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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Western District of New York|
|Appointed by:||George H.W. Bush|
|Active:||08/07/1990 - Present|
|Chief:||2010 - Present|
|Preceded by:||John Curtin|
|Undergraduate:||Canisius College, B.A., 1966|
|Law School:||Howard Law, J.D., 1969|
|Grad. School:||Northwestern U. Law, LL.M., 1972|
William M. Skretny is the Chief Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. He joined the court in 1990 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. In 2010, Skretny was appointed Chief Judge for the court. Prior to his federal judicial appointment, he was in private practice in Buffalo, New York.
Early life and education
- 1988-1990: Attorney, private practice
- 1983-1988: First Deputy District Attorney, Erie County
- 1981-1983: Attorney, private practice
- 1975-1981: First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of New York
- 1980: Staff Attorney, Office of Special Prosecutor for the Department of Justice
- 1979: Special Counsel, United States Attorney General's Advocacy Institute
- 1973-1975: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Western District of New York
- 1971-1973: Assistant U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois
Western District of New York
On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Al D'Amato, Skretny was nominated by President George Bush on June 12, 1990, to a seat vacated by John Curtin as Curtin assumed senior status. Skretny was confirmed by the Senate on August 3, 1990, on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on August 7, 1990. He currently serves as the Chief Judge.
Ex-Bills employee's age discrimination claims must be arbitrated (2014)United States District Court for the Western District of New York (Hojnowski v. Buffalo Bills, Inc., 1:13-cv-00388-WMS)
On February 4, 2014, Chief Judge Skretny ruled that Dave Hojnowski, the former equipment manager for the Buffalo Bills, must take his age discrimination claims to an arbitrator. In the underlying case, Hojnowski, who had worked for the Bills for 35 years, filed suit against the team in April 2013, alleging he'd been improperly fired. Hojnowski alleged that adverse action was taken on his employment after his wife requested information about health insurance benefits her husband would qualify for after turning 55. He claimed he lost his job about one week later. The Bills, on the other hand, said Hojnowski retired, and filed a motion to dismiss the suit. Skretny granted that motion, and in his ruling, noted that Hojnowski's team contract with the Bills required that all legal disputes be arbitrated.
New York gun control case (2013)United States District Court for the Western District of New York (New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Andrew M. Cuomo, 13-CV-291S)
On December 31, 2013, Chief Judge Skretny was the presiding judge in a suit that was brought in response to the New York SAFE Act, a gun control law that was enacted shortly after the Sandy Hook shootings. Skretny struck down the seven round magazine limit and upheld the ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines. In his ruling Skretny wrote:
|“||Drawing from post-Heller rulings that have begun to settle the vast terra incognita left by the Supreme Court this Court finds that the challenged provisions of the SAFE Act -- including the Act's definition and regulation of assault weapons and its ban on large-capacity magazines -- further the state's important interest in public safety, and do not impermissibly infringe on Plaintiffs' Second Amendment rights. But, the seven-round limit fails the relevant test because the purported link between the ban and the State's interest is tenuous, strained and unsupported in the record.||”|
- Federal Judicial Center, "Biography of William M. Skretny"
- THOMAS, "Nomination of William Skretny," May 12, 2009
- Buffalo News, "Judge dismissed suit by ex-Bills employee claiming age discrimination," February 4, 2014
- WHEC.com, "Judge finds Safe Act constitutional, rejects magazine restrictions," December 31, 2013
- WHEC.com, "New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Andrew M. Cuomo," December 31, 2013
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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