In this file photo from Jan. 28, 2014, defense attorney William Rota delivers a closing argument in in Berkshire Superior Court. Rota has been nominated by
In this file photo from Jan. 28, 2014, defense attorney William Rota delivers a closing argument in in Berkshire Superior Court. Rota has been nominated by Gov. Deval Patrick to become an associate justice of the Southern Berkshire District Court. (Eagle file)

PITTSFIELD -- A public testimony hearing is being held today regarding the nomination of William A. Rota to the position of Associate Justice of the Southern Berkshire District Court by Governor Deval Patrick.

The event is from 4:30 to 6 p.m., on the first floor at the Berkshire Superior Courthouse. It is being presented by Michael J. Albano, who represents the Eighth District of the Massachusetts Governor's Council, in partnership with the Berkshire County Bar Association.

The public is invited to attend and offer
testimony in favor or in opposition to Rota's nomination.

"This hearing will bring Boston to Western Massachusetts for the first time by the Council and allow citizens an opportunity to speak directly on this important position in the Judiciary," said Albano in a news release.

Rota's formal confirmation hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Wednesday, at the State House before the Governor's Council. The vote to confirm the nomination will take place on July 30.

Rota has more than 30 years experience in private practice as a lawyer, covering both criminal and civil litigation.

Since 2000, he has been a sole practitioner. He previously worked as an associate and a partner at Cain, Hibbard, Myers & Cook in Pittsfield. He has also served as a Berkshire County assistant district attorney.

He is a graduate of Union College and Boston College Law School.

Read more about Rota's nomination here: http://goo.gl/TMqiia


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