Sandra Lea Lynch

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Sandra Lea Lynch
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Station:   Boston, MA
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   3/17/1995-Present
Chief:   6/16/2008-Present
Preceded by:   Stephen Breyer
Personal History
Born:   1946
Hometown:   Oak Park, IL
Undergraduate:   Wellesley College, 1968
Law School:   Boston University Law School, 1971

Sandra Lea Lynch is the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. She joined the court in 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to this, Lynch was a private practice attorney in Massachusetts but had held positions with the Massachusetts Department of Education and with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.[1]


Lynch received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in 1968 and her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law in 1971.[1]

Professional career

  • 1978-1995: Attorney, private practice
  • 1990-1992: Special Counsel, Judicial Conduct Commission of Massachusetts
  • 1974-1978: General Counsel, Massachusetts Department of Education
  • 1973-1974: Assistant Attorney General, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
  • 1971-1973: Law clerk, Judge Raymond Pettine of the District of Rhode Island[1]

Judicial career

First Circuit

On the recommendation of U.S. Senators John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, Lynch was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit by President President Bill Clinton on January 11, 1995, to fill the seat made vacant by the appointment of Stephen Breyer to the Supreme Court of the United States. Lynch was confirmed by the Senate on March 17, 1995, and received commission on March 17, 1995.[2] Lynch has served as chief judge since June 16, 2008, becoming the First Circuit's first female chief judge.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Stephen Breyer
First Circuit
Seat #4
Succeeded by: