Federal judge breaks new ground
District Judge Landya McCafferty gets sworn in by Judge Norman Stahl at Federal Court in Concord on Friday. Also pictured is her husband, Patrick. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Landya McCafferty of Portsmouth, was nominated by President Barack Obama in May, recommended by the state's senior Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December.
Shaheen told those gathered for the ceremony that when she learned Judge Stephen McAuliffe was retiring, she wanted to recommend highly qualified candidates as she did for judgeships when she was governor.
"I was struck by Landya's intellect, thoughtfulness, and level temperament. Landya also struck me as someone who understands people," Shaheen said. "It's hard to define judicial temperament, but I think we all know it when we see it. And that was the case with Landya."
"I know being a judge is a very difficult job. Every day judges are called upon to make decisions that literally determine people's futures. There's a lot of pressure and stress," Shaheen said. "The best a judge can do is to apply the law, be fair, and then call 'em as you see 'em. Landya was born to be a judge."
At the ceremony, Ayotte, who served as New Hampshire Attorney General, also noted McCafferty's place in state history and praised her qualifications for the position.
She served as an attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender and spent over six years as counsel for the NH Attorney Discipline Office.
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