Luis Felipe Restrepo

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Luis Felipe Restrepo
L. Felipe Restrepo.jpg
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Assumed office
January 13, 2016
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byAnthony Joseph Scirica
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
In office
June 19, 2013 – January 13, 2016
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byAnita B. Brody
Succeeded byChad F. Kenney
Personal details
Born
Luis Felipe Restrepo

1959 (age 59–60)
Medellín, Colombia
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
Tulane University Law School (J.D.)

Luis Felipe Restrepo (born 1959), known commonly as L. Felipe Restrepo, is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Biography[edit]

Restrepo was born in Medellín, Colombia, and was raised in northern Virginia. He was sworn in as a United States Citizen on September 7, 1993.[1] He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his Juris Doctor in 1986 from Tulane Law School. Restrepo began his legal career as a law clerk at the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project. From 1987 to 1990, he served as an Assistant Defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He served as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1990 to 1993. He was a partner at the law firm of Krasner & Restrepo from 1993 to 2006. From 2006 to 2013, he served as a United States Magistrate Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania where he presided over a variety of criminal and civil matters.[2] He has served in a variety of teaching positions; since 1993 he has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Trial Advocacy at Temple University Beasley School of Law. From 1997 to 2009 he served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Trial Advocacy at University of Pennsylvania Law School and in the summer of 1992 he served as an Adjunct Professor teaching a course in Criminal Justice at Peirce College.[3][4]

Luis Felipe Restrepo and Senator Pat Toomey during Judge Restrepo's Senate Judiciary Hearing

Federal judicial service[edit]

Service on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania[edit]

On November 27, 2012, President Obama nominated Restrepo to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to the seat vacated by Judge Anita B. Brody, who took senior status on June 8, 2009.[2] On January 2, 2013, his nomination was returned to the President, due to the sine die adjournment of the Senate. On January 3, 2013, Obama renominated Restrepo to the same office.[5] The Senate confirmed his nomination on June 17, 2013, by voice vote. He received his commission on June 19, 2013.[4]

Service on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit[edit]

On November 12, 2014, Obama nominated Restrepo to serve as a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, to the seat vacated by Anthony Joseph Scirica who took senior status on July 1, 2013.[6][7] On December 16, 2014, his nomination was returned to the President due to the sine die adjournment of the Senate. On January 7, 2015, President Obama renominated him to the same position.[8] He received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 10, 2015.[9] On July 9, 2015, his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[10] On January 11, 2016, the United States Senate voted 82–6 in favor of his elevation to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.[11] He received his commission on January 13, 2016. Judge Restrepo was President Obama's last appellate Court Judge to be confirmed by the Senate.[4]

United States Sentencing Commission[edit]

On March 1, 2018, President Trump nominated Restrepo to serve as Commissioner of the United States Sentencing Commission, a seven-member independent body that sets federal sentencing guidelines. Restrepo's nomination was sent to the United States Senate and is awaiting a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Biography from Temple University" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-06.
  2. ^ a b "President Obama Nominates Three to the United States District Court". 27 November 2012.
  3. ^ "UNITED STATES.SENATE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY QUESTIONNAIRE FOR JUDICIAL NOMINEES" (PDF). United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "Restrepo, Luis Felipe – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
  5. ^ "President Obama Re-nominates Thirty-Three to Federal Judgeships". 3 January 2013.
  6. ^ "President Obama Nominates Two to Serve on the United States Courts of Appeals". 12 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". 12 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". 7 January 2015.
  9. ^ "United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary". www.judiciary.senate.gov.
  10. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – July 9, 2015" (PDF).
  11. ^ "U.S. Senate: U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 114th Congress – 2nd Session". www.senate.gov.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Anita B. Brody
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
2013–2016
Succeeded by
Chad F. Kenney
Preceded by
Anthony Joseph Scirica
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
2016–present
Incumbent