Dennis M. Cavanaugh
|Dennis Michael Cavanaugh|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey|
September 20, 2000 – January 31, 2014
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Alfred M. Wolin|
|Succeeded by||Madeline Cox Arleo|
|Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey|
|Born||Dennis Michael Cavanaugh
January 28, 1947
Orange, New Jersey
|Education||Morehead State University (B.A.)
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)
Dennis Michael Cavanaugh (born January 28, 1947) is a retired United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Early life and education
Cavanaugh was born on January 28, 1947 in Orange, New Jersey. He was raised as an Irish Catholic. Cavanaugh was educated at Morehead State University (Bachelor of Arts, 1969) and Seton Hall University School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1972). Cavanaugh teaches at Seton Hall as a member of the law school's adjunct faculty.
Cavanaugh began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Francis W. Hayden in the New Jersey Superior Court (1972–73). He was then an Assistant Deputy Public Defender for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender (1973–77) before entering private practice in various law firms in New Jersey (1977–92). Cavanaugh's private practice includes his partnership at the law firms of McCormack Petrolle & Matthews (1992), Whipple Ross & Hirsh (1987–92) and Tompkins McGuire & Wachenfeld (1984–87). He also served as a partner (1980–84) and associate (1977–80) at Lum Biunno & Tompkins. Cavanaugh was the Borough Prosecutor for the Borough of Caldwell (1988–89).
Federal judicial service
Cavanaugh was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 3, 2000, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by Judge Alfred M. Wolin. Cavanaugh was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 21, 2000 and received commission on September 20, 2000. Cavanaugh was formerly a United States Magistrate Judge of the same district (1993–2000).
- "Cavanaugh, Dennis M. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
Alfred M. Wolin
|Judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Madeline Cox Arleo