BOSTON  – The Governor’s Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an administrative judge and an Attleboro solo practitioner to seats on the District Court bench.

Maureen Hodapp McManus has been an administrative judge at the Department of Industrial Accidents, adjudicating workers’ compensation claims since 2003, and briefly worked at the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office, and at the firms Riley, Weafer and Garretson and Linehan, Gallagher, and Mahoney, according to her resume.

McManus also worked from 1979 to 1986 as a neonatal and multidisciplinary intensive care nurse and received her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1984, her resume said. 

Robert Ovoian has handled civil and criminal litigation, appearing before the former State Racing Commission, the Bristol County Commissioners and the Civil Service Commission, among other administrative bodies since opening a solo practice in Attleboro in 1981, according to his resume.

Ovoian graduated from Attleboro High School, received his law degree from Loyola University Law School in 1981, served as city solicitor for Attleboro for about two years in the early 1980s, and later served on the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, his resume said. 

Councilor Marilyn Devaney, a Watertown Democrat, commended Gov. Charlie Baker for nominating McManus and Ovoian to judgeships, declaring “when someone is really good I have to say it,” after rising to speak about both nominees. “You’ve been standing a lot lately,” 

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito responded, an acknowledgment that the Republican administration’s judicial nominees have been well received by the Democrat-controlled Governor’s Council. 

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