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U.S. Sentencing Commission Appoints New Chair

Jaclyn Jaeger | December 26, 2010

The Senate on Dec. 22 unanimously confirmed U.S. District Judge Patti Saris of Massachusetts as the new Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission. President Barack Obama nominated Saris to the post on April 28. She succeeds Judge William Sessions.

Saris has served as a U.S. district judge for the District of Massachusetts since 1994, having been nominated to that position by President Bill Clinton on Oct. 27, 1993. Prior to her appointment to the district court, Saris served as an associate justice for the Massachusetts Superior Court from 1989 to 1993. From 1986 to 1989, Saris served as a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

She was an attorney in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice from 1982 to 1986 and held the position of Chief of the Civil Division, Office of the United States Attorney for Massachusetts, from 1984 to 1986. From 1979 until 1981, Saris served as staff counsel to the United States...

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