Center for Women in Law

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October 30, 2012

Justice Fernande Duffly Selected as the 2012 Recipient of the Justice Joan Dempsey Klein Award

Justice Fernande Duffly was named the 2012 recipient of the Justice Joan Dempsey Klein Award. The National Association of Women Judges gives this honor annually to a member who has assisted women judges in improving their professional skillset, helped to solve legal, social and ethical problems effecting the judiciary, and worked to increase the number of women judges.

“Based on my own first-hand work with Nan, this honor is so well-deserved. Nan truly embodies all of these attributes and she has done so much to not only advance women in the judiciary, but in the profession as a whole,” said Center for Women in Law Leader-in-Residence Roberta Liebenberg, former Chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.

Justice Duffly was appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Court by Governor Deval Patrick on February 11, 2011. Previously she served on the Probate and Family Court as well as on the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She is a member and former President of the Board of the National Association of Women Judges. Justice Duffly writes articles and teaches seminars on an array of topics, including trusts, family law and parental rights. Justice Duffly has earned a variety of awards including the Trailblazer Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Distinguished Service Award from the Probate Judge’s Association, and the Distinguished Jurist Award from the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers.

The Center for Women in Law congratulates Justice Duffly on this well-deserved honor.