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Amherst woman nominated for Superior Court position



Thursday, June 15, 2017

AMHERST — An Amherst woman who has served as an assistant U.S. attorney based in Springfield is nominated to become an associate justice for the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Karen L. Goodwin, who has handled civil and criminal litigation in the office since 1991, has been tabbed by Gov. Charlie Baker to be one of the 82 superior court justices who sit in 20 courthouses in the state’s 14 counties.

The court has original jurisdiction in civil actions over $25,000, exclusive authority to convene medical malpractice tribunals, exclusive original jurisdiction of first degree murder cases and original jurisdiction of all other crimes.

Baker also nominated Ellen M. Randle, of East Longmeadow, to serve as an associate justice of the Probate and Family Court’s Hampden County Division.

That court has jurisdiction over family-related and probate matters such as divorce, paternity, child support, custody, parenting time, adoption, termination of parental rights, abuse prevention and wills, estates, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, and changes of name.

Both women must be confirmed by the Governor’s Council before taking their positions. 

Baker in a statement said the nominees bring experience that will serve their courts well.

“Attorney Randle and Assistant U.S. Attorney Goodwin have, over the last three decades and throughout their impressive careers, demonstrated a strong commitment to serving Massachusetts’ families and their communities,” Baker said.

“I am pleased with the nominations of two well-respected and skilled women attorneys from Western Massachusetts,” Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said in a statement.

Efforts to reach Goodwin at the Springfield branch office Wednesday were unsuccessful.