Picked to be federal magistrate, Talesha Saint-Marc poised to make NH history

Bernstein Shur attorney will be first Black person in to serve in role in state
Talesha Saint Marc

Talesha Saint-Marc

Talesha Saint-Marc, an attorney with the Bernstein Shur law firm, has been selected to serve as a federal magistrate judge in New Hampshire – the first Black person to serve on the federal bench in the state, according to a court spokesperson.

Saint-Marc is a graduate of Franklin Pierce College, and studied law at Northeastern University. According to her online biography, she clerked for NH Supreme Court Associate Justice Carol Ann Conboy as well as the state’s Superior Court. A shareholder at Bernstein Shur, she focuses on labor and employment law.

Saint-Marc was selected by a panel to fill a newly created second magistrate position in New Hampshire’s federal district courthouse.

“She is a tremendously talented and successful lawyer, and she has an unwavering commitment to public service,” said Chief Judge Landya McCafferty in a statement. “Her intellect, empathy, and experience, when combined with her measured and calm demeanor, will make her an outstanding judge.”

Unlike U.S. District Court judges, magistrates serve renewable eight-year terms and are appointed by a committee. They can issue warrants, oversee pre-trial motions and preside over civil trials, if all parties consent.

Saint-Marc is expected to begin serving in the role in June.

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