Leo T. Sorokin
Sorokin received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1983 from Yale College. He received a Juris Doctor in 1991 from Columbia Law School. He served as a law clerk to Judge Rya W. Zobel of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1992. He worked in private practice at the law firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo P.C., from 1992 to 1994.
From 1994 to 1996, he served in the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts as Assistant Attorney General and, from 1996 to 1997, as Opinions Coordinator in the same office. He served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Boston, from 1997 to 2005. In 2005, he was appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Massachusetts, becoming Chief United States Magistrate Judge in 2012.
On December 19, 2013, President Obama nominated Sorokin to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, to the seat vacated by Judge Joseph L. Tauro, who took senior status on September 26, 2013. He received a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on February 25, 2014. On March 27, 2014, his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote. On June 5, 2014, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed for cloture on the nomination. On Monday, June 9, 2014, the Senate agreed on the motion to invoke cloture by a vote of 52–33. On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, the Senate voted 91–0 in favor of final confirmation. He received his judicial commission on June 10, 2014.