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Who is Joseph Bianco?

Judge Joseph Bianco is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from New York.   

Age: 52

Current Position: U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of New York (New York, NY)

Education:

  • B.A., Georgetown University; magna cum laude (1988)
  • J.D., Columbia Law School; Kent Scholar (outstanding academic achievement); Editor, Columbia Law Review (1991)

Judicial Clerkships: Judge Peter K. Leisure, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (1992-1993)

Experience:

  • 1991-1992, 1993-1994: Associate, Simpson Thatcher LLP (New York, NY)
  • 1994-2003: Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (New York, NY)
  • 2003-2004: Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP (New York, NY)
  • 2004-2006: Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)
  • 2006-Present: U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of New York (New York, NY)

Career Notes:

  • President George W. Bush nominated Bianco to be a U.S. District Judge in 2005, and he was confirmed by voice vote on January 3, 2006.
  • As a political appointee in President George W. Bush’s Department of Justice, Bianco supervised the Counterterrorism Section, the Fraud Section, the Appellate Section, and the Capital Case Unit.
  • Judge Bianco has taught courses at St. John’s University School of Law, Hofstra University School of Law, and Touro Law Center on topics including Counterterrorism Law, Sentencing, and Criminal Procedure. 

Professional Activities

  • Judge Bianco is a frequent speaker and panelist at Federalist Society events on topics including Federalism and Separation of Powers, National Security Law, Government Enforcement and the Financial Sector.

Biographical Notes

  • Judge Bianco is a native of Flushing, New York and is an ordained Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. He and his wife have six children.

 

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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