(Boston, Revised-10/16/12) New England Law | Boston: New England Law | Boston’s adjunct professors are drawn from a pool of outstanding law practitioners, including more than a dozen judges. This year, students learned about the role of the federal judge in a class taught by one of the region’s most prominent jurists.
Hon. Mark L. Wolf, chief judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, taught Perspectives-in-Law: The Federal Judge. Readings for the seminar included historical materials and illustrative cases, including some decided by Chief Judge Wolf.
Chief Judge Wolf is frequently in the public eye for his involvement in high-profile cases, including recently those of mobster James (Whitey) Bulger and disgraced former Massachusetts House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi.
Chief Judge Wolf was praised in a June 29, 2011, editorial in the New York Times, “The Judge Who Cracked the Bulger Case.” The editorial discussed Chief Judge Wolf’s 661-page opinion on the James (Whitey) Bulger case and lauded his “courage and persistence.” In another Times editorial, “Justice and Open Files,” from February 27, 2012, Chief Judge Wolf was quoted on the problem of prosecutorial misconduct.
Chief Judge Wolf was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in 1985 and became its chief judge in 2006. He is a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, having previously served on its committees on Criminal Law, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Codes of Conduct.
He previously served in the Department of Justice as a special assistant to the deputy attorney general of the United States (1974) and the attorney general of the United States (1975 to 1977) and as deputy United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts and chief of the Public Corruption unit in that office (1981 to 1985). He was also in private practice in Washington, D.C., with Surrey, Karasik & Morse and in Boston with Sullivan & Worcester.