- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - NAME: Ralph Gants

AGE: 59; born Sept 29, 1954, in New Rochelle, New York.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, 1976; diploma in criminology at Cambridge University in England, 1977; juris doctorate from Harvard Law School, 1980.

CAREER: Special assistant to director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1981-1983; assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, 1983-1991; lawyer and partner at Boston law firm Palmer & Dodge, 1991-1997; associate justice of the Superior Court, 1997-2009; justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, 2009-2014; appointed chief justice of Supreme Judicial Court in 2014.

FAMILY: Married with two children.

QUOTE: “The courts are increasingly recognizing that we are problem solvers, that every case is a problem that needs to be solved, and we are moving in various ways to be improving the capacity of the courts to help those litigants solve those problems.”

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