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Letter to President Obama


Location: Washington DC

August 5, 2011

The President
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

Earlier this year we convened a non-partisan Judicial Selection Committee -- made up of many of our state's top lawyers, former prosecutors, and representatives of the state and local bar associations -- to undertake a screening process for recommending candidates for the two vacancies in the Massachusetts District Court -- one in Springfield and one in Worcester. The Committee executed an exhaustive process, including interviewing candidates, reviewing writings by the candidates, and extensive due diligence.

The Committee presented us with many outstanding candidates and it was a difficult decision. We were heartened by the outpouring of enthusiasm to serve but ultimately we had to select two names. We are pleased to offer Judge Timothy S. Hillman for Worcester and Judge Jeffrey Kinder for Springfield as our recommendations for appointments to the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts.

Judge Hillman has had an outstanding career, from serving in private practice, as counsel to several municipalities in Massachusetts, and finally as a Magistrate Judge in Worcester. His reputation as a thoughtful, fair and honest jurist is widely known. An appointment to the District Court would be the capstone to his decades of tireless service and we believe that his experience, as well as passion, would serve the Court well.

Judge Kinder has also dedicated his life to public service, as a prosecutor and as a Superior Court Judge. In addition, his time in private practice provided Judge Kinder with a wealth of experience in civil and criminal cases as well as a highly tuned sense of justice. Well known throughout the area, Judge Kinder would be a terrific addition to the Court in Springfield.

It is an honor to recommend Judge Timothy S. Hillman and Judge Jeffrey Kinder for your consideration for the Worcester and Springfield posts on the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts. We thank you for this opportunity.


John Kerry
United States Senator

Scott Brown
United States Senator

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