United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) announced they will reconvene a bipartisan advisory committee to review and provide recommendations on federal District Court candidates across Massachusetts. Candidates interested in applying for a U.S. DistrictCourt nomination must submit their applications to the Advisory Committee by August 7, 2019.
The Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations, first appointed in March 2013, solicits, interviews, and comments on applications for federal DistrictCourt vacancies. The Advisory Committee comprises distinguished members of the Massachusetts legal community, including prominent academics and litigators, and is chaired by former District Court Judge Nancy Gertner.
The Committee welcomes its newest members, Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis, who also currently serves as Chairman of the Massachusetts Port Authority, and Angela Onwuachi-Willig, legal scholar and Dean of Boston University School of Law.
“Senator Markey and I have once again convened the Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations to help ensure that only highly-qualified, fair-minded judges are appointed to federal courts in the Commonwealth,” said Senator Warren. “This year, I am pleased to welcome Sheriff Evangelidis and Dean Onwuachi-Willig to the Committee and I look forward to reviewing the entire Committee’s recommendations and insights.”
“The Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations plays a crucial role in identifying the best candidates to fill judicial vacancies on the Massachusetts federal court,” said Senator Markey. “I welcome Sheriff Evangelidis and Dean Onwuachi-Willig, the Committee’s newest members, and look forward to receiving the Committee’s recommendations and working with Senator Warren on this important matter.”
“It is an honor to be appointed to the bipartisan Advisory Committee on Massachusetts Judicial Nominations by Senators Markey and Warren and to serve along side such distinguished members of the Massachusetts legal community. With over twenty-five years of practicing law and public service, I look forward to the important work of finding the best candidates to fill judge vacancies to the federal courts in Massachusetts.” Said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.
Applications for Boston vacancies are reviewed by Massachusetts attorneys Pamela Berman, Jack Corrigan, Marianne LeBlanc, Willard P. Ogburn, Walter Prince, Sue Reid, and Georgia Katsoulomitis. In addition to these individuals, Judge Gertner and Elissa Flynn-Poppey, Professor Mary Sarah Bilder of Boston College Law School, Professor Andrew Kaufman of Harvard Law School, and attorney Mike Mone representing the Massachusetts Bar Association will review all applications.
Interested candidates may access an application here, and questions may be directed to Judge Gertner at GertnerCommittee@gmail.com. Applications must be completed and received by August 7, 2019.