Judge Sabita Singh – the first Indian American jurist in Massachusetts – was unanimously confirmed on June 21 to serve on the state’s Appeals Court. Singh – who served as the president of the South Asian Bar Association from 2005 to 2006 and has also served as the president of SABA’s Greater Boston chapter – was appointed to the state’s District Court by Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006. The jurist was born in Bihar, and moved to the U.S. with her parents when she was three.
Singh is currently First Justice of the Concord, Massachusetts District Court. She is also a member of the District Court’s Appellate Division where she hears appeals from District Court civil matters.
The Governor’s Council of Massachusetts confirmed the nomination made by Governor Charlie Baker last month. Announcing his nomination last month, Baker said Singh was “well respected within the District Courts and comes with decades of experience serving the Commonwealth.”
Singh began her career as a law clerk to the justices in the Superior Court Department of the Trial Court. She then went on to serve as an assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, writing appellate briefs and arguing before the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.
Earlier, Singh spent seven years in the private sector with Bingham McCutchen LLP before returning to the public sector as special counsel for criminal civil rights enforcement at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston.
She received her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law in 1990 and her Bachelor of Arts in the Administration of Justice from Pennsylvania State University in 1987.