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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of New York|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Preceded by:||John Elfvin|
|Undergraduate:||St. Bonaventure University|
|Law School:||Villanova University Law|
|Military service:||U.S. Army, 1966-1967|
Richard J. Arcara is a federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. He joined the court in 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Arcara served as the chief judge between 2003 and 2010. Prior to joining the court, he was the Erie County District Attorney. Arcara assumed senior status on January 1, 2015.
Arcara served as a U.S. Army Captain in the Military Police Corps between 1966 and 1967.
- 1982-1988: District attorney, Erie County, New York
- 1975-1981: United States District Attorney, Western District of New York
- 1973-1974: First assistant United States attorney, Western District of New York
- 1969-1973: Assistant United States Attorney, Western District of New York
- 1968-1969: Attorney in private practice
Western District of New York
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Al D'Amato, Arcara was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on August 7, 1987, to a seat vacated by Judge John Elfvin. Arcara was confirmed by the Senate on February 19, 1988, on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on February 22, 1988. Arcara served as the chief judge of the court between 2003 and 2010. Arcara transitioned to senior status on January 3, 2014.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Western District of New York
|Magistrate judges||Jonathan Feldman • Leslie Foschio • Jeremiah McCarthy • Marian Payson • Hugh Scott • Kenneth Schroeder •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|