Raymond Lohier

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Raymond Lohier
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 20, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Sonia Sotomayor
Personal details
Born (1965-12-01) December 1, 1965 (age 48)
Montreal, Canada
Spouse(s) Donna Hae Kyun Lee
Alma mater Harvard University
New York University

Raymond Joseph Lohier, Jr. (born December 1, 1965) is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and formerly an American prosecutor and an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He was the chief of the securities and commodities fraud task force in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's office. He was recommended by Sen. Charles Schumer for the nomination to the seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that was vacated by Sonia Sotomayor when she was elevated to the Supreme Court of the United States. Lohier is the first Haitian-American to serve as an Article III Federal Judge and to be confirmed (unanimously) by the United States Senate as a Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit in New York.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

A Canadian-American of Haitian heritage,[2] Lohier graduated from Friends' Central School, a Quaker School outside of Philadelphia in 1984. From Friends' Central he went on to earn a A.B. cum laude from Harvard College and then earned a law degree from New York University School of Law,[2] where he served as Editor in Chief of the NYU Annual Survey of American Law.

He worked as a law clerk for Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr. on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Early in his career, Lohier worked as an associate in the law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He became an Assistant United States Attorney in 2000, and later became deputy chief and then chief of the narcotics unit. He later became deputy chief and then chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force.[2]

Lohier may be most known in his career at the U.S. Attorney's office for having helped to oversee the Bernard Madoff investigation and also for having worked as a prosecutor on the Marc Stuart Dreier case.[3]

Nomination to the Second Circuit[edit]

On February 8, 2010, Schumer announced that he would recommend Lohier for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit that was vacated by Sonia Sotomayor.[2] On March 10, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Lohier to that seat.[4] On December 19, 2010, Lohier was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 92-0.

Indefinite detention ruling[edit]

On September 17, 2012, Lohier issued a temporary stay to a District Court ruling which had enjoined the enforcement of the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012. The stay will remain in effect until a three judge panel of the Second Circuit formally rules on the provision.[5]

Personal[edit]

Lohier's wife, Donna Hae Kyun Lee, teaches law at City University of New York School of Law.[6] The couple married in 1999.[7] They live in Brooklyn.[8]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Sonia Sotomayor
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
2010–present
Incumbent