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Dennis Cavanaugh

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Dennis Cavanaugh
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #14
Station:   Newark, NJ
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   09/20/2000-1/31/2014
Preceded by:   Alfred Wolin
Succeeded by:   Madeline Arleo
Past post:   District of New Jersey, Magistrate Judge
Past term:   1993-2000
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Orange, NJ
Undergraduate:   Morehead State University, 1969
Law School:   Seton Hall University Law, 1972
Dennis Cavanaugh was a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. He joined the court in 2000 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Cavanaugh retired on January 31, 2014.[1]

Early life and education

A native of New Jersey, Cavanaugh graduated from Morehead State University in Morehead with his bachelor's degree in 1969 and graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law with his bachelor's degree in 1972.

Professional career

Cavanaugh began his law career as a law clerk for former State Superior Court Justice Francis Hayden in the New Jersey Superior Court from 1972 to 1973 before spending four years as a Assistant deputy public defender in the New Jersey Public Defender's Office from 1973 to 1977. In 1977, Cavanaugh entered into private practice work licensed in the State of New Jersey till his appointment as a federal magistrate judge in 1992. Cavanaugh also served as a Borough prosecutor for the Borough of Caldwell from 1988 to 1989.

Judicial career

District of New Jersey

Cavanaugh was elevated to the Federal bench in 1999. On the recommendation of New Jersey U.S. Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Torricelli, Cavanaugh was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 3, 2000, to a seat vacated by Alfred Wolin as Wolin assumed senior status. Cavanaugh was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 21, 2000, and received commission on September 20, 2000. Cavanaugh retired on January 31, 2014, after 13 years on the bench.[1]

District of New Jersey, magistrate

In 1993, Cavanaugh was appointed to a eight-year term as a full-term federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Alfred Wolin
District of New Jersey
Seat #14
Succeeded by:
Madeline Arleo

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