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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of New York|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||2/22/1988 - Present|
|Chief:||2003 - 2010|
|Preceded by:||John Elfvin|
|Home State:||Buffalo, NY|
|Undergraduate:||St. Bonaventure U., B.A., 1962|
|Law School:||Villanova U. Law, J.D., 1965|
|Military service:||U.S. Army 1966-1967|
Richard J. Arcara is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. He joined the court in 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Arcara served as the Chief Judge between 2003 and 2010. Prior to his judicial appointment, he was the Erie County (New York) District Attorney.
Early life and Education
Arcara served as a U.S. Army Captain in the Military Police Corps between 1966 and 1967.
Arcara started his legal career as a private practice attorney in New York State from 1968 to 1969 before having a long career with the U.S. Attorney's Office first as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York from 1969 to 1973 and was promoted to first Assistant US Attorney from 1973 to 1974 before being nominated by President Gerald Ford as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York from 1975 to 1981 before becoming Erie County district attorney from 1982 to 1988.
Western District of New York
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Al D'Amato, Arcara was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on August 7, 1987 to a seat vacated by John Elfvin. Arcara was confirmed by the Senate on February 19, 1988 on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on February 22, 1988. Arcara served as the chief judge of the court between 2003 and 2010.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of New York
|Magistrate judges||Victor Bianchini • Jonathan Feldman • Leslie Foschio • Jeremiah McCarthy • Marian Payson • Hugh Scott • Kenneth Schroeder •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|