Hon. Robert B. Collings
U.S. Dist. Ct., D. Mass.
THE HONORABLE ROBERT B. COLLINGS was first appointed to the bench of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts in March, 1982 and was re-appointed for three additional eight-year terms by the twelve U.S. district judges in Massachusetts in 1990, 1998 and 2006. He began his fourth term on March 15, 2006. He was Chief Magistrate Judge for the District of Massachusetts from 1999 until his term expired at the end of 2001. He retired at the end of his fourth term but continues to serve as a recalled magistrate judge. Judge Collings has been an instructor at seminars given by the Federal Judicial Center as well as Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Boston Bar Association. He was a Lecturer at Law at Harvard Law School from 1988 to 1992 and a Lecturer at Law at Northeastern Law School during the winter term 1989-90. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at Law at Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California. He is an at-large editor of the Federal Courts Law Review. In March, 2001, the Judicial Conference of the United States elected him to a four-year term on the Federal Judicial Center Board; that term expired in March, 2005. In September, 2007, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Collings to a two-year term as the Magistrate Judge representative to the Judicial Conference of the United States, the governing body of the federal courts. He currently serves on the Legislative Committee of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association. On August 7, 2005, he became the Chair of the National Conference of Federal Trial Judges, Judicial Division, American Bar Association, and served as Chair until August, 2006. In August, 2008, he was elected as the Conference’s delegate to the ABA’s House of Delegates. In August, 2008, he was appointed to the ABA’s Standing Committee on Gun Violence, and in August, 2009, he was appointed to a two-year term as Chair of that Committee. Judge Collings is a 1964 graduate of Hamilton College where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He is a 1967 cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School. After law school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps. In 1971, he joined the United States Attorney's Office. His tenure there lasted until 1982. In 1976, he became Chief of the Criminal Division and in 1978 became First Assistant U.S. Attorney.