Judge Shelley M. Joseph Secures Win in District Court


Foley Hoag Secures Win for District Court Judge Shelley M. Joseph to Restore Pay Following Suspension

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (SJC) ruled in favor of Foley Hoag LLP client District Court Judge Shelley M. Joseph in response to Judge Joseph’s petition requesting that the Court restore her pay following an earlier SJC order suspending her without pay pending the resolution of a federal indictment. The federal indictment charged Judge Joseph with allegedly helping an undocumented immigrant evade federal immigration agents. Judge Joseph’s petition was prepared and argued by Foley Hoag.

In response to Judge Joseph’s petition that the SJC reconsider its previous order, the SJC reversed its original, unanimous decision to suspend Judge Joseph without pay.

When Judge Joseph was indicted for obstruction of justice, the SJC entered an order suspending her without pay during the pendency of the federal indictment. Foley Hoag agreed to represent Judge Joseph after the court entered this order, and argued on behalf of Judge Joseph that taking her pay away without some determination of wrongdoing was not only unprecedented, but also an unconstitutional invasion of judicial independence.

Foley Hoag partners Michael Keating (Picture) and David Kluft represented Judge Joseph pro bono in this victory.

Involved fees earner: Michael Keating – Foley Hoag; David Kluft – Foley Hoag;

Law Firms: Foley Hoag;

Clients: Shelley M. Joseph ;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti