Jon O. Newman

Hon. Jon O. Newman
Firm: United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Address: 500 Pearl Street
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 857-8500
(212) 857-8585
(212) 857-8702
(212) 857-8662
Fax: (212) 857-8710
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Jon O. Newman is a United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He assumed senior status in 1997. At the time of his appointment in 1979, he was a United States District Court Judge for the District of Connecticut. Judge Newman was Chief Judge from 1993 to 1997.

Judge Newman received his B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1953, and his LL.B. degree from Yale Law School in 1956.

Judge Newman served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1954 until 1962. Following his graduation from law school, he was a law clerk for Judge George T. Washington of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. From 1957 to 1958, he was senior law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United Sates Supreme Court. Judge Newman returned to Connecticut in 1958 to engage in private law practice in Hartford. In 1960, he was appointed Special Counsel to Governor Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut. The next year he became Executive Assistant to Mr. Ribicoff in the latter's new position as U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. In 1963, after Secretary Ribicoff had been elected United States Senator from Connecticut, Judge Newman became his Administrative Assistant. From 1964 until 1969, Judge Newman was the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut. He returned to private law practice in Hartford in 1969, at which he remained until taking up service in 1971 as a United States District Court Judge for the District of Connecticut.

He is married, has three children and two grandchildren, and lives in Sarasota, Florida.

Current Employment Position(s):
Senior Judge, since 1997

Appointed 1979 by President Carter
Bar Admissions:
Connecticut, 1956
District of Columbia, 1956
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1959
U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1956
Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut, 1956

Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1953

Published Works:
New Lyrics for an Old Melody: The Idea/Expression Dichotomy in the Computer Age, Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 3, July, 1999

Word Words, Verbatim, Vol. 23, No. 4, Autumn, 1998

The Federal Courts: Challenge adn Reform, Jurist, Books-on-Law, Vol. 1, No. 1, April 6, 1998, 1998

Litigation Reforms and the Dangers of Growth of the Federal Judiciary, Temple Law Review, Vol. 70, No. 4 (Winter 1997), 1997

Towards and International Civil War Claims Tribunal, Conn. Journal of Int'l Law, Vol. 12, No. 2, Spring, 1997

Ode to the Guildlines, 9 F.S.R. 338 (May/June 1997), 1997

The Judge Baer Controversy, 80 Judicature 4 (Jan.-- Feb. 1997), 1997

Pro Se Prisoner Litigation: Looking for Needles in Haystacks, 62 Brooklyn L. Rev. 519 (1996), 1996

Outline of American Federal Court System -- Remarks Presented at the 25th Anniversary Symposuim of the Federal Court of Canada (June 1996), 1996

From the Brench, NY Litigator, Vol. 2, No. 1, p.3 (May 1996), 1996

The New Commission's Opportunity, 8 F.S. R. 8 (July/August 1995)

Determining the Proper Allocation of Cases Between Federal and State Courts, 79 Judicature 6, (July-August 1995)

Determining the Size of the Federal Judiciary Requires More Than a Mission Statement, 27 Connecticut Law Review 865, 1995

Obiter Dictum, Discretionary Access--A Novel Way to Reallocate Cases Between State and Federal Courts, STate-Federal Judicial Observer, No. 9, May, 1995

In Banc Practice in the Second Circuit, 60 Brooklyn Law Review 491, 1989-1993, 1994

American Appellate Practice -- Possible Benefits for Israel, 41 Hapraklit Law Review 466, March (Hebrew translation), 1994

Beyond 'Reasonable Doubt' (Madison Lecture), 68 New York University Law Review 979, 1993

Guideline Improvements, 5 Federal Sentencing Reporter No. 4, P. 190, January, 1993

1,000 Judges - The Limit For an Effective Federal Judiciary, 76 Judicature 187, January, 1993

Study of Appellate Reversals, 58 Brooklyn Law Review 629, 1992

Probing Views and Allegations in the Confirmation of Federal Judges, St. John's Journal of Legal Commentary, Vol. 90, 1992

Discretionary Access to the Federal Courts, The Federal Appellate Judiciary in the 21st Century, Federal Judicial Center (1989)

Not the End of History: The Second Circuit Struggles with Fair Use, Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, Vol. 37, No. 1, October, 1989

In Banc Practice in the Second Circuit, 1984-1988, 55 Brooklyn Law Review 355, 1989

Restructuring Federal Jurisdiction: Proposals to Preserve the Federal Judicial System, 56 Chicago Law Review 761, 1989

Copyright Law and the Protection of Privacy, 12 Columbia Journal of Law and Arts 459, 1988

Federal Sentencing Guidelines: A Risk Worth Taking, 5 Brookings Review 29, 1987

Rethinking Fairness: Perspectives on the Litigation Process, Cardozo Lecture, 94 Yale Law Journal 1643, 1985

Rethinking Fairness: Perspectives on the Litigation Process, The Record, January/February 1985, at 12 (1984 Cardozo Lecture)

In Banc Practice in The Second Circuit: The Virtues of Restraint, 50 Brooklyn Law Review 365, 1984

Between Legal Realism and Neutral Principles: The Legitimitimacy of Institutional Values, 72 Cal. L. Rev. 200 (1984) -- Berkeley Centenary Lecture, 1984

Watching the Judiciary Watch the Police, (Book Review of Police Practices and the Law: Essays from the Michigan Law Review), 81 Mich. L. Rev. 1185 (1983), 1983

Tails and Dogs: Patient and Antitrust Appeals in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 10 APLA Q. 237, 1982

The 'Old Federalism': Protection of Individual Rights by State Constitutions in an Era of Federal Court Passivity, 15 Connecticut Law Review 21, 1982

Rethinking the Legal System: A Mission for New Law Schools, 1 Western New England L. Rev. 1 (1979), 1979

Suing the Lawbreakers: Proposals to Strengthen the Section 1983 Damage Remedy for Law Enforcers' Misconduct, 87 Yale L. J. 447, 1978

Foreward: Parole Release Decisionmaking and the Sentencing Process, 84 Yale Law Journal 812, 1975

A Better Way to Sentence Criminals, 63 American Bar Association Journal 1563, 1977

Is the Problem Simple?, Trial Magazine, P. 27, Jan./Feb., 1971

Prosecutor and Defender Reform: Reorganization to Increase Effectiveness, Connecticut Bar Journal, Vol. 44, No. 4, P. 567, December, 1970

Courts, Cops, Congress, The New Republican, P. 16, March 18, 1967

Mr. Justice Frankfurter, Connecticut Bar Journal, Vol. 36, No. 4, P. 527, December, 1962

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Lecturer, University of Connecticut Law School

Honors and Awards:
L.L..D., New York Law School, 1996

LL.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1995

Learned Hand Medal, Federal Bar Council, 1987

LL.D, University of Bridgeport, 1980

LL.D., University of Hartford, 1975

Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Judicature Society

Connecticut Bar Association

Hartford County Bar Association

Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Judicial Activities, 1978 - 1979

Joint Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct, 1978 - 1979

Advisory Committee on Codes of Conduct, 1979 - 1987

Ad Hoc Committee, Media Petition, Cameras in the Courtroom, 1983 - 1984

American Bar Association

American Law Institute

Hartford University
Board of Regents

Federal Judicial Center, 1985 - 1989
Member, Committee on Appellate Education Programs

Judicial Conference, 1987 - 1990
Chairman, Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules

Second Circuit, 1982 - 1983
Chairman, Committee on Rules and Internal Operating Procedure

International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law

American Law Institute
Adviser, Restatement of the Law of Unfair Competition

American Judicature Society
Broad Member

Past Employment Positions:
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Chief Judge, 1993 - 1997

District of Connecticut, United States District Judge, 1972 - 1979

General Practice in Hartford, Attorney, 1969 - 1971

Ford Foundation, Consultant, 1969 - 1970

District of Connecticut, United States Attorney, 1964 - 1969

Senator Abraham A. Ribicoff, Administrative Assistant, 1963 - 1964

Secretary of Health, Education & Welfare, Executive Assistant, 1961 - 1962

Governor Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut, Special Counsel, 1960 - 1961

Majority, Connecticut General Assembly, Counsel, 1959

Ritter, Satter & Newman, Hartford, Connecticut, Partner, 1958 - 1960

Chief Justice Earl Warren of the United Sates Supreme Court. Judge, Senior Law Clerk, 1957 - 1958

Judge George T. Washington of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Law Clerk, 1956 - 1957

United States Army Reserve, 1954 - 1962

Birth Information:
1932, New York, New York, United States of America

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