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Republican’s Editorial: Respect will carry newly appointed Judge William J. O’Grady a long way

According to the Republican’s Editorial on July 25, 2014 (see original article here)

“William J. O’Grady’s appointment to the bench as the next judge in Chicopee District Court bodes well for the court, especially if he delivers on the promise of his interview before the Governor’s Council.

WJO's Governor's Council hearing SpfldAccording to State House News Service reporter Colleen Quinn, “O’Grady said his idea of a good district court judge is one who treats everyone with respect and dignity. Every decision a district court judge makes affects not just the individual standing in court, he said, ‘but it cascades throughout the family, and it cascades throughout the community.'”

He’s right. His statement conveys the view that the courtroom can be a place of learning, a teaching moment, a crystallizing and life-changing experience for those on the brink.

O’Grady will replace retiring Judge Mary Hurley. O’Grady has practiced civil and criminal law with his wife, Cheryl Parker in Southampton and Springfield since 1985. He has served as a special prosecutor for the Northampton District Attorney’s office. Before launching the firm with his wife, he worked as a litigation associate at the Springfield firm Cohen, Rosenthal, Price, Mirkin, Jennings & Berg.

A graduate of Boston College and Western New England School of Law, O’Grady’s experience as both a prosecutor and a criminal defender should serve him well as a judge as he teases out the issues that are at play in his courtroom.

But his attitude of respect for all will carry him even further.”

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