Asian Am. Nominated for Mass. High Court

Mass. Gov

In a historic move, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who is the state’s first African American governor, nominated Fernande R.V. Duffly, who, if confirmed, will become the first Asian American on the state’s high court.

According to the Boston Globe, Duffly immigrated to the United States from Indonesia when she was 6. Duffly was first appointed as a Probate and Family Court judge in 1992, and was then promoted to the Massachusetts Appeals Court in 200.

“For someone who has spent much of her career as a lawyer serving the public interest there can be no higher calling than this,” she told the Globe. “Every single person with every issue has a right to be heard fully and to get the full attention of every justice who is deciding the decision.”