William H. Pauley III

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William H. Pauley III
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Assumed office
March 1, 2018
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
In office
October 22, 1998 – March 1, 2018
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by Peter K. Leisure
Succeeded by vacant
Personal details
Born William H. Pauley III
(1952-08-14) August 14, 1952 (age 65)
Glen Cove, New York
Education Duke University (A.B.)
Duke University School of Law (J.D.)

William H. Pauley III (born August 14, 1952) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Glen Cove New York, Pauley received an Artium Baccalaureus degree from Duke University in 1974 and a Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law in 1977. He was a law clerk for the Office of the Nassau County Attorney in New York City from 1977 to 1978. He was a Deputy county attorney of Nassau County Attorney' Office in 1978. He was in private practice in New York City from 1978 to 1998. He was an assistant counsel for the New York State Assembly Minority Leader from 1984 to 1998.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On May 21, 1998, Pauley was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated by Peter K. Leisure. Pauley was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 21, 1998, and received his commission on October 22, 1998. He assumed senior status on March 1, 2018.

Notable decisions[edit]

Among his notable decisions was that involving Ben-ami Kadish, a United States National who pleaded guilty to passing classified information to Israel. On December 27, 2013, he also ruled that the NSA's bulk collection of metadata on nearly every phone call made in the United States is legal.[1][2] Pauley's ruling contrasted with a ruling of a similar suit in the District of Columbia by Richard J. Leon.[3] On May 7, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed his ruling and remanded the case for further consideration.[4]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Peter K. Leisure
Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
1998–2018
Vacant