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Judd Carhart

Judge Judd Carhart

Professional Title: 

Lecturer of Legal Studies
Associate Justice, Massachusetts Appeals Court (ret.)


Office Hours: 

Before and after class


Judd J. Carhart is Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Justice Carhart graduated from the University of Massachusetts and from Suffolk University Law School. He served as Assistant District Attorney in Norfolk County from 1974 to 1977 and joined the faculty at Suffolk University Law School, where he directed the student prosecutor program. From 1978 to 1982 he was an Assistant United States Attorney, a position that he left to practice both civil and criminal law at the law firm of Carhart, Bonistalli and McCarthy in Boston. He subsequently continued his private practice with the firm of Matroni, DiMauro, Liebel, Fitzgerald and Carhart in Springfield until 1988 when he was initially appointed by Governor Michael Dukakis, and then elected, the District Attorney of the Northwest District. In 1993, Governor William Weld appointed him as an associate justice of the Superior Court, where he sat until his appointment to this court. As an attorney, Justice Carhart was a member of the bar of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Bar and the Massachusetts Bar. He has the unique distinction of having tried multiple first degree murder cases through to a jury verdict both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He is also a longstanding adjunct professor in the Legal Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts.


  • Legal Studies