Mark L. Wolf

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Mark Lawrence Wolf (born 1946) is a Senior United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Wolf was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1968 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1971. He was in the United States Army Reserve from 1969 to 1975. Wolf is Jewish.[1]

Wolf was in private practice in Washington, D.C., from 1971 to 1974. He was a Special Assistant to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Laurence Silberman from 1974 to 1975, and a Special Assistant to U.S. Attorney General Edward Levi from 1975 to 1977. He was again in private practice, this time in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1977 to 1981. He was appointed a Deputy U.S. Attorney and was chief of the Public Corruption Unit from 1981 to 1985.

Wolf was a lecturer at Harvard Law School from 1989 to 1990 and a lecturer at Boston College Law School in 1992.

President Ronald Reagan nominated Wolf on March 8, 1985, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 3, 1985, and received his commission on April 4, 1985. Wolf served as chief judge for the District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 2006 to 2012. He took senior status on January 1, 2013.

Kosilek v. Spencer[edit]

Wolf ordered that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections must provide Michelle Kosilek (a transgender woman who is imprisoned) with sex reassignment surgery, which the DOC's medical personnel have determined is medically necessary, as a treatment for Kosilek's gender identity disorder.[2][3] In his ruling, Wolf wrote, "[The] fact that sex reassignment surgery is for some people medically necessary has recently become more widely recognized."


  1. ^ The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship – More Information About Mark L. Wolf. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  2. ^ "Kosilek v. Spencer, September 4, 2012". U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Retrieved 9 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Valencia, Milton J. (September 4, 2012). "Federal judge rules state must provide sex reassignment surgery for Michelle Kosilek, who was convicted as a man of murdering his wife". Boston Globe. Retrieved November 9, 2012.