Neil Lawrence Lynch[1] (June 26, 1930 – October 1, 2014) was a justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court from 1981 to 2000. He was appointed by Governor Edward J. King.[2]

Born in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Lynch received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1952, and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He received an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1957.[2]

Lynch served as chief counsel to Governor Edward J. King from January 1979 to March 1981, when King nominated Lynch to a seat on the state supreme court vacated by the retirement of Justice Benjamin Kaplan. The appointment was described as being unusual in that it was "one of the few times a governor has named a close advisor to a top judicial post".[3] Lynch chaired the court's Commission to Study Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Courts.[4] Lynch served until he reached the mandatory retirement age of 70, on June 26, 2000.[5]

Lynch died "after a long battle with cancer" at the age of 84.[4]

References edit

  1. ^ Who's who in American law 1992-1993. Marquis Who's Who. 1991. p. 576.
  2. ^ a b "Neil L. Lynch: Associate Justice memorial". Massachusetts state government. June 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "King picks legal aide for bench", The Berkshire Eagle (March 26, 1981), p. 1.
  4. ^ a b "Retired SJC justice dies of cancer", The Boston Globe (October 4, 2014), p. B2.
  5. ^ Michael Rezendes and Frank Phillips, "Celluci to name high court justice", The Boston Globe (June 14, 2000), p. 35.
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