Salem Superior Court Judge David A. Lowy could soon become the first UMass Amherst alumnus to serve on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
He is one of three judges nominated by Gov. Charlie Baker to fill vacancies on the state’s highest court. A hearing on Lowy’s nomination before the Governor’s Council is scheduled for July 20.
Lowy earned his bachelor’s degree in history from UMass Amherst in 1983 graduating as part of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. He went on to earn his law degree from Boston University in 1987. A native of Peabody, he now lives in Marblehead with his family.
“Judge Lowy has served with great distinction in the Massachusetts judicial system for nearly two decades,” said Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. “His success reflects his enduring commitment to public service as well as the power of public higher education to prepare students for extraordinary careers.”
Last fall, Lowy was among a group of six distinguished panelists at a special Evening With Alumni Justices in Boston, presented by the Legal Alumni Network of the UMass Alumni Association.
Lowy served with Baker in the administration of Gov. William Weld after clerking for federal Judge Edward F. Harrington and working as an assistant district attorney in Essex County. He joined the Weld administration in 1991 and helped draft the governor’s first anti-crime legislative package in 1993. Lowy served as Weld’s deputy chief legal counsel.
Weld appointed Lowy to be a district court judge in 1997 and Gov. Paul Cellucci appointed him to the Superior Court in 2001. As a district court judge in Lynn in the mid-1990s, Lowy presided over the newly created drug court that was designed to give drug users a chance to reintegrate into the community.
Prior to his appointment to the district court, Lowy left the Weld administration and joined the Suffolk County district attorney’s gang unit.
Lowy also has extensive experience in academia. He has been an adjunct professor of law at Boston University School of Law since 2006, teaching evidence and trial advocacy and has also been an adjunct professor of law at New England Law Boston since 1991, teaching evidence and criminal procedure classes. He was also an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School for 11 years.