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Jesse Matthew Furman (born June 7, 1972) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Jesse M. Furman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Assumed office
February 17, 2012
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byAlvin Hellerstein
Personal details
Jesse Matthew Furman

(1972-06-07) June 7, 1972 (age 47)
New York City, New York
ParentsGail Furman
Jay Furman
RelativesJason Furman (brother)
EducationHarvard College (B.A.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)


Early life and educationEdit

Furman is the son of psychologist Gail (née Gorman) and real estate developer Jay Furman.[1] He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1994 and then was a Henry Fellow at Oxford University from 1994 until 1995.[2] He received a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School in 1998.[2] From 1998 until 1999, Furman served as a law clerk for then United States District Judge and future United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey.[2] He then served as a law clerk for United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Jose Cabranes from 1999 until 2000. Furman also served as a clerk to Associate Justice David Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States from 2002 until 2003.[2][3]

Professional careerEdit

Furman worked as a lawyer at the law firm Wiggin & Dana from 2000 until 2002 and again from 2003 until 2004.[2] In 2004, he became a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney. From 2007 until 2009, he worked in the office of the United States Attorney General as Counselor to the Attorney General.[2][3] A 2005 article in the New York Observer identified Furman as a potential future Supreme Court nominee.[4]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On June 7, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Furman to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York that had been vacated by Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who had taken senior status in January 2011.[2][5] On September 15, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported his nomination to the Senate floor by voice vote. On February 15, 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on Furman's nomination.[6] On February 16, 2012, the Senate, by unanimous consent, vitiated the cloture vote on the nomination and agreed to a final vote on the nomination. On February 17, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed Furman in a 62–34 vote.[7] He received his commission the same day.[3]

Notable casesEdit

In January 2019 Furman heard a pair of cases challenging the Trump administration's plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 United States Census. On January 15 he ruled against the plan, ordering the United States Census Bureau to stop preparing for it "without curing the legal defects". His decision is appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States.[8]


He is married to Ariela Dubler.[9] Furman's brother Jason Furman served as an economic adviser to President Barack Obama.[10] Furman is Jewish.[9][11]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "In Memoriam: Jay Furman, 1942-2015". New York University School of Law News. January 5, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g White House: Office of the Press Secretary (June 7, 2011). "President Obama Nominates Four to the United States District Court". Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Furman, Jesse Matthew – Federal Judicial Center".
  4. ^ Schneider-Mayerson, Anna (2005-11-03). "The Little Supremes". The New York Observer. Archived from the original on October 13, 2008. Retrieved 2015-06-10.
  5. ^ The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (June 7, 2011). "Nominations Sent to the Senate". Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2012-08-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress – 2nd Session".
  8. ^ Wang, Hansi Lo (January 15, 2019). "Judge Orders Trump Administration To Remove 2020 Census Citizenship Question". NPR. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  9. ^ a b "UJA-Federation of New York mourns the passing of Jay Furman, longtime supporter of UJA-Federation and a distinguished leader in our community as a member of UJA-Federation's Finance Committee & Board of Directors". The New York Times. January 6, 2015.
  10. ^ Gerstein, Josh (June 17, 2008). "An Ex-New-York-Knife-Juggler To Hone Obama's Econ Policy". The New York Sun. Retrieved June 8, 2011.
  11. ^ "Tribal Allegiance: The Strange Nexus of a Brooklyn Rabbi and Hedge-Fund King Steven Cohen". Tablet Magazine. 16 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2019.

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