- Sandra Lea Lynch
Sandra Lea Lynch (born 1946) is the chief judge on the
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She is the first and to date only woman to serve on that Court, and on June 16, 2008, became its first female chief judge.
Federal Judicial Service
Bill Clintonnominated Lynch to the First Circuit on January 11, 1995, to fill the seat vacated when Stephen Gerald Breyerwas elevated to the Supreme Court of the United States. She was confirmed by the Senate on March 17, 1995, and received her commission on the same day.
Lynch received an
A.B.from Wellesley Collegein 1968, and her law degree from the Boston University School of Lawin 1971. She graduated from Lake Highlands High School, Richardson ISD, Dallas, Texas, in 1964, as a member of the first graduating class.
From 1971-73, Lynch served as a
law clerkfor the Honorable Raymond J. Pettineof the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, becoming the first female law clerk to serve in that court. She then went on to serve as an assistant state attorney general for the Commonwealth of Massachusettsfrom 1973-74 and general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1974-1978.
In 1978, Lynch entered private practice, joining the law firm of
Foley, Hoag, & Eliot, becoming a partner in 1982. During her tenure at Foley Hoag, Lynch became the first woman to head the firm's litigation practice, and was among the team of lawyers representing defendant W.R. Grace & Co. in the Woburn, Massachusettstoxic tort trial (the subject of Jonathan Harr's 1995 book A Civil Action.) Lynch remained in private practice until being appointed to the First Circuit.
Lynch also served as an instructor at the
Boston University Law Schoolfrom 1973-74 and as special council to the Judicial Conduct Commission of Massachusetts from 1990-1992.
From 1992-1993, she served as President of the
Boston Bar Association.
* [http://air.fjc.gov/servlet/tGetInfo?jid=1447 Biography at Federal Judicial Center Website]
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