History of the Federal Judiciary

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Oetken, James Paul
Born 1965 in Louisville, KY

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Nominated by Barack Obama on January 26, 2011, to a seat vacated by Denny Chin. Confirmed by the Senate on July 18, 2011, and received commission on July 20, 2011.

University of Iowa, B.A., 1988
Yale Law School, J.D., 1991

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Richard D. Cudahy, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1991-1992
Law clerk, Hon. Louis F. Oberdorfer, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, 1992-1993
Law clerk, Hon. Harry A. Blackmun, Supreme Court of the United States, 1993-1994
Private practice, Washington, D.C., 1995-1997
Attorney, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, 1997-1999
Associate counsel, President William J. Clinton, 1999-2001
Private practice, New York City, 2001-2004
Associate general counsel, Cablevision Systems Corporation, 2004-2011; vice president, 2004-2007; senior vice president, 2007-2011


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