Prospective justice Kevin Maltby a hit at candidacy hearing

  • Bera Dunau—Submitted Photo

Published: 7/27/2018 12:09:14 AM

SPRINGFIELD — Kevin Maltby, an attorney nominated for the role of associate justice at the Northampton District Court by Gov. Charlie Baker, drew effusive praise from everyone who spoke at a hearing on his candidacy, put on by Governor’s Councilor Mary Hurley.

“I believe he possess all the qualities we would want in a judge,” said Hampden County Bar Association President Travaun Baily, at the hearing.

Baily also said that when he asked for commentary about Maltby’s nomination, he said that of the numerous responses on Maltby they received from legal practitioners all were “outstanding and glowing.”

The hearing took place at Western New England School of Law in Springfield in the institution’s Moot Court Room, and was attended by a friendly and supportive crowd that included Maltby’s family, colleagues and former legal opponents. A number of the people that spoke in his favor at the hearing hugged Maltby, either before or after they gave their testimony.

Hurley, who represents the council’s 8th District, said that she held the hearing in western Massachusetts so that people wouldn’t have to drive out to Boston to give testimony at Maltby’s hearing before the councilors, where his candidacy will be approved or rejected, although Hurley expressed confidence that Maltby would be approved without trouble. The hearing is set to take place Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m.

Maltby would be filling the seat left vacant by Thomas Estes, who resigned in the wake of being suspended indefinitely without pay for engaging in sexual acts with a social worker in his chambers.

In her remarks prior to the testimony Hurley said that the seat needed to be filled by a person with high moral standing.

“That is Kevin Maltby to a T,” she said.

Maltby, a former assistant district attorney, is currently a shareholder at the law firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C., in Springfield.

Attorney Joseph Bernard described how Maltby beat him in court at their first meeting, and that Maltby was both a great lawyer and a good person. He also noted how he turned his entire legal practice over to Maltby when he was out for surgery.

“The integrity and the character of this guy is just beyond reproach,” he said.

Judge Robert Murphy Jr., a district court judge in Springfield District Court and formerly an attorney at Bacon Wilson, said that Maltby is able to be both a zealous advocate in the courtroom and a person in the hallway. He also praised his levelheadedness and kindness.

“I know that he has all the tools (to be a judge),” said Murphy.

In his remarks at the hearing, Maltby thanked many people and said that if he was confirmed he would do everything to be worthy of the high trust put in him.

At the hearing, Hurley shared that a number of other vacancies will be coming up.

A hearing like the one held on Maltby will take place at the Western New England School of Law at 5 p.m. in the Moot Court Room on Monday on Superior Court nominee attorney Francis Flannery.

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