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J. Paul Oetken
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #28
Service:
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   80-13
Active:   7/18/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Denny Chin
Personal History
Born:   1965
Hometown:   Louisville, KY
Undergraduate:   University of Iowa, B.A., 1988
Law School:   Yale Law, J.D., 1991

J. Paul Oetken is a judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in January 2011. Previously, Oetken was the Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Cablevision Systems Corporation in Bethpage, New York.[1]

Education

Oetken received a B.A. from University of Iowa in 1988 and a J.D. degree from Yale Law in 1991.[2]

Professional career

  • 2004-2011: Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Cablevision Systems Corporation
  • 2003-2004: Counsel, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • 2001-2003: Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • 1999-2001: White House Counsel’s Office as Associate Counsel
  • 1997-1999: U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Legal Counsel
  • 1994-1997: Associate, Jenner & Block
  • 1993-1994: Law clerk for Associate Justice Harry Blackmun
  • 1992-1993: Law clerk for Judge Louis Oberdorfer
  • 1991-1992: Law clerk for Judge Richard Cudahy[2]

Judicial career

Southern District of New York

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:J. Paul Oetken
 Court:Southern District of New York
 Progress:Confirmed 173 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:1/26/2011
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Qualified
DefeatedDQuestionnaire:
ApprovedAHearing:3/16/2011
DefeatedDQFRs:
DefeatedDReported: 
ApprovedAConfirmed:7/18/2011
 Vote:

Oetken was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on January 26, 2011 by Barack Obama to fill the seat vacated by Denny Chin.[3] In the press release Obama stated, “Throughout their careers, these distinguished men and women have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to public service. I am confident they will serve the American people with distinction from the District Court bench.”[2]

Oetken was rated Unanimously Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 16, 2011 and you can find his hearing transcript here. He was moved out of committee on April 7, 2011.[4]

Oetken was confirmed to post on July 18, 2011, with a Senate vote of 80-13.[5]

Notable cases

AT&T Age Discrimination Lawsuit (2011)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (EEOC v. AT&T Inc et al, No. 09-07323)

In October of 2011, Judge Oetken gave his approval of a settlement between the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and AT&T. The commission had originally filed suit against AT&T claiming that violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 by refusing to rehire employees who had previously retired. Under the terms of the settlement AT&T "will not maintain any policy prohibiting the rehiring of employees who left AT&T under the relevant retirement programs," and, furthermore, will not retaliate against anyone involved in the litigation.[6]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Denny Chin
Southern District of New York
2011–Current
Succeeded by:
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