Mark V. Green, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court,  will step down from his post later this year after serving on the court since 2001 and for the last six years as its chief.  The vacancy will be filled by Governor Maura Healey.   Green said he’ll resign Sept. 1 — the day of his 68th birthday.

Green, an appointee of three separate Republican governors, isn’t slated to hit the state’s mandatory retirement age until September 2026, but said he decided to step down after weighing “a mix of personal and professional considerations,”

Chief Justice Green was born in Moline, Illinois, on September 1, 1956.  Green received   his A.B. degree, with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University in 1978, and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1982.  He  worked as an associate with the firms of Herrick & Smith and Goulston & Storrs until 1990, practicing transactional real estate law. He then joined Shawmut Bank as the Vice President and Senior Counsel for Real Estate. He was General Counsel for The Mortgage Acquisition Corporation from 1994 to 1995 when he joined the legal department of BayBank, which merged with Bank of Boston in 1996. In May 1997, Governor William F. Weld appointed Green to the Massachusetts Land Court. He served as an associate justice of that court until his appointment by Governor Jane M. Swift to the Massachusetts Appeals Court in 2001

On December 6, 2017, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Appeals Court by Governor Charles D. Baker.

Chief Justice Green has been a panelist on numerous continuing legal education programs sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and the Boston Bar Association, among others.  He also has been a guest lecturer for courses at the Harvard Business School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate Studies.  From 2007 until his appointment as Chief Justice, he served as a member of the Board of Editors of the Boston Bar Journal. In 2005 and 2009, Chief Justice Green participated in rule of law exchange programs in Russia and, in 2011, he was a member of a rule of law exchange in the Peoples Republic of China which focused on the American jury trial system.

Chief Justice Green is active in the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal,  serving as its Vice President and as a member of the Executive, Strategic Planning, Finance and Annual Conference Committees.  He also  served as Secretary-Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee in 2023, and as chair of the Annual Conference Committee, and of the Conference Host Committee, in 2021.

He is married, with two children.

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