An Orleans-based civil litigator was nominated Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker to the Land Court department of the Massachusetts Trial Court. Jennifer Roberts, an East Sandwich resident, has practiced law in Massachusetts for 32 years and is admitted to the bars of Massachusetts, New York, the U.S. District Courts of Massachusetts and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit.
The Land Court adjudicates matters involving real estate property registration, foreclosure, taxation and decision by local planning boards and zoning boards of appeal.
"Over the course of a legal career in the Commonwealth spanning more than three decades, Jennifer has served with distinction through her representation of clients, authorship on real estate related issues, and leadership posts in local and statewide professional and civic affiliations," Baker said in a statement. Before moving to Cape Cod, Roberts practiced for 13 years in Boston and three in Manhattan. She is a past president of the Barnstable County Bar Association and currently serves on the board of Hope Health Inc. and the May Institute's Human Rights Committee.
Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said in a news release that Roberts' "significant work" on issues affecting the Cape and Islands region will be an asset to the Land Court. The nomination is subject to approval by the Governor's Council.