McCafferty assumes new role

CONCORD – Effective today, the Honorable Landya B. McCafferty is the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

McCafferty’s predecessor, Joseph N. Laplante, completed his seven-year term on Wednesday. He will remain in active service on the court.

McCafferty has served as a district judge since 2013. She was nominated by President Barack Obama, on the recommendation of U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., while former Republican U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte supported her nomination.

Previous to serving on the federal district court bench, McCafferty served as a magistrate judge.

McCafferty attended Harvard University for her undergraduate studies and earned her law degree from Northeastern School of Law in 1991.

The chief judge assumes the position based on seniority, as authorized by federal law. The chief judge oversees the administrative operations of the court, and is regarded as the “first among equals” among the judges of the court.

“Throughout her career, Judge McCafferty has demonstrated a commitment to public service and the rule of law, and I’m thrilled that she’ll be the first woman to serve as chief judge for the District of New Hampshire. I was very proud to recommend her to President Obama for the nomination to the court in 2013, where she has exhibited fairness and a dedication to the pursuit of justice. I congratulate Judge McCafferty, and extend my gratitude to Judge Laplante for his service as chief judge and his continued service on the federal bench,” Shaheen said Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., added, “I congratulate Judge McCafferty on her new position as chief judge for the U.S District Court of New Hampshire, and thank outgoing Chief Judge Joe Laplante for his outstanding service to New Hampshire. Judge McCafferty will be the first woman to serve as chief judge in the U.S. District Court of New Hampshire, an accomplishment that will pave the way for girls and women throughout the state and country and will add to the diversity of our federal bench in critical ways. Her distinguished career and commitment to protecting equality and justice under the law make her well-suited for this position, and I wish her well in this important new endeavor.”