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Prior to his twenty-five years of judicial service, Judge Cunningham was a well-known prosecutor in the Commonwealth having served as the Second Assistant District Attorney in Bristol County, Chief of the Attorney General’s Office State wide Narcotics and Organized Crime Division and the Third Assistant District Attorney in Plymouth County, prosecuting First Degree Murders, Major Drug Trafficking cases, Sophisticated Organized Crime Wiretap cases, Rapes, Civil Forfeitures and virtually every other type of criminal matter. He served in a management role in each office resolving disputes both internally and externally.
Judge Cunningham recently retired after twenty-five years as District Court Justice, having served as Regional Administrative Justice supervising nine Courts, thirty Judges and over a thousand Court employees. He served twenty-three years as the First Justice of the very busy Taunton Court in its three locations ultimately sitting in a new Courthouse in which he was instrumental in the planning and development of the Court.
During his twenty-five years as a Justice of the District Court hearing Civil and Criminal cases and his fifteen years as a top Prosecutor in the Commonwealth, he resolved not only Court cases but also disputes and issues both internal and external to the Court and Prosecutor’s Offices through his ability to be an excellent listener and problem solver to all parties and he will continue to devote his career to problem solving as a mediator and arbitrator.
|Education:||Northeastern University, Bachelor of Science
Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctorate
|Experience:||First Justice, Taunton District Court, 23 years
Regional Administrative Justice, Supervising 9 Courts, 9 Clerk Magistrates, 30 Judges and over 1,000 Court employees
Certified Mentor Judge, Expert in Mental Health issues
Second Assistant District Attorney, Bristol County District Attorney’s Office
Chief of Narcotics and Organized Crime Division, Attorney General’s Office, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Third Assistant District Attorney, Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office
Law Clerk, United States Attorney’s Office
Law Clerk, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
|Committees:||Regional Administrative Justice
Administrator for District Court
Trial Court Leadership
Bench – Media
Red Mass – St. Thomas More Awards
|Affiliations:||Massachusetts Judges Conference
Massachusetts Bar Association
Bristol County Bar Association
Taunton Bar Association
Plymouth County Bar Association
|Lecturer:||CPCS/Bar Advocate and District Attorney Trainings
Mock Trial Training Program: High School, College and Law School
|Awards:||St. Thomas More Distinguished Jurist Award – 2008
Massachusetts Trial Court Perseverance Award – 2005
Quincy Bar Association – Peter Muse Dedication Award – 2019
Massachusetts Bar Foundation – Life Fellow