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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||10/4/2011 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Nina Gershon|
|Hometown:||New York, NY|
|Undergraduate:||Harvard, A.B., 1972|
|Law School:||Harvard Law, J.D., 1977|
|Grad. School:||Harvard, M.A., 1974, Ph.D., 1979|
Early life and education
Kuntz attended Harvard College and graduated with an A.B. in 1972 and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1977. He has also earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1974 and 1979, respectively.
Kuntz spent his professional career as a private practice attorney in New York City. He also served as an adjunct associate professor for Brooklyn Law School from 1987 to 2003.
Eastern District of New York
|Court:||Eastern District of New York|
|Progress:||Confirmed 208 days after nomination.|
|ABA Rating:||Unanimously Well Qualified|
Kuntz was nominated by President Obama on March 9, 2011 to fill the seat left by Nina Gershon on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Obama said of the nomination, "I am honored to put forward such a highly qualified candidate for the federal bench. William Francis Kuntz, II will be a distinguished public servant and a valuable addition to the United States District Court."
Kuntz was rated Unanimously Well Qualified by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 4, 2011, and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here and his Questions for the Record available here.
Unvaccinated students may be kept from school (2014)United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
In June 2014, Judge Kuntz ruled that a New York City school system policy for restricting unvaccinated children from school when an illness is present is constitutional. Three families challenged the policy, claiming that their right to the free exercise of religion was violated when their children were kept from school. Judge Kuntz disagreed, citing a 1905 Supreme Court opinion as precedent. That case found that the government has the right to regulate public heath, and specifically addressed the right of the government to require vaccinations.
- William Kuntz Biography from the Federal Judicial Center
- White House Press Release, "President Obama Nominates William Francis Kuntz, II to the United States District Court," March 9, 2011
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "112th Congress Nomination Materials"
- Senate Judiciary Committee, "112th Congress Confirmation Materials"
- The New York Times, "Judge Upholds Policy Barring Unvaccinated Students During Illness," June 22, 2014
|Federal judicial offices|
|Eastern District of New York
|Vacancy Count by Congress|
|Vacancy Count by Year||Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2009 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2010 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2011 • Federal Vacancy Warning System: 2012|