Christopher F. Droney

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Christopher F. Droney
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
June 30, 2019 – January 2, 2020
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
In office
December 1, 2011 – June 30, 2019
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byGuido Calabresi
Succeeded byWilliam J. Nardini
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
In office
September 18, 1997 – December 1, 2011
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byAlan Harris Nevas
Succeeded byMichael P. Shea
United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut
In office
1993–1997
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byStanley Twardy
Succeeded byStephen C. Robinson
Personal details
Born
Christopher Fitzgerald Droney

(1954-06-22) June 22, 1954 (age 65)
Hartford, Connecticut
EducationCollege of the Holy Cross (B.A.)
University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D.)

Christopher Fitzgerald Droney (born June 22, 1954) is a former United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and former Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Droney received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross in 1976 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1979. While at law school, Droney was an editor of the Connecticut Law Review. He was in private practice in Hartford, Connecticut from 1979 to 1993, and was also deputy mayor of West Hartford from 1983 to 1985, and then Mayor of West Hartford from 1985 to 1989. He was the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut from 1993 to 1997.[1]While U.S. Attorney, Droney gave a presentation to the President and Attorney General in the East Room of the White House on strategies to reduce gang violence.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On June 5, 1997, Droney was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut vacated by Alan H. Nevas. Droney was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on September 11, 1997, and received his commission on September 18, 1997.

On May 4, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Droney to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to replace Judge Guido Calabresi who took senior status in 2009. On November 28, 2011, the United States Senate confirmed his nomination by a vote of 88–0.[2] He received his commission on December 1, 2011.[3] On April 15, 2019, Droney announced he would take senior status on the court, beginning June 30, 2019.[4] In August 2019, Droney announced that he will retire from the bench in January 2020, and resume private practice with the firm of Day Pitney. Droney indicated personal reasons for his decision to retire.[5] He retired from active service on January 2, 2020.

Notable cases[edit]

While on the Court of Appeals, Droney authored the Ragbir opinion, which held that immigrants could not be deported in retaliation for their protected First Amendment speech, and Force v. Facebook, which held that the matchmaking algorithms of Facebook were protected by a federal immunity statute. He also provided the deciding vote for the panel in Windsor v. United States, which held that the Equal Protection Clause guaranteed the right of same-sex couples to marry. He also dissented from the denial of en banc in the Microsoft email case, arguing that the United States could obtain emails of Microsoft customers that were stored abroad. Droney also joined in the Knight First Amendment Institute v. Trump opinion, which held that the President's twitter account was a First Amendment-protected public forum, as well as the Vance v. Trump opinion, which held that the President's personal tax returns were not immune from production in response to a state grand jury subpoena.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Senate Questionnaire" (PDF).
  2. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 112th Congress - 1st Session".
  3. ^ "Droney, Christopher Fitzgerald - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  4. ^ "Connecticut's Judge Christopher Droney to retire, creating vacancy for President Trump to fill on Second Circuit Court of Appeals". courant.com. Hartford Courant.
  5. ^ Mahony, Edmund H. "Federal Judge Christopher Droney to leave U.S. Circuit Court for position with Hartford law firm". courant.com.

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Preceded by
Stanley Twardy
United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut
1993–1997
Succeeded by
Stephen C. Robinson
Preceded by
Alan Harris Nevas
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
1997–2011
Succeeded by
Michael P. Shea
Preceded by
Guido Calabresi
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
2011–2019
Succeeded by
William J. Nardini