By SCOTT JACKSON
Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday nominated Jeffrey K. Clifford to the position of associate justice of the Quincy District Court.
Clifford has worked in private practice since 2007, representing clients in state and federal court. He began his legal career in 1998 as an assistant district attorney in the Norfolk District Attorney’s office, a post he held until 1999. From April of 1999 to November 2000, Clifford served as assistant regional counsel in the Boston Department of Social Services. He then spent four years as an ADA in Suffolk County, followed by three years as assistant general counsel and manager of compliance for the state Department of Industrial Accidents.
Clifford has served as the president and treasurer of the Norfolk County Bar Advocates, and is currently the organization’s vice president. Additionally, he is a member of the Federal Criminal Justice Act Panel and a senior mentor in the Advanced Trial Training Program for new lawyers.
Clifford earned his law degree from Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C, in 1998 and his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
In addition to his legal career, Clifford served in the U.S. Marine Corps reserves from 1990 to 1996 and from 2005 to 2006, serving in both the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Baker on Wednesday also nominated Terri Klug Cafazzo to the position of associate justice of the Middlesex Probate and Family Court. She has ten years experience in private practice and 18 years experience as a first assistant and register in the Probate and Family Court.
The Governor’s Council is tasked with confirming judicial nominees in the state.
“Attorney Clifford’s distinguished career in the private and public sectors have prepared him well to serve as a District Court judge and the Probate and Family Court will benefit greatly from Attorney Cafazzo’s knowledge of the court,” Baker said in a statement. “I am pleased to nominate these candidates and submit their names to the Governor’s Council for their advice and consent.”
“Both Attorneys Clifford and Cafazzo are lawyers with valuable experience before the District and Probate and Family Courts,” Lt. Governor Karyn Polito added. “I am confident that, if confirmed, these attorneys will serve on the bench with distinction.”