Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced the appointment of an Advisory Committee on Massachusetts judicial nominations to solicit, interview, and comment on applications for federal District Court vacancies in Springfield and Boston. Warren will review the work of the Committee and, in consultation with Senator William “Mo” Cowan, will ultimately recommend judicial nominees to President Obama.
The Advisory Committee is comprised of distinguished members of the Massachusetts legal community, including prominent academics and litigators, and will be chaired by former District Court Judge Nancy Gertner.
Applications for the Boston vacancy will be reviewed by Massachusetts attorneys Pamela Berman, Jack Corrigan, Marianne LeBlanc, Willard P. Ogburn, and Walter Prince, and applications for the Springfield vacancy will be reviewed by Massachusetts attorneys Mike Jennings, Tom Lesser, Jennifer Levi, John Pucci, and Katherine Robertson.
In addition to these individuals and Judge Gertner, Dean Camille Nelson of Suffolk University Law School, Professor Mary Sarah Bilder of Boston University Law School, Professor Andrew Kaufman of Harvard Law School, and attorney Mike Mone representing the Massachusetts Bar Association will review all applications.
Warren added, “I’m pleased to announce the creation of the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations, which will work hard to review applications and help identify the most highly qualified candidates from all corners of the Bar. A lifetime appointment to the federal bench is a solemn responsibility, and I am pleased to evaluate candidates and make recommendations to President Obama to quickly fill our current judicial vacancies in Boston and Springfield.”