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Lynch, Sandra Lea

Born 1946 in Oak Park, IL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Nominated by William J. Clinton on January 11, 1995, to a seat vacated by Stephen Gerald Breyer. Confirmed by the Senate on March 17, 1995, and received commission on March 17, 1995. Served as chief judge, 2008-2015.

Wellesley College, A.B., 1968
Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1971

Professional Career:

Law clerk, Hon. Raymond Pettine, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, 1971-1973
Assistant attorney general, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1973-1974
Instructor, Boston University Law School, 1973-1974
General counsel, Massachusetts Department of Education, 1974-1978
Private practice, Boston, Massachusetts, 1978-1995
Special counsel, Judicial Conduct Commission of Massachusetts, 1990-1992
Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, 2008-2015

Other Nominations/Recess Appointments:

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, September 19, 1994; no Senate vote