Paul J. Barbadoro

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Paul James Barbadoro (born June 4, 1955) is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. In July 2016, he was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts as the chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Barbadoro was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and grew up in Acton, Massachusetts. He graduated from Gettysburg College in 1977 and earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1980.

Legal career[edit]

He was a New Hampshire Assistant Attorney General from 1980 to 1984, and was counsel to U.S. Senator Warren Rudman from 1984 to 1986. After a brief stint in private practice in Concord, New Hampshire, he served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition, during the Iran-Contra scandal in 1987. He returned to private practice in Concord from 1986 until he was appointed to the federal bench in 1992.

He is also an adjunct Professor of Business Law the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.[2]

Federal judicial career[edit]

At the time of his appointment, Barbadoro was the youngest candidate to ever be appointed as a federal judge.[3] He was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on September 9, 1992, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire vacated by Shane Devine. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 8, 1992, and received his commission the next day. He served as Chief Judge from 1997 to 2004.

More recently, in March 2008, Barbadoro was brought in from New Hampshire as a visiting judge to handle the case of former governor of Puerto Rico Aníbal Acevedo Vilá. The governor was indicted on 21 federal charges and due to the extensive coverage of case in the local media it was thought that Barbadoro would be a better choice for the case.[citation needed] On July 13, 2016, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Barbadoro to serve as chair of the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.[4] The Conference meets twice a year to consider administrative and policy issues affecting the court system, and to make recommendations to Congress concerning legislation involving the Judicial Branch.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chief Justice Names New Executive Committee Members". Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  2. ^ "Tuck School of Business | The Honorable Paul Barbadoro". www.tuck.dartmouth.edu. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  3. ^ "Acton Boxborough Colonial Club". abcolonialclub.com. Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  4. ^ "Chief Justice Names New Executive Committee Members". Retrieved 2016-07-19. 
  5. ^ "Chief Justice Names New Executive Committee Members". Retrieved 2016-07-19. 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Shane Devine
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
1992–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joseph A. Diclerico Jr.
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
1997–2004
Succeeded by
Steven J. McAuliffe