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United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

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The Eleven Circuits of the United States Court of Appeals were authorized by Congress and Article III of the US Constitution. The judges that serve on the bench are nominated by the President of the United States, and confirmed by the United States Senate. The judges serve a lifetime tenure.


Why the Courts were Established

The U.S. Courts of Appeals were the first Federal Courts designed exclusively to hear cases on appeal from trial courts. In an effort to relieve the caseload burden in the Supreme Court and to handle a dramatic increase in federal filings, Congress, in the Judiciary Act of 1891, established eleven courts of appeals, one for each judicial circuit.[1]

Second Circuit Location

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is one of eleven circuits of Federal Courts with Appellate Jurisdiction.  The Second Circuit court is located at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in Foley Square in lower Manhattan, New York. [2]

Second Circuit Jurisdiction

The Second Circuit has jurisdiction over the following districts:[3]

  •     District of Connecticut
  •     Eastern District of New York
  •     Northern District of New York
  •     Southern District of New York
  •     Western District of New York
  •     District of Vermont

Second Circuit Judges

Currently, there are eleven judges in regular active service and twelve judges in senior status that preside over the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The current Judges are:[4]  

Chief Judge:

  • Hon.Dennis G. Jacobs (Active)

Senior Status Judges:

  • Hon. Wilfred Feinberg
  • Hon. Jon O. Newman
  • Hon. Amalya L. Kearse
  • Hon. Ralph K. Winter
  • Hon. Roger J. Miner
  • Hon. John M. Walker, Jr.
  • Hon. Joseph M. McLaughlin
  • Hon. Pierre N. Leval
  • Hon. Guido Calabresi
  • Hon. Chester J. Straub
  • Hon. Barrington D. Parker                                            
  • Hon. Robert D. Sack

Active Judges:

  • Hon. Rosemary S. Pooler
  • Hon. Robert A. Katzmann
  • Hon. Reena Raggi
  • Hon. Denny Chin
  • Hon. José A. Cabranes
  • Hon. Raymond J. Lohier, Jr
  • Hon. Richard C. Wesley
  • Hon. Peter W. Hall
  • Hon. Debra Ann Livingston
  • Hon. Gerard E. Lynch


  1. http://www.fjc.gov/history/home.nsf/page/courts_coa_circuit_01.html
  2. http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/
  3. http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/
  4. http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/judgesmain.htm


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