Lance M. Africk

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Lance Michael Africk
Lance Michael Africk.jpg
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Assumed office
April 17, 2002
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Edith Brown Clement
Magistrate Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
In office
1990–2002
Personal details
Born Lance Michael Africk
(1951-12-01) December 1, 1951 (age 65)
New York City, New York
Residence New Orleans, Louisiana
Education University of North Carolina B.A.
University of North Carolina School of Law J.D.

Lance Michael Africk (born December 1, 1951) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Education and career[edit]

Africk was born on December 1, 1951,[1] in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina in 1973, and a Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1975. From 1975 to 1976, he was a law clerk to James Gulotta, a judge of the Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He entered the private practice of law in Louisiana from 1976 to 1977, and was thereafter Director of the Career Criminal Bureau for the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office from 1977 to 1980. He returned to private practice until 1982, and then became an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana until 1990. In 1986, he began teaching as an instructor at the University of New Orleans.[2]

District court service[edit]

Africk became a United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 1990.[2] After the election of Bill Clinton in 1992, Africk changed his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.[3] On January 23, 2002, Africk was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana vacated by Edith Brown Clement. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 17, 2002, and his received his commission the same day.[2][4]

Notable case[edit]

On March 31, 2011, Judge Africk sentenced former New Orleans police officer David Warren to 25 years and 9 months in federal prison on a federal civil rights violation of committing manslaughter with a firearm in the case of the death of Henry Glover. Judge Africk sentenced another former officer, Greg MacRae, to 17 years and 3 months in prison and 3 years of supervised release on obstruction of justice and another civil rights charge.[5][6] "Henry Glover was not at the strip mall to commit suicide. He was there to retrieve some baby clothing. You killed a man. Despite your tendentious arguments to the contrary, it was no mistake," Africk told Warren.[6]

Other interests[edit]

Judge Africk served as the 54th president of the Sugar Bowl Committee in 2011-2012,[7] and oversaw the game in which the University of Michigan Wolverines defeated Virginia Tech University in an overtime win. Thereafter he helped in the presentation of the Sugar Bowl Trophy to Brady Hoke and the Wolverine team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Africk, Lance M.". Biographical Directory of Federal Judges. Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ Crouere, Jeff (February 19, 2002). "Inside Jefferson Parish". Gambit Weekly. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Presidential Nomination: Lance Michael Africk". White House. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ Robertson, Campbell (March 31, 2011). "2 Former Officers Sentenced in Post-Katrina Killing". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ a b Kunzelman, Michael (March 31, 2011). "Ex-cops go to prison in post-Katrina killing". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Associated Press. Archived from the original on March 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Judge Lance Africk Named 54th Sugar Bowl President". Sugar Bowl. February 20, 2011. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Edith Brown Clement
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
2002–present
Incumbent