Patricia A. Sullivan sworn in as Rhode Island Federal Magistrate Judge

The Providence Journal reports on Monday’s swearing-in of Patricia A. Sullivan, an attorney with over 30 years of experience, as Rhode Island’s first female federal magistrate judge.

A former partner with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Sullivan replaced U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Martin after his retirement Sept. 30.

(…) “I am humbled by the awesome responsibility,” Sullivan, 61, said.

Her 38 days on the job to date, listening to the stories of people, small businesses and large corporations, have been more powerful than she could have imagined, she told the crowd.

She vowed to follow the words of Socrates and answer wisely, consider soberly and decide impartially.

Senior 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bruce M. Selya was among the speakers to praise Sullivan as a person of intelligence, industry and integrity.

Deming E. Sherman, her colleague of 34 years, credited her as a trailblazer as the first mother in the firm who spent Saturdays in the office with her two young sons.

Her youngest brother, Michael J. Sullivan, said she possessed the integrity, knowledge of the law, diligence and compassion present in the finest judges.

Sullivan’s selection was universally-praised as she is well-liked and well-regarded in the legal community.  Legal insiders predict that she will be a terrific jurist.


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