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Michael Chertoff

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Michael Chertoff (b. 1953) was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He was nominated by President George W. Bush on March 5, 2003, to a seat vacated by Morton I. Greenberg. Chertoff was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 9, 2003, and received commission on June 10, 2003. Service terminated on February 15, 2005, due to resignation.[1]


  • Harvard College, A.B., 1975
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1978[1]

Professional career

  • Law clerk, Hon. Murray Gurfein, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1978-1979
  • Law clerk, Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States, 1979-1980
  • Private practice, Newark, New Jersey, 1980-1983, 1994-2001
  • Assistant U.S. attorney, Southern District of New York, 1983-1987
  • First assistant U.S. attorney, District of New Jersey, 1987-1990
  • U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, 1990-1994
  • Special counsel for Whitewater Committee, U.S. Senate, 1994-1996
  • Assistant attorney general, U.S Department of Justice, 2001-2003
  • U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, 2005-[1]


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Morton Greenberg
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:
Michael Chagares