Lance M. Africk
|Lance M. Africk|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana|
April 17, 2002
|Nominated by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Edith Brown Clement|
|Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana|
|Born||Lance Michael Africk
December 1, 1951
New York City, New York
|Alma mater||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA, 1973)
University of North Carolina School of Law (JD, 1975)
Africk was born in New York, New York. He received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973, and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1975. From 1975 to 1976, he was a law clerk to James Gulotta, a judge of the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He entered the private practice of law in Louisiana from 1976 to 1977, and was thereafter Director of the Career Criminal Bureau, Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office from 1977 to 1980. He returned to private practice until 1982, and then became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana until 1990. In 1986, he began teaching as an instructor at the University of New Orleans.
Africk became a United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 1990. After the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, Africk changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. On January 23, 2002, Africk was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana vacated by Edith Brown Clement. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 17, 2002, and his received his commission the same day.
On March 31, 2011, Judge Africk sentenced former New Orleans police officer David Warren to 25 years and 9 months in federal prison on a federal civil rights violation of committing manslaughter with a firearm in the case of the death of Henry Glover. Judge Africk sentenced another former officer Greg MacRae to 17 years and 3 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release on obstruction of justice and another civil rights charge. "Henry Glover was not at the strip mall to commit suicide. He was there to retrieve some baby clothing. You killed a man. Despite your tendentious arguments to the contrary, it was no mistake," Africk told Warren.
Judge Africk served as the 54th president of the Sugar Bowl Committee in 2011-2012, and oversaw the game in which Michigan defeated Virginia Tech in an overtime win. Thereafter he helped in the presentation of the Sugar Bowl Trophy to Brady Hoke and the Wolverine Team.
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