STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, OCT. 10, 2012……Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated attorneys from Arlington, Cambridge and Somerville for district court judgeships.
Daniel Crane, a Cambridge attorney and former Patrick administration member, was picked for a Newton District Court judgeship. Crane was undersecretary for consumer affairs and business regulation from 2007 to 2009. From 1999 to 2006, he was the bar counsel for Massachusetts, investigating attorney misconduct. A Boston College Law School graduate, Crane has also served on the Cambridge Retirement Board and the boards of Cambridgeport Savings Bank and Mount Auburn Hospital.
Ellen Caulo, an Arlington resident and Suffolk Sheriff’s Department deputy general counsel, was nominated for a circuit judgeship on the district court. Before joining the sheriff’s office in 2003, Caulo director of the prosecutor’s program at Suffolk University Law School, starting there in 1994. Caulo has also worked as a prosecutor in the Suffolk and Middlesex district attorneys’ offices and for the attorney general. A Boston College and Boston College Law School graduate, Caulo started her legal career clerking in the New Hampshire Superior Court.
Catherine Byrne, a Somerville resident and federal public defender, was nominated to a circuit court judgeship. Byrne has been a federal public defender since 2001 and also represented defendants in a pilot federal drug court from 2006 to 2011. Before that, she worked for the Committee for Public Counsel Services. The UMass Amherst and Boston College Law School graduate clerked in Massachusetts Superior Court and was an adjunct professor at B.C. Law. She also served on the board of the fledgling Murdoch Middle Public Charter School, which is now called Innovation Academy and located in Tyngsborough.
The council will interview Crane on Oct. 24 at 10 a.m., Caulo on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. and Byrne on Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.