Court and Community News

Thursday, July 21, 2022
Merit selection panel announced for two federal magistrate judge reappointments; Saris to receive Morton A. Brody Award from Colby College; Job opening: Trial attorney at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission


Merit selection panel announced for two federal magistrate judge reappointments

The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts has formed a merit selection panel to participate in the reappointment processes for Magistrate Judge Katherine A. Robertson and Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell. The panel will report its recommendations to the court by Oct. 27, 2022.

Comments from members of the bar and the public concerning the incumbents'
qualifications for reappointment are invited and must be received by Aug. 26, 2022.

A list of panel members and instructions on submitting comments can be found in the following public notices regarding the reappointment process for the two judges:

Any questions should be directed to


Saris to Receive Morton A. Brody Award
from Colby College

Save the date: Colby College in Waterville, Maine, will present the Morton A. Brody Judicial Award to Hon. Patti A. Saris during an award ceremony and reception on the Colby College campus on Nov. 6, 2022. Saris is a federal district court judge in Massachusetts and past chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. This important award, bestowed upon a member of the judiciary by Colby College, was created in memory of Hon. Morton A. Brody, a U.S. District Court judge who passed away in 2000. Judge Brody led an exemplary career as a lawyer, judge and civic leader. A longtime friend of the College, he taught courses at Colby on the judicial system and is the late husband of former Associate Dean of Admissions Judith Brody ’58. More details are forthcoming. For questions, please reach out to Richard Y. Uchida at


Job Opening

Trial attorney at U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has an opening for a trial attorney to be based in Miami, Florida. The candidate will join a team responsible for investigating possible violations of securities laws; recommending and litigating commission action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before an administrative law judge; and negotiating settlements.

Typical duties include developing, litigating and conducting trials of court cases and administrative proceedings that present unique legal, evidentiary and policy challenges and present the opportunity to establish legal precedent; overseeing the conduct of cases and making decisions regarding tactics and strategy to be employed;  and representing the SEC throughout the course of the litigation.

Applications are due by Aug. 1. Click here for more information and to apply.