Sept. 13, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will celebrate the 230th anniversary of the enactment of the United Stated Constitution on Tuesday, Sept. 19, with a talk by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg, president of New England Newspapers, Inc.

As part of the Constitution Day activities at MCLA, Rutberg will present “Freedom of the Press in an Age of Crisis.” The event, which will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218, is free and open to the public.
On May 2, 2016, Rutberg, along with three other investors – Stan Lipsey, Hans Morris and Bob Wilmers – purchased New England Newspapers, Inc., which publishes The Berkshire Eagle and three Vermont newspapers, The Bennington Banner, The Brattleboro Reformer and the Manchester Journal. Since then, he has served as president of New England Newspapers, Inc.

Rutberg previously served as presiding justice of the Southern Berkshire District Count, a position he was appointed to in November 2013 after having served as associate justice there since January 2007. In addition, he was presiding justice of the Pittsfield District Court. He retired from the bench on April 21, 2015.

Previously appointments included the District Court Appellate Division in 1998 with service until 2010; chair of the District Court Committee on Civil Proceedings in 1998 with service until 2011; the Supreme Judicial Court's Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure beginning in 2001, and as its chair in September 2008, serving in that position through April 2015.

In addition, Rutberg was a member of Board of Directors (2006-2010), and a vice president of the Massachusetts Judges’ Conference (2008 to 2010); a staff attorney for the New York City Commission on Human Rights and Manhattan Legal Services (in Spanish Harlem), from 1971 to 1972.

He moved to Berkshire County in 1972 to become the attorney-in-charge of Legal Aid Society of Albany’s Rensselaer County Office in Troy, a position he remained in until 1974.  

Rutberg also maintained a general practice law firm in Stockbridge and Lenox from 1972 to 1984, both individually and as a partner in Rutberg and Shearn from 1975 to 1980, and Rutberg and Heller, 1984 to 1994.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa.; Rutberg received an A.B. in political science from the University of Michigan in 1967, and a J.D. from New York University’s School of Law in 1970.

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