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William Kuntz

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William Kuntz
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Service:
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   10/4/2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Nina Gershon
Personal History
Born:   1950
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
William Francis Kuntz II is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. He was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama. Prior to joining the court, he was a partner at the law firm Baker Hostetler.[1]

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.[2][1]

Professional career

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.[1]

Judicial career

Eastern District of New York

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:William Kuntz
 Court:Eastern District of New York
 Progress:Confirmed 208 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:3/9/2011
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
DefeatedDQuestionnaire:
ApprovedAHearing:5/4/2011
DefeatedDQFRs:
DefeatedDReported: 
ApprovedAConfirmed:10/3/2011
 Vote:

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."[2][1]

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.[3]

On October 3, 2011, Kuntz was confirmed to the position by a Senate voice vote.[4]

Notable cases

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.[5]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Nina Gershon
Eastern District of New York
2011–Present
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
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