Nelson S. Roman

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Nelson Roman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 13, 2013
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Richard Berman
Personal details
Born 1960 (age 53–54)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Fordham University
Brooklyn Law School

Nelson Stephen Román (born 1960) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

Román was born in 1960 in New York City of Puerto Rican ancestry.[3][4] He was raised in the Bronx and educated in the New York City public schools system. He graduated from Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1984 from Fordham University. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1989 from Brooklyn Law School. Prior to receiving his Juris Doctorate, he worked as a police officer in New York City for seven years.

Legal career[edit]

From 1989 to 1995, Román served as an Assistant District Attorney in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. He served as a law clerk for Judge Jose A. Padilla, Jr. of the New York City Civil Court from 1995 to 1998. He served as a Judge of the New York City Civil Court from 1998 to 2002, handling housing cases during his first two years and civil matters during his final two years. He served as a Justice of the New York Supreme Court in Bronx County from 2003 to 2009 where he handled civil matters. He served as an Associate Justice of the First Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court from 2009 to 2013, having been appointed to that post by Governor David Paterson.[5] He served as President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association from 1997–1998.[3]

Nomination to District Court[edit]

On September 20, 2012, President Obama nominated Román to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, to the seat vacated by Judge Richard M. Berman who took senior status on September 11, 2011.[5] On January 2, 2013, his nomination was returned to the President, due to the sine die adjournment of the Senate.

On January 3, 2013, he was renominated to the same office. He received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 23, 2013, and his nomination was reported to the floor on February 28, 2013, by voice vote.[6] On May 9, 2013, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 97 ayes to 0 nays. He received his commission on May 13, 2013.

References[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Richard Berman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
2013–present
Incumbent