Professor Natoli teaches courses in Politics and Public Policy & Law and is the author of several books and many articles. Natoli served as an intern at the WHite House Legal Counsel’s Office during the Clinton Administration.


Moderator: Judge William I. Cowin

Former Justice, Massachusetts Court of Appeals

The Honorable Judge William I. Cowin (Ret.) is a full-time arbitrator & mediator with JAMS-The Resolution Experts, the nation’s largest private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider. For the past two years, Judge Cowin has also worked in the Government Bureau of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Prior to joining JAMS in 2008, Judge Cowin served on the Massachusetts Court of Appeal for seven years where he authored over 400 opinions and was widely regarded as a fair and knowledgeable judge. Before taking the bench, the Judge practiced law for 26 years with one of Boston’s oldest firms, Friedman & Atherton, concentrating on civil litigation, largely in business, commercial, and regulatory disputes. Justice Cowin is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A. 1959) and Harvard Law School (L.L.B. 1962).
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