Court and Community News

Thursday, March 11, 2021
U.S. District Court Judge Young taking senior status; District Court vacancies open for applications; Superior Court announces publication of Model Jury Instructions; Job opening: ​Director of policy and compliance at MIT


U.S. District Court Judge Young
taking senior status

U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young has advised President Joe Biden that on July 1, 2021, he intends to retire from regular active service as a U.S. District Court judge. He also advised the president that he intends to continue to serve as a senior judge. 

Young was appointed to the court on April 4, 1985, and served as chief judge from 1999 to 2005. Before his appointment to the federal bench, Young served a distinguished tenure as an associate justice of the Superior Court from 1978 to 1985. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Young served as a captain in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1964. He clerked for Hon. Raymond S. Wilkins, chief justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, before entering private practice at Bingham, Dana & Gould. Young later served as special assistant attorney general and chief counsel to the governor of Massachusetts.  


District Court vacancies open for applications

The Judicial Nominating Commission is currently accepting applications for the following District Court vacancies:

Hon. Patricia A. Dowling
(Dec. 10, 2020)

Hon. David Dunbar Livingston
(April 3, 2020)

The application deadline for both positions is Friday, March 26, at noon.

Click here for application instructions.


Superior Court announces publication
of Model Jury Instructions

Massachusetts Superior Court Chief Justice Judith Fabricant has announced the online publication of official, plain language Superior Court Model Jury Instructions.

These jury instructions have been drafted by a standing committee of Superior Court judges, chaired by Judge Kathe Tuttman, with assistance from a linguistics expert. They include model scripts for civil and criminal jury empanelment, pre-charges, and final instructions, in addition to a set of guidelines and a style template for drafting jury instructions.

A formatted version of the Supreme Judicial Court’s Model Homicide Instructions is also included. Additional instructions for specific civil causes of action and criminal offenses will be added in the future, and the instructions will be updated regularly to reflect changes in statutory and case law.

The Superior Court welcomes input on these instructions. Comments and suggestions may be sent to


Job Opening

Director of policy and compliance at MIT

MIT Human Resources is seeking a director of policy and compliance to serve as the point person on MIT’s employment policies. This position will identify, draft, vet, and obtain approval for changes to MIT’s employment policies, particularly for non-academic staff; work closely with the Office of the General Counsel on projects related to legal compliance for MIT’s employment policies; seek input and consensus into possible policy changes; present to committees and individuals and obtain necessary approvals; and work on implementation of and communication to stakeholders about policy changes and interpretations. 

The position requires a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of relevant experience, including drafting, interpreting and communicating employment policies, as well as a working knowledge of employment and civil rights law and regulations. Preferred qualifications include a J.D. degree, experience with complaint investigation and resolution, and familiarity with employee benefits and policies for unionized staff.

For more information and to apply, click here.