United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts


United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
(D. Mass.)
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Appeals to First Circuit
Established September 24, 1789
Judges assigned 13
Chief judge Mark Lawrence Wolf
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The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (in case citations, D. Mass.) is the federal district court whose jurisdiction is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA. The first court session was held in Boston in 1789. The second term was held in Salem in 1790 and until 1813 court session locations alternated between the two cities. That year, Boston became the court's permanent home. A western division was opened in Springfield in 1979 and a central division was opened in Worcester in 1987. The court's main building is the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse on Fan Pier in South Boston.

Appeals from the District of Massachusetts are heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, also located in the Moakley courthouse (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current U.S. Attorney is Carmen Ortiz.

Contents

Judges

Current composition of the court

  • As of May 22, 2011, a vacancy exists due to Judge Nancy Gertner's decision to assume retirement. No replacement nomination is pending at this time.
  • As of August 15, 2011, a second vacancy exists due to Judge Michael Ponsor's decision to assume senior status. No replacement nomination is pending at this time.
# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
31 Chief Judge Mark Lawrence Wolf Boston, MA 1946 1985–present 2006–present Reagan
24 District Judge Joseph Louis Tauro Boston, MA 1931 1972–present 1992–1999 Nixon
30 District Judge Rya Weickert Zobel Boston, MA 1931 1979–present Carter
32 District Judge William G. Young Boston, MA 1940 1985–present 1999–2005 Reagan
33 District Judge Douglas Preston Woodlock Boston, MA 1947 1986–present Reagan
35 District Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton Boston, MA 1938 1992–present G.H.W. Bush
37 District Judge Patti B. Saris Boston, MA 1951 1993–present Clinton
38 District Judge Richard Gaylore Stearns Boston, MA 1944 1993–present Clinton
41 District Judge George A. O'Toole, Jr. Boston, MA 1947 1995–present Clinton
42 District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV Worcester, MA 1955 2004–present G.W. Bush
43 District Judge Denise Jefferson Casper Boston, MA 1968 2010–present Obama
District Judge (vacant) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
District Judge (vacant) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
34 Senior District Judge Edward Francis Harrington Boston, MA 1933 1988–2001 (none) 2001–present Reagan
40 Senior District Judge Michael Ponsor Springfield, MA 1946 1994–2011 (none) 2011-present Clinton

Former judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Term as Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
termination
1 Lowell, John A.John A. Lowell MA 1743–1802 1789–1801 (none) (none) Washington, Washington appointment to circuit court
2 Davis, JohnJohn Davis MA 1761–1847 1801–1841 (none) (none) Adams, Adams resignation
3 Sprague, PelegPeleg Sprague MA 1793–1880 1841–1865 (none) (none) Tyler, Tyler resignation
4 Lowell, JohnJohn Lowell MA 1824–1897 1865–1879 (none) (none) Lincoln, Lincoln appointment to circuit court
5 Nelson, Thomas LeverettThomas Leverett Nelson MA 1827–1897 1879–1897 (none) (none) Hayes, Hayes death
6 Lowell, Francis CabotFrancis Cabot Lowell MA 1855–1911 1898–1905 (none) (none) McKinley, McKinley appointment to 1st Cir.
7 Dodge, FredericFrederic Dodge MA 1847–1927 1905–1912 (none) (none) Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt appointment to 1st Cir.
8 Morton Jr., James MadisonJames Madison Morton Jr. MA 1869–1940 1912–1932 (none) (none) Taft, Taft appointment to 1st Cir.
9 Brewster, Elisha HumeElisha Hume Brewster MA 1871–1946 1922–1941 (none) 1941–1946 Harding, Harding death
10 Lowell, James ArnoldJames Arnold Lowell MA 1869–1933 1922–1933 (none) (none) Harding, Harding death
11 McLellan, Hugh DeanHugh Dean McLellan MA 1876–1953 1932–1941 (none) (none) Hoover, Hoover resignation
12 Sweeney, George ClintonGeorge Clinton Sweeney MA 1895–1966 1935–1966 1948–1965 1966 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
13 Ford, FrancisFrancis Ford MA 1882–1975 1938–1972 (none) 1972–1975 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
14 Healey, Arthur D.Arthur D. Healey MA 1889–1948 1941–1948 (none) (none) Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
15 Wyzanski, Jr., Charles EdwardCharles Edward Wyzanski, Jr. MA 1906–1986 1941–1971 1965–1971 1971–1986 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
16 McCarthy, William T.William T. McCarthy MA 1885–1964 1949–1960 (none) 1960–1964 Truman, Truman death
17 Aldrich, BaileyBailey Aldrich MA 1907–2002 1954–1959 (none) (none) Eisenhower, Eisenhower appointment to 1st Cir.
18 Julian, AnthonyAnthony Julian MA 1902–1984 1959–1972 1971–1972 1972–1984 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
19 Caffrey, Andrew AugustineAndrew Augustine Caffrey MA 1920–1993 1960[1]–1986 1972–1986 1986–1993 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
20 Garrity Jr., Wendell ArthurWendell Arthur Garrity Jr. MA 1920–1999 1966–1985 (none) 1985–1999 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
21 Murray, Frank JeromeFrank Jerome Murray MA 1904–1995 1967–1977 (none) 1977–1995 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
22 Campbell, Levin H.Levin H. Campbell MA 1927–present 1971–1972 (none) (none) Nixon, Nixon appointment to 1st Cir.
23 Freedman, Frank HarlanFrank Harlan Freedman MA 1924–2003 1972–1992 1986–1992 1992–2003 Nixon, Nixon death
25 Skinner, Walter JayWalter Jay Skinner MA 1927–2005 1973–1992 (none) 1992–2005 Nixon, Nixon death
26 Mazzone, A. DavidA. David Mazzone MA 1928–2004 1978–1993 (none) 1993–2004 Carter, Carter death
27 Keeton, RobertRobert Keeton MA 1919–2007 1979–2003 (none) 2003–2006 Carter, Carter retirement
28 McNaught, John JosephJohn Joseph McNaught MA 1921–1994 1979–1991 (none) (none) Carter, Carter retirement
29 Nelson, David SutherlandDavid Sutherland Nelson MA 1933–1998 1979–1991 (none) 1991–1998 Carter, Carter death
36 Lindsay, Reginald C.Reginald C. Lindsay MA 1945–2009 1993–2009 (none) (none) Clinton, Clinton death
39 Gertner, NancyNancy Gertner MA 1946-present 1994–2011 (none) 2011 Clinton retirement

Magistrate Judges

  • Rudolph F. Pierce (1976–1979)
  • Patti B. Saris (1985–1989)
  • Peter W. Prince (1971–1981)
  • Charles B. Swartwood (1973–2006)
  • Robert P. DeGiacomo (1980–1985)
  • Michael A. Ponsor (1984–1994)
  • Willie J. Davis (1971–1976)
  • Lawrence P. Cohen (1976–2005)
  • Zachary R. Karol (1993–1999)
  • Joyce London Alexander (1979–2009)
  • Jennifer C. Boal (2010–present)
  • Marianne B. Bowler (1990–present)
  • Robert B. Collings (1982–present)
  • Judith G. Dein (2000–present)
  • Kenneth P. Neiman (1995–present)
  • Leo T. Sorokin (2005–present)
  • Timothy S. Hillman (2006–present)

U.S. Attorneys

  • Christopher Gore (1789–1796)
  • Harrison Gray Otis (1796)
  • John Davis (1796–1801)
  • George Blake (1801–1829)
  • Andrew Dunlop (1829–1835)
  • John Mills (1835–1841)
  • Franklin Dexter (1841–1845)
  • Robert Rantoul, Jr. (1846–1849)
  • George Lunt (1850–1853)
  • Benjamin F. Hallett (1853–1857)
  • Charles L. Woodbury (1857–1861)
  • Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1861–1866)
  • George Stillman Hillard (1866–1870)
  • David H. Mason (1870–1873)
  • George P. Sanger (1873–1886)
  • George M. Stearns (1886–1887)
  • Owen A. Galvin (1887–1890)
  • Frank D. Allen (1890–1893)
  • Sherman Hoar (1893–1897)
  • Boyd B. Jones (1897–1901)
  • Henry P. Moulton (1901–1905)
  • Melvin O. Adams (1905–1906)
  • Asa P. French (1906–1914)
  • George Weston Anderson (1914–1917)
  • Thomas J. Boynton (1917–1920)
  • Daniel J. Gallagher (1920–1921)
  • Robert O. Harris (1921–1924)
  • Harold P. Williams (1925–1926)
  • Frederick H. Tarr (1926–1933)
  • Francis J. W. Ford (1933–1938)
  • John A. Canavan (1938–1939)
  • Edmund J. Brandon (1939–1946)
  • George F. Garrity (1946–1947)
  • William T. McCarthy (1947–1949)
  • George F. Garrity (1949–1953)
  • Anthony Julian (1953–1959)
  • Elliot Richardson (1959–1961)
  • Wendell Arthur Garrity Jr. (1961–1966)
  • Paul F. Markham (1966–1969)
  • Herbert F. Travers, Jr. (1969–1971)
  • James N. Gabriel (1971–1972)
  • Joseph L. Tauro (1972)
  • James N. Gabriel (1973–1977)
  • Edward F. Harrington (1977–1981)
  • William F. Weld (1981–1986)
  • Robert Mueller Acting (1986–1987)
  • Frank L. McNamara, Jr. (1987–1989)
  • Jermiah T. O'Sullivan Acting (1989)
  • Peter A. Mullin Acting (1989)
  • Wayne Budd (1989–1992)
  • A. John Pappalardo Acting (1992–1993)
  • Donald K. Stern (1993–2001)
  • Michael Sullivan (2001–2009)
  • Michael Loucks Acting (2009)
  • Carmen Milagros Ortiz (2009–Present)

Notable cases

  • Ghen v. Rich (1881) (a whale is the property of the whaler who killed it, and not the person who found it dead on the beach).

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 10, 1961, confirmed by the United States Senate on August 9, 1961, and received commission on August 16, 1961.

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