U.S. Circuit Judge Sandra Lynch on Tuesday told the White House she plans to retire from active service on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, giving President Joe Biden his fourth chance to name a judge to the Boston-based appellate court.
Lynch, an appointee of former Democratic President Bill Clinton who was the first woman to serve on the 1st Circuit, in a letter told Biden she intended to take senior status upon the confirmation of a successor.
Chief U.S. Circuit Judge Jeffrey Howard, an appointee of former Republican President George W. Bush, and U.S. Circuit Judges O. Rogeriee Thompson, an appointee of former Democratic President Barack Obama, also plan to take senior status.
Lynch joined the 1st Circuit, which hears appeals from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico, in 1995. She was the first woman to serve as its chief judge from 2008 to 2015.
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