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Shaheen, Hassan Introduce Seth Aframe at Judiciary Committee Hearing, Urge U.S. Senate Committee on Judiciary to Swiftly Advance His Nomination to the First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) introduced Seth Robert Aframe of Hopkinton, New Hampshire to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and urged them to advance his nomination to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Shaheen’s remarks can be seen here, and Hassan’s remarks can be seen here. 

“As the testimony showcased, Seth Aframe is extremely qualified to serve as the next judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and I am proud to support his nomination. As Chief of the Criminal and Appellate Divisions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Aframe’s dedication and commitment to justice is commendable and should serve as an example to the next generation,” said Shaheen. “His commitment to public service and his extensive appellate litigation experience make him well suited to serve in this role, and I urge the Committee to swiftly advance his nomination.” 

“Seth Aframe is exceptionally qualified to serve on the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and I was proud to highlight his extraordinary credentials and record before the Judiciary Committee. Granite Staters know that they can always depend on Mr. Aframe to pursue justice, exercise fairness, and do right by the people of New Hampshire,” said Senator Hassan. “I have no doubt that as a judge on the First Circuit Court of Appeals, he will serve with the same excellence, selflessness, and commitment to his state and country that has defined his entire life – and he will make every Granite Stater proud. He is exactly the sort of person our country needs on the judicial bench, and I urge my colleagues to advance his nomination.”  

Seth Robert Aframe’s nomination was given a unanimous rating of Well Qualified by the American Bar Association, and the Committee received numerous letters of support from the New Hampshire legal community.  Aframe is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire in Concord, New Hampshire. He has served as the Chief of the Criminal Division since earlier this year, and as Appellate Chief since 2010. From 2022 to 2023, Aframe served as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division. Aframe joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2007, first serving in the Civil Division, then moving to the Criminal Division in 2010. From 2003 to 2007, Aframe served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jeffrey R. Howard, the First Circuit judge whom he would succeed, in Concord, New Hampshire. From 2000 to 2003, Aframe worked as an associate at Choate Hall & Stewart in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1999 to 2000, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith A. Cowin, Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in Boston. Since 2008, Aframe has taught as an adjunct law professor at the University of New Hampshire’s Franklin Pierce School of Law in Concord.  Aframe graduated from Tufts University in 1996 and Georgetown University Law Center in 1999.