Friday, October 06, 2006

Judge Joe Feeney

From BostonBar.....Bankruptcy Law Association

Governor Mitt Romney recently signed legislation designating the South Boston Courthouse on East Broadway as the Chief Justice Joseph F. Feeney Court House “in honor of Chief Justice Joseph F. Feeney’s tireless dedication to the South Boston community and the judicial system in the Commonwealth.” Chief Justice Feeney was the father of Chief Judge Joan Feeney of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts.
From SouthBostonInfo

In May 19, 2006 Governor Mitt Romney signed a bill filed by State Representative Brian Wallace (D- South Boston) which designated the Court House ay 535 East Broadway in South Boston as the Feeney Court House.
Judge Joe Feeney sat as the Presiding Justice in the South Boston District Court from 1957 - 1980 . “He grew up in the lower end of South Boston and never forgot where he came from. My father and Joe Feeney were lifelong friends who grew up together and who ended up working at the South Boston District Court together until my father died in 1979,” stated Representative Brian Wallace.
“I want to thank my good friend Senator Jack Hart who helped me get this bill passed, and Gerry Ridge who first approached me about filing this bill. Joe Feeney was like an uncle to me and I am thankful to everyone who helped get us to this point. I look forward to the ceremony and invite everyone to join us at the new Feeney Court House.”


Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Margaret Marshall will also be coming to South Boston on October 6th along with the Honorable Robert A Mulligan the Chief Justice for Administration and Management of the Massachusetts Trial Court system. The Honorable Chief Justice of the Boston Municipal Court Charles R Johnson has also agreed to attend the dedication for Joe Feeney.
State Representative Brian Wallace, who filed the bill to name the Court House for Judge Feeney, stated, “I am glad that so many elected and appointed officials will be in attendance but I am most happy about the fact that another Judge Feeney will be speaking on that day. Joe’s daughter Joan, who is the Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court, will say a few words on behalf of the Feeney family. I am also glad that I have heard from so many former and present Southie residents who were somehow touched by Judge Feeney’s unique brand of justice and plan on attending the dedication.” Wallace stated.
“We are also thrilled to have the newest Southie singing sensation with us to open up the ceremony,” stated Rep Wallace. “If you havenít heard of young 10 year -old Cody Zimmer yet, you will soon. You may have seen him at Jack Hart’s St Patrick’s Day Breakfast last year when he brought down the house or you might have caught him at Fenway Park singing before a Red Sox game or with Johnny Maestro and Brooklyn Bridge at City Hall Plaza. He’s already sung in two St Patrick Day parades and at the Boys and Girls Club’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. Cody will open up the program with is incredible rendition of out National Anthem.”
You can also go to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and listen to the oral history interview given by Judge Feeney.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Judge Joe Feeney was my Grandfather's 1st cousin, our family were very proud of him!😊