Mark R. Kravitz

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Mark Richard Kravitz
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
In office
June 12, 2003 – September 30, 2012
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Alfred V. Covello
Succeeded by Jeffrey A. Meyer
Personal details
Born Mark Richard Kravitz
(1950-06-21)June 21, 1950
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died September 30, 2012(2012-09-30) (aged 62)
Guilford, Connecticut
Education Wesleyan University (B.A.)
Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)

Mark Richard Kravitz (June 21, 1950 – September 30, 2012) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Early life and education[edit]

Kravitz was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1950. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1972 from Wesleyan University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), he received a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1975, where he served as Managing Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.[1]

After graduating from law school, Kravitz served as a law clerk to Judge James Hunter III, Circuit Judge, of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and subsequently to Chief Justice (then Justice) William H. Rehnquist, of the United States Supreme Court.


Before his appointment to the federal bench, Kravitz was a partner at the Connecticut-based law firm of Wiggin and Dana, LLP, where his practice centered on appellate litigation. While in private practice, he argued cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, United States Courts of Appeals and various state supreme courts throughout the United States.[1] From 1999 to 2003, Kravitz served as a regular commentator and columnist for the National Law Journal on appellate law. He also has authored numerous articles on a variety of legal topics. In 2006 and 2009, he was appointed a Senior Fellow in Law at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Law, in Melbourne, Australia. Kravitz also was a Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School.

District court service[edit]

He was nominated by U.S. President George W. Bush to fill a seat on the court vacated by Alfred V. Covello on March 27, 2003 and was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 11, 2003. He received his commission on June 12, 2003.


Kravitz died on September 30, 2012, in Guilford, Connecticut.[2] He died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's disease."[3] By the time of his death, he was no longer hearing criminal cases or conducting civil trials.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Biography Page - Mrk". 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  2. ^ "US District Judge Mark Kravitz dies in Conn. at 62". 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Maureen Lopes (2012-06-03). "Mark and Wendy Kravitz « In The Light Newsletter". Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  4. ^ Michael P. Mayko (2012-09-24). "Out of state judges coming to Connecticut to help with federal backlog - Connecticut Post". Retrieved 2012-10-02. 

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Preceded by
Alfred V. Covello
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
Succeeded by
Jeffrey A. Meyer