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Joseph Laplante

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Joseph Laplante
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   12/28/2007 - Present
Chief:   2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Joseph DiClerico
Personal History
Born:   1965
Hometown:   Nashua, NH
Undergraduate:   Georgetown U., A.B., 1987
Law School:   Georgetown U. Law, J.D., 1990
Joseph Normand Laplante (b. 1965) is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. He joined the court in 2007 after an appointment from George W. Bush. At the time of appointment, Laplante was the First assistant U.S. attorney for District of New Hampshire. He became chief judge for the court in 2011.[1][2]

Early life and education

  • Georgetown University, A.B., 1987
  • Georgetown University Law School, J.D., 1990[1]

Professional career

  • Private practice, New Hampshire, 1990-1993
  • Senior assistant attorney general, Office of the Attorney General, State of New Hampshire, 1993-1998
  • Trial attorney, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1998-1999
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts, 2000-2002
  • First assistant U.S. attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Hampshire. 2002-2007[1]

Judicial career

District of New Hampshire

Laplante is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. He was nominated by George W. Bush on June 13, 2007, to a seat vacated by Joseph DiClerico; and subsequently confirmed by the Senate on December 14, 2007, receiving his commission on December 28, 2007.[2] He became chief judge for the court in 2011.

Awards and associations


  • New Hampshire Bar Foundation’s Robert Kirby Award
  • Lt. Steven P. Demo Law Enforcement Award
  • Boston Police Department Distinguished Service Award
  • New England Narcotic Enforcement Officers’ Association’s “Billy Yout Memorial Award,”
  • Congressional Law Enforcement Awards
  • State’s top prosecutor by New Hampshire Magazine, 2003[2]


  • Webster-Batchelder American Inn of Court,
  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Advisory Board, St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program
  • Nashua Region Board of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation (chairman 2006-08)
  • Nashua Police Athletic League
  • Youth Safe Haven (chairman 2003-08)
  • St. Christopher School Advisory Board[2]

Congressional oath of office

In 2013, Laplante administered the oath of office to Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Annie Kuster at the beginning of their new term.[3]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Joseph DiClerico
District of New Hampshire
Seat #3
Succeeded by:

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