Janet L. Sanders was appointed to the Massachusetts Superior Court in 2001, and currently serves in one of the two Business Litigation Sessions in Boston. Following her graduation from Stanford University in 1976, she worked as a newspaper reporter for the Houston Chronicle covering criminal and civil courts for four years. She earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1982, graduating magna cum laude. After two federal clerkships, she worked at Hill & Barlow in civil litigation (between 1983 and 1989), and then at Zalkind & Sheketoff in criminal defense (from 1990 to 1995).
In 1996, Governor Weld appointed her to the Waltham District Court. She was the presiding judge of the Concord District Court for two years before she was appointed to the Superior Court bench in 2001. She served as Regional Administrative Justice of Norfolk County from 2007 until 2011 and is now in charge of the Business Litigation Session of the Superior Court. Judge Sanders has also served on several Superior Court and Supreme Judicial Court Committees, including the SJC Committee on Judicial Evaluations.