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David Sutherland Nelson (December 2, 1933 – October 21, 1998) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

David Sutherland Nelson
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
In office
September 27, 1991 – October 21, 1998
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
In office
March 23, 1979 – September 27, 1991
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded byReginald C. Lindsay
Personal details
Born
David Sutherland Nelson

(1933-12-02)December 2, 1933
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 21, 1998(1998-10-21) (aged 64)
Framingham, Massachusetts
EducationBoston College (B.S.)
Boston College Law School (J.D.)

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Education and careerEdit

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Nelson received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston College in 1957 and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 1960. He was in private practice in Boston from 1960 to 1973. He was an assistant professor for the Boston University School of Public Communications from 1966 to 1973. He was a United States Commissioner of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1968 to 1969. He was an instructor at Harvard Law School from 1969 to 1980, and an instructor in trial advocacy at the Boston University School of Law from 1973 to 1992. He served as an assistant commonwealth attorney general, specifically as Chief of Consumer Protection Division of Massachusetts from 1971 to 1973, and as a Justice of the Superior Court of Massachusetts from 1973 to 1979.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On January 25, 1979, President Jimmy Carter nominated Nelson to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 21, 1979, and received his commission on March 23, 1979. He was the first African American to be appointed a federal judge in Massachusetts.[2][3] He assumed senior status due to a certified disability on September 27, 1991, serving in that capacity until his death on October 21, 1998, in Framingham, Massachusetts.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b David Sutherland Nelson at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ Vrabel, Jim (2004). When in Boston: A Time Line & Almanac. Northeastern University Press. p. 353. ISBN 9781555536213.
  3. ^ The Nelson Fellowship Program.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
1979–1991
Succeeded by
Reginald C. Lindsay