Senator John Kerry today issued the following statement on President Barack Obama's nomination of Denise Casper to be District Court Judge for Massachusetts. If confirmed, Casper will fill the seat of the late Judge Reginald Lindsay, who passed away in 2009. In January, Senator Kerry and Senator Paul Kirk recommended that President Obama nominate Casper.
"President Obama has made a terrific nomination. Denise will be a great district court judge. Paul Kirk and I spent a lot of time with the selection commission before we decided to recommend Denise to the President. I personally spoke with many who raved about Denise's work ethic, her drive, her exceptional management skills, and her brilliance. Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone, whose judgment I value immensely, told me she would be a star on the bench. Her record in the DA's office, the U.S. Attorney's office, the Massachusetts Appeals court and in academia tell the story of her promise and potential on the bench. I am confident the Senate will confirm Denise as quickly as possible," said Senator John Kerry.
Casper has a distinguished legal career spanning the public and private sector. She is currently a Deputy District Attorney for the Middlesex District Attorney's office, serving as second in command. Ms. Casper has also worked for the U.S. Attorney's office, as a clerk for the Massachusetts Appeals Court, in academia, and in private practice. Casper has authored and edited numerous journal and scholarly articles. She has received the prestigious Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship from her alma mater, Harvard Law School, as well as numerous community and law enforcement awards.
Kerry and Kirk made their recommendation with the careful input of a Selection Commission of legal community leaders which began a screening process for recommendations. The Committee completed an exhaustive search process which included interviewing candidates and reviewing extensive writings by the candidates. The same Committee, originally formed by Senator Edward Kennedy, previously recommended Carmen Ortiz for the position of U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts and John Gibbons, for U.S. Marshal. Ortiz and Gibbons were both nominated by President Obama and eventually confirmed by the Senate.