Jesse M. Furman

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Jesse Furman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Assumed office
February 17, 2012
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Alvin Hellerstein
Personal details
Born (1972-06-07) June 7, 1972 (age 43)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Harvard University
Yale University

Jesse Matthew Furman (born June 7, 1972) is a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Early life and education[edit]

Furman earned an A.B. from Harvard College in 1994 and then was a Henry Fellow at Oxford University from 1994 until 1995.[1] He received a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1998.[1]

From 1998 until 1999, Furman served as a law clerk for then United States District Judge and future U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey.[1] He then served as a law clerk for United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge Jose Cabranes from 1999 until 2000. Furman also served as a clerk to Associate Justice David Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States from 2002 until 2003.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Furman worked as a lawyer at the law firm Wiggin & Dana from 2000 until 2002 and again from 2003 until 2004.[1]

In 2004, Furman became a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, where he served as an Assistant United States Attorney. From 2007 until 2009, Furman worked in the office of the United States Attorney General as Counselor to the Attorney General.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On June 7, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Furman to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that had been vacated by Judge Alvin Hellerstein, who had taken senior status in January 2011.[1][2]

On September 15, 2011, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported his nomination to the Senate floor by voice vote.

On February 15, 2012, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture on Furman's nomination.[3] On February 16, 2012, the Senate, by unanimous consent, vitiated the cloture vote on the nomination and agreed to a final vote on the nomination.

On February 17, 2012, the United States Senate confirmed Furman in a 62–34 vote.[4] He received his commission the same day.


Furman's brother Jason Furman serves as an economic adviser to President Barack Obama.[5]


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Legal offices
Preceded by
Alvin Hellerstein
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York