Fordham Law


Denny Chin '78 Inducted as U.S. Court of Appeals Judge

July 19, 2010

Hon. Denny Chin '78 was recently inducted as Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The induction ceremony was held on June 16 at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan United States Courthouse in New York.

Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs administered the oath to Judge Chin, who previously served as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Remarks were given
 Denny Chin '78 being sworn in as Circuit Judge
Judge Chin and his wife, Kathy Hirata Chin, during the swearing-in.
by John S. Martin, Jr., former U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and Dr. William Kuntz, Partner at Baker Hostetler.

"Denny has had an outstanding career on…the finest trial court in the country," said Martin. "He handled a number of high-visibility cases with distinction. His reputation for both competence and courtesy is outstanding."

Kuntz added, “The entire nation has publicly recognized Judge Chin as a true lion of the bench: no nominee receives a 98 to zero vote in the United States Senate without having earned universal respect and admiration. He excelled as a student first at Stuyvesant, then at Princeton, and finally at Fordham Law School, as Managing Editor of the Law Review.”

In his own remarks, Chin said, "I would be remiss if I did not mention Fordham Law School. … As I started teaching legal writing and otherwise getting more involved in Fordham, I got to work with, and learn from, wonderful and caring people, like John
 Judge Chin with wife and sons
Judge Chin with his wife and two sons.
Feerick and Bill Treanor and others."

Judge Chin's judicial experience spans more than 15 years and includes many notable cases. 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.

"In both his personal and professional life, Judge Chin epitomizes the Fordham Law School graduate," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "He is a brilliant and respected judge and a dedicated member of the Law School community. We here at Fordham Law are very proud to call him an alumnus and friend."

After graduating from Fordham Law, he worked as a law 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, co-chairs the Law School’s Minority Mentorship Program, and is a a member of the Center on Law and Information Policy Board of Advisors.