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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #9
Station:   New York, NY
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   10/2/1992-Present
Chief:   10/1/2006-8/31/2013
Preceded by:   Wilfred Feinberg
Personal History
Born:   1944
Hometown:   New York, NY
Undergraduate:   Queens College CUNY, 1964
Law School:   New York University, 1973
Grad. School:   New York University, 1965

Dennis G. Jacobs is a federal appeals judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City. He joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. At the time of appointment, he was a private practice attorney. Jacobs served as the chief judge of the court from October 1, 2006 to August 31, 2013. Prior to his appointment, Jacobs was a private practice attorney in New York.[1]

Early life and education

Born in New York City, New York, in 1944, Jacobs graduated from Queens College, City University of New York with his bachelor's degree in 1964, and received both his Master's degree and Juris Doctor from New York University, in 1965 and 1973 respectively.[1] Jacobs was a lecturer in the English Department of Queens College, City University New York from 1967 until 1969.[2]

Professional career

Jacobs was a private practice attorney in the State of New York from 1973 to 1992.[1]

Judicial career

Second Circuit

On the recommendation of New York U.S. Senator Al D'Amato, Jacobs was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President George H.W. Bush on March 20, 1992, to a seat vacated by Wilfred Feinberg. Jacobs was confirmed by the Senate on September 29, 1992, and received commission on October 2, 1992.[3]

Notable cases

Hiram Monserrate case (2010)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (Monserrate v. New York State Senate, 599 F. 3d 148)

District Judge William Pauley denied a request by former New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate to stop a decision made by the New York Senate to expel him on February 9, 2010.[4]

Monserrate was expelled after being convicted of domestic violence towards his girlfriend which is considered a misdemeanor.[4]

The case was appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, but the appellate court judges, Gerard Lynch, Dennis Jacobs, and Jane Restani, ruled that the district court "did not abuse its discretion in determining that the Monserrate Appellants failed to establish a likelihood of success on the merits of any of the claims they press on appeal. We thus need not reach any of the other arguments advanced by the parties. For the foregoing reasons, we affirm the district court's denial of the preliminary injunction."[5]

Fed Reserve disclosure (2010)

     United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (BLOOMBERG, LP v. BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF FED. RESERVE, 601 F. 3d 143)

Bloomberg News talking about their suit against the Fed.

On August 24, 2009, District Judge Loretta Preska ruled that the Federal Reserve must disclose the recipients of emergency loans and aid during the economic downturn.[6]

Bloomberg News took court action after the nation's central bank refused to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request. According to the network, Bloomberg News hoped that if it made public the recipients of bailout money, it would deter more bailout money from being handed out.[6]

As part of her order, Preska gave the Federal Reserve five days to hand over the documents. On August 28, 2009, Preska delayed her order requiring the Federal Reserve to disclose bailout recipients. Preska also allowed the Fed to file an appeal with the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.[7]

The case was subsequently argued in front of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on January 11, 2010, and decided on March 19, 2010. The appellate court judges, Dennis Jacobs, Pierre Leval, and Peter Hall, upheld the decision reached by Preska.[8]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Wilfred Feinberg
Second Circuit
Seat #9
Succeeded by: