Katharine Sweeney Hayden

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Katherine Sweeney Hayden
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Assumed office
May 30, 2010
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
In office
September 29, 1997 – May 30, 2010
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by H. Lee Sarokin
Succeeded by Esther Salas
Personal details
Born Katherine Sweeney
(1942-05-30) May 30, 1942 (age 75)
New York City, New York
Education Marymount Manhattan College (B.A.)
Seton Hall University (M.A.)
Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D.)

Katharine Sweeney Hayden (born May 30, 1942) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in New York City, New York, Hayden received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marymount Manhattan College in 1963, a Master of Arts from Seton Hall University in 1971, and a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1975. She was a law clerk for Judge Robert L. Clifford of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1975 to 1976. After her clerkship she became an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey from 1976 to 1978. She was in private matrimonial law practice in New Jersey from 1978 to 1991, and then became a judge for the New Jersey Superior Court (Family Division) from 1991 to 1997.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Hayden was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 6, 1997, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by H. Lee Sarokin.[4] She was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 1997, and received her commission on September 29, 1997. Hayden assumed senior status on May 30, 2010. Hayden continues her connection to her alma mater, Seton Hall University School of Law, serving as an adjunct professor teaching course on Persuasion & Advocacy and Sentencing, and frequently employing Seton Hall Law students as judicial clerks and interns.

Personal[edit]

Hayden is married to Joseph A. Hayden, Jr., a criminal defense attorney and partner at the New Jersey law firm of Walder Hayden & Brogan. She has two sons.[3] Her son Matt Sweeney is a musician who has played in Chavez (band) and Zwan as well as being a touring bassist for Guided by Voices and Iggy Pop and hosting Noisey's show Guitar Moves.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Judiciary, United States Congress Senate Committee on the (1 January 1995). "Confirmation Hearings on Federal Appointments: Hearings Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Third Congress, First Session on Confirmations of Appointees to the Federal Judiciary". U.S. Government Printing Office – via Google Books. 
  2. ^ Duger, Rose (September 29, 2011). "Kearny, NAACP reach hiring agreement". NJ.com. New Jersey On-Line LLC. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  3. ^ a b Hoffman, Jan (15 October 1995). "Judge Hayden's Family Values". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Pristin, Terry (12 February 1997). "New Jersey Daily Briefing: Nominated to Federal Bench". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
H. Lee Sarokin
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
1997–2010
Succeeded by
Esther Salas