Peter W. Hall
Peter Welles Hall
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit|
|Assumed office |
July 7, 2004
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Fred I. Parker|
|United States Attorney for the District of Vermont|
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Charles Tetzlaff|
|Succeeded by||David Kirby|
Peter Welles Hall
November 9, 1948
|Education||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A., M.A.)|
Cornell Law School (J.D.)
Peter Welles Hall (born November 9, 1948) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Hall began his university education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree. He earned his Juris Doctor at Cornell Law School. During his third year of law school, Hall served as President of the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic. After law school, Hall clerked for United States District Judge Albert Coffrin.
Hall's legal career prior to joining the federal bench was divided between the United States Attorney's Office and private practice. He was an Assistant United States Attorney for Vermont from 1978-1986 before going into private practice. Following George W. Bush's election to the Presidency in 2001, Hall returned to the federal government, this time as the United States Attorney for Vermont. He served in that position until his appointment to the Second Circuit.
Federal judicial service
President Bush nominated Hall to the Second Circuit on December 9, 2003, to fill the vacancy left by Judge Fred I. Parker. Supported by Vermont Senators Jim Jeffords and Patrick Leahy, Hall's nomination was uncontroversial, and he was confirmed on June 24, 2004, by voice vote. He received his judicial commission on July 7, 2004.
Hall has written opinions on United States v. Wei Guang Wang, an immigration case; United States v. Feliz, an interpretation of the U.S. Supreme Court's Crawford v. Washington precedent; and United States v. Stewart, affirming the 2004 perjury conviction of Martha Stewart.
- Pres. Nom. 976, 107th Cong. (2001).
- Pres. Nom. 1195, 108th Cong. (2004).
- Recent Case: Second Circuit Holds That Autopsy Reports Are Not Testimonial Evidence, 120 Harv. L. Rev. 1707 (2007).
- Peter W. Hall at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
| United States Attorney for the District of Vermont
Fred I. Parker
| Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit