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Patti Saris

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Patti Saris
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Current Court Information:
District of Massachusetts
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/24/1993 - Present
Chief:   2013 - Present
Preceded by:   Walter Skinner
Past post:   District of Massachusetts Magistrate
Past term:   1986-1989
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Boston, MA
Undergraduate:   Radcliffe College, B.A., 1973
Law School:   Harvard Law, J.D., 1976
Patti B. Saris (b. 1951) is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She joined the court in 1993 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. At the time of appointment, Saris served as a magistrate judge for the court. Saris became the chief judge in 2013.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Massachusetts, Saris graduated from Radcliffe College with her bachelor's degree in 1973 and later from Harvard Law School with her J.D. degree in 1976.[1]

Professional career

  • 1984-1986: Chief, Civil Division

Judicial career

US Sentencing Commission

Judge Saris was nominated by President Barack Obama as the new Chairperson of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Saris worked for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy who created the legislation to form the Sentencing Commission.[2]

In December 2010, the U.S. Senate confirmed Saris as Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.[3]

District of Massachusetts

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, Saris was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts by President Bill Clinton on October 27, 1993 to a seat vacated by Walter Skinner. Saris was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 20, 1993 on Senate vote and received commission on November 24, 1993.[4]

District of Massachusetts, Magistrate

Saris was a federal magistrate judge from 1984 to 1986 for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Walter Skinner
District of Massachusetts
Seat #5
Succeeded by:

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