Judith Cowin

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Judith Cowin
April 29, 1942
Former Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice
Assumed office
Massachusetts Superior Courts Judge
In office

Judith A. Cowin is a former justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She was appointed in 1991 by Governor A. Paul Cellucci. Because justices receive lifetime appointments in Massachusetts, Cowin's term would have ended in 2012, when she reached the mandatory retirement age.[1]

However, she decided to retire from the court in early April 2011.[2]


Corwin received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College and her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. She is now married and has three grown children.[1]


Cowin began her legal career in 1971 as assistant legal counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. The following year, she became legal counsel for the Office of the Chief Justice of the District Court Department. From 1979 to 1991, she worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County and in 1980, she was a clinical field supervisor at Harvard Law School. She was appointed to the Superior Court in 1991 and to the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 1999.[1]

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