BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker nominated Allison R. Cole of Methuen to the position of Clerk Magistrate of the Housing Court, and Jennifer L. McNulty of Sandwich as Associate Justice of the Juvenile Court. Attorney Cole has 16 years of legal experience in the Housing Court system, and Attorney McNulty has 12 years of public and private practice experience.
“Attorney Cole will bring extensive knowledge and experience in the housing court system, and Attorney McNulty has worked in and around the juvenile courts for over a decade that has helped prepare her for this position,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am pleased to nominate these two well qualified attorneys and submit their names to Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”
“As First Assistant Clerk Magistrate, Attorney Cole has honed the skills needed to serve as an effective Clerk Magistrate of this busy court, and Attorney McNulty has served in a variety of roles surrounding juvenile law in the Barnstable area,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “I am confident that, if confirmed, they each will serve with fairness.”
The Housing Court oversees civil and criminal actions that involve the health, safety, or welfare of homeowners or those who live in residential housing. The courts hear eviction cases, small claims cases, civil action suits, and other cases related to residential housing. Led by Chief Justice Timothy F. Sullivan, the Housing Court has 15 statutory judges that sit across the Court’s five divisions which include the Central, Eastern, Northeast, Southeast and Western Divisions. The Housing Court was granted statewide jurisdiction in 2017.
For more information about the Housing Court, please visit their homepage.
The Juvenile Court Department is a statewide court with jurisdiction over civil and criminal matters including delinquencies, care and protections, youthful offender cases and children requiring assistance. The Juvenile Court's mission is to protect children from abuse and neglect, to strengthen families, to rehabilitate juveniles and to protect the public from delinquent and criminal behavior. The Juvenile Court has over 40 judges, including Chief Justice Amy L. Nechtem, in over 40 locations. If confirmed by the Governor’s Council, Attorney Bolivar will fill the seat vacated by the Honorable George Leary.
For more information about the Juvenile Court, please visit their homepage.
Judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council. Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and recommended to the governor. Governor Baker established the JNC in February 2015 pursuant to Executive Order 558, a non-partisan, non-political Commission composed of volunteers from a cross-section of the Commonwealth's diverse population to screen judicial applications. Twenty-one members were later appointed to the JNC in April 2015.
About Allison R. Cole:
Since 2014, Attorney Allison R. Cole has served in the Northeast Housing Court in Lawrence, initially as Assistant Clerk Magistrate and since 2015, as First Assistant Clerk Magistrate. In that role, she conducts probable cause hearings, reviews warrant applications and certifies and transmits all court records as required. From 2008 to 2014, Attorney Cole served as Administrative Attorney in the Administrative Office of the Housing Court where she advised the Chief Justice and other court officials on legal and policy issues. Additionally, she reviewed and prepared orders on requests for judicial assignments and case transfers within the court. In 2004, Cole began her legal career as a Law Clerk in the Boston Housing Court where she drafted judicial decisions and conducted legal research. Attorney Cole earned her B.S. in Business Management and Marketing from Cornell University in 1998 and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2003.
About Jennifer L. McNulty:
In 2006, Attorney Jennifer L. McNulty began her legal career as Court Investigator in the Barnstable County Juvenile Court, where she investigated placement of children and family dynamics. In 2007, Attorney McNulty served in the Cape & Islands District Attorney’s Office as Assistant District Attorney until 2010. In 2010, she rejoined the Barnstable County Juvenile Court as Court Investigator and began her private practice in Barnstable focusing on family law. Since 2013, Attorney McNulty has served as Juvenile Supervising Attorney on the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Barnstable and Nantucket Counties. McNulty earned her B.S. in Sociology from East Carolina University in 1997 and her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2005.