Michael Boudin

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Michael Boudin
Michael Boudin at Berkman Center.jpg
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
June 15, 2001 – June 16, 2008
Preceded by Juan Torruella
Succeeded by Sandra Lynch
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
May 26, 1992 – June 1, 2013
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Levin Campbell
Succeeded by Vacant
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
In office
August 7, 1990 – January 31, 1992
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by John Pratt
Succeeded by Gladys Kessler
Personal details
Born (1939-11-29) November 29, 1939 (age 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Martha Field
Alma mater Harvard University

Michael Boudin (/bˈdn/ boo-DEEN; born 1939) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge and former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Early life and education[edit]

Boudin was born in New York City, the son of the civil liberties attorney Leonard Boudin and older brother of Weather Underground member Kathy Boudin.[1] He received a B.A. from Harvard University and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1964. He was a law clerk for Judge Henry J. Friendly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1964 to 1965, and then clerked for Justice John Marshall Harlan II of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1965 to 1966.

Legal career[edit]

From 1966 to 1987 Boudin practiced regulatory law at Covington & Burling, a Washington D.C. law firm. He spent 21 years at Covington & Burling, primarily drafting appellate briefs in complex regulatory matters for corporate clients. He worked as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School from 1982 to 1983, and then as a lecturer there from 1983 to 1998. He then served in President Reagan's Justice Department as a deputy assistant U.S. Attorney General of the Antitrust Division from 1987 to 1990.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On May 18, 1990, President George H.W. Bush nominated Boudin to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, to a seat vacated by John H. Pratt. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 3, 1990, and received his commission on August 7. Boudin served on the District Court for about 18 months, but resigned on January 31, 1992 to return to Massachusetts. Two months later, on March 20, 1992, President Bush nominated Boudin to an appellate judgeship on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, headquartered in Boston, to the seat vacated when Judge Levin Hicks Campbell took senior status. He was confirmed by the Senate on May 21, 1992, and received his commission on May 26. Boudin served as Chief Judge of the First Circuit from 2001 to 2008. He took senior status on June 1, 2013.[2]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Pratt
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
1990–1992
Succeeded by
Gladys Kessler
Preceded by
Levin Campbell
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
1992–2013
Vacant
Preceded by
Juan Torruella
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
2001–2008
Succeeded by
Sandra Lynch