If U.S. senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrats both, are searching for a fine candidate for the opening on U.S. District Court in Providence, federal magistrate Patricia Sullivan whould get top consideration.
Sullivan has the legal, academic and community service qualifications necessary for a federal judge. Sources tell Rhode Island Public Radio that she has applied for the post, which is vacant due to the retirement of U.S. District Judge Mary Lisi.
Sullivan, of Barrington, has served as a federal magistrate at U.S. District court in Providence since 2012. A graduate of Wellesley College, with honors, in 1973, Sullivan received her law degree magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1978. She was articles editor of the Georgetown Law Review.
She was a longtime lawyer at the former Edwards & Angell LLP law firm in Providence, and its successor firms. Sullivan had a wide-ranging litigation practice, with an emphasis on antitrust law.
Sullivan has also taught at the Roger Williams University School of Law as an adjunct professor. She has a long resume of community service, serving on the boards of Rhode Island Kids Count, the Barrington Land Conservation Trust and the Hasbro Children’s Hospital Advisory Committee.
Sullivan declined comment on whether she is a candidate for the post when contacted.
Reed spokesman Chip Unruh said that Reed and Whitehouse have been interviewing candidates, but have established no time table for selecting a nominee.