The University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Honorable Christine Roach ’76

In 2008 Christine Roach was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Superior Court. Previously, she was a litigator with the Boston law firm Roach & Carpenter (formerly Kern, Sosman, Hagerty, Roach & Carpenter, P.C). This firm, which Christine founded with three other former Assistant U.S. Attorneys in 1989 made history as the first all-woman law firm in Massachusetts. They practiced general business litigation, with an emphasis in employment defense, banking and real estate litigation, and constitutional tort defense for public agencies.

Prior to private practice, Roach was an assistant U.S. attorney with the civil division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, where she concentrated on work in medical malpractice and other federal tort claims, employment discrimination, constitutional and administrative law. Her experience also included affirmative litigation in false claims and environmental cases. She also was a litigation associate at Widett, Slater & Goldman, P.C. in Boston, and clerked for U.S. District Court Judge David S. Nelson.

Roach has served on the faculty of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, as adjunct faculty at Springfield College (Manchester, NH) and as lecturing faculty at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

Roach received her BA from UMass Amherst in 1976, graduating magna cum laude with a major in Legal Studies. She received her J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1982 where she was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. Before attending law school, Roach was a paralegal specialist with Greater Boston Legal Services Elderly Legal Services Project.