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The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (in case citations, 2d Cir.) is one of the thirteen United States Courts of Appeals. Its territory comprises the states of Connecticutmarker, New Yorkmarker, and Vermontmarker, and the court has appellate jurisdiction over the district courts in the following districts:



The Second Circuit ordinarily has its clerk's office and hears oral arguments at the Thurgood Marshall U.S.marker Courthousemarker in Foley Squaremarker in lower Manhattan. Due to renovations at that building, during the summer of 2006 the court temporarily relocated to the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S.marker Courthousemarker in New York, New Yorkmarker across Pearl Street from the Marshall Courthouse. Some of the Court's offices, including the Office of Legal Affairs, have moved to the Woolworth Buildingmarker for the duration of the renovations, which are expected to take several years.

Current composition of the court

With 9 active and 13 senior judges, the Second Circuit is midsized among the thirteen United States courts of appeals.

, the judges on the court are:


Vacancies and pending nominations

Judge Guido Calabresi assumed senior status on July 21, 2009. No replacement nomination has yet been named for that seat.

Two additional vacancies were created on August 6, 2009, with the United States Senate voting to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Courtmarker and with Judge Robert D. Sack assuming senior status. On October 6, 2009, President Obama nominated United States District Judge Denny Chin to the seat that Sack had occupied.

A fourth vacancy was created on October 10, 2009, when Judge Barrington Parker assumed senior status.

List of former judges

Chief judges





Succession of seats









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  name=F. Parker|
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  name='''Hall'''|
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  term=2004–present|
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  name=Anderson|
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  term=1964–1971|
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{{U.S. judge succession 2 row|
  name=Timbers|
  state=CT|
  term=1971–1981|
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{{U.S. judge succession 2 row|
  name=Pratt|
  state=NY|
  term=1982–1993|
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{{U.S. judge succession 2 row|
  name=Leval|
  state=NY|
  term=1993–2002|
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{{U.S. judge succession 2 row|
  name='''Wesley'''|
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  term=2003–present|
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  text=Established on May 19, 1961 by 75 Stat. 80|
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  name=Kaufman|
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  term=1961–1987|
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{{U.S. judge succession 2 row|
  name=Walker|
  state=NY|
  term=1989–2006|
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{{U.S. judge succession 2 row|
  name='''Livingston'''|
  state=NY|
  term=2007–present|
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  name=Hays|
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  name=Gurfein|
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  term=1974–1979|
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  name=Pierce|
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  term=1990–1998|
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  name=Straub|
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  term=1998–2008|
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  name='''Lynch'''|
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  term=2009–present|
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  seat title=Seat 9|
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  name=Marshall|
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  name=Feinberg|
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  name='''Jacobs'''|
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  text=Established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629|
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  name=Kearse|
  state=NY|
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  name='''Raggi'''|
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  term=2002–present|
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  seat title=Seat 11|
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  text=Established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629|
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  name=Newman|
  state=CT|
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  text=Established on July 10, 1984 by 98 Stat. 333|
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  text=Established on July 10, 1984 by 98 Stat. 333|
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  name=Mahoney|
  state=NY|
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  name=Sotomayor|
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==Notables==
*Judge [[Learned Hand]] served on the Second Circuit from 1924 to 1951, as did his cousin, [[Augustus Noble Hand]], from 1927 until 1953.
*Judge [[Henry Friendly]] served on the court from 1959 to 1974, and wrote a large number of notable and enduring opinions.

==See also==
* [[Federal judicial appointment history#Second Circuit]]
Judge Sonia Maria Sotomayor, President Barack Obama on May 26, 2009, nominated her for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice David Souter.

== Notes ==



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