Judge Zobel was appointed as a U. S. District Judge for the District
of Massachusetts in 1979. From 1990 to 1994, she served as chair
of the Judicial Conference Committee on Automation and Technology.
Before that she was a member of the Conference's Committee on the
Operation of the Jury System and the Committee on Judicial Improvements.
She also chaired the American Bar Association's National Conference
of Federal Trial Judges in 1991-92. In April 1995, she was appointed
as the seventh director of the Federal Judicial Center, a position
that she held until July 1999.
Judge Zobel is a graduate of Radcliffe College and Harvard Law
School and was in private practice prior to joining the bench. She
has been a member of Harvard University's Board of Overseers, a
governor of the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, a trustee of
the New England Deaconess hospital, and a director of the United
Way of Massachusetts Bay. Ms. Zobel also served as an Adjunct Lecturer
in Public Policy and Visiting Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School
of Government, Harvard University from 2000 -2002. Her course was
entitled: The Judiciary: Policy, Government and Inter-Branch Relations.