Springfield Federal Judge Neiman plans to retire

BOSTON (STATE HOUSE) – Springfield Magistrate Judge Kenneth Neiman is leaving the federal bench in January, the court announced Monday.

A graduate of Tufts College and Harvard Law School, class of 1971, Neiman will retire on the 20th anniversary of his swearing-in.

Neiman was chief magistrate for the District of Massachusetts from January 2006 through December 2009. Before becoming a judge, he was a partner at Fierst & Neiman in Northampton and did legal services work before that in New York and Western Massachusetts.

The Northampton resident intends to retire, according to an announcement.

“We will miss Ken Neiman, who has been key to the administration of justice in Springfield,” Chief Judge Patti Saris.

“His ethic of hard work and sheer intelligence have been critical in ensuring that the Springfield court has been running smoothly as we await the confirmation of our new federal judge. His warmth of personality will be missed.

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