The Honorable Sandra L. Lynch
The Honorable Sandra L. Lynch is the first woman to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and is that court’s first female Chief Judge. She was appointed to the court by President William J. Clinton in 1995 and became Chief Judge in 2008.
Judge Lynch graduated from Wellesley College in 1968. After receiving her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1971, she served as a law clerk to Judge Raymond Pettine of Rhode Island’s U.S. District Court.
Thereafter, she worked as an assistant state attorney general in Massachusetts for one year, and then became the general counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Beginning in 1978, Judge Lynch spent nearly two decades at Foley Hoag, where she was the first female head of the firm’s litigation department. She was selected to fill a vacancy on the First Circuit after Justice Stephen Breyer’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1994.
Judge Lynch is a past president of the Boston Bar Association, and the American Bar Association honored her with its Difference Maker Award in 2005.