United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

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Eastern District of New York
Second Circuit
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Judges: 13
Posts: 15
Vacancies: 2
Active judges
Chief: Carol Amon
Senior Judges
Magistrate Judges
Chief Magistrate: Steven Gold
Former Judges
(Numbers indicate % of seats vacant.)
More than 40%

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York is one of ninety-four United States district courts. The courthouses are located in Brooklyn and Central Islip. When decisions of the court are appealed, they are appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals based in Lower Manhattan at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Federal Courthouse.

The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current district attorney is Loretta Lynch.[1]

Vacancy warning level

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York's vacancy warning level is yellow. The court currently has two vacancies.

Pending nominations

Ann M. DonnellyUniversity of Michigan, 1981Ohio State University College of Law, 1984
LaShann Moutique DeArcy HallAntioch College, 1992Howard University School of Law, 2000

Active judges

Article III judges

JudgeBornHomeAppointed byActiveChiefPreceededBachelorsLaw
Chief Judge Carol Amon1946Richmond, VAH.W. Bush 08/07/1990 - Present2011 - PresentMark CostantinoWilliam and Mary, B.A., 1968Virginia Law, J.D., 1971
Judge Joseph Bianco1966Flushing, NYW. Bush 1/3/2006-PresentDenis HurleyGeorgetown, 1988Columbia Law, 1991
Judge Brian Cogan1954Chicago, ILW. Bush 06/07/2006 - PresentFrederic BlockUniversity of IllinoisCornell Law
Judge John Gleeson1953Bronx, NYClinton 09/29/1994 - PresentJack WeinsteinGeorgetown U., 1975University of Virginia School of Law, 1980
Judge Dora Irizarry1955San Sebastian, Puerto RicoW. Bush 07/08/2004 - PresentReena RaggiYale, B.A., 1976Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1979
Judge Kiyo Matsumoto1955Raleigh, NCW. Bush 07/22/2008 - PresentEdward KormanUniversity of California at Berkeley, B.A., 1976Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1981
Judge Roslynn Mauskopf1957Washington, D.C.W. Bush 10/18/2007-PresentDavid TragerBrandeis University, 1979Georgetown University Law Center, 1982
Judge Sandra Townes1944Spartanburg, SCW. Bush 8/2/2004-PresentSterling JohnsonJohnson C. Smith University, 1966Syracuse University College of Law, 1976
Judge Eric Vitaliano1948Staten Island, NYW. Bush 01/19/2006 - PresentArthur SpattFordham College, B.A., 1968New York U. Law, J.D., 1971
Judge Joan Azrack1951Neptune, NJObama 12/16/2014-PresentJoanna SeybertRutgers University, 1974New York Law School, 1979
Judge William Kuntz1950New York, NYObama 10/4/2011 - PresentNina GershonHarvard, A.B., 1972Harvard Law, J.D., 1977
Judge Margo Brodie1966St. John`s, AntiguaObama 2/27/2012 - PresentAllyne RossSt. Francis College, B.A., 1988University of Pennsylvania Law, J.D., 1991
Judge Pamela Ki Mai Chen1961Chicago, ILObama 3/4/2013 - PresentRaymond DearieUniversity of Michigan, B.A., 1983Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1986

Active Article III judges by appointing political party

This graph displays the percent of active judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.


Senior judges

JudgeAppointed byActiveChiefSeniorBachelorsLaw
Senior Judge Raymond DearieReagan 03/19/1986-04/02/20112007-201104/03/2011-PresentFairfield University, 1966St. John's University School of Law, 1969
Senior Judge Leo GlasserReagan 12/10/1981 - 06/30/199307/01/1993 - PresentCollege of the City of New York, B.A., 1943Brooklyn Law, LL.B., 1948
Senior Judge Denis HurleyH.W. Bush 11/05/1991 - 12/17/200412/18/2004 - PresentUniversity of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business, B.S., 1959Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1966
Senior Judge Sterling JohnsonH.W. Bush 07/02/1991 - 05/31/200306/01/2003 - PresentBrooklyn College, B.A., 1963Brooklyn Law School, LL.B., 1966
Senior Judge Edward KormanReagan 11/04/1985 - 10/24/20072000 - 200710/25/2007 - PresentBrooklyn College, B.A., 1963Brooklyn Law School, LL.B., 1966
Senior Judge Thomas PlattNixon 03/08/1974 - 01/31/20011988 - 199502/01/2001 - PresentYale, B.A., 1947Yale Law School, LL.B., 1950
Senior Judge Arthur SpattH.W. Bush 11/27/1989 - 11/30/200412/01/2004 - PresentBrooklyn Law, LL.B., 1949
Senior Judge Jack WeinsteinL.B. Johnson 04/15/1967 - 02/28/19931980 - 198803/01/1993 - PresentBrooklyn College, B.A., 1943Columbia Law, LL.B., 1948
Senior Judge Leonard WexlerReagan 06/22/1983 - 06/29/199406/30/1994 - PresentIndiana U., 1947New York U. School of Law, 1950
Senior Judge Sandra FeuersteinW. Bush 9/22/2003-1/21/20151/21/2015-PresentUniversity of Vermont, 1966Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 1979
Senior Judge Nicholas GaraufisClinton 5/25/2000-9/30/201410/1/2014-PresentColumbia College, 1969Columbia Law School, 1974
Senior Judge Nina GershonClinton 08/01/1996 - 10/15/200810/16/2008 - PresentCornell, B.A., 1962Yale Law, LL.B., 1965
Senior Judge Allyne RossClinton 9/29/1994 - 4/4/20114/5/2011 - PresentWellesley College, B.A., 1967Harvard Law, J.D., 1970
Senior Judge Joanna SeybertClinton 11/24/1993-1/13/20141/13/2014-PresentUniversity of Cincinnati, 1967St. John`s University School of Law, 1971
Senior Judge Frederic BlockClinton 09/29/1994 - 08/31/200509/01/2005 - PresentIndiana U., A.B., 1956Cornell Law, LL.B., 1959

Senior judges by appointing political party

This graph displays the percent of senior judges by the party of the appointing president and does not reflect how a judge may rule on specific cases or their own political preferences.


Magistrate judges

Chief Magistrate Judge Steven Gold1993 - PresentWesleyan U., B.A., 1977Yale Law School, J.D., 1980
Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom2001 - PresentStonybrook SUNY, B.A., 1981Buffalo Law Alumni, J.D., 1985
Magistrate Judge Marilyn Go1993 - PresentHarvard-Radcliffe, B.A., 1973Harvard Law School, J.D., 1977
Former Magistrate Judge Robert Levy1995 - PresentHarvard CollegeNew York U. Law School
Magistrate Judge Arlene Lindsay1994 - PresentUniversity of Dayton, B.A., 1968New York U. Law, J.D., 1975
Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann1994 - PresentYale College, B.A., 1972Stanford Law School, J.D., 1975
Magistrate Judge James Orenstein2004 - PresentHarvardNew York U. School of Law
Magistrate Judge Viktor Pohorelsky1995 - PresentTulane U., B.A., 1971Tulane Law School, J.D., 1980
Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak11/01/1995 - PresentPrinceton, 1975University of Chicago Law, J.D., 1978
Magistrate Judge Ramon Reyes, Jr.02/2006 - PresentCornell, B.S., 1988Brooklyn Law , J.D., 1992
Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson02/24/2006 - PresentRutgers U., B.A.St. John's U. Law, J.D.
Magistrate Judge William Wall2000 - PresentRutgers U., A.B., 1971Fordham U. Law, J.D., 1977
Magistrate Judge Vera Scanlon08/14/2012 - Present
Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown11/08/2011 - PresentColumbia CollegeYale Law School


The Counties of the Eastern District of New York (click for larger map)

The Eastern District of New York has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.

The geographic jurisdiction of the Eastern District of New York consists of all the following counties in the eastern part of the state of New York.




Federal Court Caseload Statistics*
YearStarting case load:Cases filed:Total cases:Cases terminated:Remaining cases:Median time(Criminal)**:Median time(Civil)**:3 Year Civil cases#:Vacant posts:## Trials/Post
2013 109428341192837598 1168521.28.71166 (13.9%)518
2012 110477963190108013 1099716.68.71116 (14.7%)1719
2011 105958214188097721 1108815.58.81135 (14.8%)23.724
2010 107227757184797934 10545188.91,172(15.8%)1220
2009 104447236176806923 10757199.51,255(16.7%)11.418
2008 116456951185968221 1037518.812.6942(13.2%)8.816
*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September.    **Time in months from filing to completion.
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts.    ##This is the total number of months that any judicial posts had spent vacant that year.

Notable cases

For a searchable list of notable decisions, please see Decisions for the Eastern District of New York.


The Judiciary Act of 1789 organized the United States District Court for the District of New York as one federal district court with one judgeship, which was initially filled by James Duane. The District of New York, in turn, was assigned to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eastern Circuit. Both courts, the district and the circuit, became defunct when the Judiciary Act of 1801 reorganized the federal courts into six circuits. At that time, the District of New York was assigned to the Second Circuit, where all New York federal district courts have since remained.[22]

Judicial posts

The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Eastern District of New York:[22]

Year Statute Total Seats
September 1789 1 Stat. 73 1 (District of New York)
February 25, 1865 13 Stat. 438 1 (Creation of court)
June 25, 1910 36 Stat. 838 2
September 14, 1922 42 Stat. 837 3 (1 temporary)
February 28, 1929 45 Stat. 1409 5 (1 temporary)
August 19, 1935 49 Stat. 659 6
May 19, 1961 75 Stat. 80 8
June 2, 1970 84 Stat. 294 9
October 20, 1978 92 Stat. 1629 11
July 10, 1984 98 Stat. 333 12
December 1, 1990 104 Stat. 5089 15

Former chief judges

In order to qualify for the office of chief judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy in the office of chief judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a chief judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion.[23][24]

Former judges

For information on judges of the Eastern District of New York, see former federal judges of the Eastern District of New York.

Federal courthouse

The court's main office is housed in the Theodore Roosevelt United States Courthouse in Brooklyn.[25]

See also

External links


  1. Offices of the United States Attorneys, Official list
  2. Department of Justice, "Irish National Pleads Guilty in New York to Crimes Relating to Illegal Trafficking of Endangered Rhinoceros Horns," November 5, 2013
  3. New York Times, "Rhino Horns: a) Increase Potency; b) Cure Cancer; or c) Bring a Prison Term," November 8, 2013
  4. Department of Justice, "Irish National Sentenced to Serve 14 Months in Prison for Trafficking of Endangered Rhinoceros Horns," January 10, 2014
  5. New York Times, "In Rhino Horn Case, Judge Sees a Criminal Instead of a ‘Naïve Kid’," January 10, 2014
  6. New York Daily News, "Vinny Gorgeous vows to act as own lawyer at death penalty murder trial," July 20, 2009
  7. New York Times, "For Mobster, a Life Term, Not His First, Offers Relief," June 1, 2011
  8. 8.0 8.1 New York Times, "Judge Finds Racial Bias in Fire Dept. Tests," July 23, 2009
  9. NBC New York, "FDNY's Hiring Practices Were Discriminatory: Judge," January 13, 2010
  10. New York Post, "Federal judge appoints former prosecutor to ensure fair minority treatment in FDNY," November 9, 2011
  11. New York Daily News, "Brooklyn Federal Judge orders state to find new housing for thousands of mentally ill adults," September 9, 2009
  12. New York Daily News, "Brooklyn Federal Court demands 1,500 housing units each year for mentally ill," March 3, 2010
  13. New York Post, "Judge Garaufis' conflict," March 8, 2010 (dead link)
  14. New York Daily News, "Federal judge sides with city teacher Faith Kramer, who used vulgar terms during lesson on AIDS," May 21, 2010
  15. New York Daily News, "Judge Jack Weinstein rips NYPD on false arrests as brothers sue for $10M over wrongful narcs bust, November 30," 2009
  16. WSJ Law Blog, "A Case Pitting Spin Against Fraud," October 12, 2009
  17. New York Times, "Bear Stearns Ex-Managers to Pay $1 Million to Settle Fraud Case," February 13, 2012
  18. New York Times, "S.E.C. Reaches Settlement in Bear Stearns Fraud Case," February 9, 2012
  19. New York Times, "New York Wins Round in Fight Against Indian Tobacco Vendors," August 26, 2009
  20. United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, "City of New York v. Golden Feather Smoke Shop, Inc.," March 4, 2010
  21. New York Law Journal, "Circuit Reinstates RICO Action in Sale of Contraband Cigarettes," July 17, 2012
  22. 22.0 22.1 History of the Eastern District of New York from the Federal Judicial Center
  23. United States Courts, "Frequently Asked Questions"
  24. United States Courts, "On Being Chief Judge," February 2009
  25. New York Times, "U.S. Courthouse Is Named for Theodore Roosevelt," December 30, 2008