Washington, D.C. (January 27, 2011) – The Massachusetts Governor’s Council confirmed last week Associate Justice Fernande R.V. Duffly to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Justice Duffly is the first Asian Pacific American member to serve on a state high court outside of California and Hawaii.
Justice Duffly has served as an Assistant Justice for the Massachusetts Appeals Court for almost eleven years and previously served as a trial judge for eight years. Before joining the bench, Justice Duffly was a trial attorney for fourteen years at the firm now known as K&L Gates, where she served as a partner in the litigation department.
“This is a historic achievement for the Asian Pacific American legal community,” said Paul O. Hirose, president, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. “Justice Duffly is a proven leader among jurists and in the community. We are proud of her well-deserved confirmation.”
Duffly has received numerous awards for her commitment to community outreach and diversity, including the NAPABA Trailblazer Award, which is NAPABA’s highest honor, designation as a Diversity Hero by the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the Distinguished Jurist Award from the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, and a Judicial Excellence Award from the Boston Bar Association.
Furthermore, Justice Duffly recently served as the president of the National Association of Women Judges. Justice Duffly is the daughter of a Chinese mother and a Dutch father. The family immigrated to the U.S. when Duffly was six years old. Her own struggles and interactions with other needy families cultivated Duffly’s commitment to public service.
NAPABA applauded Governor Deval Patrick for nominating Justice Duffly and congratulates Justice Duffly on her confirmation.