MassBar Bulletin: Member Updates

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022
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Waterville, Maine

On Sunday, Nov. 6, Colby College in Waterville, Maine, presented this year’s Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award to Hon. Patti B. Saris (ret.) in recognition of judicial excellence and an exceptional career as a federal judge.

Saris was appointed to the U.S. District Court in 1994 and served as a U.S. District Court chief judge (D. MA.) from 2013 to 2019. Her significant accomplishments include chairing the U.S. Sentencing Commission, clerking for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and working as staff counsel for Senator Edward M. Kennedy when he chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee. She also worked as a U.S. magistrate, and starting in 1989 served as an associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Saris was also honored for her deep commitment to mentoring women entering and involved in the legal profession, including new Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was a law clerk to Saris.


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