In Memoriam: John E. Fenton, Jr.It is with a heavy heart that Suffolk Law pays tribute to The Honorable John E. Fenton, Jr. who died on Sunday, August 24, 2014. Judge Fenton was a beloved member of our community. He served Suffolk Law School as a member of the faculty for over 50 years before becoming Dean in 1994, a position in which he served until 1998.

Judge Fenton was a highly respected favorite among Suffolk Law School students throughout his entire career. His evidence course filled quickly each fall, as word passed from one class to the next about his teaching excellence and wonderful sense of humor. Generations of students count his lectures among the highlights of their legal education. He also led the planning and fundraising efforts for the new law school building.

He was appointed Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Land Court in 1974 and then served as Chief Justice of that court until 1992. He then served as Chief Justice for Administration and Management of the Trial Court until 1994.

In keeping with his lifelong commitment to public service, Judge Fenton supported the Suffolk Law community through a fellowship for service-minded Suffolk Law graduates.

Short Biography

Associate Justice, MA Land Court, Boston, 1974; Administrative Justice, 1990-92; Dean & Professor, Suffolk, 1994-1999; Distinguished Professor of Law, 1999-2014       


  • AB, College of the Holy Cross
  • JD, Boston College
  • LLM, Harvard University

Bar Admittance

  • MA


  • Advanced Evidence, Evidence

Professional Activities

Trustee, Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, MA; Trustee, Emerson College, Boston; Director, Caritas Christi Health Care System