Jane A. Restani

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Jane Restani
Judge of the United States Court of International Trade
In office
November 16, 1983 – March 1, 2015
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Herbert Maletz
Succeeded by Gary Stephen Katzmann
Chief Judge of the United States Court of International Trade
In office
November 1, 2003 – November 1, 2010
Preceded by Gregory Carman
Succeeded by Donald Pogue
Personal details
Born (1948-02-27) February 27, 1948 (age 69)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis

Jane A. Restani (born February 27, 1948 in San Francisco, California) is a Senior Judge of the United States Court of International Trade. She was appointed to the Court on November 16, 1983 by President Ronald Reagan. She served as chief judge of the Court from 2003 to 2010.


She graduated first in her class in 1966 from Mercy High School (San Francisco). She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1969 in political science, cum laude, from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a member of the Tower and Flame Honor Society. She received teaching credentials in 1970 from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1973, she received her Juris Doctor (fifth in her class) at the University of California, Davis School of Law. She was a law review staff writer in her second year, and articles editor in her third. She was a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi.[1]

Department of Justice career[edit]

She was admitted to practice law in California in 1973 and began her legal career in the Civil Division of the Justice Department, where she served as a trial attorney from 1973 to 1976. She served as assistant chief of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division from 1976 to 1980. She served as Director of the Commercial Litigation Branch of the Civil Division from 1980 to 1983.[1]

Trade Court service[edit]

On November 3, 1983, President Reagan nominated Restani to serve as a Judge for the United States Court of International Trade, to the seat vacated by Judge Herbert N. Maletz. She was confirmed by the Senate on November 15, 1983 and received her commission the following day.[2] She assumed senior status on March 1, 2015.

Views on Wikipedia[edit]

In the case BP Products North America v. US, Court No. 06-00184, Restani wrote, "Based on the ability of any user to alter Wikipedia, the court is skeptical of it as a consistently reliable source of information. At this time, therefore, the court does not accept Wikipedia for the purposes of judicial notice."

Professional Honors and Activities[edit]

  • Member, Bankruptcy-Consumer and Commercial Subcommittee of the Corporation, Banking and Business Law Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Senior Executive Service Outstanding Performance Rating, September 1981
  • Civil Division Performance Award, May 1980
  • Meritorious Award, December 1979
  • Outstanding Performance Rating, March 1979
  • Department of Justice Special Achievement Award, October 1976
  • Attorney General's Special Commendation, December 1975
  • Guest Lecturer on Debtor-Creditor Law, Antioch School of Law
  • Author, "Bankruptcy," Civil Division Practice Manual[1]


  1. ^ a b c Willard, Richard K. (Deputy Asst Atty Gen, Civil Division) (1982-07-13). "Appointments to U.S. Claims Court" (PDF). Records Pertaining to John G. Roberts, Jr., Correspondence Files of Kenneth W. Starr, Counselor to the Attorney General, 1981-83, Accession No. 60-88-0498. National Archives and Records Administration. pp. 19–21. Retrieved 2008-04-22. in Folder: Court of Claims / Series: Correspondence Files of Ken Starr, 1981-83 / Acc. #60-880498 Box 2 / RG 60 Department of Justice
  2. ^ Biographical Directory of Federal Judges

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Herbert Maletz
Judge of the United States Court of International Trade
Succeeded by
Gary Stephen Katzmann
Preceded by
Gregory Carman
Chief Judge of the United States Court of International Trade
Succeeded by
Donald Pogue