Bruce Kauffman

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Bruce Kauffman
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Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #14T
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   11/12/1997 - 2/10/2008
Senior:   2/11/2008 - 7/20/2009'
Preceded by:   James McGirr Kelly
Succeeded by:   Darnell Jones
Personal History
Born:   1934
Undergraduate:   University of Pennsylvania (1956)
Law School:   Yale Law School (1959)

Bruce William Kauffman (b. 1934) was a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Kauffman joined the court in November 1997 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. He left it on July 20, 2009 to join the law firm Elliott Greenleaf.[1]

Early life and education

A New Jersey native, Kauffman graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1956 with his bachelor's degree and graduated from Yale Law School in 1959 with his LL.B.[2]

Professional career

Kaufmann clerked for State Appeals Judge Vincent Haneman in the New Jersey Superior Court from 1959 to 1960, after which he worked in private practice from 1960 to 1980 in Pennsylvania. In 1980, Kauffman was appointed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court by Governor Dick Thornburg, a position he filled from 1980 to 1982. Kauffman then spent 1982-1997 in private practice. He also taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law from 1995 to 1997.

Judicial career

Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Kauffman was nominated by President Bill Clinton on July 31, 1997, to a seat vacated by James McGirr Kelly as Kelly assumed senior status. Kauffman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 8, 1997 and received his commission on November 12, 1997. Kauffman assumed senior status on February 11, 2008 and served in that position until leaving the court to join a private law firm on July 20, 2009.[1] Kauffman was succeeded in this position by Darnell Jones.


Judge Kauffmann announced on July 14, 2009 that he would retire from his judgeship on July 20, 2009. He joined the Philadelphia based law firm of Elliott Greenleaf. Kauffman's responsibilities with the firm will be bringing in clients as well as handling a mediation practice. Kauffman will also devote some time during his retirement to advocate for an independent and fairly compensated federal and state judiciary by lobbying for judicial reform.[3]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
James McGirr Kelly
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Seat #14T
Succeeded by:
Darnell Jones