Congratulations to Judge Angel Kelley on her confirmation as an Associate Justice on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts!
Judge Kelley was nominated to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts by President Joe Biden on May 12, 2021. On September 14, 2021, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Judge Kelley. On September 15, 2021, Judge Kelley was sworn in. Judge Kelley has made history as the second African American woman and second Asian American to serve on the court.
Judge Kelley has served as a judge in the Commonwealth since 2009. She served on the state’s District Court for three and a half years and was appointed to the Superior Court by former Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick in 2013. Judge Kelley started her career as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society in the Juvenile Rights Division in Brooklyn, New York. She then worked as an attorney for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and later as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston.
Locally, Judge Kelley has taught at Harvard University Law School, Boston University School of Law, and Suffolk University Law School. Internationally, Judge Kelley has participated in the China Judicial Exchange teaching the American Jury System, presented in Turkey at an international symposium on judicial ethics, and educated police officers, attorneys, and judges in Liberia and Tanzania on human trafficking, trial advocacy, and judicial ethics.
Throughout her career, Judge Kelley has fought to advance equal justice and foster a more equitable legal system. Diversity in the judiciary is critical to advancing a fair and impartial system.
The Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association celebrates the confirmation of Judge Kelley and stands behind the efforts to diversify the bench!