Leo Sorokin

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Leo Sorokin
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Title:   Chief Magistrate Judge
Position:   2
Service:
Active:   4/11/2005-Present
Chief:   2/2012-Present
Personal History
Born:   1961
Hometown:   Hartford, Connecticut
Undergraduate:   Yale College, B.A., 1983
Law School:   Columbia Law School, J.D., 1991
Candidate 2013:
Candidate for:  United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts



Leo T. Sorokin is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He works in the district's Boston office, and was appointed to the court on April 11, 2005. Sorokin was reappointed to another eight-year term that started in April 2013.[1][2]

Sorokin was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 19, 2013 to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.[3]

Federal judicial nomination

District of Massachusetts

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Leo Sorokin
 Court:District of Massachusetts
 Progress: 125 days since nomination.
ApprovedANominated:December 19, 2013
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAQuestionnaire:Questionnaire
ApprovedAHearing:February 25, 2014
ApprovedAQFRs:QFRs
ApprovedAReported:March 27, 2014 
DefeatedDPending: 
Leo Sorokin was nominated by President Barack Obama on December 19, 2013 to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The vacancy was created when Joseph Tauro took senior status on September 26, 2013. On the nomination:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

I am honored to put forward these highly qualified candidates for the federal bench... They will be distinguished public servants and valuable additions to the United States District Courts.

—President Barack Obama[3]

Sorokin was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association.[4]

Sorokin's nomination was returned by the Senate on January 3, 2014, and he was renominated on January 6th by President Obama.[5] He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 25, 2014.[6] The committee reported Sorokin to the full Senate on March 27, 2014, by voice vote.[7]

Early life and education

Judge Sorokin received his B.A. degree from Yale College in 1983 and his J.D. degree from Columbia Law School, graduating cum laude in 1991.[2]

Career

  • 2013-Present: Adjunct Professor, Boston University School of Law
  • 1997-2005: Assistant Federal Public Defender, Federal Public Defender's Office
  • 1994-1997: Office of the Attorney General, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • 1996-1997: Assistant Attorney General and Opinions Coordinator
  • 1994-1996: Assistant Attorney General

Judicial career

District of Massachusetts magistrate judge

Sorokin is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He works in the district's Boston office, and was first appointed to the court on April 11, 2005.[2]

Notable Cases

Steven Howitt case (2011)

  United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
     *Gary M. Jones and Steven S. Howitt, v. Vito Scotti et al. 08-10583-LTS
Judge Sorokin threw out a federal lawsuit filed by State Representative Steven Howitt against former Police Chief Vito Scotti. The lawsuit alleged that Scotti was liable for damages and harm caused to Howitt's career as a result of what Howitt claims was a personally and politically motivated police internal affairs investigation. Judge Sorokin threw out the case saying that because internal affairs investigations are not prosecutions Howitt could not claim malicious prosecution and could also not seek defamation claims because statements made to police during investigations are protected from such claims.[9]


Awards and associations

Awards

  • 2009: Citation for Judicial Excellence, Boston Bar Association
  • 1989-1990: Kent Scholar, Columbia Law School
  • 1988-1989, 1990-1991: Stone Scholar, Columbia Law School

Associations

  • 2013-Present: United States District Court Reentry Committee
  • 2013: Selection Committee for Clerk of Court, [[United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • 2012-Present: United States District Court Committee on Court Security
  • 2012-Present: United States District Court Committee on Information Technology
  • 2011-Present: Federal Courts Law Review, At-Large Editor, Federal Magistrate Judges Association
  • 2010: Selection Committee for Chief United States Probation Officer, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • 2009-Present: United States District Court Criminal Justice Act Plan Committee
  • 2008-Present: Brookline High School Parent Teach Organization
  • 2006-Present: District Court Magistrate Judge Liaison, Criminal Justice Act Board
  • 2004-2005: Criminal Law Section Steering Committee, Boston Bar Association
  • 2003-Present: Brookline Recreation League Youth Soccer
  • 2003-2004: Criminal Justice Act Panel Advisory Committee
  • 2000-Present: Pierce School Parent Teach Organization
  • 2000-2008: Board Member, Teachers as Scholars
  • 1996-2005: Board Member, Center for First Amendment Rights, Inc.
  • 1984-1988: Board Member, Tennis en France, Inc.
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers[8]

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