Sabita Singh, the first Indian American judge in Massachusetts, was nominated May 31 by Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on the state’s Appeals Court.
Singh – who served as the president of the South Asian Bar Association from 2005 to 2006 and has also served as the president of SABA’s Greater Boston chapter – was appointed to the state’s District Court by Gov. Mitt Romney in 2006. The jurist was born in Bihar, and moved to the U.S. with her parents when she was three.
“Judge Singh and Attorney Kelley are well respected within the District Courts and come with decades of experience serving the Commonwealth,” said Baker, referring to a second nomination of Michelle Kelley as Clerk Magistrate of the Wrentham District Court. Both nominations will have to be confirmed by the Massachusetts Governor’s Council.
“If confirmed both the Appeals and District Courts will benefit greatly from their knowledge, commitment and skill,” said the governor.
“These accomplished women have valuable experience and are bound to excel in these important leadership positions, if confirmed by the Governor’s Council,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Their broad experience and dedication make them great candidates to continue to serve the Commonwealth in their respective courts.”
Singh is currently First Justice of Concord, Massachusetts District Court. She is also a member of the District Court’s Appellate Division where she hears appeals from District Court civil matters.
According to a statement from the Governor’s Office, Singh began her career as a law clerk to the justices in the Superior Court Department of the Trial Court. She then went on to serve as an assistant district attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, writing appellate briefs and arguing before the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court.
Singh spent seven years in the private sector with Bingham McCutchen LLP before returning to the public sector as special counsel for criminal civil rights enforcement at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston.
In a 2007 interview with Gulf News, Singh told the newspaper she was surprised by the trajectory of her career. "While in college, I never imagined myself as a lawyer. In law school, I could never think of myself as a prosecutor arguing before juries.”
“As a prosecutor, I never expected to be at a big law firm doing complex civil litigation. And becoming a judge too came as a surprise to me,” she said.
Her grandfather, Ram Prasad Singh, served as solicitor of the Saran district board in Bihar from 1950-1975, according to Gulf News.