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Fernande R. V. Duffly

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Fernande R. V. Duffy
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
In office
February 1, 2011 – July 12, 2016
Appointed byDeval Patrick
Preceded byRoderick L. Ireland
Succeeded byKimberly S. Budd
Personal details
Born (1949-12-10) December 10, 1949 (age 74)
EducationUniversity of Connecticut
Harvard University

Fernande R. V. Duffly (born December 10, 1949) is an American lawyer and jurist from Massachusetts. She was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick in December 2010 to serve as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Patrick nominated her following the elevation of Roderick L. Ireland as Chief Justice on the court. Her nomination was confirmed 4-3 (with one recusal) by the Governor's Council on January 26, 2011.[1] She was sworn in on February 1, 2011. She is the first Asian American to serve on the court. She retired on July 12, 2016.

Duffly received her B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1973 (with Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi) and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, where she was executive director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau in 1977–1978.[2] After law school, she joined the Boston law firm Warner and Stackpole. She continued to work as an attorney until her nomination to the Probate and Family Court division of the Massachusetts trial Court in December 1991; she was later appointed to the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Legal offices
Preceded by Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Succeeded by