United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York

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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 toSecond Circuit
EstablishedFebruary 25, 1865
Judges assigned15
Chief judgeCarol Bagley Amon
Official site
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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 toSecond Circuit
EstablishedFebruary 25, 1865
Judges assigned15
Chief judgeCarol 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.

#TitleJudgeDuty stationBornTerm of serviceAppointed by
39Chief JudgeCarol Bagley AmonBrooklyn, NY19461990–present2011–presentG.H.W. Bush
45District JudgeJohn GleesonBrooklyn, NY19531994–presentClinton
49District JudgeSandra J. FeuersteinCentral Islip, NY19462003–presentG.W. Bush
50District JudgeDora IrizarryBrooklyn, NY19552004–presentG.W. Bush
51District JudgeSandra L. TownesBrooklyn, NY19442004–presentG.W. Bush
52District JudgeJoseph Frank BiancoCentral Islip, NY19662006–presentG.W. Bush
53District JudgeEric Nicholas VitalianoBrooklyn, NY19482006–presentG.W. Bush
54District JudgeBrian Mark CoganBrooklyn, NY19542006–presentG.W. Bush
55District JudgeRoslynn Renee MauskopfBrooklyn, NY19572007–presentG.W. Bush
56District JudgeKiyo A. MatsumotoBrooklyn, NY19552008–presentG.W. Bush
57District JudgeWilliam Francis Kuntz IIBrooklyn, NY19502011–presentObama
58District JudgeMargo Kitsy BrodieBrooklyn, NY19662012–presentObama
59District JudgePamela K. ChenBrooklyn, NY19612013–presentObama
60District Judgevacant
61District Judgevacant
21Senior JudgeJack B. WeinsteinBrooklyn, NY19211967–19931980–19881993–presentJohnson
26Senior JudgeThomas Collier Platt, Jr.Central Islip, NY19251974–20011988–19952001–presentNixon
32Senior JudgeIsrael Leo GlasserBrooklyn, NY19241981–19931993–presentReagan
34Senior JudgeLeonard D. WexlerCentral Islip, NY19241983–19941994–presentReagan
35Senior JudgeEdward R. KormanBrooklyn, NY19421985–20072000–20072007–presentReagan
36Senior JudgeRaymond J. DearieBrooklyn, NY19441986–20112007–20112011–presentReagan
38Senior JudgeArthur Donald SpattCentral Islip, NY19251989–20042004–presentG.H.W. Bush
40Senior JudgeSterling Johnson, Jr.Brooklyn, NY19341991–20032003–presentG.H.W. Bush
41Senior JudgeDenis Reagan HurleyCentral Islip, NY19371991–20042004–presentG.H.W. Bush
42Senior JudgeJoanna SeybertCentral Islip, NY19461993–20142014–presentClinton
44Senior JudgeFrederic BlockBrooklyn, NY19341994–20052005–presentClinton
46Senior JudgeAllyne R. RossBrooklyn, NY19461994–20112011–presentClinton
47Senior JudgeNina GershonBrooklyn, NY19401996–20082008–presentClinton
48Senior JudgeNicholas GaraufisBrooklyn, NY19482000–20142014–presentClinton

Vacancies and pending nominations[edit]

SeatSeat last held byVacancy reasonDate of vacancyNomineeDate of nomination
14Joanna SeybertSenior StatusJanuary 13, 2014Joan AzrackSeptember 18, 2014
7Nicholas GaraufisSenior StatusOctober 1, 2014
8Sandra J. FeuersteinSenior StatusJanuary 21, 2015[6]

Former judges[edit]

#JudgeStateBorn/DiedActive serviceChief JudgeSenior statusAppointed byReason for
1Benedict, Charles LinnaeusCharles Linnaeus BenedictNY1824–19011865–1897Lincoln, Lincolnretirement
2Tenney, Asa WentworthAsa Wentworth TenneyNY1833–18971897–1897McKinley, McKinleydeath
3Thomas, Edward BeersEdward Beers ThomasNY1848–19291898–1906McKinley, McKinleyresignation
4Chatfield, ThomasThomas ChatfieldNY1871–19221907–1922Roosevelt, T.T. Rooseveltdeath
5Veeder, Van VechtenVan Vechten VeederNY1867–19421911–1917Taft, Taftresignation
6Garvin, Edwin LouisEdwin Louis GarvinNY1877–19601918–1925Wilson, Wilsonresignation
7Campbell, Marcus BeachMarcus Beach CampbellNY1866–19441923–1944Harding, Hardingdeath
8Inch, Robert AlexanderRobert Alexander InchNY1873–19611923–1958[7]1948–19581958–1961Harding, Hardingdeath
9Moscowitz, Grover M.Grover M. MoscowitzNY1886–19471925–1947Coolidge, Coolidgedeath
10Galston, Clarence G.Clarence G. GalstonNY1876–19641929–19571957–1964Hoover, Hooverdeath
11Byers, Mortimer W.Mortimer W. ByersNY1877–19621929–19601958–19591960–1962Hoover, Hooverdeath
12Abruzzo, Matthew T.Matthew T. AbruzzoNY1889–19711936–19661966–1971Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltdeath
13Kennedy, Harold MauriceHarold Maurice KennedyNY1895–19711944–1952Roosevelt, F.F. Rooseveltresignation
14Rayfiel, Leo F.Leo F. RayfielNY1888–19781947–19661966–1978Truman, Trumandeath
15Bruchhausen, WalterWalter BruchhausenNY1892–19761953–19671959–19621967–1976Eisenhower, Eisenhowerdeath
16Zavatt, Joseph CarmineJoseph Carmine ZavattNY1900–19851957–19701962–19691970–1985Eisenhower, Eisenhowerdeath
17Bartels, John RiesJohn Ries BartelsNY1897–19971959–19731973–1997Eisenhower, Eisenhowerdeath
18Mishler, JacobJacob MishlerNY1911–20041960–19801969–19801980–2004Eisenhower, Eisenhowerdeath
19Dooling Jr., John FrancisJohn Francis Dooling Jr.NY1908–19811961–19761976–1981Kennedy, Kennedydeath
20Rosling, GeorgeGeorge RoslingNY1900–19731961–1973[8]Kennedy, Kennedydeath
22Judd, Orrin GrimmellOrrin Grimmell JuddNY1906–19761968–1976Johnson, L.L. Johnsondeath
23Travia, Anthony J.Anthony J. TraviaNY1911–19931968–1974Johnson, L.L. Johnsonresignation
24Costantino, Mark AmericusMark Americus CostantinoNY1920–19901971–19871987–1990Nixon, Nixondeath
25Neaher, Edward RaymondEdward Raymond NeaherNY1912–19941971–19821982–1994Nixon, Nixondeath
27Bramwell, HenryHenry BramwellNY1919–20101974–19871987–2010Ford, Forddeath
28Pratt, George C.George C. PrattNY1928–present1976–1982Ford, Fordreappointment
29Sifton, Charles ProctorCharles Proctor SiftonNY1935–20091977–20001995–20002000–2009Carter, Carterdeath
30Nickerson, EugeneEugene NickersonNY1918–20021977–19941994–2002Carter, Carterdeath
31McLaughlin, Joseph M.Joseph M. McLaughlinNY1933–20131981–1990Reagan, Reaganreappointment
33Altimari, Frank X.Frank X. AltimariNY1928–19981982–1985Reagan, Reaganreappointment
37Raggi, ReenaReena RaggiNY1951–present1987–2002Reagan, Reaganreappointment
43Trager, David G.David G. TragerNY1937–20111993–20062006–2011Clinton, Clintondeath

Succession of seats[edit]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.

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