Mark Wolf

Mark L. Wolf is a U.S. district judge for the District of Massachusetts. He was appointed to the court in 1985, served as its chief judge from 2006-2012 and is now a senior judge.

He has previously served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States and chair of the Committee of District Judges on the Judicial Conference, and on the Judicial Conference Committees on Criminal Law, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure and Codes of Conduct. He also previously served in the Department of Justice as a special assistant to the deputy attorney general of the United States in 1974, and the attorney general of the United States from 1975-1977, and as deputy U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts and chief of the Public Corruption unit in that office from 1981-1985. He was also in private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1971-1974, and in Boston from 1977-1981.

Among other honors, he received a certificate of appreciation from President Gerald Ford for his work in the resettlement of Indochinese refugees in 1976, the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 1984, the Boston Bar Association’s Citation of Judicial Excellence in 2002 and 2007, and similar citations from the Boston Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2009, and the Massachusetts Bar Association in 2012. He is chairman emeritus of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, past chair of the Judge David S. Nelson Fellowship and chair of the John William Ward Public Service Fellowship. He was a fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University in 2014.

He has taught courses on the role of the judge in American democracy at New England Law and the law schools of Harvard, Boston College and the University of California, Irvine. He has also spoken on this subject and on combating corruption and addressing human rights issues in Russia, China, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Egypt and Cyprus.

He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School.