Paul Joseph Kelly Jr.

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Paul Joseph Kelly Jr.
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Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Assumed office
December 31, 2017
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
In office
April 13, 1992 – December 31, 2017
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Seat established by 104 Stat. 5089
Succeeded by Joel M. Carson III
Personal details
Born Paul Joseph Kelly Jr.
1940 (age 77–78)
Freeport, New York, U.S.
Education University of Notre Dame (B.B.A.)
Fordham University School of Law (J.D.)

Paul Joseph Kelly Jr. (born 1940) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. His chambers are in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Freeport, New York, Kelly received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1963 and a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law in 1967. Kelly began his career at the law firm Cravath, Swaine, and Moore in New York City.[1] He was then in private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1967 to 1992. He was a New Mexico state representative from 1977 to 1981.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On November 19, 1991, Kelly was nominated by President George H. W. Bush to a new seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit created by 104 Stat. 5089. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 8, 1992, and received his commission on April 13, 1992.[2] He assumed senior status on December 31, 2017.

Honors and other interests[edit]

In October 2008, Judge Kelly was honored in the Great Hall of the United States Supreme Court Building with the Professionalism Award of the American Inns of Court for the Tenth Circuit.

Kelly still works as a volunteer fire and emergency service volunteer. He is also an avid golfer and skier.[3]

Judicial philosophy[edit]

A law review article entitled "Who Would Win a Tournament of Judges" lists Kelly as one of the most commonly cited appellate judges currently serving. Only Judge Posner and Judge Easterbrook consistently bested Kelly.[4] Kelly stated in an Above the Law article that he has no set judicial philosophy—he has decisions landing on both sides of the spectrum.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul J. Kelly, Jr". www.nndb.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Kelly, Paul Joseph, Jr. - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  3. ^ a b "How Appealing's 20 questions site". howappealing.abovethelaw.com. 
  4. ^ "Who Would Win a Tournament of Judges". eScholarship. Retrieved 2015-12-02. 

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Legal offices
New seat Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
1992–2017
Succeeded by
Joel M. Carson III