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Early life 
Judge Conboy received an A.B. (bachelor degree) from Fordham College, in 1961, a J.D. (law degree) from the University of Virginia School of Law, in 1964, and an M.A. from Columbia University in 1980. He served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966 where he achieved the rank of Captain.
Conboy accrued an extensive range of experience and responsibilities when he worked in a range of positions: as a trial attorney, chief of the rackets bureau, and executive assistant district attorney for the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in New York City from 1966 to 1977. He also acted as deputy commissioner and general counsel to the New York City Police Department from 1978 to 1983, as criminal justice coordinator for New York City from 1984 to 1986, and as commissioner of investigation from 1986 to 1987.
He became a federal judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York when he was nominated to the court by Ronald Reagan on November 5, 1987, to a seat vacated by Robert L. Carter, confirmed by the United States Senate on December 19, 1987, and received his commission on December 21, 1987.
After six years, his service terminated on December 31, 1993 when he resigned. He has been in private practice at Latham & Watkins in New York City since 1994.
- Kenneth Conboy at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- CONBOY TO BE RECOMMENDED FOR JUDGESHIP, D'AMATO SAYS (NYT)
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