UMass Law Review will welcome the Honorable Michael A. Ponsor, Senior Judge of the U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, October 22, 2014, at 5 p.m., at UMass Law's Larkin Court Room. Judge Ponsor will speak about his experience on the bench, his views on the criminal justice system, and his New York Times best-selling novel, "The Hanging Judge."
Judge Ponsor served as a U.S. Magistrate for the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts from 1984-1994, and has served as judge from 1994 to the present. He holds the distinction of having presided over the capital murder case of nurse Kristen Gilbert (also known as the Angel of Death) in 2001. Judge Ponsor published his first novel in 2013 titled "The Hanging Judge", which is loosely inspired by the case.
UMass Law, the only public law school in Massachusetts, was established in 2010 to provide a high quality, affordable legal education focused on creating justice-centered lawyers. UMass Law is especially committed to increasing the diversity of those who practice law in the Commonwealth and encouraging students to become professionally engaged in their community through clinics and internships while they study.