JUSTICE JOHN M. GREANEY of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has joined Suffolk Law as director of the Macaronis Institute for Trial and Appellate Advocacy.
"Justice Greaney brings a wealth of experience at every level of the judiciary, for which he has won the admiration of people both within and outside of the legal profession," says President David J. Sargent. "Our students will benefit from his tutelage, and he brings inspired ideas to the Macaronis Institute." As a justice on the highest court in Massachusetts, Greaney authored numerous significant opinions on issues ranging from complex corporate litigation in DeMoulas v. DeMoulas to same-sex marriage in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health.
After serving in the military, Greaney engaged in private practice before joining the judiciary in 1974, as the presiding judge of the Hampden County Housing Court. He later served as a justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court. He was chief justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court before his appointment to the Supreme Judicial Court. Greaney has taught law at Western New England College Law School and Westfield State College; lectured and written extensively for continuing legal and judicial education programs; edited books on the law of deceptive and unfair practices and appellate practice and procedure; and co-authored books on civil jury instructions and summary judgment.
The Macaronis Institute, founded in 1998, offers highly specialized programs to practicing attorneys and law students. Greaney succeeds the Honorable John J. Irwin, Jr., who retired as director of the institute in 2007.
"I am honored by my appointment to Suffolk University Law School, which has a tradition of excellence that I will endeavor to serve and enhance,” Greaney says. “In addition to teaching, I will work assiduously to add to the wide range of services, courses, and programs that the Macaronis Institute conducts, so that it will continue its status as a re¬spected center for trial and appellate advocacy and related legal studies."
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