More active judges in Massachusetts graduated from Suffolk Law School than from any other law school, according to a review of Judicial Biographies as of 2013 conducted by Suffolk Law School.
Massachusetts has a total of 441 current judges (36 federal and 405 state). Of those, 123 graduated from Suffolk Law School.
Boston College Law School had the next most judges, with 65 total, followed by New England Law with 47 and Harvard with 41.
Across the country, Suffolk Law has 226 active judges among its alumni, according to a review of Suffolk Law's alumni database in early 2013. Suffolk graduates are on the bench at nearly every municipal, state, federal and administrative level, from the U.S. Tax Court in Washington, D.C., to the Hon. Serge Georges (shown) of the Boston Municipal Court.
Suffolk Law graduates are chief justices of the highest courts in Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire. The Hon. Linda S. Dalianis JD ’74 was the first woman on the New Hampshire Supreme Court and is the first female chief justice. The Hon. Paul A. Suttell JD ’76 served as a state legislator for eight years before he was appointed as a judge in 1990; he became chief justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court in 2009. The Hon. Paul Reiber JD ’74 is chief justice of the Vermont Supreme Court.
There are 116 active judges on the bench just in Massachusetts, including 47 district court judges, 20 superior court judges, 13 probate and family court judges and six juvenile court judges. Suffolk alumni also sit on the bench of the Massachusetts Land Court, Boston Immigration Court, U.S. Immigration Court in Boston and the Department of Industrial Accidents (which oversees the workers’ compensation system in Massachusetts.)
There are 23 federal judges among Suffolk Law alumni. They serve in federal district court, federal bankruptcy court, federal tax court, the Social Security Administration and the Executive Office for Immigration Review. Judges in the news include the Hon. Richard Leon JD ’74 (shown), who struck down the NSA telephone surveillance program, and the Hon. Marianne Bowler JD ’76, who is overseeing the trial of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.