United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Seal of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Appeals to Second Circuit
Established February 25, 1865
Judges assigned 15
Chief judge Carol Bagley Amon
Official site

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (in case citations, E.D.N.Y.) is the federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the entirety of Long Island (including the portion in New York City) and Staten Island. The court's territorial jurisdiction includes the Counties of Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Nassau, and Suffolk as well as, concurrently with the Southern District of New York, the waters of New York and Bronx counties (including New York Harbor and the East River). Courthouses are located in Brooklyn and Central Islip.

The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York is Loretta E. Lynch.

Appeals from the Eastern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).


Theodore Roosevelt Federal Courthouse

The main courthouse is at 225 Cadman Plaza East in the civic center of Brooklyn. The 15-story building was designed by Cesar Pelli. The courthouse was designed in 1995 but did not open until 2006 following redesign requirements in the wake of the Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11 attacks. It replaced the six story Emanuel Celler Federal Building (built in 1962 and located next door and connected via glass atrium). In 2008 it was renamed for Theodore Roosevelt.[1] The building was originally to be renamed in honor of former New York Governor Hugh Carey but politicians backed off because Carey was alive at the time.[2] The associated prison is the Metropolitan Detention Center, Brooklyn.

The Divisional office is in the Alfonse M. D'Amato United States Courthouse in Central Islip, New York. The courthouse designed by Richard Meier opened in 2000 and is the largest building on Long Island.[3] The 12-story building has 870,000 square feet (81,000 m2), 23 courtrooms and 24 judges' chambers.[4] It is the third largest federal courthouse in the United States (after the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse and Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse).[5]


The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has 15 authorized judgeships, filled by judges appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Eleven judges who have taken senior status are eligible to continue hearing cases. On April 3, 2011, Judge Carol Bagley Amon became Chief Judge of the Court when Raymond J. Dearie assumed senior status. Judge Jack B. Weinstein, widely regarded as among the most respected and influential Judges in America, is currently a Senior Judge in this district. Unlike other judges at Judge Weinstein's level of seniority, he continues to maintain a full docket of cases, including many of the biggest corporate cases considered anywhere in the country.

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
39 Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon Brooklyn, NY 1946 1990–present 2011–present G.H.W. Bush
45 District Judge John Gleeson Brooklyn, NY 1953 1994–present Clinton
49 District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein Central Islip, NY 1946 2003–present G.W. Bush
50 District Judge Dora Irizarry Brooklyn, NY 1955 2004–present G.W. Bush
51 District Judge Sandra L. Townes Brooklyn, NY 1944 2004–present G.W. Bush
52 District Judge Joseph Frank Bianco Central Islip, NY 1966 2006–present G.W. Bush
53 District Judge Eric Nicholas Vitaliano Brooklyn, NY 1948 2006–present G.W. Bush
54 District Judge Brian Mark Cogan Brooklyn, NY 1954 2006–present G.W. Bush
55 District Judge Roslynn Renee Mauskopf Brooklyn, NY 1957 2007–present G.W. Bush
56 District Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto Brooklyn, NY 1955 2008–present G.W. Bush
57 District Judge William Francis Kuntz II Brooklyn, NY 1950 2011–present Obama
58 District Judge Margo Kitsy Brodie Brooklyn, NY 1966 2012–present Obama
59 District Judge Pamela K. Chen Brooklyn, NY 1961 2013–present Obama
60 District Judge vacant
61 District Judge vacant
21 Senior Judge Jack B. Weinstein Brooklyn, NY 1921 1967–1993 1980–1988 1993–present Johnson
26 Senior Judge Thomas Collier Platt, Jr. Central Islip, NY 1925 1974–2001 1988–1995 2001–present Nixon
32 Senior Judge Israel Leo Glasser Brooklyn, NY 1924 1981–1993 1993–present Reagan
34 Senior Judge Leonard D. Wexler Central Islip, NY 1924 1983–1994 1994–present Reagan
35 Senior Judge Edward R. Korman Brooklyn, NY 1942 1985–2007 2000–2007 2007–present Reagan
36 Senior Judge Raymond J. Dearie Brooklyn, NY 1944 1986–2011 2007–2011 2011–present Reagan
38 Senior Judge Arthur Donald Spatt Central Islip, NY 1925 1989–2004 2004–present G.H.W. Bush
40 Senior Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr. Brooklyn, NY 1934 1991–2003 2003–present G.H.W. Bush
41 Senior Judge Denis Reagan Hurley Central Islip, NY 1937 1991–2004 2004–present G.H.W. Bush
42 Senior Judge Joanna Seybert Central Islip, NY 1946 1993–2014 2014–present Clinton
44 Senior Judge Frederic Block Brooklyn, NY 1934 1994–2005 2005–present Clinton
46 Senior Judge Allyne R. Ross Brooklyn, NY 1946 1994–2011 2011–present Clinton
47 Senior Judge Nina Gershon Brooklyn, NY 1940 1996–2008 2008–present Clinton
48 Senior Judge Nicholas Garaufis Brooklyn, NY 1948 2000–2014 2014–present Clinton

Vacancies and pending nominations

Seat Seat last held by Vacancy reason Date of vacancy Nominee Date of nomination
14 Joanna Seybert Senior Status January 13, 2014 Joan Azrack September 18, 2014
7 Nicholas Garaufis Senior Status October 1, 2014 LaShann Moutique DeArcy Hall November 12, 2014
8 Sandra J. Feuerstein Senior Status January 21, 2015[6]
10 Sandra L. Townes Senior Status May 1, 2015[7] Ann Donnelly November 20, 2014

Former judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Benedict, Charles LinnaeusCharles Linnaeus Benedict NY 1824–1901 1865–1897 Lincoln,Lincoln retirement
2 Tenney, Asa WentworthAsa Wentworth Tenney NY 1833–1897 1897–1897 McKinley,McKinley death
3 Thomas, Edward BeersEdward Beers Thomas NY 1848–1929 1898–1906 McKinley,McKinley resignation
4 Chatfield, ThomasThomas Chatfield NY 1871–1922 1907–1922 Roosevelt, T.T. Roosevelt death
5 Veeder, Van VechtenVan Vechten Veeder NY 1867–1942 1911–1917 Taft,Taft resignation
6 Garvin, Edwin LouisEdwin Louis Garvin NY 1877–1960 1918–1925 Wilson,Wilson resignation
7 Campbell, Marcus BeachMarcus Beach Campbell NY 1866–1944 1923–1944 Harding,Harding death
8 Inch, Robert AlexanderRobert Alexander Inch NY 1873–1961 1923–1958[8] 1948–1958 1958–1961 Harding,Harding death
9 Moscowitz, Grover M.Grover M. Moscowitz NY 1886–1947 1925–1947 Coolidge,Coolidge death
10 Galston, Clarence G.Clarence G. Galston NY 1876–1964 1929–1957 1957–1964 Hoover,Hoover death
11 Byers, Mortimer W.Mortimer W. Byers NY 1877–1962 1929–1960 1958–1959 1960–1962 Hoover,Hoover death
12 Abruzzo, Matthew T.Matthew T. Abruzzo NY 1889–1971 1936–1966 1966–1971 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt death
13 Kennedy, Harold MauriceHarold Maurice Kennedy NY 1895–1971 1944–1952 Roosevelt, F.F. Roosevelt resignation
14 Rayfiel, Leo F.Leo F. Rayfiel NY 1888–1978 1947–1966 1966–1978 Truman,Truman death
15 Bruchhausen, WalterWalter Bruchhausen NY 1892–1976 1953–1967 1959–1962 1967–1976 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
16 Zavatt, Joseph CarmineJoseph Carmine Zavatt NY 1900–1985 1957–1970 1962–1969 1970–1985 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
17 Bartels, John RiesJohn Ries Bartels NY 1897–1997 1959–1973 1973–1997 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
18 Mishler, JacobJacob Mishler NY 1911–2004 1960–1980 1969–1980 1980–2004 Eisenhower,Eisenhower death
19 Dooling Jr., John FrancisJohn Francis Dooling Jr. NY 1908–1981 1961–1976 1976–1981 Kennedy,Kennedy death
20 Rosling, GeorgeGeorge Rosling NY 1900–1973 1961–1973[9] Kennedy,Kennedy death
22 Judd, Orrin GrimmellOrrin Grimmell Judd NY 1906–1976 1968–1976 Johnson, L.L. Johnson death
23 Travia, Anthony J.Anthony J. Travia NY 1911–1993 1968–1974 Johnson, L.L. Johnson resignation
24 Costantino, Mark AmericusMark Americus Costantino NY 1920–1990 1971–1987 1987–1990 Nixon,Nixon death
25 Neaher, Edward RaymondEdward Raymond Neaher NY 1912–1994 1971–1982 1982–1994 Nixon,Nixon death
27 Bramwell, HenryHenry Bramwell NY 1919–2010 1974–1987 1987–2010 Ford,Ford death
28 Pratt, George C.George C. Pratt NY 1928–present 1976–1982 Ford,Ford reappointment
29 Sifton, Charles ProctorCharles Proctor Sifton NY 1935–2009 1977–2000 1995–2000 2000–2009 Carter,Carter death
30 Nickerson, EugeneEugene Nickerson NY 1918–2002 1977–1994 1994–2002 Carter,Carter death
31 McLaughlin, Joseph M.Joseph M. McLaughlin NY 1933–2013 1981–1990 Reagan,Reagan reappointment
33 Altimari, Frank X.Frank X. Altimari NY 1928–1998 1982–1985 Reagan,Reagan reappointment
37 Raggi, ReenaReena Raggi NY 1951–present 1987–2002 Reagan,Reagan reappointment
43 Trager, David G.David G. Trager NY 1937–2011 1993–2006 2006–2011 Clinton,Clinton death

Succession of seats

See also


  1. ^ Grant, Jason (December 30, 2008). "U.S. Courthouse Is Named for Theodore Roosevelt". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Marzulli, John (December 31, 2008). "Brooklyn courthouse gets new name since namesake is still alive". Daily News (New York). 
  3. ^ http://www.nyed.uscourts.gov/
  4. ^ http://www.emporis.com/application/?nav=building&id=134995
  5. ^ "Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse". Library of Congress. 2000-05-04. Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  6. ^ Future Judicial Vacancies, US Courts
  7. ^ Future Judicial Vacancies, US Courts
  8. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on December 15, 1923, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 8, 1924, and received commission on January 8, 1924.
  9. ^ Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 15, 1962, confirmed by the United States Senate on March 16, 1962, and received commission on March 17, 1962.

External links

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York Official Website
  • United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Official Website
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