Joseph Normand Laplante

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Joseph Normand Laplante
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
Assumed office
2011
Preceded by Steven J. McAuliffe
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
Assumed office
December 28, 2007
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Joseph A. Diclerico Jr.
Personal details
Born Joseph Normand Laplante
1965 (age 51–52)
Nashua, New Hampshire
Education Georgetown University A.B.
Georgetown University Law Center J.D.

Joseph Normand Laplante (born 1965) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Education and career[edit]

Laplante was born in Nashua, New Hampshire. He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Georgetown University in 1987. He received a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law School in 1990. He was in private practice in New Hampshire, from 1990 to 1993. He was a senior assistant attorney general in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of New Hampshire, from 1993 to 1998. He was a trial attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, from 1998 to 1999. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, from 2000 to 2002. He was the First Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Hampshire, from 2002 to 2007.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Laplante was nominated by President George W. Bush on June 13, 2007, to a seat vacated by Joseph A. Diclerico Jr. and subsequently confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 2007, receiving his commission on December 28, 2007. He became Chief Judge in 2011.

Other activities[edit]

Laplante is a member of the Webster-Batchelder American Inn of Court, and has served on two New Hampshire Bar Association committees: the New Lawyer’s Committee (past chairman), and the Professionalism Committee (past chairman). He is also an advisory board member of the St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program, a program that he attended as a student in 1982.

Judge Laplante has served on the Nashua Region Board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (chairman 2006-08), the Nashua Police Athletic League and Youth Safe Haven (chairman 2003-08), and the St. Christopher School Advisory Board. He coordinates the youth wrestling program (K-8th grade) for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Nashua, and volunteers at the Corpus Christi Food Pantry.

He is a boxing referee, licensed to officiate both professional and amateur bouts.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Steven J. McAuliffe
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
2011-present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joseph A. Diclerico Jr.
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
2007-present