News from the courts/agencies

Thursday, July 12, 2018
Hamilton named clerk of court for Court of Appeals; applicants sought for chief deputy clerk position


Hamilton named clerk of court for First Circuit Court of Appeals

Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently announced that Maria R. Hamilton has been selected as the next clerk of court for the First Circuit Court of Appeals, effective Oct. 1, 2018. Hamilton will replace Margaret Carter, who has served as clerk of court since 2009, upon her retirement.

Hamilton has served as chief deputy clerk of the Court of Appeals since 2010. Prior to joining the clerk's office, Hamilton litigated intellectual property matters in federal
court and before the International Trade Commission for three years as a principal at Fish & Richardson's Boston office. In 1994, Hamilton became a law clerk for Hon.
Richard G. Stearns, of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts — a position that she held for 13 years. Upon her graduation from Harvard Law School, Hamilton began her legal career as a litigator at two Boston law firms.

Applicants sought for chief deputy clerk position

In a related announcement, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Boston, is seeking applicants for the full-time position of chief deputy clerk.

The chief deputy clerk serves as the second-in-command to the clerk of court, with full 
supervisory and management responsibility for the office. The chief deputy clerk reports 
to and assists the clerk in providing support to the judges of the Court of Appeals by overseeing and leading the court’s administrative and operational functions.   

The following credentials are required:

  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible administrative, professional or other work experience in public service or business that provided a thorough knowledge of the concepts, principles, policies and theories of management and administrative processes;
  • At least three years of specialized experience, including progressively responsible experience in administrative, supervisory, managerial or professional work;
  • A bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing;
  • Superior writing, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as the demonstrated ability to exercise mature judgement;
  • Experience in managing multiple complex tasks with competing deadlines; and
  • Knowledge of the operation of a court-based electronic case filing system.

For more information, including application instructions, click here.