Denise J. Casper

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Denise Jefferson Casper
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Assumed office
December 20, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Reginald C. Lindsay
Personal details
Born Denise Jefferson
(1968-01-09) January 9, 1968 (age 49)
East Patchogue, New York
Education Wesleyan University B.A.
Harvard Law School J.D.

Denise Jefferson Casper (born January 9, 1968) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.[1] She used to be the Deputy District Attorney for the Middlesex District Attorney's Office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Casper is the first black female judge to serve on the federal bench in Massachusetts.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

She was born in East Patchogue, New York. Casper received her Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University in 1990 and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1994.[3][4]

Professional career[edit]

Casper started her professional career as a law clerk for Edith W. Fine and J. Harold Flannery of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. During the period of 1995 through 1998, she was an attorney with the firm of Bingham McCutchen where she conducted civil litigation. In 1999 Casper became an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston and was the Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force starting in 2004. She served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Boston from 1999 until 2005 and taught legal writing at Boston University School of Law from 2005 through 2007. Casper served as the Deputy District Attorney for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 2007 until her confirmation as a federal judge.[4]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Casper was nominated by President Barack Obama on April 28, 2010, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts vacated by Judge Reginald C. Lindsay. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 17, 2010, and received commission on December 20, 2010.[4]

Notable case[edit]

In 2013 she presided over the trial, conviction and sentencing of Boston's infamous organized crime boss Whitey Bulger.[5]

Personal[edit]

Judge Casper married her husband, Marc N. Casper, in 1994.[6] He is President and CEO of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Obama nominates Denise Casper as federal judge in Boston". Boston Herald. April 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Judge Breaks New Ground as First Black Woman to Sit on Bench in Massachusetts, Unprecedented. The Boston Globe. By Milton J. Valencia. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees" (PDF). United States Senate. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Casper, Denise Jefferson - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  5. ^ Seelye, Katharine Q. (14 November 2013). "Crime Boss Bulger Gets 2 Life Terms and Is Assailed by Judge for His ‘Depravity’" – via NYTimes.com. 
  6. ^ WEDDINGS; Denise Jefferson, Marc N. Casper, New York Times (August 21, 1994).

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Reginald C. Lindsay
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
2010–present
Incumbent