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Joseph A. Greenaway Jr.

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Joseph A. Greenaway Jr.
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Assumed office
February 12, 2010
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded bySamuel Alito
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
In office
July 26, 1996 – February 24, 2010
Appointed byBill Clinton
Preceded byJohn F. Gerry
Succeeded byClaire C. Cecchi
Personal details
Born (1957-11-16) November 16, 1957 (age 63)
London, United Kingdom
EducationColumbia University (BA)
Harvard Law School (JD)

Joseph Anthony Greenaway Jr. (born November 16, 1957) is a United States Circuit Judge who sits on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and previously sat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. On February 9, 2010, he was confirmed to his seat on the Third Circuit, filling the vacancy created by Justice Samuel Alito's elevation to the United States Supreme Court. Greenaway had been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama.[1]

Early life and education

Greenaway was born of West Indian parents in London, England, and emigrated to the United States at the age of two. His father is a carpenter and his mother is a nurse.

Greenaway was on the varsity baseball team at the Bronx High School of Science, from which he graduated in 1974.[2] Greenaway earned a Bachelors of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1978 and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1981.[3] From 1982 until 1983, he worked as a law clerk for Judge Vincent Lyons Broderick of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Legal and academic career

Greenaway worked in private practice in New York City from 1981 until 1985. He became an Assistant United States Attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey from 1985–1989, when he became the chief of narcotics for the District of New Jersey. From 1990–1996, Greenaway worked as in-house counsel for Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey. From 2002–2006, Greenaway was an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. He is an adjunct professor at Cardozo School of Law where he teaches a course on trial practice and a seminar on the Supreme Court as well as an adjunct at Columbia University, where he also teaches a seminar on the Supreme Court.[4]

Federal judicial service

Greenaway was nominated by President Bill Clinton on November 27, 1995, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by Judge John F. Gerry. He was confirmed by the United States Senate by voice vote on July 16, 1996, and received commission on July 26, 1996. His service terminated on February 24, 2010, due elevation to the Third Circuit.[3]

Greenaway was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 19, 2009, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated by Judge Samuel Alito. On February 9, 2010, he was confirmed by the Senate by an 84–0 vote and received commission on February 12, 2010.[5][3]


Greenaway was the 1997 recipient of the Columbia University Medal of Excellence, the 1999 recipient of the Garden State Bar Association’s Distinguished Jurist Award, a 2003 recipient of Columbia’s John Jay Award, a 2007 recipient of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund Award of Excellence, and the 2007 recipient of the Roger M. Yancey Award from the Garden State Bar Association. In 2006, Greenaway delivered the commencement address at the Cardozo School of Law. In 1998, Greenaway delivered the Class Day address at Columbia College’s commencement. He also presented Rutgers Law School’s Weintraub Lecture in 1998 (published as Judicial Decision Making and the External Environment, 51 Rutgers L. Rev. 181 (1998)). In November 1996, he received the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association’s Distinguished Service Award. In 2019, the Birmingham City University (UK), Centre for American Legal Studies, in conjunction with the Birmingham (UK) Law Society, instituted the Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. Lecture Series on Law and Justice, in which Greenaway delivered the inaugural lecture.

See also


  1. ^ "Judge Greenaway: On His Way to an Eagle ... or an Albatross?".
  2. ^ Observatory 1974 Class Yearbook Bronx High School of Science, pp. 66-67 (1974).
  3. ^ a b c "Greenaway, Joseph A., Jr. - Federal Judicial Center".
  4. ^ ""Judge Greenaway Asks 2006 Graduates to Make Promises", Cardozo Life". Archived from the original on 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  5. ^ President Obama Nominates Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr. for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Judge Beverly B. Martin for United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Archived 2010-03-05 at the Wayback Machine.


Legal offices
Preceded by
John F. Gerry
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
Succeeded by
Claire C. Cecchi
Preceded by
Samuel Alito
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
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