Meghan Streff Spring, a former co-owner of Spring & Spring, was sworn in as the youngest judge in Massachusetts today.
After graduating from American University and Northeastern University School of Law, Meg began her judicial career as a clerk to the justices of the Massachusetts superior court. Following a one-year clerkship, Meg began practicing as an assistant district attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. She was a prosecutor in Lowell District Court before supervising Somerville and Cambridge District Courts. She prosecuted defendants charged with various crimes including gun and drug offenses, operating under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and domestic violence. Meg also served as the domestic violence liaison between the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Lowell Police Department, and the Lowell District Court Probation Department. After only two and a half years as a district court prosecutor, Meg was promoted to superior court. As a superior court assistant district attorney, Meg prosecuted defendants charged with crimes such as homicide, rape, and armed robbery. By the end of her career in the District Attorney’s Office, Meg had tried nearly 100 jury trials and litigated hundreds of motions to suppress and dismiss.
In 2007, Meg joined her husband, Attorney Chris Spring, to create the criminal defense law firm of Spring & Spring. Meg was the heart and soul of the firm. She was as passionate and zealous as a criminal defense attorney as she had been as a prosecutor. She represented clients in superior and district courts charged with a variety of serious crimes, and her representation was always spectacular. For her first trial as a defense attorney, Meg represented a client who was charged with motor vehicle homicide. Following a two-day trial involving the complex testimony of accident reconstruction experts, Meg convinced the jury her client was not guilty. It was the first of many successful cases Meg handled as a defense attorney.
In 2013, Meg became an assistant clerk magistrate in Lowell District Court, which is one of the busiest courthouses in Massachusetts. Meg was responsible for issuing search warrants (upon findings of probable cause), presiding over small claims trials, and assisting judges on questions of law and procedure.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker nominated Meg to be a district court judge in August of 2017. The Massachusetts Governor’s Council held a public hearing in October to consider her nomination. Following the hearing, several Council members expressed their support for Meg. Councillor Eileen Duff said she had received dozens of phone calls and emails from attorneys suggesting that Meg was “perfect” for the position of a district court judge. Councillor Terrence Kennedy said he had known Meg from the beginning of her career, as a prosecutor, a defense attorney, and an assistant clerk magistrate. Councillor Kennedy said he had not seen a candidate more qualified than Meg to serve as a judge. Councillor Mary Hurley, a former district court judge, said Meg’s experience as a clerk will serve her well and make her a “great judge.” Meg’s appointment was confirmed by the Council last week, and she was sworn in today by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.
Meg has been a superstar at every stage of her career, and she will be a superstar on the bench. Congratulations to Judge Meghan Spring!