United States District Court for the Western District of New York
The United States District Court for the Western District of New York is a United States district court.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the Western District of New York's vacancy warning level is currently set at yellow. The court currently has one vacancy for its 4 posts and no pending appointments.
The United States Government is represented in the district by the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York. The current U.S. Attorney for the district is William J. Hochul, Jr..
The Western District of New York has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
|Federal Court Case Load Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September. **Time in months from filing to completion.|
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts. ##This is the total number of months that any all judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
The Western District of New York has two separate courthouses. Michael J. Roemer the official clerk of court, and all mail should be directed to him at either courthouse. All phone calls can be directed to the Clerk at 716-332-1700 (Buffalo) or 585-613-4000 (Rochester) between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Buffalo Office||U.S. Courthouse
68 Court Street Buffalo, NY 14202
|Michael J. Roemer|
Clerk of Court
|Rochester Office||Kenneth B. Keating Federal Building
100 State Street
Rochester, NY 14614
|Debra P. Hackett|
Clerk of Court
The District of New York was established by Congress on September 24, 1789, with one post to cover the entire state. On April 09, 1814, Congress split the district into two, creating the Northern and Southern Districts of New York, each receiving one judgeship. The Eastern District was created on February 25, 1865, with one authorized judgeship. The Western District was created last of the districts on May 12, 1900, receiving one authorized judgeship. Over time three additional judicial posts were added for a total of four current posts.
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the Western District of New York:
|September 24, 1789||1 Stat. 73||1 (District of New York)|
|May 12, 1900||31 Stat. 175||1|
|March 3, 1927||44 Stat. 1370||2|
|March 18, 1966||80 Stat. 75||3|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 1929||4 (3 permanent, 1 temporary)|
|December 1, 1990||104 STat. 5089||4 (4 permanent)|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions of the Western District of New York.
| • Sex change lawsuit Judge(s):Charles Siragusa|
*Ravenwood v. Daines 6:06-cv-06355-CJS-MWP
|On July 27, 2009, Judge Siragusa ruled that a Medicaid recipient in New York State cannot have gender re-assignment surgery paid by the government insurance program. Morgana Ravenwood sued the State of New York on claims that the state violated the 14th Amendment when denying coverage, but the judge did not believe Ravenwood's argument was proven beyond a reasonable doubt.|
- The Buffalo News, "Courts feel first hits of state budget cuts", April 17, 2011
- United States District Court for the Western District of New York Official Website
- United States Attorney for the Western District of New York Official Website
- Judges of the Western District of New York
- Opinions of the Western District of New York
Article III judgesSee: Article III federal judge
The United States District Court for the Western District of New York has 4 posts and 1 vacancy. The current Chief Judge is William Skretny. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Richard Arcara||1940||Buffalo, NY||2/22/1988 - Present||2003 - 2010||John Elfvin||St. Bonaventure U., B.A., 1962||Villanova U. Law, J.D., 1965|
|Chief Judge William Skretny||1945||Buffalo, NY||H.W. Bush||08/07/1990 - Present||2010 - Present||John Curtin||Canisius College, B.A., 1966||Howard Law, J.D., 1969|
|Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.||1951||Rochester, NY||Obama||12/13/2012 - Present||David Larimer||U. of Dayton, B.A., 1973||U. of Dayton Law, J.D., 1973|
Pending appointmentsThe United States District Court for the Western District of New York has 0 appointees pending and 1 vacancy. This is a list of the current pending appointees to the court:
|Elizabeth A. Wolford||Colgate U., B.A., 1989||Notre Dame Law, J.D., 1992|
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the Western District of New York has 4 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge David Larimer||11/06/1987 - 03/02/2009||1996 - 2002||03/03/2009 - Present||St. John Fisher College, B.A., 1966||Notre Dame Law, J.D. 1969|
|Senior Judge Charles Siragusa||11/05/1997 - 12/15/2012||12/15/2012-Current||LeMoyne College, B.A., 1969||Albany Law, J.D., 1976|
|Senior Judge John Curtin||L.B. Johnson||12/14/1967 - 06/30/1989||1974 - 1989||07/01/1989 - Present||Canisius College, B.A., 1946||U. of Buffalo Law School, LL.B., 1949|
|Senior Judge Michael Telesca||Reagan||04/21/1982 - 05/02/1996||1989 - 1995||05/03/1996 - Present||U. of Rochester, B.A., 1952||U. of Buffalo Law, LL.B., 1955|
|Magistrate Judge Victor Bianchini||2006 - Present||San Diego State, 1960||U. of San Diego Law, 1963|
|Magistrate Judge Jonathan Feldman||11/06/1995 - Present||Cornell, 1978||Syracuse U. Law, J.D., 1981|
|Magistrate Judge (Recalled) Leslie Foschio||1991 - 01/30/2007||U. of Buffalo, B.A.||U. of Buffalo Law, L.L.B.|
|Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy||02/26/2007 - Present||Notre Dame||Cornell Law|
|Magistrate Judge Marian Payson||04/13/2003 - Present||Duke U.||Northwestern U. Law|
|Magistrate Judge Hugh Scott||06/01/1995 - Present||Niagara U., B.A., 1971||U. of Buffalo Law , J.D., 1974|
|Magistrate Judge Kenneth Schroeder||06/01/2000 - Present|
Former Chief judges
|John Knight (New York)|
|Michael Telesca||1989 - 1995|
|John Curtin||1974 - 1989|
|David Larimer||1996 - 2002|
|Richard Arcara||2003 - 2010|
In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as Chief Judge. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Magistrate judges||Victor Bianchini • Jonathan Feldman • Leslie Foschio • Jeremiah McCarthy • Marian Payson • Hugh Scott • Kenneth Schroeder •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|