Paul L. Friedman
Paul L. Friedman
|Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia|
|Assumed office |
December 31, 2009
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia|
June 16, 1994 – December 31, 2009
|Appointed by||Bill Clinton|
|Preceded by||Gerhard Gesell|
|Succeeded by||Beryl A. Howell|
|Born||February 20, 1944|
Buffalo, New York
|Education||Cornell University (B.A.)|
University of Buffalo Law School (J.D.)
Paul L. Friedman (born February 20, 1944) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He serves as Secretary of the American Law Institute.
Friedman was born in Buffalo, New York. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1965, where he was president of the Quill and Dagger society and a member of Zeta Beta Tau. He received a Juris Doctor from University at Buffalo Law School in 1968.
Friedman began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Aubrey Eugene Robinson Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 1968 to 1969, and then for Judge Roger Robb of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1969 to 1970. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia from 1970 to 1974. He was an Assistant United States Solicitor General from 1974 to 1976. He was in private practice of law at the firm of White & Case in Washington, D.C. from 1976 to 1994.
In June 1984, Friedman was elected to the American Law Institute and was elected to the ALI Council in October 1998. He began his first three-year term as ALI Secretary in 2013.
Friedman was nominated by President Bill Clinton on March 22, 1994, to a seat vacated by Gerhard A. Gesell. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 15, 1994, and received his commission on June 16, 1994. He assumed senior status on December 31, 2009.
Among Friedman's notable cases is the continuing supervision of John Hinckley, Jr., the would-be assassin of President Ronald Reagan. Friedman has issued rulings that relaxed the restrictions on Hinckley by allowing him to leave the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital to spend more days each month visiting his mother’s home town of Williamsburg, Virginia. On July 27, 2016, it was announced that Hinckley would be allowed to permanently reside there.
- Institute, The American Law. "Officers and Council - The American Law Institute - American Law Institute".
- "Friedman, Paul L. - Federal Judicial Center".
- Federal judge grants more freedom to John Hinckley Jr., Reagan’s would-be assassin Washington Post, Dec. 20, 2013
- Paul L. Friedman at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
| Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Beryl A. Howell