Governor Names Ireland to Succeed Marshall as SJC Chief

Did not take long after the election for Gov. Patrick to name his nominee to succeed Margaret Marshall as chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court. Today he announced that he is nominating Justice Roderick L. Ireland. Ireland is an associate justice of the SJC and a former Appeal Court and Juvenile Court judge.

Ireland was the first black to sit on the SJC and would be its first black chief justice.