Fordham Law

Hon. Denny Chin '78 Unanimously Confirmed to Second Circuit Appeals Court

April 22, 2010

Fordham Law alumnus Hon. Denny Chin '78 has been confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The U.S. Senate voted 98-0 to confirm him six months after his nomination by President Obama. After Judge Chin is sworn in, he will be the only active Asian-American judge on a federal appellate court.

"Judge Chin represents the absolute best of Fordham Law School," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "His commitment to justice is matchless, his dedication to service is unparalleled, and his far-reaching experience on the bench has been marked by fairness and wisdom. We here at Fordham Law are very proud to call him an alumnus and good friend."

Judge Chin's judicial experience spans more than 15 years and includes many notable cases. Most recently, he presided over the criminal case against Bernard Madoff, the perpetrator of the largest financial fraud in American history, and sentenced him to 150 years in prison. 

While a student at the Law School, Judge Chin served as Managing Editor of the Fordham Law Review. After graduation, he worked as a clerk for Hon. Henry F. Werker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Chin returned to the same court 14 years later when he was nominated by President Clinton to sit on the bench.

Judge Chin has taught Legal Writing as an Adjunct Professor at the Law School and also participates in the Career Planning Center's Minority Mentorship Program.

Read more coverage of Judge Chin's confirmation:

The New York Times City Room blog
The National Law Journal
The Two-Way (NPR blog)
The Blog of Legal Times
The New York Times
The Washington Post

Contact: Stephen Eichinger