Michael Mukasey

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Michael Mikasey
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #14
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   11/9/1987 - 8/1/2006
Preceded by:   Abraham Sofaer
Succeeded by:   Richard Sullivan
Past chief:   2000-2006
Personal History
Born:   July 28, 1941
Undergraduate:   Columbia University, 1963
Law School:   Yale Law School, 1967

Michael B. Mukasey was the 81st Attorney General of the United States of America. In this role, he was both head of the United States Department of Justice and the chief law enforcement officer of the federal government. Judge Mukasey was nominated to be Attorney General by President George W. Bush on September 17, 2007, and confirmed by the United States Senate on November 8, 2007. His term ended on January 20, 2009.[1]

Prior to serving as Attorney General, Mukasey was a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York from 1987 to 2006. He served as Chief Judge on the court from 2000 until his retirement.[1]

Early life and education

Mukasey received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1963 and his law degree from Yale University in 1967.[1]

Professional career

2012 interview

In 2012, Mukasey was interviewed at Yeshiva University during the program "Religion and Ethics in an Age of Terror."

Judicial career

Southern District of New York

Mukasey was appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and served until 2006. Mukasey became Chief Judge in 2000 and served in that position until stepping down from the court.[2]

Awards and Recognition


  • Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence, Federal Bar Council
  • Honorary degree, Brooklyn Law School[1]


  • Lecturer in law, Columbia University
  • Director, William Nelson Cromwell Foundation
  • Director, Jewish Children's Museum[1]

See also

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Abraham Sofaer
Southern District of New York
Succeeded by:
Richard Sullivan