Steven McAuliffe

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Steven McAuliffe
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Court Information:
District of New Hampshire
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   10/10/1992 - 3/31/2013
Chief:   2004 - 2011
Senior:   4/1/2013-Present
Preceded by:   Norman Stahl
Succeeded by:   Landya McCafferty
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   Cambridge, MA
Undergraduate:   Virginia Military Institute, B.A., 1970
Law School:   Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1973
Military service:   U.S. Army, 1973-1977,
U.S. Army Reserve, 1978-1979
Steven J. McAuliffe (b. 1948) is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. He has been on the court since his 1992 nomination from President George H.W. Bush, and served as Chief Judge for the court from 2004 to 2011. At the time of nomination, McAuliffe was a private practice attorney in New Hampshire.[1][2] On April 1, 2013, McAuliffe assumed senior status.[3]

Early life and education

McAuliffe earned his B.A. from the Virginia Military Institute in 1970 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1973.[1]

Military service

  • 1973-1977: U.S. Army Captain, JAG Corps
  • 1978-1979: U.S. Army Reserve Captain, JAG Corps[1]

Professional career

  • 1977-1980: Assistant state attorney general, New Hampshire
  • 1980-1992: Private practice, Concord, New Hampshire[1]

Judicial career

District of New Hampshire

He was nominated by George H.W. Bush on September 9, 1992 to a seat vacated by Norman Stahl. McAuliffe was subsequently confirmed by the Senate on October 8, 1992, receiving his commission on October 10, 1992. He has served as Chief Judge for the court from 2004 to 2011.[1]

On April 1, 2013, Judge Steven McAuliffe assumed senior status for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire after serving on the court for over 20 years.[4]

Awards and associations

  • Member and Vice-Chair, University System of New Hampshire Board of Trustees
  • President and member of the board, New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member, Board of the Office of Public Guardian
  • Chair, Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee for New Hampshire[2]

Notable cases

NH State Medicaid Case (2012)

     United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire ((dead link) Dartmouth-Hitchcock v. NHDHHS, 11-cv-358-SM)

On March 2, 2012, Chief Judge Steven McAuliffe of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire ruled against a state in a decision that will require the state Department of Health and Human Services to begin following federal guidelines with regard to Medicaid reimbursement rates. The federal government requires that the DHHS announce rate changes with a 15 day notice that provides a justification for changes, followed by a subsequent 30 day comment period. Ten New Hampshire hospitals filed suit, claiming that the state failed to give proper notice, failed to justify the changes and failed to provide hearings. McAuliffe sided with the hospitals and in his 31 page order, demanded that the state comply with the federal laws.[5]

Pledge of Allegiance case (2009)

     United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire (Freedom From Religion Foundation v. Hanover School, Civil No. 07-cv-356-SM)

Judge McAuliffe presided over a case involving the use of the term "under god" in the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States. On October 2, 2009, McAuliffe dismissed a case from the Freedom from Religion Foundation filed on behalf of the parents of two New Hampshire school students who believe their constitutional rights were being violated.[6]

See also

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Norman Stahl
District of New Hampshire
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Landya McCafferty

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