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Raymond Joseph Lohier Jr. (born December 1, 1965) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and formerly an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and a Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. He was the chief of the securities and commodities fraud task force in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's office. He was recommended by Sen. Charles Schumer for the nomination to the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that was vacated by Sonia Sotomayor when she was elevated to the Supreme Court of the United States. Lohier is the first Haitian American to serve as an Article III Federal Judge and to be confirmed (unanimously) by the United States Senate as a Judge for the Second Circuit in New York.[1] He was mentioned as a possible candidate for the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama.[2]

Raymond Joseph Lohier Jr.
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Assumed office
December 20, 2010
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded bySonia Sotomayor
Personal details
Born
Raymond Joseph Lohier Jr.

(1965-12-01) December 1, 1965 (age 53)
Montreal, Canada
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York
EducationHarvard University (A.B.)
New York University School of Law (J.D.)

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Early life and educationEdit

Lohier Jr. was born in Montreal, Canada, of Haitian heritage.[3] He graduated from Friends' Central School in Philadelphia in 1984.[4] From Friends' Central he went on to earn an Artium Baccalaureus degree cum laude from Harvard College and then earned a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law,[3] where he served as Editor in Chief of the NYU Annual Survey of American Law. He worked as a law clerk for Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[3][5]

Professional careerEdit

Early in his career, Lohier worked as an associate in the law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. From 1997 to 2000, Lohier served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, where he spearheaded employment discrimination-related litigation and worked on other civil rights matters of importance to the federal government.[6] He became an Assistant United States Attorney in 2000, and later became deputy chief and then chief of the narcotics unit. He later became deputy chief and then chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.[3][5]

Lohier may be most known in his career at the U.S. Attorney's office for having helped to oversee the Bernard Madoff investigation and also for having worked as a prosecutor on the Marc Stuart Dreier case.[7]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On February 8, 2010, Schumer announced that he would recommend Lohier for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that was vacated by Sonia Sotomayor.[3] On March 10, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Lohier to that seat.[8] On December 19, 2010, Lohier was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 92-0. He received his judicial commission on December 20, 2010.[5]

PersonalEdit

Lohier's wife, Donna Hae Kyun Lee, teaches law at City University of New York School of Law.[9] The couple married in 1999.[10] They live in Brooklyn.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Notable Haitians". Archived from the original on 26 March 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2014.
  2. ^ http://www.scotusblog.com/2016/03/potential-nominee-raymond-lohier-former-federal-prosecutor. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d e Schumer Pushes for Raymond J. Lohier to be Chosen for a Vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, (February 8, 2010).
  4. ^ "Alumni/ae". Friends' Central School. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  5. ^ a b c "Lohier, Raymond Joseph, Jr. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  6. ^ http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/judges/bios/rjl.html
  7. ^ Ashby Jones, From U.S. Attorney’s Office to Second Circuit for Ray Lohier?, Law Blog - Wall Street Journal (February 10, 2010).
  8. ^ President Obama Nominates Raymond Lohier, Jr. for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge Kate O'Malley for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Archived 2010-03-14 at the Wayback Machine (March 10, 2010).
  9. ^ "CUNY School of Law Faculty Profile - Donna Hae Kyun Lee".
  10. ^ WEDDINGS; Donna Lee and Raymond Lohier Jr., The New York Times (April 4, 1999).
  11. ^ Ryan Thompson, Senator Chooses Brooklyn Community Board Officer For Circuit Court, Brooklyn Daily Eagle (February 9, 2010).

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