Scott L. Kafker

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Scott L. Kafker
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
Assumed office
August 21, 2017
Nominated byCharlie Baker
Preceded byGeraldine Hines
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court
In office
March 7, 2001 – August 21, 2017
Appointed byPaul Cellucci
Personal details
Born (1959-04-24) April 24, 1959 (age 60)
Alma materAmherst College
University of Chicago Law School

Scott L. Kafker (born April 24, 1959) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts and the former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

Kafker graduated from Amherst College in 1981 and from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985, where he was on the Law Review.[1] He served as a law clerk to Justice Charles L. Levin of the Michigan Supreme Court and Judge Mark L. Wolf of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. After clerking, he entered private practice as an associate at the Boston law firm of Foley, Hoag & Eliot, where he worked on labor and employment cases and other commercial disputes.[2] During the administration of Governor William F. Weld, Kafker served as deputy chief legal counsel to the governor and chief legal counsel for the Massachusetts Port Authority. In 2001, he was appointed to the Massachusetts Appeals Court. He was appointed chief justice of that court on July 22, 2015. During his time on the appeals court, Kafker wrote close to 1,000 decisions.[3]

On June 26, 2017, Kafker was nominated by Governor Charlie Baker to replace retiring Justice Geraldine Hines on the Supreme Judicial Court. He was Governor Baker's fifth nominee for the seven-member court.[3] Kafker was confirmed the following month by a unanimous vote of the Governor's Council.[4]


  1. ^ Supreme Judicial Court Justices
  2. ^ Ryan, Greg (July 8, 2015). "How the state's next top Appeals Court judge has handled business disputes". Boston Business Journal.
  3. ^ a b O’Sullivan, Jim (June 26, 2017). "Baker nominates Appeals Court chief for state's highest court". Boston Globe.
  4. ^ Dowd, William (November 28, 2017). "Baker ceremoniously swears in Kafker as SJC associate justice". Wicked Local North of Boston.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Geraldine Hines
Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court