BOSTON (SHNS) – Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday offered to fill two vacancies on the bench, bringing in a former Suffolk County prosecutor and a Boston defense attorney for seats on the court bench in district.
Zachary Hillman, who worked for more than eight years in the appeals unit under the direction of Suffolk County Attorney Dan Conley, has been General Counsel in the District Court System Administrative Office since 2017.
His duties include advising Chief Justice Paul Dawley, drafting jury instructions and rules, and developing training programs for judges and court clerks. According to his resume, the Acton resident has argued more than 90 cases before the Supreme Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal while working for Conley’s office. He received accolades from the late SJC Chief Justice Ralph Gants in 2015.
The top legal expert said Hillman “is acting in the highest tradition of the profession of a prosecutor” after bringing to light an omission of testimony that had gone unnoticed and could have been of use to defense attorneys, according to a statement from 2015 press. Hillman also spent a year as a Superior Court clerk after graduating from Suffolk Law in 2007.
If confirmed, he will fill the post left vacant in December by Judge Maurice Flynn, who most recently served as the first judge of the Somerville District Court. SallyAnn Janulevicus has been practicing alone since 1991, a year after graduating from the New England School of Law, according to her resume. She has an office in downtown Boston and specializes in criminal defense, litigation and family relations. Janulevicus taught legal drafting at his alma mater as recently as January and is a member of the hearing committee of the Bar Supervisory Council.
She is a member of the Essex County Bar Association, has volunteered with groups such as Essex County Lawyers representing children, and sits on the board of directors of the Salem State University Assistance Corporation. She would take the seat vacated in April by Judge David Dunbar Livingston. Governor Advisor Marilyn Devaney has scheduled a public hearing on Hillman’s appointment for October 13 at 1 p.m. Councilor Terry Kennedy plans to chair the Janulevicus public interview on Wednesday, October 6 at 11 a.m.
The Governor’s Council unanimously confirmed two other Baker candidates on Wednesday – Lenox lawyer Nicholas Parsenios in the Estates and Family Court and Justice Cathleen Campbell in the Superior Court. The two were approved 7-0 with Councilor Eileen Duff absent from the meeting. Councilor Mary Hurley said although Parsenios is from Berkshire County, he will serve in Hampden County to help reduce the backlog of cases there.