Thursday June 7, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
an evening with New York Times
Best-Selling Author Judge Michael Ponsor
The Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) invites you to an evening with Judge and author Michael Ponsor at Wistariahurst. Judge Ponsor will speak of his time as a federal judge and will read from his newest novel, The One-Eyed Judge.
This event is free and open to the public, RSVPs are encouraged.
Michael A. Ponsor was born in Chicago, Illinois and received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1969. While an undergraduate, he spent one year teaching at the Kenya Institute of Administration in Nairobi, Kenya. From 1969 to 1971 Ponsor read English Language and Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford University, England, as a Rhodes Scholar. He received his law degree from Yale Law School in 1975.
Since 1994 Ponsor has served as a United States District Judge in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2014, after the appointment of his successor, he took senior status and began handling a reduced docket.
Ponsor has taught as an adjunct professor at Yale Law School, Western New England School of Law, and the University of Massachusetts. He co-edited and wrote two chapters in the handbook Civil Litigation in the First Circuit (Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Boston, 1994) and also authored articles in the The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, the Federal Sentencing Reporter, the American Bar Association Journal, and the Western New England Law Review. In December of 2013, the New York publisher Open Road Media released his first novel, The Hanging Judge, which went on to be a New York Times bestseller. Judge Ponsor received the Legal Writing Institute’s 2015 “Golden Pen” award for the high quality of his legal writing. In 2017, his second novel, The One-Eyed Judge, was published. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts and continues to handle his judicial duties while working on his next novel.