Healey taps three for BMC bench

Gov. Healey filed three nominations for Boston Municipal Court judgeships last week, including one assistant clerk magistrate and a pair of attorneys. They are Rebeca Figueroa, Steven Kim, and Vanessa Vélez, who, if approved, will serve as associate justices.

Figueroa is already a part of the judiciary. Since September 2017, she has served as assistant clerk magistrate in Suffolk Superior Court. Figueroa spent nearly 12 years before that running her own law practice focused on family law, criminal defense, and real estate. She also worked as a staff attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

For the last 19 years, Kim has worked as the principal attorney at his own firm, which was formerly McLaughlin and Kim. He’s a former Suffolk County prosecutor who also served in the US Army’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corp, where his responsibilities included representing the nation in cases dealing with captured and detained combatants and insurgents.

Vélez is a longtime attorney at the Committee for Public Counsel Services. She has held various titles at the organization since 2011, including deputy chief counsel of the private counsel division and attorney in charge for the Boston District and Municipal Court Office.
The nominations are subject to review and approval by the Governor’s Council.

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