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Jane Restani

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Jane Restani
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of International Trade
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   11/16/1983-Present
Chief:   2003-2010
Preceded by:   Herbert Maletz
Personal History
Born:   1948
Hometown:   San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate:   University of California, Berkeley, 1969
Law School:   University of California, Davis Law, 1973

Jane A. Restani is an Article III federal judge for the United States Court of International Trade. She joined the court in 1983 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. She served as the chief judge from 2003 to 2010.[1]


Restani graduated from University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law with her bachelor's degree in 1969 and from University of California Davis School of Law with her J.D. in 1973.[1]

Professional career

Restani was a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice from 1973 to 1976. Restani was an Assistant Chief of the Civil Division's Commercial Litigation Branch from 1976 to 1980, before serving as its Director until 1983.[1]

Judicial career

Court of International Trade

Restani was nominated to the United States Court of International Trade by President Ronald Reagan on November 3, 1983, to a seat vacated by Judge Herbert N. Maletz. Restani was confirmed by the Senate on November 15, 1983, and received commission on November 16, 1983. Restani has served as chief judge of the Court of International Trade from 2003 until 2010.[1]

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 an 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.[2]

Monserrate was expelled after being convicted of domestic violence towards his girlfriend which is considered a misdemeanor.[2]

The judge's decision will allow a special election on March 16, 2010 to select the replacement to his Senate seat.[2]

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."[3]

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