Boston University School of Law

Leo T. Sorokin

Adjunct Professor of Law
Chief United States Magistrate Judge, District of Massachusetts

B.A., Yale University
J.D., Columbia University Law School

Full CV

The Honorable Leo T. Sorokin was appointed Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court on April 11, 2005. He graduated from Yale College, cum laude in 1983, and Columbia Law School, in 1991, where he was a Kent and Stone Scholar as well as the Articles Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Problems.

After his graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to the Rya W. Zobel, a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1991-1992). He then joined Mintz Levin as an associate (1992-1994). He then became an Assistant Attorney General under Scott Harshbarger at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office (1994- 1997). During his tenure at the Office of the Attorney General he served in the Administrative Law Division of the Government Bureau representing the Commonwealth in a range of civil matters in the trial and appellate courts. During his last year in the Office, he became the Opinions Coordinator for the Attorney General (1996-1997). In 1997, he became an Assistant Federal Defender in the Federal Public Defender's Office for the District of Massachusetts where he represented indigent defendants in federal criminal prosecutions at trial and on appeal. He remained in this position until his appointment to the bench.

He became the Chief Magistrate Judge on February 1, 2012. Magistrate Judge Sorokin presides over the District of Massachusetts's Court Assisted Recovery Effort promoting the development and maintenance of sober, employed and law abiding lives by felons under the supervision of the Court.

He has served as a faculty member on numerous educational programs sponsored by the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the Federal Judicial Center, the Federal Bar Association, and the Boston Bar Association. In 2009, the Boston Bar Association awarded Magistrate Judge Sorokin its Citation of Judicial Excellence.

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