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April 30, 2014

Salem lawyer tapped for judgeship

SALEM — A well-known Salem defense attorney has been nominated for a District Court judgeship.

Neil Hourihan, 67, would fill a vacancy in Cambridge District Court if confirmed.

Hourihan, who lives in Dorchester but whose practice is based in Salem, said he’s grateful for the opportunity to serve.

“There are some things I think I can add to the bench in terms of my experience,” he said.

Hourihan has served on the board of the Lifebridge shelter in Salem and has been a foster parent for five children. He said he hopes to bring some of that experience — in particular, his awareness of the issues of mental health, substance abuse and homelessness — to the bench.

“That’s my passion,” he said.

Hourihan is a North Shore native who graduated from College of the Holy Cross in 1969 and Suffolk University Law School in 1974. He’s been in private practice his entire career.

“I am confident that attorney Neil Hourihan will be an excellent District Court judge who will treat each litigant with respect and dignity,” said Gov. Deval Patrick in a statement announcing the nomination earlier this month.

Hourihan’s confirmation hearing is scheduled for May 7.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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