Sandra Lea Lynch

Hon. Sandra Lea Lynch
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit
Address: John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 2500
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: (617) 748-9014
Fax: (617) 478-4081
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Position Bar Admissions Education
Honors Published Works Affiliations
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Chief Judge Lynch was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in March 1995. She became Chief Circuit Judge in 2008. Chief Judge Lynch graduated from Wellesley College in 1968 and Boston University School of Law in 1971. She served as law clerk to Judge Raymond Pettine of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island from 1971 to 1973. After her clerkship, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from 1973 to 1974, while she also taught at Boston University School of Law. She then joined the Massachusetts Department of Education as General Counsel from 1974 to 1978. In 1978, she entered private practice, where she worked until joining the bench in 1995. From 1990 to 1992, she also served as Special Counsel for the Judicial Conduct Commission of Massachusetts. Chambers phone number: (617) 748-9014.

Current Employment Position(s):
Chief Judge, since 2008

Appointed 1995 by William J. Clinton
Bar Admissions:
Massachusetts, 1971
U.S. Supreme Court, 1975
Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1971
Honors: cum laude
Law Review: Boston University Law Review, Articles Editor, 1970 - 1971

Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, 1968

Published Works:
The New Fedualism, Boston Bar Journal, 1999-2000

Foreward, Leadership Lessons, 1997

Public Institution Litigation In The First Circuit Massachusetts Law Quarterly; Damages, MCLE, 1992, 1990

At Will Terminations MCLE, 1988

Federal Motion Practice MCLE, 1989

Boston School Desegregation Case Massachusetts Law Quarterly, 1977

Third Party Liability for Toxic Torts in Workplace MCLE, 1987

Federal Rules Practice MCLE, 1982

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Instructor, Legal Research and Writing, Boston University, 1973 - 1974

Honors and Awards:
Distinguished Alumni Award, Boston University, 1993 - 1994

Distinguished Alumni Award, Wellerley College, 1997 - Present

Distinguished Service Award Planned Parenthood, 1980 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:
SJC Model Rules Advisory Committee, 1994 - 1995

Leading Industries Committee, Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, 1994 - 1995

New England legal Foundation Broad, 1993 - 1994

Mass. Womens Forum, 1993 - 1995
National Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules

American Bar Association Commission Partnership Programs, 1992 - Present
Wellesley, College Business Leadship Council

Boston Bar Association
President, 1992-1993; officer, 1987-1992; member of council, 1975-1977

Boston Bar Association, 1987 - 1990

Massachusetts Bar Association; Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, 1985 - 1986
Member; Vice Chairman, 1985-1986

United States Civil Rights Commission, Massachusetts Advisory Committee, 1982 - 1984

U.S. Civil Rights Commission

Past Employment Positions:
Hon. Raymond Pettine, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, Law Clerk, 1971 - 1973

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, Assistant State Attorney General, 1973 - 1974

Boston University Law School, Instructor, 1973 - 1974

Massachusetts Department of Education, General Counsel, 1974 - 1978

Private practice, Boston, Massachusetts, 1978 - 1995

Judicial Conduct Commission of Massachusetts, Special Counsel, 1990 - 1992

Birth Information:
1946, Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America

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