Michael Ponsor

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Michael Ponsor
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   4/14/1994 - 8/15/2011
Senior:   8/15/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Frank Freedman
Succeeded by:   Mark G. Mastroianni
Past post:   U.S. Magistrate, District of Massachusetts
Past term:   1984 - 1994
Personal History
Born:   1946
Hometown:   Chicago, IL
Undergraduate:   Harvard U., B.A., 1969
Law School:   Yale Law, J.D., 1975
Grad. School:   Oxford U., M.A., 1979
Michael Adrian Ponsor (b. 1946) is a federal judge serving on senior status for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He joined the court in 1994 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. At the time of appointment, Ponsor served as a magistrate judge for the district. Ponsor assumed senior status on August 15, 2011.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ponsor graduated from Harvard University with his bachelor's degree in 1969 and later from Yale Law School with his Juris Doctor degree in 1975. Ponsor obtained a Masters degree from Oxford University of England in 1979.[1]

Professional career

Ponsor was a law clerk for Joseph Tauro in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1975 to 1976. Ponsor was a private practice attorney in Massachusetts from 1976 to 1983. He taught as an Adjunct Professor at Yale Law School from 1989 to 1991. Ponsor has been a Professor at Western New England College of Law since 1988.[1]

Judicial career

District of Massachusetts

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, Ponsor was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts by President Bill Clinton on November 19, 1993 to a seat vacated by Frank Freedman. Ponsor was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 10, 1994, on vote and received commission on February 14, 1994.[2] He assumed senior status on August 15, 2011.[1]

District of Massachusetts, Magistrate

Ponsor served as a magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1984 - 1994.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Frank Freedman
District of Massachusetts
1994–2011
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Mark G. Mastroianni
Preceded by:
NA
District of Massachusetts-Federal Magistrate
1984-1994
Succeeded by:
Kenneth Neiman


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