BOSTON — Lawrence attorney and former assistant clerk magistrate Mary McCabe, Gov. Deval Patrick's nominee for a circuit District Court judgeship, was confirmed 5-1 by the Governor's Council yesterday.
McCabe has run her own law practice since 1987, handling criminal and civil cases. Her office is on Common Street. She was an assistant clerk magistrate in Lawrence District Court from 1979 to 1985.
"It's very exciting and I'm very honored they voted in my favor," McCabe said yesterday. She did not attend the confirmation vote, saying she had to work.
McCabe graduated from Boston College Law School and received her bachelor's degree from Boston College in 1975. She was one of the first female students to graduate from Phillips Academy Andover when it became co-ed.
At her confirmation hearing, Mccabe was questioned about her views on the use of restraining orders and the role of district court judges in custody cases.
The only member of the Governor's Council to vote against McCabe was Charles Cippolini, who grilled her about campaign contributions she made to Republicans and Democrats running for statewide offices in
McCabe said she doesn't know why he voted against her nomination.
"I'm delighted five of the councilors voted in my favor," she said.
This was the third time McCabe, whose husband is retired Haverhill District Court judge Kevin Herlihy, applied for a judgeship three times.
She said she doesn't know when she will be sworn in and when the job will actually start.
"I have to take care of my clients and my staff in my office," she said. "Once I've done that, then I'll find that out. It's a wonderful honor and I hope I live up to their expectations."
Material from the State House News Service was used in this report.